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Nintendo Removes Infamous Drugging Scene From Western Localisation Of Fire Emblem Fates

Posted 4:45am Thu 21st Jan 2016 by Damien McFerran

"No expression which might be considered as gay conversion or drugging"

As well all know, Nintendo often has to make changes to its games when localising them for audiences outside of Japan. We've recently seen changes made to the likes of Fatal Frame andXenoblade Chronicles X, and <> seems that the forthcoming 3DS release Fire Emblem Fates is getting the same treatment.

In a statement to Nintendo World Report, Nintendo of America has confirmed that a scene in which the player character drugs a homosexual character to "cure" her has been changed.

The scene involves one of the female characters, Soleil, who is attracted to women. When paired with the male protagonist, he places a magic powder in her drink without her knowledge which makes her see women as men and men as women. While the scene is intended to give Soleil the chance to gain confidence in herself by becoming stronger around other women, the implication is that she is somehow "cured" of her homosexuality, as she goes on to propose to the male lead, stating that she fell in love with the "female" version of him but now loves him as a man.

Here's the scene as it appears in the Japanese version, complete with English subtlties:

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Nintendo's statement is as follows:

In the version of the game that ships in the U.S. and Europe, there is no expression which might be considered as gay conversion or drugging that occurs between characters.

There has been no word on how the scene or the conversation has been changed for the western release.

[via nintendoworldreport.com]



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Well, since we don't know what changes have been made to the dialogue or scene itself, I can't comment further. It's disappointing, though, that they don't leave things like these untouched in the game. I found the scene hilarious when I saw a translated version, and I don't think it had any real social ill intentions or anything like that.



Wright said:

Well, since we don't know what changes have been made to the dialogue or scene itself, I can't comment further. It's disappointing, though, that they don't leave things like these untouched in the game. I found the scene hilarious when I saw a translated version, and I don't think it had any real social ill intentions or anything like that.

It's times like this that I wish Nintendo would just add english text translations with no localizations to the Japanese version, drop region locking and allow those of us that want to play the game the way the creators intended to do so.  Those who feel the habitual need to be perpetually offended by everything that doesn't match their world-view can be satisfied with their localization and normal people with healthy outlooks on life that can distinguish fantasy from reality can enjoy the game the way it was meant to be played.



Wouldn't want anyone to get offended in western culture's pc attitude.



Is Nintendo just trying to fool only America in thinking they're a goody-goody company?



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The scene isn't about curing sexuality but breaking down the character's fears.



Why am I not surprised that this change was inevitable? :c



V-r0cK said:
Is Nintendo just trying to fool only America in thinking they're a goody-goody company?

Japan in general always feel like they have to put on the kiddy gloves when dealing with us.  I'm not surprised since there's always some group of people that try to insert their politics or virtue signal using video games.  FIrst, it was the religious people, then the conservative right and now it's the progressive left.  Once the progressive left die down I'm sure some other group of people will take up their mantle of trying to ruin things for normal people.

outlawauron said:
The scene isn't about curing sexuality but breaking down the character's fear of men.

I don't think those that want to be offended care about things like context.  A lot of people just listen and believe what an article tells them without looking at the source material, go on twitter, say they're offended and feel good about themselves because they think they said something just.  I'm sure if some gaming site that loves to politicalize things just told them to be offended without showing any kind of context; that would be enough for them.



Hmm, I figured some censorship would happened, but I never suspected it would be this. I didn't even know this was in the game. The idea of drugging someone to overcome an issue like approaching cute girls seems like an odd way to do it. I can sort of see how this implies a kind of 'cure' to homosexuality', but Soleil's character just seems very oddly written.. : /

I still wonder how they will handle the bathing and undressing scenes... o:



 

              

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wombat123 said:
V-r0cK said:
Is Nintendo just trying to fool only America in thinking they're a goody-goody company?

Japan in general always feel like they have to put on the kiddy gloves when dealing with us.  I'm not surprised since there's always some group of people that try to insert their politics or virtue signal using video games.  FIrst, it was the religious people, then the conservative right and now it's the progressive left.  Once the progressive left die down I'm sure some other group of people will take up their mantle of trying to ruin things for normal people.

When it comes to Japanese games I've only heard censorship from Nintendo though.  

If you can find other Japanese games that aren't from Nintendo (and not on a Nintendo system) that does randomly odd censorship please let me know.  Just lately I keep hearing it coming from Nintendo and just can't help but wonder...