Ninja game gets Australia's first R18+

BEN GRUBB
Last updated 18:50 12/01/2013
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge

R18: A screenshot of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge game play.

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Australia's first ever R18+ video game will soon go on sale after it was given the new adults-only rating which came into effect across the nation on January 1.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, an action adventure game for the Nintendo Wii U console in which players assume the role of Ryu Hayabusa, a cursed ninja battling a terrorist organisation, was officially given the new adults-only rating by the Classification Board on Friday.

"It's great to finally see Australian adults have access to video games designed specifically for mature audiences, after more than ten years working with government, families, businesses and the broader community to introduce an R18+ category," said Ron Curry, chief executive officer of Interactive Games & Entertainment Association in a statement.

Prior to the R18+ rating, which was introduced despite criticism from the Australian Christian lobby, video games that didn't fit into the MA15+ rating were not able to be sold in Australia and were refused classification.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge was given the adults-only rating because it contained "violence that is high in impact because of its frequency, high definition graphics, and emphasis on blood effects", the Classification Board said in a statement.

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