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Last week we reported that Fire Emblem: Fates would have some modified dialogue in the west. Today, Nintendo of America has revealed to Kotaku that dialogue changes aren’t all that will be different when the game releases on Western shores – a minigame that in the Japanese release of the game which was used to build support levels in between missions has been completely cut. A Nintendo representative was quoted as follows when asked about the omission:

Yes, that is the case [that petting isn’t in the English version]. 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.

What does this mean for fans of the series, and anyone that will be playing the western release of the game? First, it means you won’t have access to any of the features of the petting minigame unless Nintendo repackages them in a separate minigame for the West. This includes any voice acting and dialogue that was present in the mode, the ability to greater improve your support level in between fights, and more. It also means that anyone hoping for an uncensored experience has two options. Wait for the in-development fan translation which requires modifying your system to run, or learning Japanese and acquiring a system that can play Japanese copies of the game.

Quick Take

I have to admit that I’ve been expecting something like this to happen for a while; and while it might not be a problem for me – I have a Japanese 3DS, so I can just import the original version of the game – I can definitely understand that most Western fans of the series that were hoping for an uncensored product are now left with few options. I wasn’t very enthused about last week’s news of changed dialogue to begin with, but there really is a magnitude of a difference (at least in my mind) between editing dialogue – which can mean anything from slightly altering wording during translation, to outright rewriting a scene – and removing an entire minigame. Either is enough to have me second guess purchasing a game, but the latter is so much worse in my eyes.

What are your thoughts on today’s news? Does it affect whether or not you’re going to purchase the Western release? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Raptor Huang Long

    In a move surprising no one…

  • The Jackal
  • Nicki Ashley

    Sigh…and I love these games. I was so geared up for this, but the “edits” in dialog pretty much killed my hype. This news has now sealed the fate of this game. It will never grace my system, and I will not be supporting the creators. Fuck censorship.

  • Yuen

    Fire Emblem franchise is going to pretty much die because of these constant changes.

  • Azure

    How dull. Ain’t buying a cut up product. Either have the full game or no sale. Seriously though is there any news on a English-Asia version of the game???

  • Robert Grosso

    Never going to happen, you know. At least, not for this version of Fire Emblem.

  • LimmyWinks

    > which can mean anything from slightly altering wording during translation, to outright rewriting a scene – and removing an entire minigame.

    Censorship is a slippery slope and we are seeing it first hand.

  • MonsterGogo

    That makes the purchase decision far easier.

  • Crizzyeyes

    This is a game where you poke your favorite waifu’s face and she makes cute noises (presumably).

    How could this possibly be considered offensive at all? Too cute? I don’t get it. How is this objectifying? Do feminists not grasp the concept of affection? Everyone wants to be held, stroked or touched by someone they like.

  • Probably wouldn’t have even used the feature but I have to vote with my wallet on this one and not support censorship.

  • Bo Nana

    I was hesitant when they censored the support. Now that they’ve started removing content entirely, I’m out. I refuse to support localizations that dare to think they can decide what’s appropriate for me.

  • Bo Nana

    Affection is problematic. No touching, no displays of outward affection.

  • Bitterbear
  • BurntToShreds

    So is Reggie going to show up at E3 with blue hair and an obnoxiously curly mustache? But seriously, I haven’t bought a Nintendo product in ages and this isn’t going to get me to change my spending habits anytime soon. I’d like to see an awesome Metroid game helmed by Retro on the NX, but since the release of the last Prime game their home city Austin Texas has become a wretched hipster hive, so my confidence in even that happening has wavered.

  • Mr Snow

    we’re past “where it starts”. Where it starts are dialogue choices, now we’re in the “removing content” part.

    What the fuck is the esrb for?

    I own a 3ds and bought a wii u. Now I’m regretting those purchases, and I sure as shit won’t buy any nintendo products in the next gen.

  • DynastyStar

    how so? You’re buying it because of this?

  • vonSanneck

    I have a whiteboard on my wall and on it are inscribed which companies I boycott: Activision Blizzard, Strategy First, Nintendo, Zynga, Ubisoft & Gearbox Software.
    Each one has reasons as to why, if they fix their shit then I’m removing them after a 9 month grace period.

  • Casey

    Stay tuned for the next update when they just cut the rest of the game to be safe because americans and europeans cannot handle swords or boobs.

  • Bix96

    There are those that still mindlessly spout the same “Its not censorship!” nonsense.
    I can’t believe people are trying to justify an entire part of a game being removed.

  • Shiggy Diggy Doo

    Do you have an Asian 3DS?
    Or put CFW on it?

    Well thats assuming there’s gonna be one at all

  • braneman

    Now I don’t like fire emblem all that much(I’m more of a Disgaea guy) but there is one thing that I think should always be true:
    A work of art should be as close as possible to the artist’s original interpretation of it both the good AND the bad.

    Removing significant things like that is removing something the author is trying to say and you are no longer publishing a work that represents that particular person. Obviously compromises for practicality need to be made but they should be done by/for the artist, not the audience.

  • Benjamin Pyle

    pretty sure he means that the decision was a no buy

  • SevTheBear

    This kind of censorship is just stupid. They fear any backlash from the West so they remove content or do (sometimes) heavy editing in dialog because it can OFFEND somebody. We have a rating system for a reason ffs -__-‘

  • Alex Barbu

    Conceal it, don’t feel it. Don’t let it show…

    By the end of this censorship madness we’ll all end up singing Let It Go.

  • DynastyStar

    The way he worded it made me think the opposite, hence why I asked.

  • Reptile

    As I said about DOA xtreme 3 fiasco.
    They should censor themselves out of the companie, because they’re a bunch of pussies.

  • Serathis

    Just boobs. Swords, violence, disembowelment is a-okay.

  • Azure

    Well I am literally waiting on confirmation that there are English-Asia versions before importing.

  • froyton

    I’m offended that they were putting that in the game in the first place. That sort of thing… like… I just don’t understand what it’s doing in a Fire Emblem game. I’m just not a fan of the direction they’re taking the series. And don’t even get me started on that SMT crossover…

    Don’t get me wrong, though, I’m not defending the decision to cut the content. That still offends me. Even if there are things I dislike about a game, I’d rather a publisher stand by its product than mess around with it.

  • Dylman

    This is pretty much what has pushed me to stop purchasing nintendo products

  • The Jackal

    It’s kind of ironic because they choose to listen a petition from a SJW who can’t even read well.

  • MonsterGogo

    No sir.

  • DynastyStar

    oookay, must’ve misunderstood the way you phrased it.