DOA D pulled Noric release

Published on May 23rd, 2011

The release of Dead or Alive: Dimensions has been pulled in Sweden, Norway and Denmark to avoid potentially violating Swedish Child Pornography laws.

Though the rest of Europe saw Tecmo Koei’s 3DS fighter hit shelves last Friday but Dimensions was pulled from release in Nordic countries by Nintendo Europe who have handled publishing duties for the game.

Under Swedish law, any image, whether photographic, computer-generated or hand-drawn, that depicts under-18s in a sexual context is seen as child pornography.

Dead or Alive: Dimensions features a handful of female fighters under the age of 18. These fighters can be observed in a number of poses and camera angles in the game’s Figure Mode where players can take stylish and potentially sexually-suggestive photos.

For these reasons, Nintendo Europe and distributor Bergsala decided to cancel the game’s release before any action could be taken.

"Nintendo Of Europe have decided not to release the game in Sweden, for various reasons," the two firms told Eurogamer Sweden in a joint statement. "We are sorry for how this impacts fans of Dead Or Alive. Thankfully, it’s extremely unusual that these things happen."

Dead or Alive: Dimensions is available now in the UK exclusively for Nintendo 3DS.

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