GTA V censorship for Wii U risks

By Alan Ng - Nov 21, 2012

GTA V is now on the horizon and at the moment – it is only coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 unfortunately. Rockstar is refusing to confirm whether the game will be coming to PC or Wii U, but we’ve since learned earlier this week that these platforms are ‘now up for consideration’. Is there more to it though which is holding back the Wii U version specifically, such as censorship and Nintendo’s reluctance to bring a ‘controversial’ game to the company’s new console?

It’s fair to say that Nintendo has the cleanest reputation out of all three major platforms, with the general consensus that Nintendo games, be it first party or third party are suitable for the younger generation to play, with no dangers from a parent’s point of view that content is unacceptable for their children.

With that said though, there were more than a few exceptions were Nintendo were willing to bend the rules a little, to bring some of the most violent video games developed over to the select Wii user base who had been waiting a long time for mature games to arrive.

One of these games was MadWorld, which is arguably one of the most violent video games ever created. It caused all sorts of controversy over its extreme gore and this was even an exclusive title for the Wii. Then you have Manhunt which arrived on the Wii as well, which is infamously known for being pretty violent in its own right – evident in the fact that Manhunt games were banned in numerous countries over its content.

So what does this all mean for GTA V on Wii U? Rockstar has said that the possibility of GTA V arriving on Wii U is currently up for consideration, while Reggie Fils-Aime has recently spoke about the good relationship that they have with Rockstar as well. Aime has also said that it is Nintendo’s job to ensure that they have a large install base with their new system and that they need to “create an environment where teams like Rockstar can bring their very best content to their platform“.

That sounds to us like Reggie wants it to happen, but would censorship issues ultimately stop Wii U users from realizing this dream? If GTA V does arrive on the Wii U then it could well be a defining moment as the first ‘controversial’ game to arrive on the system. Some skeptics who write their drivel in the newspapers may argue that Nintendo have changed their stance on violent games appearing on their consoles and this in turn could affect sales from consumers who believe that Nintendo only makes kids games.

Then again, Nintendo has clearly said that the Wii U is the console which is going to bring back the hardcore base – so they definitely need games like GTA V to make this happen in our opinion. Do you think GTA 5 will end up on the Wii U eventually? If it does come out, do you think there’s a danger that Rockstar may have to edit content out of the game to make sure it’s suitable for Wii U? Give us your thoughts on this one.

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  • Why not just give it an 18 rating? they released ZombiU on it didn’t they?

  • MagicFlamez

    This would be the most amazing time in history

  • aj10101

    nintendo wont stop rockstar from releasing gta v on the wii U. Only rockstar will stop GTA V from being a Nintendo game, and that would only be because of hardware and porting issues. I don’t know what a Wii U controller looks like, but can you imagine trying to play gta on the wii? Disgusting.

  • Gigagator

    I think, like most of the other readers it seems, that censorship has nothing to do with any of this. I think it all comes down to this: its gonna cost Rockstar to bring this game to a new platform (Wii U). And they’re only going to do that if they’re certain there’s a core market for it from Wii U users.

    I’ve preordered a Wii U for UK release and im a massive Nintendo fan, but Im skeptical that third party devlopers of more ‘core’ games are going to fully get behind Wii U. i think the situation will also be significantly worse when the next systems from Sony and Microsoft hit the market.

    The problem is that if Wii U doesn’t get these big name developers bringing their core titles to Wii U, then we won’t see AAA third party games like GTA 5 coming to Wii U. From there, it’s just a downward spiral and Wii U will end up just as the Wii did with very little hardcore gamer userbase.

    This is coming from a lifelong Nintendo fan btw, not a hater.

  • I hope it does come to Wii U, if it does then no doubt about it that’s the version I’ll be getting. I don’t see why there would be a problem with censorship, the Wii had plenty games with blood and violence, the DS had Chinatown Wars that contained a lot of blood and drugs and the Wii U already has games like ZombiU and Ninja Gaiden that is full of blood and gore throughout them. Plus there is no doubt it can handle the game and they could have some awesome gamepad additions, I’d love to be able to play GTAV in bed on the gamepad.

  • JeromeNtheHouse

    @Carpet Man
    yea…not to mention that Manhunt 2 was released on the Wii as well.

  • Super Hans

    Could the Wii U even handle GTA V?

    I don’t think so.

    • It’s almost twice as powerful as the 360, if the 360 can handle it the Wii U can handle it.

      • Bob Haans

        It almost matches the 360. Time will tell if graphics are on par with it. It has better graphic cappabilities than the PS3. ‘Better graphics’ plus ‘no subscription’ equals a great deal. I’m on PC, albeit I would buy the Wii U if I would buy a console.

  • Paul

    Keep in mind, Rockstar has already made a GTA for Nintendo in the form of Chinatown Wars for the DS. This game, unlike other versions of GTA allows the player to buy and sell drugs (without using fake names like spank either). However, Rockstar has previously said the audience really wasn’t there for the DS, so this might make them rather anxious to consider another Nintendo platform.

  • Sam

    um i dont know if you played ninja gaiden wii U but it was crazy bloody…idiot

  • Slang Yung

    I remember when I was a kid and I owned the Super NES, and I was a HUGE Mortal Kombat 1 fan!! I was anticipating its release, and once I bought it for the SNES I was hugely disappointed that they removed the violent finishers, and essentially all the blood. Instead you see spit and sweat fly off, and stiff kicks as finishing moves!! If you had a game genie, you could put in a code to make the spit look red, but that was lame. My buddy had the Genesis, and although the graphics sucked, the blood code made it feel like the arcade version!! Yeah, Nintendo is all about the Kids, but when you rape a game of its soul, there’s no point in playing that game anymore. That’s why I don’t buy censored music, or watch edited movies!!! In summation, DON’T CENSOR GTA V!!!! (i already pre-ordered it for the 360 so I’m good) 8c)

  • Fjar1

    What’s the funcionality for the parental control? This notice it’s so RIDICULOUS.

  • Isaac

    It could be cross platform with next gen too.

    Look at Just Cause 1. Was released on Xbox and Xbox 360.
    Tomb Raider: Legends: Released on Xbox and xbox 360.

    Not impossible. I could see Just cause 3, GTA V and possibly the next Tomb Raider crossing over to next gen as well as been released on Xbox 360 and PS3.

  • Carpet Man

    I hate speculative articles like this… Sorry does no one remember Conkers Bad Fur Day? Or the GTA games that came out on the DS ?
    The concept of censorship because it is Nintendo is unfounded bull, almost trolling.

  • Paul Phillips

    Nintendo wii had Manhunt 2…………….Enough said

  • Alex

    I think the Wii should be kept as a family friendly party console, but I’m a PC gamer and I would like for GTA V to come out for PC. Can you imagine what those graphics will look like and how smooth the gameplay will be? None of that disappearing and reappearing skyline crap.

    • MagicFlamez

      Dude game consoles should be equal and Nintendo needs to make this choice It could lessing critics and make The WiiU highly powered to gamers

  • Startus

    Censorship? Ninja Gaiden Razors Edge for the Wii U (Which seems to be rated A) is sufficient proof to me that Nintendo is done with censorship.

  • Does the ESRB rate games for nothing? Come on now. If the game has an M on it, then the store cashier should not sell it to a child or a clearly clueless parent without asking if they are buying it for their child and explaining why they may want to reconsider.

  • Nintendo has a reputation for being a clean company but it doesn’t care what its 3rd parties release, as with examples you already posted, plus the infamous BMX XXX that came out uncensored on Gamecube but censored on PS2. There is absolutely no reason to believe that GTAV would be censored on the WiiU.

  • abczyx

    If Rockstar want to bring a full, uncut GTA V to the Wii U, it would 100% happen. Nintendo would have nothing to lose and everything to gain. For me it would be a clear cut decision on Nintendo’s part.