According to The National Institute on Media and the Family (NIMF), as picked up by IGN, the Wii is no longer the bastion of family-friendly gaming due to the release of SEGA’s MadWorld on the system.
Of course, this is not the first Mature rated game to hit the console, but they have been few and far between. Moreover, MadWorld is about as visceral and mature an experience as we’ve seen on any console. Still, isn’t that why we have a ratings board in place? Why the following comments were solely directed at Nintendo is beyond us?
Dr. David Walsh, president of NIMF had this to say on the subject:
“The release of MadWorld for the Wii brings violent videogames to a once family-friendly platform. In MadWorld, gamers use the Wii Remote to make the necessary physical actions to chainsaw an opponent in half, impale an enemy with a signpost or decapitate a victim with a golf club. MadWorld is another reminder that parents need to make sure they watch what their kids watch and play what their kids play.”
“In the past, the Wii has successfully sold itself as being the gaming console for the entire family and a way to bring family-game nights back into people’s living rooms. Unfortunately, Nintendo opened its doors to the violent videogame genre. The National Institute on Media and the Family hopes that Nintendo does not lose sight of its initial audience and continues to offer quality, family-friendly games.”