Fire Emblem cuts content to appease Westerners

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Fire Emblem Fates, a pair of new titles in the series, will be released in North America on February 19, but the game has not made it unscathed through the localization process. EDIT: The source for this is Kotaku’s response from Nintendo

Relationships have always played a part in Fire Emblem games, often granting bonuses during combat  and unlocking backstory through dialogue. One of these conversations has drawn ire, however, for featuring a magical powder which helps a female overcome her incessant overreactions when she sees cute girls. Some have mistakenly identified this as a “cure” for her same-sex attractions (it isn’t) and that the covert way in which it was administered as violating (it wasn’t).

More than happy to appease the vocal minority, Nintendo has “leveled up” when taking on the West’s growing fascination with the moral cleansing of media through social justice campaigns: it will just hack away at its games to make sure there isn’t problematic content for international releases.

Gamers who haven’t read up on the title won’t know the real backstory between the two characters because it has been altered and will not feature the psuedo-controversy. It’s a real shame that fans will have to resort to online guides or other resources to find out what they may be missing from the game because of the more stringent localization process.

It isn’t just dialogue that has seen the ax, though. The Japanese game had the ability to “physically” interact with characters through the touch screen of the 3DS, similar to Pokémon’s own Amie mini-game, but this was apparently seen as too much for English speakers to handle. The dialogue characters gave changed depending on their relationship level and could get quite romantic if they were close.

What do you think? Do you wish that Nintendo hadn’t caved to the easily offended?

<3 PJ

  1. I ask because I keep seeing this rumor and when I check on articles, no one can offer true and reliable sources for it. No official statements from Nintendo. No words from people who actually work on Nintendo. Nothing. The closes tot a source is an article from Kotaku *which also lacks sources other than a supposed “Nintendo exployee”, and which is passed around as some gospel truth by MANY supposedly reliable gaming sites.

    So yea, give us concrete proof of what you claim.

      1. i do appreciate your effort, but that does not clear up the doubts. This
        is exactly the same Kotaku article that I told you about, containing a
        supposed “souce” that in practice is almost impossible to verify. The
        fact that, as I said, every single article’s source is STILL Kotaku
        rather than any official Nintendo statements is still incredibly shady,
        and the fact that NOA hasn’t said anything despite how it’s releasing
        info about the DLC’s doesn’t help.

        Still, thank you for your reply!

  2. It is the games press that create these pseudo contraversies because their core audience of gamers has been migrating to YouTube. They have to appeal to the ‘progressive left’ (or regressive left, if you actually pay attention to what they advocate) in order to get clicks. The social justice mobs don’t even play these games. Companies are being indirectly pressured to censor by ever-desperate games journalists, not by a majority of their consumers. This is the illusion they are trying to create. This is what social justice doesn’t want you to see:

  3. Your source is Kotaku isn’t it? Nintendo has not come out completely to state their views on this. If it is true, the changing of Soleil’s dialogue makes complete sense. With the growing homosexual movement in the United States, this wouldn’t sit well with the populous. You could just go and read the true dialogue online if you want to anyways. People are only hoping that the face-rubbing minigame is not gone. After that, I’d say that Fire Emblem Fates is coming up to be quite an awesome title.

  4. Update: Turns out that the models and the dialogue will be kept but there won’t be any actual petting. It will basically be the Fates equivalent of the Barracks.

  5. Actually, it was LGBT people in Japan complaining about this. Not sure where you’re getting this nonsense about how the western politically-correct individuals are ruining your video games but it’s whatever.

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