Hotline Miami Got Refused Classification Again, But You Can Buy It On The Switch

You've gotta love Devolver Digital. If your iconic Hotline Miami collections can't be sold in Australia on PC or consoles, the least you can do is try again on another platform four years later ... only to get banned all over again.

Part of the indie announcements during Nintendo's Direct late Monday night was the news that a Hotline Miami collection, featuring the first and second games, would be coming to the Switch. And because Nintendo's policy demands that games go through a classification process before they can be sold on the eShop, that meant it was the first time in four years the Classification Board would take a look at Hotline Miami 2 following its original RC rating over an implied sexual assault scene.

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Attitudes in Australia have changed somewhat over the last couple of years, but there are certain lines the Classification Board still won't cross. And that line still exists for Hotline Miami, with an application through the IARC automated classification process spitting out an RC for the Hotline Miami Collection on June 13 (listed here as Hotline Miami).

But amazingly, you can buy Hotline Miami on the Switch right now — and it somehow has a classification rating of MA15:

You can't take direct capture from the eShop unless you're using a capture card, so forgive the phone photo.

Kotaku Australia understands that nothing has been altered or changed with the Hotline Miami games on the eShop right now. The Classification Board hasn't themselves given a rating for Hotline Miami this year, so the ratings are all just through the IARC process. So what's likely happened here is that Devolver has gotten an RC rating once, applied again, gotten an MA15+ rating and decided to roll with that.

So for today, and probably not much of today, you can buy Hotline Miami 1 and 2 on the Switch. But as we saw with DayZ, the Board has the power to override classification rulings — and given that Nintendo have local operations here, the Board will almost certainly ask them to pull use the original RC rating from IARC and have the game pulled.

Or they might do nothing at all. You can still buy DayZ on Steam with an Australian account, and that was supposed to be removed from sale last week. So who knows! Maybe they're just super busy and nobody will notice. Until then, you can grab Hotline Miami Collection for $37.50 on the eShop.


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    The real crime is charging $37.50 for games which are 7 and 4 years old respectively.

      You pay a premium for sticking it to the man by buying a game that has been RC.

      It'll be a collector's item by this time tomorrow, so consider it an investment! :D

        To be fair, nobody in Australia really paid for HM2 after we got told to pirate it by the devs, so...

          I managed to use an exploit that has since been patched, to edit the numbers in a browser so that I could hit the “add to cart” button for some random game and it would add HM2 instead. That was one game I didn’t want to pirate, and it was worth it!

            Haha, ditto.

            Also got L4D2 this way, jokes on me though, couldn't play with anyone else in Aus.

      I was excited to pick this up on Switch but yeah that price is a bit off-putting. That and Superhot, I think that's $35 which took it from instabuy to maybe-in-the-future-on-sale.

      Not to mention that Hotline Miami 2 was free from Twitch last year, so I do have access to a copy without pirating.

    Insta buy for me on the Switch even at the price, really enjoyed playing the first one on the Vita.

    I thought it was the sequel that got RC'ed years ago, not the original.

      Yeah, it was RC'd twice. The game banned here is the collection with HM1 + HM2, but because of how classification works the full package will inevitably be pulled from sale at some point.

    They should have just edited the game to omit the scene. It doesn't really add anything to the story arc. It's unnecessary and completely gratuitous. I know they get up in arms over censorship, but is this really the hill that you want to die upon?

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