The Wii U console game, initially released in 2012 with a MA15+ rating, was given the rating because of “high impact bloody violence” and comes only two weeks after the new rating was introduced in Australia on January 1.
According to the Australian Classification Board, the category is for games that will have a “high impact” on those below 18 years of age.
“Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge contains violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects,” Australian Classification Board Director, Ms Lesley O’Brien said in a press release.
The move has been applauded by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association’s CEO Ron Curry, an organisation who have been lobbying the Australian Classification Board for over a decade.
“It’s important for people to keep close attention to these ratings before buying a game, but we also encourage parents to do their own research and read reviews about the game before they make a purchase. This also serves as a timely reminder for parents to update control settings on game consoles to ensure children are only accessing age-appropriate content.”
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, which follows a cursed ninja battling a terrorist organisation, was given the rating on January 3, with final approval issued today.