The recent eShop maintenance didn’t bring Nintendo fans the much-rumored Twilight Princess HD, but it did add in a useful feature. The International Age Rating Coalition, or IARC, is now a part of Nintendo’s eShop for all of its systems. IARC is a simplified way for video game developers to rate their digital content across the varied rating systems around the world. By simply filling out a form, a developer can get the proper ratings for each country within moments. This will allow the developers to release their digital content at a lower cost and without the threat of being rejected for an improper rating.

IARC infograph

It might sound boring, but IARC will help Nintendo and other video game publishers to more easily provide content to their various fans across the globe while eliminating a couple of hurdles for smaller studios. That opens up more opportunities for more games to reach more people.

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  • Ryan Haney

    “Lower cost” sounds great to me.

  • Isaac Cook

    As long as they aren’t in charge of dishing out the ratings I guess.