Nintendo to Charge for Removing Filtering on New 3DS

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

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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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  • Raymond

    Good, kids and adults should not be looking at porn and other adult things on there 3ds anyways.
    Hahaha 30 cents?!

    • Ryan_oprainfall

      Why not? It’s my 3DS if I want to watch porn on it, I will.

      I mean I don’t, I would hate that small screen. I’m just saying, let adults do what they want with the devices they pay good money for. It’s just an object, it can’t be “tainted”.

  • Will W

    Good Lord! 30 cents?

    • Matt

      It’s not for most adults. For kids, though, yeah, because they’re not eligible to hold a credit card. That’s kinda the whole point here, as far as I’m seeing. Gamers needn’t look at this and think, zomg a fee, really nintendo? fail!

  • Another_Unknown

    No surprise that so many gamers left Nintendo.

    • onepiecem7

      Just 30 cents..

    • Another_Unknown

      …for a thing that should be free. Imagine Google charging 30 cents for do a search or for watch a video in Youtube.

  • TruPara

    This is kinda a mix for me. On the one hand, charging for removing an internet filter, no matter the price, is a bit silly at best and pure evil at worst. It’s essentially censorship of a function I would normally have hiding behind a banner of safety for the children.
    On the other, having taken care of kids and knowing what they can get into without meaning to… well, maybe guaranteeing they can’t just turn off the filter is for the better. Also? It’s a 3DS. The only time I use the Internet function with it is to look up a guide or cheat to a game I’m playing. Internet access isn’t exactly difficult to come by, and if you’re using WiFi anyway, you’ve probably got another device for the slight inconvenience of not being able to access untrusted (by Nintendo? by Opera?) websites.

    • Pyrotek85

      Yeah I wouldn’t use the 3DS to browse unless it was absolutely my only option. They could remove the browser altogether and it might be months before I’d even notice.

    • Giordan

      But why use it to watch porn?

  • Grant Chamberlain

    I have no problem with this.

  • James Best

    This is just plain stupid. The 3DS already has perfectly functional parental controls. Why did this have to be put in there? And for those of you thinking this will only block porn, it won’t. There’ll be other things it’ll block. Mark my words. If I do get a New 3DS, I certainly won’t be giving Nintendo any money for this.

    • Infophile

      Nintendo’s argument here is that since parental controls are opt-in, they often don’t get used even by parents who might want to use them. Part of this is ignorance on the part of parents in simply not knowing about the option. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nintendo has fielded complaints from parents about what their kids have done on their devices, when this activity could have been blocked by engaging the controls.

      So, the solution they came up with is to engage the controls by default and require a credit card (and payment) to disable them.

    • James Best

      In that case, I’d argue the fault lies with the parents for not caring enough to properly research the system they were buying. It’s foolish to charge customers for other people’s negligence.

    • Infophile

      Yup, I agree. It’s not without precedent from Nintendo, though. Remember when they disabled Swapnote’s online functions because kids were getting into trouble with it (rather than, say, locking the online functions behind parental controls)? They really want the 3DS to come across as a kid-friendly device, and unfortunately this means inconveniencing the rest of its userbase at times.

  • XypherCode

    They did this on Wii U as well last year and it made headlines. I don’t know why anyone is still surprised. The 30 cents is not for profit but a way to prevent kids to toggle off parental controls.

    • Another_Unknown

      There are MORE efficient ways to do this and for free. This is a way to make profit labeled as an excuse to protect the children.

    • XypherCode

      You have a point. But it’s the same as just placing security credentials on the system. Might as well let your kids use your credit card without you knowing. At least you’ll know when your credit card bill arrives, or just keep a tight grip on your card. And making it “free” will make them more confident to try and get around those restrictions. 30 cents doesn’t hurt. Even if they’re doing it for profit or not. And personally, I doubt they’ll turn a huge profit on it considering people wouldn’t really mind having parental controls enabled on their kids’ 3DSs.

  • Shane

    Are you kidding me, nintindo charging for internet, jut no nintindo, you of all people should not do that, even if it is just one payment of 30 cents

  • Seis Siete

    Considering how porn sites tend to have viruses I think this is a good idea.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    I think it’s a decent try, but I don’t think it will keep kids from unlocking the browser. All they have to do is buy a prepaid credit card, and they’ll be able to pay the $0.30 without anyone knowing. At least they’ll have to pay more, since prepaid cards usually start at $20-25 and have a $2-3 fee.