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.