Back in October of 2019 we wrote about how Idea Factory International informed international audiences living in the land down under that Mary Skelter 2 wasn’t going to be released in the region due to a refusal of classification from the Australian Classification Board. Well, fast forward a couple of months and the game is now rated R18+ by the Australian Classification Board and is now available for download from the Nintendo Australia eShop.
You can pick up a digital copy of Mary Skelter 2 right now for the Nintendo Switch from the Nintendo Australia eShop for $60.00. However, during the first week of release the game is marked down by 20% off, so it’s available for only $48.00.
The game originally released in other regions on the Nintendo Switch following the butchered release on the PS4 after Sony enforced their censorship policies on the developers, which also caused the game to break for those who purchased the Chinese version of the game.
Back in late March of 2019 Idea Factory International announced that Mary Skelter 2 would be coming to the Nintendo Switch, and then later on May 10th, 2019 Idea Factory International confirmed that the game would also be heading West.
Back in August of 2019 Mary Skelter 2 launched in Japan for the Nintendo Switch, and then later launched on October 22nd, 2019 in the West… save for Australia, as mentioned above.
Now the really weird part about it is that the game was refused classification in Australia after it was submitted to the Australian Classification Board back on June 22nd, 2019. The original page stating that the game was refused classification is now no longer available on the official Classification Board website, but they do have a new entry up that claims that Mary Skelter 2 was rated and classified back on May 18th, 2019, which was clearly false otherwise Idea Factory International would have released the game in Australia along with the U.S., and U.K., version.
Apparently some wires got crossed somewhere and either Idea Factory International managed to get the board to re-rate the game, or someone at the board had a change of heart.
On the up and up, at least the game is available for purchase in Australia. You can grab a digital copy from the Nintendo eShop right now without being fettered by the pesky Classification Board.
(Thanks for the news tip Mantorok’s Branded)