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Xenoblade announced for Europe

Nintendo has announced it will be releasing Xenoblade this year on the Wii under the title 'Xenoblade Chronicles'. The release will include both Japanese & English audio, with English, French, Italian, German and Spanish subtitles.

Nintendo Europe have also released a trailer for the game on their website.

Xenoblade is a Role Playing Game developed by Monolith Soft for the Wii. It was released on June 10, 2010 in Japan and has no current confirmed release window for the United States.

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I certainly believe this is too important to allow one or two jurisdictions to stop the majority of jurisdictions in this country moving on an important reform and that’s why we’re looking at this...I believe we’re becoming the laughing stock of the developed world, where we’re the only country that doesn’t have R18 classification level for video games. We’re the only country that allows tens and tens of games to be used by minors that are only used by adults. I think it’s now time for the Attorneys General of each jurisdiction to come together, reach an agreement in July, so we can move forward with a reformed and improved classification system.

Australian Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Justice and Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information in an interview with the ABC with full transcript

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Mortal Kombat Review Fails to Produce MA15+ Rating

The Australian Classification Board has reviewed its recent decision on Mortal Kombat in which it was determined the game would be Refused Classification. The Classification Review Board met on the 11th of March to conduct a review as requested by publisher Warner Bros Entertainment. The review has not changed the original decision; Mortal Kombat has been Refused Classification1 which means it cannot be sold, hired, advertised or demonstrated in Australia. Read on

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Mortal Kombat Refused Classification decision to be reviewed

BlogThe Australian Classification Board determined that 2011's Mortal Kombat was Refused Classification meaning it is now illegal for the title to be sold, hired or advertised in Australia. The Classification Review Board is to meet on the 11th of March to review this decision.1 Read on

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  1. Classification Review Board Media Release

The game includes over 60 fatalities...which contain explicit depictions of dismemberment, decapitation, disembowelment and other brutal forms of slaughter. Despite the exaggerated conceptual nature of the fatalities and their context within a fighting game set in a fantasy realm, impact is heightened by the use of graphics which are realistically rendered and very detailed. In the opinion of the Board, the game contains violence that exceeds strong in impact and is unsuitable for a minor to see or play. The game should therefore be Refused Classification pursuant to item 1(d) of the computer games table of the National Classification Board.

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Following Final Fantasy XIII, an exodus at Square Enix

Several Square Enix employees have reportedly parted ways with the Japanese developer after Final Fantasy XIII, among them are some veteran Square personnel including Toshihiro Tsuchida (who directed Front Mission), Takashi Ohkuma (who apparently moved to an island in Okinawa to blog about sunsets), composer Masashi Hamauzu (left to form Monomusik, a new development studio), character art designer Nao Ikeda (who started designing characters for The Legend of Mana), among others.

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