Wii U would appear to be very different from Wii. While Wii had a family friendly image, in the first month of the Wii U's release four violent 18-rated games have hit the console. The latest, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, is arguably the bloodiest of the lot with vats of blood spilled as you slice through bone and muscle. It's all a bit silly but you might need a strong stomach to handle it. Yet, violent video games appearing on Nintendo consoles is nothing new.
From SNES right up to Wii U, plenty of blood has been spilled in these, the most violent and controversial games in Nintendo's history.
Mortal Kombat 2 (SNES 1994)
With Mario, Pikachu and Link as its famous faces, Nintendo still has a family friendly image but back in early 1990s, the company made it their business to preserve it. So the SNES version of Mortal Kombat, a violent fighting game which stood out thanks to its spine-ripping finishing moves, was toned down. Some of the fatalities were replaced with less violent finishing moves and, hilariously, we had sweat instead of blood. The result? Mortal Kombat sold really well. On Mega Drive. We do what Nintendon't had never been more apt.
It wouldn't be the only time a game would be toned down for Nintendo platforms. Carmageddon 64 replaced the humans from the PC original with zombies and blood with green gore but the difference was that Carmageddon was rubbish. People loved Mortal Kombat.
So by the time Mortal Kombat 2 was released for SNES in 1994, the blood was back. Apart from in Japan, where the blood was coloured green. And Germany where all versions of the game were confiscated. Indeed Mortal Kombat is the reason the M rating exists. Rated M for Mortal Kombat...