No, a Smaller Screen Does Not Mean you can Release a Banned Video Game

Last year's Mortal Kombat reboot was never released on console in Australia, because it exceeded the country's MA15+ rating. Without an adults-only rating Down Under, the game couldn't be put on shelves.

With the game getting a later release on the PlayStation Vita, though, publishers Warner Bros. figured they'd try their luck and re-submit Mortal Kombat for classification. They didn't make any changes to the title's violence, mind you. They just hit the re-submit button.

"Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment submitted Mortal Kombat Vita for classification to the Australian Classification Board as we believed that the smaller screen of the PlayStation Vita greatly reduced the impact of violence.", the publisher told Kotaku Australia in a statement.

"This view was not shared by the Australian Classification Board and as such has been refused classification in Australia."

Hilarious.

Mortal Kombat Has Been Refused Classification For The Third Time [Kotaku Australia]