Games the ESRB Has Rated Incorrectly


The Top Ten

1 Super Smash Bros. Brawl

What? This game isn't even the slightest amount of inappropriateness. Ok, the most inappropriate thing in it is wario farting while flying, which had me cracking up laughing when I was a kid. The most violent thing is attacking an opponent with a red plasma sword. No blood either. Frankly, even if there were any blood, it would be NOTHING compared to mortal kombat games and Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty

What's so inappropriate? I was like 5 and my brothers were like 10 when we got this game. Our parents bought it. I played it, expecting mature stuff, and there was NOTHING bad about it. It should be at least E10. I think it was because Solid Snake is in the game. - Discord

There's nothing inappropriate in this game

The original Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64 was rated E. Its sequels, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl (this, obviously), are both rated T, despite having less violence than the original (no blood, no gore, only characters getting punched around and sent flying). However, all of the sound effects in the first game were replaced with cartoon ones when the game was released outside of Japan. The high rating was because the graphics of Melee and Brawl were real unlike the original. For the fourth game, the rating drops to E10+ (Melee would have gotten E10+ as well, had that rating existed at the time). - Extractinator04

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2 Bombing Bastards

E10+ for Language isn't too uneasonable. Anything with damn, hell, or bastard (and aren't used properly) gets the E10+ rating automatically.

I actually disagree. Just because it has a bad word on the title doesn't mean it should be rated M. - randomuser2525

E10+, should be T at least - VideoGamefan5

I think it could possibly get away with an E-rating, since in many countries, words like "damn", "hell", "bitch", "bastard", "ass" are considered so mild that they aren't even profanity, just impolite slang words. But I sort of understand the E10+ for it being in the title.

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3 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Ocarina of Time had actual blood. What is Ocarina of Time rated? E. For everyone. ITS Zelda, PEOPLE! THIS IS FINE FOR KIDS! - Discord

Again, does not deserve a T rating. - N64Dude

This game should be rated E10, or even E. It's actually less dark and gritty than Wind Waker despite the art style.

Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask were way more graphic and had blood. Heck, even some parts from Skyward Sword were worse such as the Koloktos fight whereyou pick up these gigantic swords, chop off all of his limbs, and stab him in the heart until he dies while red specks fly out (by worst I mean more violence not worse gameplay because Koloktos fight = awesome). Anyway, ESRB screwed up. E10+ is a better rating.

4 Mario and Luigi: Dream Team

Reading title = FAIL! - computerfan0

This game should be rated E. England rated it for 3+. Maybe the 3D graphics pulled tge ESRB toward E10+

It has the same features as the other games in the series and they rated it E10+ - N64Dude

5 Super Smash Bros Melee

Melee's rating isn't that far off if you know that E10+ didn't exist in 2001. It was either E or T, and the ESRB decided to play it safe (Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS are both rated E10)

Same as Brawl. T for Teen for no reason. - N64Dude

Why Is The Original Super Smash Bros Game Rated E If The Other Are Rated T - MEGAMANZEROSTRIDER

I'm guessing Giga Bowser is the primary reason for SSBM being rated T. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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6 Portal

The sequel was worse, it should be E10+. maybe it is because it came packaged with 4 M rated games and had blood

7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
8 The Typing of the Dead

Is this game about zombies showing you how to type? What the heck is this?! - RiverClanRocks

I think all adults know how to type... - N64Dude

I dunno its literally house of the dead where typing the words/letters above enemies heads finishes them off in a glorious gory manner so if HoTD was M I don't see why they wouldn't change it in my humble opinion

Why is this not rated e

9 Mega Man Zero

A cruel, oppressive dictatorship run by the clone of your former disciple, robots getting killed rather brutally, and your original body gone evil who literally claims that he's the messiah...Y'know for kids! - PerfectImpulseX

This game and it's sequels all should've been rated T for Teen instead because they are a bit too dark and bloody even for E-rated game standards. - PerfectImpulseX

10 Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

The Contenders

11 Happy Wars
12 The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield

Should be E10+ or pegi 11 because just because there is an little bit of hell,damn,ass does not mean only teens should play this game.

13 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
14 The Incredibles

A game based off of The Incredibles was given a T rating. enough said.

15 Donkey Konga 2

Rated T for Teen for Bad Lyrics. Who cares? It's just a stupid song. - N64Dude

I've got an idea. Anything with Mario or Donkey Kong in it should make the rating lower. - computerfan0

Its Donkey Kong, he ain't violent

16 Earthbound

I can understand the Japanese version being rated M: do you know how much they censored this game before it was released in the USA? - FernandoLemon

At first I thought this was E but I found out it was T.

The ESRB rates it T for Teen for blood? Other than a tiny bit coming out of one of the enemies mouths, there is no blood. E10+ at most - N64Dude

Japan - M
USA - E10 (or a darker E before 2005) - Maddox121

17 South Park: Rally

DUMB! I've seen worse

Anything South Park should be m rated


Should be E10+ or T. I haven't played it, so I don't know which

18 Guitar Hero 5
19 Pikmin 2

E10+ Is A More Suitable Rating - VideoGamefan5

Should be E10+ there is a boss that shoots you with a gun and don't get me started on the final boss the titan dewevil - ikerevievs

There's a enemy with a gun as boss should be 10+ - ikerevievs

20 Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders
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