***Update 3 – 2016-01-29 – 02:00 CET***
It seems like the censorship part lives on with “Fire Emblem: Fates”, because earlier today we received the following comment from British_Otaku (he or she is a Siliconera mod):
“Kotaku lied Sorry but I don’t trust random GameFAQs users more than Kotaku and Nathan Grayson. Same goes for NeoGAF.
Siliconera (mentioning them as I moderate there) threw up three reports about cuts and changes recently. One had a NintendoEverything person ask about gay conversion in an email, the second had a Siliconera staff member ask Nintendo for clarification about the former and gay relationships in general (we broke the Rhajat news) and the third is based on Kotaku asking Nintendo for info.
Are Kotaku dodgy at times, sure, but unable to email Nintendo contacts and provide an answer If you don’t trust them, you may as well assume the other two articles are possibly false since they aren’t recorded for us to directly see.
I’m not just saying this because I think Kotaku did no less than other sources, but also because an IGN staff member stated that the petting was gone in the comments here. He (Jotero -Moderator) appears to have a press copy already.
The exclamation mark What if the events in My Room were changed (wouldn’t be the first Nintendo localisation to change interactive content completely – Pokemon and Voltorb Flip). Or if it was a video from an early build of the localisation, forget screenshots we need direct links and sources.
Sorry for only commenting on the most recent update. Just felt that more investigation may be needed.” – British_Otaku, Siliconera mod
In other words, it seems like the US version of “Fire Emblem: Fates” doesn´t have the petting mini-game. That´s at least what the US IGN mod Jotero (whom´s also said to have a press copy of “Fire Emblem: Fates”) stated on IGN´s “Fire Emblem Fates: Love, Honor, and Relationships” video:
However, some questions do still remain unanswered. 1. Did Kotaku know for sure that the petting mini-game were removed? Or did they just take a guess that it would indeed be removed from the Western version of “Fire Emblem: Fates”? And 2. Does the EU (PAL) version include (or not include) the petting mini-game? At this time we don´t know for sure. So I´m trying to figure out what´s true, and what´s not true about the Western release of “Fire Emblem: Fates” (I´m seeking an official statement from Nintendo). So right at this very moment, I´m waiting for the final word from Nintendo. I´m sorry for the confusion that I might have caused you.
***Update 2 – 2016-01-28 – 19:00 CET***
I have known for quite sometime that you cannot trust Kotaku with anything. Even so, I still have to admit that I thought that there was some “tiny” truth to their article about Nintendo, and their decision to remove petting mini-game from “Fire Emblem Fates”. Well, as it all turns out. None of it was true. You see. Kotaku made everything up to get clicks. And that became publicly known thanks to the users over at Gamefaqs, who called Kotaku out on their lies, or to be exact. They proved Nathan Greyson (writer for Kotaku) to be full of nonsense:
“TLDR: Nintendo came up to me after the event and told me, and only me about skinship getting removed….yeah okay” – HayashiTakara, gamefaqs user
“And now we know for a fact that it’s BS.” – Mavitar, gamefaqs user
So there you have it, Kotaku has once again lied to earn themselves some easy clicks. And this makes me wonder what Nintendo thinks about Kotaku at this very moment? Since they “might” have caused them some financial losses (canceled pre-orders)…
SieKensou77 and Punished DIO
***Update 1 – 2016-01-28 – 15:44 CET***
It appears as if Nintendo´s thoughts about censoring homosexual relationships in “Fire Emblem Fates” were just a rumor. However, it remains to be seen whether the petting mini-game will be removed from the Western version of the game or not. As the only source that states this to be true is Kotaku´s Nathan Greyson and his insider. So we can just hope that Nintendo has come to their senses, because most of us have no desire to pay for a censored and toned-down version of “Fire Emblem Fates”. Speaking of censorship a Twitter user called WildMagic has put together a complete list over the changes that´s been done in the English edition of FEF.
And that´s all there is to this matter, at least for now. So what do you guys and girls think? Will you still gamble and pick up the US (or PAL) version of “Fire Emblem Fates” on release in February? Or will you import the game? Or perhaps you will turn down the game completely? Let us know your thoughts!
Best Mom Eva and WildMagic
Fire Emblem Fates Changes
Here we again, ffs Nintendo!
There seems to be no end to Nintendo´s censorship madness in “Fire Emblem Fates”. In the matter of fact, Nintendo keeps on adding more gasoline to the fire by removing the petting mini-game feature from the Western version of “Fire Emblem Fates” (FEF is set for a release in North America on the 19th of February this year). Yes, that´s correct. Nintendo confirmed that yesterday:
“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.” – Nintendo, via kotaku
Don´t hold your breath though, because it´s just about to get even worse. And why is that? Well, this is what Nintendo had to say about the changes that have been done to “Fire Emblem Fates” due to Western Localization:
“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.” – Nintendo, via kotaku
And it seems like Nintendo will censor the homosexual parts in “Fire Emblem Fates” as well, In other words. There will be no petting, no homo-erotic scenes and toned-down nudity in the Western edition of FEF. Well done Nintendo, I guess that you have really deserved the SJW badge of honor now? Seriously though. Why should the West get a kiddie version of “Fire Emblem Fates”, while the Japanese market gets the full and uncensored game? That´s not alright, in my opinion. And why should we pay the full price for FEF when we don´t even get the same features as the Japanese gamers get?
You know. It’s no wonder why Gamers in the West are really mad right now. Especially since Nintendo keeps on censoring their games like there is no tomorrow, and ironically enough. This has made the Western Gaming community so angry that some people have either canceled their pre-order of Fire Emblem Fates, or just skipped to buy the game entirely. Hell, some Gamers are even planing to import the game for Japan, or download FEF illegally. And as you might know by now, the 3DS is region-locked. So that means that you have to unlock your console in-order to play Japanese 3DS imports (or any other 3DS imports for that matter). And here´s the thing, if it weren´t for the region-lock it would be much easier for fans to translate “Fire Emblem Fates” from Japanese to English. In other words, people would then be able to buy and enjoy the uncensored Japanese version of FEF with no fuss.
So it seems like Nintendo is leaving us (Gamers in the West) with very few options when it comes to avoiding censorship in Western localizations of their games. And personally, I still don´t get why big companies such as Nintendo is bending over for the SJW movement? I mean, what are they so afraid of? Grow some balls Nintendo, and get your game together.
Nobody is going to take your games away, bullshit! Aka “Western localization problems from hell”
Sadly enough though, it´s not just Nintendo that has been censoring (or toning down) their games (self-censorship due to forced censorship, in one way or another). We could add Capcom´s “Street Fighter V” and Team Ninja´s “Dead or Alive Xtreme 3” (DOAX3 won´t be released in the West thanks to the SJWs) to the censorship list as well. And not so long ago the French government even tried to roll out a law which targeted “Sexist video games”. Thankfully enough though, the proposed law got withdrawn just recently. Even so, it´s quite clear that censorship is heating up even more in the games industry as of lately. In a way, it´s like we´re back in the early 90s again (the Mortal Kombat trails and so on). And I have a feeling that the censorship will become even worse in the future, IF we don´t do something about it. So buckle up people, because it´s going to be a rough ride!
Well, you all know what I feel and think about censorship by now (I don´t like it at all). However, there are actually those who like censorship. In fact, they embrace Nintendo´s decision to censor “Fire Emblem Fates” Some people are even asking for more censorship as well, like some of the users over at NeoGaf for example:
Sure, people are free to have their own opinions. However, why should a loud minority (SJWs and PC-bros) be able to control what the large masses get to see and hear? And why couldn´t Nintendo simply add an on and off switch for the adult features in “Fire Emblem Fates”? (with an adult lock or something like that). I mean, that would be a win-win situation for everyone. I also think that developers and publishers need to grow some balls, because the SJWs are used to getting what they want. And that is something that must be put to an end as soon as possible.
As they are a threat to creative freedom and freedom of speech. There is still hope though, just take that one time when Huniepot, Play-Asia and the Gaming community stood up against the SJW mob last year (it was freaking beautiful to watch it all unfold live). So “hopefully” we will see less censorship and fewer reviews, articles and rants that contains words such as “gross”, “creepy”, “problematic”, “toxic”, “literally”, “triggering” and “offending” in the future.
With that said, what do you guys and girls think about all of this? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below!
This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers (nor The Gaming Ground´s) opinions.
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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Tags: Censorship, Fire Emblem, Fire Emblem Fates, Intelligent Systems, Nintendo 3DS