Nintendo Issues Statement In Response To Fire Emblem Fates Controversy

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

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Nintendo has issued a statement in response to the censorship controversy surrounding Fire Emblem Fates. They were asked by Siliconera about whether the game would have any “controversial dialogue” that was present in the Japanese version altered for the Western release. Nintendo responded by saying that the localised version for both territories will not contain any content that can be interpreted as gay conversion or drugging other characters.

However, Nintendo also issued the following statement to Siliconera.

“Making changes is not unusual when we localize games, and we have indeed made changes in these games. When we localize a game we do so in order to make it appropriate for that particular territory. All our choices were made from that point of view.

In the Conquest edition a male main character created by the gamer can pair up with another male character (Niles) which ultimately leads to marriage. Similarly, in the Birthright edition, a female main character created by the gamer can pair up with and eventually marry another female character (Rhajat). Like married couples of the opposite gender, these same-sex couples enjoy the stat boosts that come with marriage, which means when they are paired up in battle they are stronger than when they are apart or paired up with another character.

In the third edition, Revelation, that will be released as DLC in the eShop on March 10, a same-sex marriage is possible regardless of the sex of your main character, as both Niles and Rhajat can be encountered in this edition.”

Note that this statement doesn’t go into detail as to what localisation changes have been made. Therefore, fans will have to wait for the finished product to be released so that the changes Nintendo made come to light.

Fire Emblem Fates is the latest in Intelligent System’s fantasy RPG series. It is scheduled to release on February 19th in NA and in PAL territories on an unannounced date.

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A university student who loves niche games and desires for them to be more fairly represented in the world. Favourite games include Persona 4 Golden, Super Mario Galaxy, Kingdom Hearts II and IA/VT Colorful. Hopes that one day a Japanese publisher will take the risk and make a Yaoi ecchi game. Think Valkyrie Drive with guys and you're on the right lines.