Games the ESRB Has Rated Incorrectly

The Top Ten Games the ESRB Has Rated Incorrectly

1 Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Fart jokes can be seen in even g rated movies and that is the reason this game got the rating equivalent to pg-13

I heard it was all because of crude humor since Wario farts in the game, which is a pretty silly reason to give it a T rating

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

2 Bombing Bastards

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

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

It was rated T last time I checked, not E10+ any more. - myusernameisthis

E10+, should be T at least - VideoGamefan5

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

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.

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

4 Super Smash Bros Melee

This was back when the E10+ rating didn't exist, so the ESRB probably thought it was a little too much for an E game. - myusernameisthis

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)

I could play this at 5

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

5 Mario and Luigi: Dream Team

Reading title = FAIL! - computerfan0

No, but Dreamy Luigis fall off the screen! That's too graphic for kids! /s

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

6 Portal

I agree, it should be E. - myusernameisthis

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

7 The Typing of the Dead

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

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

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

8 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
9 Donkey Kong Jungle Beat

The very first game rated E10+? Wouldn't that go to a Harry Potter game or something - N64Dude

10 Tom and Jerry: War of the Whiskers

A Tom and Jerry game got rated T. enough said. - computerfan0

I could play this at 3

Get that higher on the list! that's nothing compared to the incredibles!

Tom & jerry rated T? - VideoGamefan5

The Newcomers

? Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

why is this e10+ - myusernameisthis

The Contenders

11 Happy Wars
12 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Rated T for Teen. COME ON RATERS! Harry Potter is appropriate and they rate the series T and PG-13?!?! - N64Dude

13 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

14 SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge

I agree, there's no need at all for an E10+ for this game. - myusernameisthis


15 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.

16 Conker: Live and Reloaded

No, there is still adult humor, violence and everything else you don't want your kids watching, sure, the cussing is beeped, but it's still there! - myusernameisthis

This game should be rated T. The swearing is censored, the difficulty was dumbed down, come on. The Simpsons is a PG rated show and Conker Live and Reloaded has NOTHING that hasn't been seen in the Simpsons. - Discord

17 The Incredibles

That's stupid! This is a DISNEY/PIXAR game! No PIXAR game shall EVER get a Teen rating!

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

Just like Meelee, this was when the E10+ rating didn't exist. - myusernameisthis

A pg movie turned into a t game hows that happpen?

18 Cube Life: Island Survival
19 Guitar Hero 5
20 Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders

Should be rated AO. - RalphBob

21 Age of Empires II
22 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

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

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

Should have been E10+. - myusernameisthis

23 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

24 Rock Band 2
25 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

It's because the E10+ rating didn't exist until 2005. - KalloFox34

26 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

27 Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
28 Guitar Hero

Because Some Of The Songs Say Bad Words

You can also play the drums or sing.

How is it rated T? All you just do is play guitar. - Connor360

29 Guitar Hero: Metallica
30 Shrek

I could play this at 9

Because it contains high level of Shrek is love...Shrek is life - CerealGuy


31 Shadow the Hedgehog

Well they where originally aiming for a T rating but the E10+ rating was established at the last second so they tried aiming for that instead, but I think it still should be rated T for gun violence and frequent language. - myusernameisthis

Definitely Should Be Teen - JPK

Nah, it's fine where it is. - KalloFox34

T rating at most.

32 Batman: Arkham Knight

A little more gritty than the other Batman Arkham games, but shouldn't be M

33 Rock Band 3
34 Mother 3

It should be T or even M like earthbound - ikerevievs

What e this game should be t its way to dark to be a e rated game - ikerevievs

How about E10

35 Super Mario Oddysey

It's because of how much of a MILF Pauline became, isn't it - xandermartin98


It was E10+ because of Sherms, those tanks you can capture. - ChroniclerMan5

I emailed ERSB to make sure they change the rating to E - GumballWatterson

36 Minecraft

Why e10+ there's no major violence in this game - ikerevievs

Violence in this game includes: killing zombies, spiders and wolves, lighting animals on fire, killing animals with swords, axes, and bows, exploding TNT, and killing other players with objects and weapons. E10+ is the correct rating, if you ask me. - Extractinator04

However kids can play online, which can be very inappropriate. Some Minecraft skins( or avatars, for few of those unfamiliar with the game) can be inappropriate and sexual.

Whats this doing here?

37 Super Smash Bros Wii U3DS

It was rated correctly. Was. Then Bayonetta was added. Sure, it's still E10 for those who didn't download her (provided they didn't play online where she could still be encountered), but then Smash Ultimate included her and this time she wasn't optional and her series had even more representation. Still rated E10.

Ultimate was also rated incorrectly for the same reason as this one: Bay. O. Netta.

The inclusion of Bayonetta in ANY game requires a T rating AT LEAST!

Inclusion of Bayonetta!? That requires a rating of T at least!

38 Azure Striker Gunvolt
39 Persona 5

I know it has a lot of swearing but compared to games like Halo, this is pretty tame for being rated M, I think it could have gotten away with a T rating.

40 Halo

Should be rated T, most parents on CSM say 11+. - myusernameisthis

MUST BE RATED T! also can be AO

Say if it must be rated t or ao

41 Age of Empires

Because the violence here is SO realistic with its 1997 graphics... - romanempire249

42 Fortnite

Shadow The hedgehog has Swearing, Guns, Animated Blood, Cries of pain, Darker themes (Spoiler: Shadow kills eggman in one of the finals) and it's rated E10+. Fortnite only had guns with no blood and the violence is minor compared to shadow the hedgehog and esrb put a T rating

Should be E10 - B1ueNew

43 Cuphead

Nah, it's fine with an E-rating. - KalloFox34

44 Sonic Lost World

It's rated E10+ due to references to genocide, and violent dialogue.

It looks super E Rated - Jake09

There seems to be nothing wrong with it and should be rated E instead of E 10 plus

This game looks E rated not E10+

45 Itchy & Scratchy
46 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies

And HOW were the games T rated in the first place? - N64Dude

DD gained an "M" rating. Kinda weird, considering how it contains nothing the previous games didn't have. It should have a "T" rating. - FernandoLemon

47 Call of Duty

Call of Duty. More like call of dirty, or call of doody. This game is extremely violent. My friend played this when we were kids and he dissected insects for fun. He literally fell on the floor laughing when he played it and brutally murdered someone.

It's fine where it is. - KalloFox34

Should be rated T.

Should be M! - computerfan0

48 Halo 4
49 The Orion Conspiracy

So what if they say F word its nothing you have not heard at the Middle School cafeteria. - Extractinator04

50 A Hat in Time

They re-rated it T in 2019, why? - myusernameisthis

I think it's because of the pool of blood in the murder mystery level. - Discord1

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