Nintendo to Charge for Removing Filtering on New 3DS

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New 3DS Filter

Those of you hoping to explore the more adult-oriented sections of the internet on the New 3DS may be a bit miffed at this news: Nintendo is charging ¥30 (just about $0.30 USD) from a valid credit card to unlock the automatic internet filter. The one caveat is that this has only been announced for Japan at the moment. Perhaps western buyers can avoid this fate?

Now to be fair, this is an attempt to keep children from accessing adult content. This fee resembles the fees that credit card companies charge for transactions, so Nintendo isn’t gouging consumers. They’re just trying not to lose money. Also, if a child did get a hold of a credit card, this fee would show up on the bill, perhaps alerting parents of the charge.

Is this acceptable or should Nintendo just eat the fee? Sound off in the comments.


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