Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Art Book to be Altered for the West

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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It’s been discovered by Censored Gaming that the images featured in Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE will receive the same changes that the game received. The art book will come with the Fortissimo Edition of the game.

It’s shown that the images in the art book were altered with the new character designs created for the Western release. Nintendo altering art book images has been seen before with the release of Bravely Second: End Layer’s collector’s edition for the West. However, the images were completely taken out of that book.

Additionally, twitter user @Shudouken has created a timeline of all the changes the game has gone through to date:

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is coming to the Wii U on June 24 in EU and NA.




  • Daymon

    Not really surprised about this. They’re going to try and make the Western release of the book and the game as “consistent” as possible.

    • j0eeyy_p

      It makes logical sense. They should not have altered any of the original assets to begin with. It just makes more work for them that they don’t need to carry out.

    • Daymon

      Agreed. I wish they hadn’t changed anything. The only thing I’ll disagree with (and it’s just on a personal level) is implying that people who buy the game or special edition lack respect.

      But I’m biased. I’ve got the special edition pre-ordered, and while I’m annoyed and upset about what they’ve done, it’s my personal way of trying to support the developers.

    • Budgiecat

      you coulda preordered Persona 5 or SMT IV: A if you wanted to support Atlus at least those are published by Atlus alone and arent censored lol

    • Daymon

      Ohhh, I definitely support Atlus. I’ve already got Persona 5 pre-ordered. That crazy awesome special edition the second it was available.

    • Bruno

      Thought you hated Persona?

    • Budgiecat

      I didnt mind Persona 1 (PSP) ,2,3 and the fighting game. Its P4 with its Scooby Doo-ism, P4TwerkingAllNight that I could do without :p
      P5 at least shows promise and bigger scope than before so theres that

    • j0eeyy_p

      If you give them money you’ll only encourage future projects to be treated like this as they will get the message that they can edit their game and they will still sell (it’s what happened with Fates).

      I want to play this game too, but I’m not prepared to pay money for it as at the end of the day that’s what Nintendo care about really, therefore I’ll be buying it used in an eBay auction. That’s what I suggest to anybody with an interest in this game.

    • Daymon

      I choose to protest the changes in a different way, is all. Nintendo probably does care most about money (which is true of any business, really), and maybe buying the game does give them the message that these changes are okay. It’s faaaaaar too complex a matter for me.

      I simply choose to support the developers, the team of people and artists that worked their asses off and might not have been able to do anything about what happened. I don’t really want to hold them ransom in any way.

    • j0eeyy_p

      You could import the artbook and vocal CD (or any other merch) from Japan instead. No money goes to Nintendo’s western branches and you still support the Japanese developers.

    • Daymon

      I could – if the Wii U wasn’t region locked, and if I spoke Japanese. Haha.

      Unfortunately that’s not always an option for everyone.

    • j0eeyy_p

      You don’t need to understand Japanese to flick through an artbook and open a soundtrack CD. I import them and I don’t know Japanese (yet). You can still buy the localised game used though, so you can understand the title Or just watch a Let’s Play on YouTube.

    • Daymon

      I misread part of that – I though you were including the game with all of that, so my mistake there.

      Otherwise, yes. You are right. Those are all options that you can take. But for me, personally, it’s not the option that is for me.

    • j0eeyy_p

      Fair play, I just hope that you evaluate the pros and cons of whatever decision you choose to make.

    • Daymon

      It’s not a decision I make lightly.

    • Audie Bakerson

      Why aren’t you learning Nipponese? NoA has always been bad at translation.

    • madmofo145

      Except that Nintendo may not see that as “If you censor these games we won’t buy them” but instead as “America just isn’t interested in these kinds of games”. Don’t forget we are on a website that exist because a number of good games simply weren’t being localized at all, so boycotting niche RPG’s could very well send the wrong signal.

    • Narmy

      Buying censored games always sends the wrong signal.

    • j0eeyy_p

      Yes but that was before Nintendo went down the oppression route. Chances are if they were released now they’d find something to censor.

      Some people in the ncihe audience would actually prefer these games to be Japanese/Asia exclusive and import sites will be the ones benefiting from that the most. Look and Play-Asia and how well their Asian English lineup for the PS Vita is selling.

    • Steve Baltimore

      They lacked respect for the content on the outset. They have changed so much in this game that the tone of of story is completely different now. This is why games will never be seen as art, only products.

    • Daymon

      I’ve really never understood the people who don’t see games as art. Hell, they combine *several* forms of art.

    • Steve Baltimore

      You don’t alter art so that it meets your company’s imaginary moral standards, so therefore this is a product.

    • Daymon

      I’m not quite sure what you mean. Are you referring to Nintendo’s views on this?

    • Steve Baltimore

      Yes I am in this case.

    • Nick Burbach

      They’re not mutually exclusive, commissioned art is still art. I think what you mean is that it lacks integrity, but anything that is sold for money has the ulterior motive of making a profit. At best it’s a battle between integrity of the message vs. not wanting to mix the message with unnecessary objectification of women. As long as it wasn’t important to their message that they objectify women, nothing is lost.

    • Wolfe

      lol, ‘objectify women’.

    • Nick Burbach

      That sums up your position neatly, doesn’t it? If you’re wondering why no one takes you seriously…

    • Wolfe

      I didn’t realize you spoke on behalf of everyone, but then again neck-beard Mii avatars really tend to be indicative of inflated sense of self-worth.

      Enjoy the taste of Sarkeesian’s boot, bitchboy.

    • Nick Burbach

      You STILL can’t address the topic in an intelligent manner? And they say the SJW’s are the annoying ones. Well, good luck with your “struggle” or whatever it is you think you’re doing. Join us in the big-kids discussion when you think of something substantive to say, but don’t hurt yourself trying.

    • Wolfe

      There’s nothing left to debate with you lot. You advocate for censorship, deny facts and spin narratives to suit your business partners. I’ve no desire to be civil with you or your miserable lot.

      Fuck you. Fuck your SJW buddies. Fuck your crooked outlets. Fuck your Nazi-like ideals of banning art. Fuck your con-artist heroes. Fuck your victim-based hierarchy. And fuck you, punk.

    • Nick Burbach

      “lol, ‘censorship'” Have a nice day!

    • Wolfe

      I intend to, thanks!

    • j0eeyy_p

      This game is rooted in Japanese idol culture, where the idols do show a lot of skin. You don’t judge Japanese games by Western standards. Doing so shows ignorance towards learning about the cultural contexts of the source material. The very same ignorance that led to these localisation edits in the first place. You have to remember this is a niche game that most people won’t care about. The best call to make would be to keep the game as intact as possible from the Japanese version. It’s not like this game ocntains underage lolis or full forntal nudiy so censorship wasn’t nessecary.

      And for the record, I’m a feminist too. I also play fanservice games, like Moe Chronicle picture above.

    • Nick Burbach

      Thank you for the articulate response, I sincerely appreciate it. I don’t entirely agree about the intent of Atlus in marketing this game, its difficult to distinguish “fan service” from an important thematic element, I feel there’s more to be discussed there than a black and white absolute censure of any alteration, but I understand your perspective a little better than I did before. I’d be interested in hearing a statement from the developers, though that’s never going to happen for PR reasons.

    • j0eeyy_p

      Yeah I can see your point, Japan have such a laid back attitude towards nudity in comparison to America and some other countries (though they’ve been getting a bit stricter recently due to globalisation) so these cultural differences do come into play when it comes to bringing the games for release outside of Japan. There are plenty of games that feature fanservice, even if they aren’t as blatant as Moe Chronicle. Sessions could stand on t’s own without the fanservice but it dosen’t make it acceptable to remove it, though I do agree it can be hard to distinguish and that’s a deeper issue than some people make it as.

      I would like a whistleblower from Atlus to speak out too, but I reckon Nintendo would possibly react very badly to that so it wouldn’t surprise me if we never hear anything. We never heard anything about Fates or any of the other games they’ve been criticised for.

    • Steve Baltimore

      This game has been altered from its original form so it is no longer the same piece of art. Now it is merely a product for the West made to conform to whatever imaginary standards NOA has on morality.

    • Nick Burbach

      I’d argue that anything with this level of fan service revokes most of the definition of art off the bat, it was made from the ground up to turn a profit. I wanna be clear first, too, that I think this whole issue would be resolved instantly by dispensing with region-locking, and I’ll support that decision if given the chance. And I’ll even say that I’d likely buy an unaltered version all the same, although I find fanservice utterly boring and unimaginative, and think the new costumes look way more interesting. But I want to ask this: if THIS version were the original, and they then altered the game to show more skin/lowered character ages so that it sold better in Japan, would you prefer the original, or the more “mature” but altered version?

    • Steve Baltimore

      Well that’s your opinion and subjective, just like all art is subjective. It doesn’t matter if you approve of the changes or not the fact is this is not how the creator intended it. If they had altered to show more skin it would be the exact same thing.

    • Nick Burbach

      The creators intention is meaningless. You don’t go to an art show, look at a piece of art and say “I’m not allowed to form an opinion on this, will the artist please tell me what it means.” Any artist worth their salt will say “what do YOU think it means?”

      That aside, the creators intention was, at least in part, to make money, they knew from the start they’d be making two different versions, so the argument about whatever else they intended is stunted unless they come forward and make a statement. Anybody who says they intended anything otherwise is inferring that from nothing but their own wishes, as far as I can tell.

    • Steve Baltimore

      Then there is no such thing as art by that logic. These things are all just products.

      At the end of the day all most people want is a faithful localization and all the content left intact. Honestly I don’t think that is asking for a whole a lotl.

    • Nick Burbach

      Actually ALL products are art by that definition, it’s up to the observer to determine for themselves if it is good or bad art. Gameplay is certainly artful in that it has a balance of simpleness and complexity combined with engaging stimulus, a cocktail that requires a lot of creativity to re-invent over and over to keep fresh, and yet it is subjective.
      I don’t know about most people, obviously this is a charged issue that attracts only the most passionate for better or worse, I for one just find it fascinating regardless of the outcome, but I would hope that everyone could get what they wanted. In anycase, love the site, longtime reader here, keep up the great reporting.

  • Speed12345

    Waiting for people trying to blame Atlus in order to protect Nintendo of America again.

    • Daymon

      This game is just bursting with Atlus style. No way Atlus would have changed their flair.

  • Mr0303

    They could’ve at least given the original artbook images to the hardcore fans who purchased the collector’s edition. Guess not.

  • j0eeyy_p

    Any JRPG fan with respect for themselves and Atlus would not give Nintendo a penny for this incomplete game. Nintendo’s western releases really are going down the gutter as they aren’t respecting the original vision of their games; this and Fates are the worst yet. I’ll be buying this used.

    • Andrew Friend Garvock

      The game looks terrible anyway. Of all the things they could have done with a SMTXFE, they chose some idol crap. Would have loved the FE gameplay mixed with characters and demons from SMT but nope, we get this. I find it hilarious that after putting off most of the fanbase of both games, they then decide to censor it here to put even more people off. Its a very niche game that won’t appeal to many people at all, so don’t see why they’d censor it.

    • j0eeyy_p

      Subjective, but I do agree. There was no point kicking this game while it was down. The sales figures for Japan should have been a warning.

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  • Wolfe

    Good thing I don’t own a Wii U.

  • DariusQ

    Thanks for the heads up. Totally going to import the artbook now.

  • Firion Hope

    That’s literally about a step away from book banning/burning. Thanks Ninhitler

    • Infophile

      Okay, you’ve got to get your hyperbole straight. Hitler is the hyperbolic reaction to discriminating against a group of people. The proper hyperbolic reaction to censorship is either the Chinese Communist Party or ISIS. So… maybe go with Chinatendo?

  • CensorshipisWrong

    If you buy this you are part of them problem. This is not a family friendly game, it is an adult game with adult themes. Hopefully this new president at Nintendo hammers this into people’s heads. As much as I liked Iwata he was too focused on the family friendliness and forgot why we all had Nintendo consoles in the first place.

    • Sylveria Shini

      I dont even know who or what at Nintendo you could say is the source of this problem. It seemed like at the launch of the WIi-U that Nintendo was really going to go the “No we’re a real gaming platform for real gamers” route with stuff like Bayonetta 2, The Devil’s Third, Ninja Gaiden 3 RE, Xenoblade X and even Hyrule Warriors to some extent. But then they did a HARD 180 and went in to full “zomg the kids, the womens, the childrens, the girlies, the familes!” and just took the black ink bazooka to everything that had even the slightest hint of adult themes to it. I’m honestly amazed most of the stuff I listed above even got released at all given the state of Nintendo now. They’ve burned all their bridges the past couple years. Serious gamers see them as the kiddy console, the niche gamers see them as censorous bastards, and the family gamers that bought in to the Wii and 3DS have no need for a Wii-U or an NX. The company isnt even really making money. The Amiibo craze managed to put a bandaid on things, but that’s already burning out and then they’ll just go back to hemorrhaging money like they were before. The NX is going to have to be some big game-changer and that company’s business model, especially NOA, is going to need some big changes if they’re going to turn things around in any respectable fashion.

    • j0eeyy_p

      Nintendo have enough money to last them decades, I doubt they are going to change anytime soon due to financial reasons.

      But you are right. The only audience they really have left are the loyalists and other passive types.

    • Sylveria Shini

      Not decades. When they were still losing money every quarter, at the rate they were going, they had about 2 years left before their Wii Warchest ran out according to the stuff I remember reading at the time. Regardless, I’m sure you’re right that they wont change things till their finances start to get more dire which is something the production of a new console that does as poorly as the Wii-U could easily accelerate.

  • Paychi

    Meanwhile on my Vita…

    Feels good to be free from Nintendo of America’s oppression.

    • azariosays

      LOL I loved walking around aimlessly looking for those costumes.

    • HirotonoRei

      What game is that?

    • Paychi

      Moe Chronicle. It had an Asia-English release. So it’s fully translated without any alteration or censorship.

    • Bruno

      Awesome game, one of the very few I got a platinum on.

    • j0eeyy_p

      Still waiting for Moero Crystal. Imported the Japanese version as I got impatient.

  • Tristan (Chili1)

    >censoring art books
    Is this like, a “screw you” to collectors?

  • Nicholas Perry

    At least they are consistent. Would send mixed messages if the artbook wasn’t censored.

  • Panpopo

    I am curious if they will be able to market this game successfully to the Fates crowd or other wii u owners looking for a rpg. There’s the Internet, and then there is the lay person on the street. It will be interesting to see.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Nintendo really did die with Iwata.