Going to work for a corporate organization with a shiny image like Nintendo requires some sacrifice. Many companies, including those in the entertainment industry, require moral clauses. These rules prohibit participants from acting in a manner that the company deems inappropriate in a manner that could harm their product. Generally speaking, the more squeaky the company cleans, the more intense the moral clause. For example, when Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and several other swimmers claim to have destroyed the bathroom at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. swimming have banned Lochte from competing for 10 months. The Olympics may not want some hot vandal to bathe at a gas station by the pool. But what Nintendo is happening is on another level.
Axios Games reporter Stephen Totillo yesterday morning tweet images of a heavily edited contract from the current Epic Games vs. Apple, which included a section on Boryokudan or the Anti-Social Forces. What are these forces? If you’ve guessed Luigi’s pregnant art fan, you’re dead wrong. Nintendo bans its Japanese partners from working with organized crime syndicates such as Yakuza. In addition, the document states that content providers in Japan may not “make violent demands”, “use threats or violence in connection with transactions” or spread false rumors using fraud or force. Forget about social media posts. Nintendo has bigger fish to fry, like keeping the Yakuza away from the mushroom kingdom.
As for these Yakuza games not yet available on Nintendo platforms, IGN notes that content providers are not prohibited from playing organized crime games. However, Yakuza CEO Toshihiro Nagoshi once said that it doesn’t think Nintendo is the place to play because it’s for kids and teens. It is not yet clear if he knows that many children and teenagers also play violent video games.