Games that come over seas tend to be altered for American players. After all Japan has games in circulation that would be considered too lewd for this place. Many visual novels tend to fall into this category, not to discredit the genre but many of them will more than likely never see the light of day over here. Despite this certain genre, Nintendo decided to censor certain aspects of the next game in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Fates.
The changes in Fire Emblem Fate are reported as being “appropriate for that particular territory.” In other words the changes that are made to the game are what is considered appropriate for the region that the game is released in. While these changes might cause some debate as to rather or not they are necessary, but in order to understand what was removed it would be best to take a look at what changes have been made
The first change is towards the affection system in regards to the character Soleil. Soleil is a female character that happens to be attracted to other women. While this aspect wasn’t changed what was is what happens if a male protagonist develops a bond with her. The protagonist will spike “her drink with a magic powder that reverses the gender of all character in her eyes.” In other words if you are male she will see you as female, and if you are female she will see you as male. Once the effect wears off, and if the bond is high enough with the protagonist then Soleil will continue to have the bond with him. This could be viewed as changing her sexual preference. In today’s environment it can be understood why Nintendo has decided to change this, despite not revealing how they changed it for American players. On the other hand the next change could be called absolutely necessary.
The next change has to do with the pet system seen in Pokémon. What is being petted is not a cute little monster, but the protagonist’s significant other. It’s understandable why Nintendo removed this. In a statement provided by Nintendo the company reported that “the main reason for removing it is to not have features that would be inappropriate for the region.” Considering some of the things that others have found playing the game on Youtube it might have been for the best that this part of the game was removed.
While some may complain about censorship of this game, they need to remember the last game also had some censorship in it. These type of alterations to games that come overseas aren’t uncommon and the alternative is not having the games at all. So players need to look forward to February 19th.
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