The version of Fire Emblem Fates we’re getting next month from Nintendo will be different from the version sold in Japan. It won’t include a sequence where a woman is drugged, for example. Is this censorship of an unsavory societal element that needs attention called to it? Not quite….it’s all about context. In this instance the results are presented as favorable, and that would definitely offend people. A minigame will also be removed that involves petting your characters to make them happy.
A video of the excised feature is shown below. As you can see, it’s not THAT controversial, seeing that all you’re doing is stroking someone’s head. But…..WHY would I want to stroke a character’s head? I have yet to hear of a segment of this game being cut that I don’t mind losing.
A Nintendo representative told Polygon, “You might have heard somewhat misinterpreted or exaggerated information about the Japanese original game, but even in the Japanese original version, we have not included any features which are considered inappropriate in Japan.” Is he suggesting there’s content censored from EVERY version? Wonder what the prototype was like. “Having said that, however, making changes are not unusual when we localize games, and we have indeed made changes in these games.”
Games from Nintendo’s recent past — mostly JRPGs — have been edited prior to being sold across the sea. This includes previous Fire Emblem games. But it’s this round of edits that’s attracting attention and provoking debate, mainly because the things being deleted are so bizarre.