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A recent rumor suggests the western release of Xenoblade Chronicles X may feature some censored material.

Some images, first posted on Neogaf, reveal a comparison between a costume for the character Lin. The images showcase Lin in two different costumes, one that is semi-clothed in the EU release of the game, and one that is in a full bikini in the Japanese release of the game.

It should be noted that character of Lin is aged thirteen in the Japanese release of Xenoblade Chronicles X. There is a rumor circulating that her age was changed  to fifteen for the European and North American releases, however John Ricciardi of localization company 8-4 has stated that the age of the character is still the same.

According the Neogaf post, none of the other characters are affected by these costume changes, although that has not been confirmed at this time. 

This is not the first time Nintendo has been involved with censoring games for their system. Other role-playing games, such as Bravely Default by Silicon Studio and Square Enix, also had censored costumes for their characters to make them look less risque. Other Nintendo products, such as Fire Emblem: Awakening, also received censored images of the playable cast through DLC titled The Summer Scramble Pack

According to the twitter user @_teikage, the images are the same costume name, and will likely have the same statistics in-game. This means that the censorship found in Xenoblade Chronicles X is purely cosmetic.

The game itself is a Wii U exclusive, and will be released in North America on December 4th.

Techraptor has reached out to Nintendo for a comment, but have not received any details at this time. We will update this story if we get a response. 

Quick Take

If you ask me, this is a good idea. For one, it’s a bit weird to personally see a young teen walking around in a bikini while piloting a giant mech and fighting aliens. The point of the costume is obviously for titillation only, which is another issue altogether. Frankly, the new versions of the said costume actually fit the bill better; it makes the character of Lin look sexual without being overly pandering.

This is probably the best, practical move in the end. Nintendo likely doesn’t want to have a problem with people complaining, so censoring something that is purely cosmetic is a fair trade in this case. It is doubtful the loss of these costumes will really effect Xenoblade Chronicles X at all. But what do you think about this? Make sure to leave your comments below.

Robert Grosso

Staff Writer

A game playing, college teaching, erudite-minded scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for over five years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution and Giant Bomb as well as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.

  • TrojanHorse711

    Still don’t fully trust 8-4 with Xenoblade after NoE’s godly localization for the original Wii game. However, this definitely makes more sense than censoring Fatal Frame, an M-RATED game. Will wait and see if they made any other notable changes.

  • Casey

    Not to tell artists what to and what not to put in their games, but 13? Really? In a tiny bikini?

    like, what is the literal point of that? At any rate, this won’t affect gameplay so, eh, do it I guess.

  • Zepherdog

    The japanese are weird like that, but I’d rather they keep the product untouched even if it doesn’t make sense.

    Not everything has to make sense, be realistic or justified, people want to put a girl kicking ass in a bikini in their game, just fucking let them.

  • mbits

    I thought we had done away with the puritans before my time came on this planet. And here we are — new puritans back in America running the show. This is fucking mind-blowing.

  • Fient

    This is old news, the rumor is almost confirmed and it’s been floating around.

    I already cancelled my pre order.
    NOA and NOE keep butchering games.
    They rewrite dialogue, remove content and censor so many things. It’s a shame that Nintendo can produce good games but their terrible localizer branch does not respect that.

    But hey they’ve been doing that since mortal kombat.
    Nintendo only cares about kids.

  • Saves me some money. I won’t support censorship if I can avoid doing so.

  • Audie Bakerson

    “this is a good idea.”

    Please never write an article again.

  • Moof chan

    The costume she was ‘censored’ with is already in the game in the first place.
    Secondly, the screenshots show so little. You can’t see anything to determine anything concrete from them.
    Third, no names are shown or shared or anything at all for the outfits, so we only have this guys word that it’s true. And this guy had basically no followers until he posted this on twitter.

    Basically, there’s too many unknowns and too much not shown to confirm any of this just based on what this guy is saying.

    I’ve said this on several sites already, but I figured I’d throw my two cents here too.

  • Robert Grosso

    Prepare to be sorely disappointed.

  • Robert Grosso

    We did sit on the story since Sunday, and I have contacted Nintendo to give us some sort of confirmation, so far nothing yet but if they do get back to us, we will update it. For now, it’s still rumor territory for sure, hence the title itself.

  • Audie Bakerson

    First they came for lolis
    I mocked everyone who spoke up

    Then they came for me
    I was sorely disapointed.

  • Robert Grosso

    Invoking Martin Niemöller is a bit much, no? Last I checked, Nintendo is not taking you anywhere.

  • BurntToShreds

    I said it elsewhere, and I’ll say it again here: Who the hell do they think is buying this game? From my understanding, Xenoblade’s fans are an especially devoted niche group of people that wouldn’t be bothered by fictional polygonal teenagers in bikinis, not God-fearing overbearing soccer-moms that think boobs are the devil.

  • Fient

    It’s a piece of armor that’s clearly the token fanservice armor of the game, it can be used by everyone.
    No one would ever see this unless they purposely decided to mess around with the gear and gave her the bikini armor intentionally.
    She doesn’t even look 13, she looks like 15. They could have bumped her age there and let it be.

  • Fient

    Neither makes sense, neither would be obstructed by the ESRB.

    They censored both games entirely 100% voluntarily with no legitimate reason.
    They did it because they wanted to and that falls entirely in the responsability of NOA and NOE.

  • Experiment #626

    they made potatoe look even younger. if the censored version is too risque for soccer moms

  • SevTheBear

    I like my bikini girls but this is just plain weird. Who knows maybe they will sell it as DLC at some point so the horny boys can get their fix. Look we all have our view on this. But my personal opinion is that the new outfits looks better and the bikinis is just silly fanservice. Censorship is something I’m against if it’s about creative freedom. But this is a dumb bikini outfit. You can find all the bikini service you want by just googling it 😉

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  • Fox Williams

    I think it’s an interesting and difficult line to draw between localizing for different cultures, and “censoring” for fear of the local reaction. Is there a difference?

    In this case, it is far more common in Japan to display under-aged females in more revealing outfits than would be culturally normal in the west. Additionally, it’s also common to have absurdly, even comically, skimpy outfits on female & male characters that some western audience members may find uncomfortably revealing. If not uncomfortable, they might just find them too silly to take seriously, and find it a distraction from the otherwise excellent story of the RPG.

    I’m opposed to any developer censoring their content for fear of what weak-minded, easily-offended individuals would do or say, but I do think they need to consider all of these issues when localizing a game. The best solution is to NEVER employ region locking, so that people can at least import the game, even if they don’t understand the language.

  • Hogtree Octovish

    If the rumours are true but if it’s just Lynlee who’s been censored, then I don’t have too much of a problem with it.
    Given the character’s age and that it’s a 12/T-rated game, and the fact that the Anglosphere tends to be more prudish on this kind of thing than Japan, I can the logic in doing it.

    That’s not to say I agree with the decision (if I was translating the game, I would have left it in. It’s not that revealing in my opinion and I’m assuming (unless the stats are really, really good on it) that it’s just an optional piece of armour that you weren’t forced to use anyway) but sadly that’s the world we live in.

  • JD Fox

    The censoring is likely done for the differences in culture. I believe the age of consent is 13 in Japan which is why they would find it acceptable to have a scantily clad 13 year old while in the USA we’d be repulsed by it.

  • Zepherdog


  • Audie Bakerson

    If you think you are going to be anywhere other than first against the wall when the pro-censorship take control, you’re mistaken.

    I visit(ed) TechRaptor for anti-censorship stance. Not this.

  • Nathaniel Plain

    It would be harder to argue against this kind of change if Lin was the only that had a swimsuit outfit, or that her swimsuit happened to be more revealing than others, but that is just not the case. The bikini armor is not exclusive to Lin. All female soldiers can wear the same swimsuits. So they are deliberately choosing a single character to remove the swimsuit option from.

    Second, this is a T for Teen game. Just because older (and likely the larges audience) can play it, the game can and is playback by teenagers. This includes teenage boys. They should be allowed the same fanservice that the older gamers are “treated” to.

  • MusouTensei

    Censorship is never a good idea and unacceptable.

  • Robert Grosso

    You may not like my opinion on the subject, but i’m not going to change it to suit the needs of the people reading.

    I am simply reporting the facts of the rumor in the end. You don’t like the commentary through the quick take? Sorry to disappoint, but not everyone agrees in the end.

  • Wolfe

    You reported the facts and we appreciate that.

    Your take on the story at the end is purely opinion and invites a response, which you have gotten.

  • Robert Grosso

    I’m ok with responses.

    I’m not ok with insults or passive-aggressive dramatic flairs though. So tacky now a days. And pointless.

  • Casey

    Yeah, that’s where I ultimately fall on this issue. Artists should have final say.

  • DariusQ

    While I never agree with censorship ‘nerfing’ Xenoblade Chronicles X isn’t the worst thing in the world. At least it isn’t rated M like Fatal Frame/Project Zero which also got censored for the similar material.

  • DariusQ

    Ironically, a similar bikini was in Xenoblade Chronicles and even made it into the 3DS re-release without being censored.

  • Bitterbear

    There are worse outfits in Toddlers and Tiaras.

  • Looks like I’m emulating this shit once Cemu works properly.

  • Hello Comment Section,

    I wanted to jump in here, just to say that TechRaptor as a site does not agree with censorship and that we do allow our staff to have and share their opinions, hence the Quick Take section being completely separate from the actual news portion.

    To back up my point, we re-posted this article in the past, in part because we didn’t approve of the censorship behind it:

    Hope that clears things up. – Rutledge Daugette, Founder

  • Kev Lew

    While I love to see alternate costumes and can understand wanting to make the default stuff more socially acceptable to the cultures you export your work to, I would prefer that the changed content be gated behind an alternate costume menu rather than removed outright. I can understand companies airing on the side of caution for certain age restricted costuming though. Tera did something similar, and TBH I am glad they did.

  • Sandman83

    Personally I think all censorship is horrible. Especially in gaming. Games are our times greatest work of art. There is no other medium that better captures our times best music, artwork, storytelling etc. and simply put you in the middle of it all. To censor this is as horrible as if one would paint over a painting because it was consider to violent, or to sexy or whatever. And really, Xenoblade Chronicles X is especially bad as that game from my point of view is the best game ever created and truly is breathtaking in every way.

    Not a single censorship in that game even makes any sense (you’ll understand if you played the game).

    Still great game worth to pick up on but it’s just sad that it would be censored in the aspects:

    * Lin was censored because she introduces her self as 13 years old if you ask for her age (*Spoiler* she might be alot older). In other words if you find a bathing suits and equip her whit it it’s less revealing. Besides, laws should be for humans that need the protection and not for fictional characters.

    * Breast sliders was removed, woman can in other words not create an avatar that looks like themself in this aspect. This is a little sad as one of the fun aspect of the game is to create an avatar that looks like yourself and thereby putting yourself in the game as one of the last survivors of mankind.

    This is also pretty stupid as even kids game like the sims have this now addays. It’s like a standard feature and just on of like 30 other things you can customize about you’re character.

    * The creator is the mastermind behind final fantasy 4 – 8, Chrono trigger, Secret of mana, Xenogears. Some references to Xenogears was removed for some reason witch from my point of view would have been cool as it’s the same person that created them (not same company).

    In other cases the censorshop actually managed to even change the story (Xenogears, Final fantasy 6, project Zero 5 for example).

    That we do this is as stup as the times trough history when we decided to burn every book of something for whatever the reason or executed great cientists just because we didn’t agree whit them.