Nintendo 3DS owners in Norway, Sweden and Demark were left feeling rather disappointed at the end of last week, after the Nordic release date of Team Ninja and Tecmo Koei’s much-anticipated Dead or Alive: Dimensions game was unfortunately cancelled at the last minute.
According to a recent gamerzines.com article by Thomas Worthington, the reason behind the cancellation of the game’s release in the aforementioned countries was in order to avoid violating Swedish child pornography laws. The rest of Europe saw the game released as originally scheduled.
Under the Swedish law, any image – whether it is computer-generated, photographic or even hand-drawn — that depicts anyone under the age of 18 in a sexual context is seen as child pornography. As many of you know, the Dead or Alive: Dimensions game includes female fighters under the age of 18.
The female fighters can be seen in a number of camera angles and poses in the game’s Figure Mode, which enables players to take stylish and possibly sexually-suggestive photographs. It was for that reason that Nintendo Europe and Bergsala chose to cancel the game’s release.
What do you think about the Dead or Alive: Dimensions game’s Nordic release being cancelled?