Nintendo of Japan has launched a new program
to better differentiate its diverse
Wii software lineup. According to the company, future Wii games that earn a CERO C rating (equivalent to ESRB's Teen rating) or above will be packaged in new black boxes. Likely, this initiative was started due to the upcoming release of Zangeki no Reginleiv
, Nintendo's first CERO D–rated game (ages 17 and up) in Japan.
It seems this is a platform-wide mandate, as Biohazard: The Darkside Chronicles
looks to become the first third-party game to sport Nintendo's black packaging. By differentiating "hardcore" games from the rest of the Wii lineup, core
gamers should have a much easier time identifying the titles they might like. As for helping "casual" folk make the quick decision
, it's as yet unconfirmed if Nintendo will continue to use that striking
red box for all Mario-themed games.