Nintendo pulls Dead or Alive over porn fears

Nintendo's latest fighting title for its flagship 3DS hand-held console, Dead or Alive: Dimensions, has had its released cancelled in some countries following allegations that it may breach Swedish child pornography laws.

The game - a full review of which you can find here - is the latest in the long-running Dead or Alive series, which features a variety of characters who pummel each other across a range of backdrops. While the tactical fighting action is beloved by many, the game is most famous for one thing: breasts.

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Specifically, the somewhat pneumatic charms of its leading ladies, who can all be said to be blessed in the mammary department. Drawing its inspirations from the world of Japanese manga, that's no surprise - but the back-story for some of the characters has led to a possible breach of child protection legislation in Sweden. Three of the game's characters - Ayane, Koroke, and Kasumi - are described by in-game lore as being under 18 years of age, making them 'children' in the eyes of Swedish law.

This prevents them from being depicted in "a pornographic situation."While the fighting game itself is far from pornographic, the game's distributor in the region - Bergsala - responded to concerns that an in-game photography mode, which allows players to look up characters' dresses in certain poses, could count as 'pornographic' enough for police to take an interest by pulling the title the shelves.

The game will now no longer be available in Sweden, Denmark, or Norway - despite no formal investigation having yet been made. In a statement to gaming news site Eurogamer's Swedish arm, Nintendo and Bergsala claimed that a joint decision had been taken to cancel the game's release.

"Nintendo of Europe has decided not to release the game in Sweden, for various reasons," the statement read.

Although the statement didn't give a reason for the cancellation, it did declare that the companies involved are sorry for "how this impacts Swedish fans of Dead or Alive."The game will remain available throughout the rest of Europe, Nintendo has confirmed.

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