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Fire Emblem Fates will include same-sex marriages, according to Nintendo.

The upcoming strategy-RPG will feature same-sex relationships, based upon the version of the game you purchase. Like Pokémon, Fates will be released in two versions, titled Conquest and Birthright. Who you can marry will depend on which game you purchase.

“In the Conquest edition of the game, there is a male character that the game’s player may have his/her male main character marry after they bond in battle.” stated Nintendo. “Similarly, the Birthright edition features a female character that a female main character may marry after bonding in battle.”

Both titles will be released simultaneously, and will include different storylines, characters, and gameplay challenges. Nintendo has also stated that a third version of Fates will be released as downloadable content in the near future, which will include appearances by several characters from each game.

Nintendo was previously under fire for their response to the video game Tomodachi Life, a 3DS life simulator, for excluding same-sex marriage and even patching out a glitch that allowed same-sex relationships in the game. Nintendo defended their position, stating “It is not possible for us to change this game’s design, and such a significant development change can’t be accomplished with a post-ship patch.” Nintendo, however, stated that the inclusion of same-sex marriage in future games of the series was a likely possibility.

Nintendo also made a statement regarding the announcement of same-sex marriage in Fire Emblem Fates, stating that “gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate.” This is the first time Nintendo will include same-sex relationships of any kind in one of their products officially.

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest and Birthright will be released on June 25th in Japan, and early next year in the U.S.

Did Nintendo make the right move here? What do you think? Leave your comments below.

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  • Bio Sock

    Same sex marriage is all well and good but… 3 different versions of the game? Really? That’s fucking cheeky.

  • Robert Grosso

    To be fair, Pokemon does it all the time…

  • BasedLink

    Yeah, but Pokemon has incentives in version-exclusive Pokemon among other things. Fire Emblem Fates has a feature that, whether it was included or excluded, adds pretty much nothing to the core gameplay experience.

  • Robert Grosso

    Actually, if you look at both games, we have exclusive characters to recruit, different storyline, and even different game mechanics in both titles, not to mention the continuation of revamping the series which started in Awakening.

    So saying it adds nothing to the core experience is a gross misnomer if you ask me. I see a lot of incentives right there.

  • cptk

    Exactly, people kick off about DLC but EA and Ubisoft don’t force you to buy the game multiple times to get all the content.

    Nintendo seem to get a free pass when it comes to this sort of stuff.

  • SevTheBear

    Pokemon style oh yeah, 3 version of the game because that’s what everyone want’s right?

  • Ben

    Well as long as the game is good, then again I don’t play JRPG so I have no clue what is good.