The National Institute on Media and the Family isn't happy with MadWorld on Wii, issuing a press release this morning.
The group feels Nintendo has "shed its 'family friendly'" reputation by granting a release for the bloody title on the Wii, and calls for Nintendo to "not lose sight of its initial audience". It's not the first time the group have spoke on gaming issues - the predictable inclusion of Grand Theft Audio and weirdly, Stubbs the Zombie, for supposedly promoting cannibalism, are two highlights.
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.
Dr. David Walsh, president of the National Institute on Media and the Family.
Thanks to IGN, C3 reader Linkyshinks.
Surely catering for all includes those who enjoy gorier, bloody titles?