Fire Emblem Fates Will Allow Same Sex Marriage

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

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Fire Emblem Fates

In past Fire Emblem titles you are given the opportunity to marry someone of the opposite sex after bonding with through dialog. For the upcoming release, Fire Emblems Fates, both versions of the game — Conquest and Birthright — will support the option for same sex marriage. This is good news considering how quick Nintendo was to patch Tomadachi Life after a glitch was discovered that had allowed for it. Nintendo confirms the option with the following message to Polygon:

We can confirm that Fire Emblem Fates for Nintendo 3DS, which launches in Japan on June 25, 2015, and is coming to the U.S. and Europe in 2016, includes the possibility for a same-sex marriage to take place between the main character created by the gamer and another character in the game.

Fire Emblem Fates comes in two different versions, called the Conquest and Birthright editions. In the U.S., Conquest and Birthright will both be sold separately, as is already the case in Japan. For those who have purchased either the Conquest or Birthright edition, a third edition will be made available as downloadable content at a later stage. Details on how the three storylines will be made available in other regions will be announced at a later date.

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. Similarly, the Birthright edition features a female character that a female main character may marry after bonding in battle. Both of the aforementioned characters can be encountered in the third edition of the game.

So basically, if you want to marry someone of the same sex you will need the version of the game and the third edition. Depending on which edition you get, Conquest or Birthright, you will have the option of either two males or two females, but only after purchasing the third edition that hasn’t been announced yet.

Nintendo concludes:

We believe that our gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and, at the same time, we will always design the game specifications of each title by considering a variety of factors, such as the game’s scenario and the nature of the game play. In the end of course, the game should be fun to play. We feel that Fire Emblem Fates is indeed enjoyable to play and we hope fans like the game.

Fire Emblem Fates is out in Japan on June 25 and headed west in 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS.

  • Neil

    I’m not really happy with that decision but what can I do. Nintendo shouldn’t get political like that.

    • JD

      Political? Having gay and lesbian characters (people who exist in real life) is not political at all. If they outright had a message that was anti or pro gun, capitalism, drug legalization, socialism, ETC then it would be political. Having gay people is not political, it is realistic. Of course homophobes are some of the most butthurt people ever, who think that allowing gay characters is a direct attack on them. It is optional by the way, so you don’t even have to see the gay character get married if you don’t want to. I am straight, but I am comfortable enough with my sexuality to appreciate the fact that Nintendo is giving a gay and bi people some options. Then again, I have gay and bi friends and am not a homophobic crybaby.

    • azariosays

      love this

    • Joe

      Same-sex marriage is part of political discourse (pick your ballot initiative, court case, or pundit of choice) ergo it is political. Yes, that is an incredibly simple way of explaining it.

      Also, you come of as overtly hostile. You assume Neil is homophobic, when making an objection that a video game company is too political when inserting a political hot button issue in its medieval fantasy game.

      TL;DR: JD, gay marriage is a political issue because it comes up in political discourse. You also started making assumptions from a two sentence response, coming off as a short-tempered jerk who flies of the handle.

      Why did Nintendo decide to sell the Yuri and Yaoi versions separately, and then release a third version? Oh right,….money.

      Nintendo, I hope you decided to go for broke, and I mean harems, all kinds of harems.

    • Taiyaki

      The idea of gay relationship is very unappealing to most straight
      people. Here they put in a little gesture, just enough to not hurt the
      sales from the masses, but enough to draw attention from the active gay
      community. That’s completely political!

    • Alex

      There’s dudes that like dicks and women that like vaginas. Deal with it. It has nothing to do with you. Sodding pricks.

    • Taiyaki

      No offense but the only one who sounds like a prick is you. Gay marriage is a complex issue, just because one doesn’t believe in it doesn’t make one a homophobic person.

  • Paula Iturriaga Cáceres

    I’m fine with this, except the fact that I would buy the separate editions… 😛

  • Alex

    I want to marry Camilla and Marx. Please tell me I can marry Camilla or Marx! I would love to be in lesbians with Camilla!

  • Josh S.

    Bring out the glitter and unicorns!