Touching Mini-Game Removed From Fire Emblem Fates For The West

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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Fire Emblem Fates had a mini-game in it’s Japanese release that gave players the ability to touch, poke, and stroke characters in the lower 3DS’ screen.

It’s been discovered that Nintendo has made the choice to remove the feature from the Western release of the game. Kotaku has reached out to the company to confirm the removal of the feature. Nintendo gave them this response:

Yes, that is the case. 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.

The representative is stating that this scene is considered “appropriate” for Japan, but not for the West.

This is in addition to the another scene that has received some Western changes.

Fire Emblem Fates will release on February 19 on the 3DS.


  • Lynn Kitty

    So it was Poke Amie, but for fire emblem characters? ๐Ÿ™ Aw, that sounds funny.

    • azariosays

      Long live poke amie!!

  • I<3Pawnee

    I’m confused by this statement:

    “The representative is also stating that this scene is not considered โ€œappropriateโ€ for Japan, but not for the West.”

    So, it’s not considered appropriate for Japan, so… it is appropriate for the West?

    Additionally, I still see zero proof that the other scene (the so-called “gay conversion” scene) you referenced was changed or removed in any way. All you have provided is an ambiguous statement from Nintendo that said some changes were made to some parts of the game, and that there is no scene containing “gay conversion.” Saying that there is no scene containing such content is very different than outright saying it was removed. It’s possible that the scene in question didn’t have “gay conversion” in it to begin with, so they didn’t change a thing.

    • azariosays

      Woah. Just stating that the game received other Western changes. Didn’t say anything about “Gay conversion” ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’m just delivering the neeeeews. Call me scoops.

    • I<3Pawnee

      You specifically referenced that another scene already received Western changes, which was referring to the scene that may or may not have contained “gay conversion”. You even linked to another article about the scene in question, even though the article says that it’s unknown which changes were made.

      I’m not actually bringing up the issue of gay conversion, I used it to clarify my point.

    • azariosays

      Conversation is a strong word. The character is still homosexual. I feel that the drugs could have been what was lost in translation. Even if I don’t personally agree with drug usage. That was the story the creator wrote and that is what I would want to play. Whether it pisses me off or not, just because you censor or alter scenes doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

    • James McEneely

      Soliel isn’t homosexual though? All her S-ranks were with men.

    • azariosays

      I’m just responding to that particular story ๐Ÿ™‚

      Because she states that she will not cheat on him because she still finds interest in woman. Whether she’s lesbian or bi is to be seen. I’m not a translator. You could be right though ๐Ÿ™‚

    • James McEneely

      That’s a fair response.

    • Deveraux

      Uh, i can read and already played the game several times.

      Soleil isnt a lesbian and never was, it isnt even gay conversion.

      The gay conversion issue comes from a lot of miscommunication and stupid people that speak without knowing facts.

      So as to not spoil it too much lets just say shes extremely shy and only flirts with girls because when she was little she saw her father flirt shamelessly and she copied him as her role model (daddys girl) to try to stop being shy, so she grew up using the lines his father did with girls and is still extremely shy of men.

    • azariosays

      That’s more or less what I’ve heard from 5 other translations. You’ll get people that say fan translations don’t count, but come on, can all of these intelligent people be lying?

      Thank you.

    • I<3Pawnee

      I’m not disagreeing with you. In fact, I think the whole issue surrounding that scene is from a poor translation.

      What I’m trying to say is that we don’t know that that specific scene was altered or changed. The first concrete proof of anything removed from this game came from this article, confirming that the mini-game was removed. But that’s all we know for sure was removed. It’s premature to assume that the scene with Soleil has been removed – we don’t know.

  • Thomas

    Wow! Now i’m glad i didn’t waste my money on two versions of the same game, because they had the guts to remove this extremely pointless feature from the game. Grow the fuck up, Fire Emblem shouldn’t have all this pointless garbage (marriage, romance subplots, etc.) just remove all that and fuse both version into one game and i’ll buy it, but seeing as that’s not happening anytime soon I hope you all enjoy being ripped off and pissed off at the same time because of this. #downwithNoA

    • Deveraux

      Have you never read the storyside stories of any of the fire emblems?

      Mariageromance subplotsetc.. have always been apart of the game lol.

    • Saint_Stahn

      Yes, its called the support system and the base conversations of path of
      radiance. Which actually gave a lot of depth to the characters.
      Face rubbing was not needed for DEPTH back then.

      way, its too late. Fire Emblem now dipped its toed in the otaku culture
      with the Amie feature. Taking it out or leaving it hardly matters.

      Luckily I dont care. Are the maps good? story? classes? animations? yes? cool. Its a fire emblem game. I’m in.

    • azariosays

      Fire Emblem has always had side features focusing on character building.

  • Brian Stevenson

    It’s kind of amazing when you think about it. Maybe we don’t like censorship, but in some instances, you can defend it. The thing with the under-aged girl in XenoChron X? Given the political and social climate in the West, that’s understandable.

    But what the heck is this? People who love each other stroke each other’s heads, while fully clothed, is inappropriate? In a game centered around war and killing, no less. There’s no nudity, not even any revealing clothing. It’s almost not even sexual at all. This seems like an incredible over-reaction. I keep trying to defend Nintendo as not being just the “kiddie company” that detractors say it is, but this shit is silly. It’s rated T for teen and will have war, blood, some language, people getting married and having kids…but this is too much? What?

  • Razorfall

    This is dumb.
    America is dumb.
    Nintendo is dumb.
    Let me pet my waifu.

  • Mr0303

    Will there be any content left by the time this game releases in the West? At least Nintendo of America are honest about the product they want to deliver.

  • Fabio Manoel

    I cannot understand WHY you guys keep giving your support to Nintendo. I think is very much offensive all this censorship in all their games in the west. Nintendo keep insisting that ONLY LITTLE KIDS play games in the west.

  • Firefox

    Why was pokemon amie okay and this isn’t? Where’s the compensation for the removal of this feature or is there literally nothing. So glad I have to wait 8 months for a game when all the “localization” is translation and cutting content.

    • It was okay for Pokemon because, technically, they are a variation on pets. People, however, are apparently a no-go for Nintendo.

    • Firefox

      Unless I’m mistaken, isn’t it just the face in fire emblem? While in pokemon it was the whole body and there are quite a lot of humanoid pokemon.

    • It is just the face in Fates, but that still seems to be too much of a person for Nintendo’s sake. Pokemon was definitely due to the fact that they’re pretty much pets. Even though you are absolutely correct about the humanoid ones.

  • Paychi

    Fates will be the last time I give Nintendo my money. They are completely out of touch with their consumer. They disregard the generation that has supported them for 3 decades and carried them to where they are and now only cater to handholding sensitive crybabies who don’t even play video games and children who are a small part of their audience.

    You know what happens when you keep losing face with your fanbase? You die a slow painful death. Even Nintendo of Europe is better than this garbage.

    • Infophile

      If this is the last straw for you, then don’t buy this game. Otherwise you’ll be sending the wrong message to them by buying it despite the fact they took out what you wanted.

    • Paychi

      I would, but Fire Emblem is my #2 game franchise of all time. I already decided to skip on Xenoblade at least though. I personally don’t have use for the petting feature so it won’t affect my overall experience very much, but they’re still hacking off a limb here and I think it’s wrong.

  • Wolfe

    There’s a reason I don’t do business with Nintendo.

  • Ari

    Go to the FE subreddit. There is a letter from Nintendo regarding the petting issue.