The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that assigns age and content ratings, enforces industry-adopted advertising guidelines, and ensures responsible online privacy principles for computer and video games in the United States and Canada. The ESRB was established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association (formerly the Interactive Digital Software Association), in response to criticism of violent content found in video games such as Night Trap, Mortal Kombat, and other controversial video games portraying excessively violent or intense sexual situations.
|Rating||Rating meaning||Active since||Description||Restricted?|
|E||Everyone (E)||1994 (as "Kids to Adults")||Games with this rating contain content which the board believes is suitable for general audiences; they can contain infrequent use of "mild" or cartoon/fantasy violence, and mild language. Until 1998, when it was renamed "Everyone", this rating was known as Kids to Adults (K-A).||No|
|E10+||Everyone 10+ (E10+)||March 2005||Games with this rating contain content which the board believes is suitable for general audiences aged 10 years of age and older. They can contain a larger amount of violence, mild language, or suggestive content than the standard E rating can accommodate, but not to the same extent as the "Teen" rating.||No|
|T||Teen (T)||1994||Games with this rating contain content which the board believes is suitable for those aged 13 years and older; they can contain moderate amounts of violence (including small amounts of blood), mild to moderate language or suggestive themes, and crude humor.||No|
|M||Mature (M)||1994||Games with this rating contain content which the board believes is suitable for those aged 17 years and older; they can contain more intense and/or realistic portrayals of violence than T-rated games (including blood and gore), stronger sexual themes and content, nudity, and heavier use of strong language.||Yes. Children under 17 may not buy or rent an M rated game unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.|
|AO||Adults Only (AO)||1994||Games with this rating contain content which the board believes is unsuitable for people under 18 years of age; they can contain stronger sexual themes and content, graphic nudity, or extreme levels of violence—higher than the "Mature" rating can accommodate. This rating typically covers adult video games. None of Nintendo's games are rated AO.||Yes. Children under 18 may not buy or rent an AO rated game, even if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.|
Donkey Kong Series Games Ratings
Rated E (or K-A) games:
- Donkey Kong '94
- Donkey Kong Country
- Donkey Kong Land
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
- Donkey Kong Land 2
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
- Donkey Kong Land III
- Diddy Kong Racing
- Donkey Kong 64
- Donkey Konga
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong
- DK: King of Swing
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
- Diddy Kong Racing DS
- Donkey Kong Barrel Blast
- DK: Jungle Climber
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!
- Donkey Kong Country Returns
- Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
- Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
- Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge