We bring you an interesting message related to one of the most beloved franchises among Nintendo fans. It is indeed Pokémon.
In the tweet below, we can learn that, from now on, all video games with gambling simulators will be classified as video games for over 18s by PEGI. As you know, this is the age rating system for video games in Europe.
How does this affect Pokémon? Well, in that games like Pokémon Red, Blue or Yellow would receive PEGI 18 ratings if they were re-released as they are in Europe. This is effectively because they feature casino and arcade simulations.
This makes it clear that Nintendo, Game Freak and other Pokémon makers are replacing these arcades with other elements, as is already the case in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. In the future, if they wanted to re-release games that had casinos, they would have to change these aspects… or else they would be rated PEGI 18.
So, I just got some clarification from PEGI regarding this.— Joe Merrick (@JoeMerrick) September 1, 2021
It seems if an older game that was rated 12+ is re-released, it would retain its age rating. However if it had upgrades, modernised, or reshuffled it'll need to be re-rated in which case would have it