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Nintendo edits Fire Emblem: Fates for the West

Drugging and gay conversion scene will be altered for audiences in North America and Europe

Nintendo has confirmed that it is removing some controversial elements from Fire Emblem Fates for its upcoming release in the US and Europe. Speaking to Nintendo World Report, a Nintendo representative confirmed that a scene that could be interpreted as a character being drugged as part of a successful "gay conversion therapy" has been altered.

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

As described by Nintendo World Report, the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Fates features a lesbian character who has trouble functioning when around attractive women. The male protagonist then puts a magic powder in her drink that makes her see people as a different gender. As a result, she falls in love with the protagonist, and remains in love with him even after the effects of the magic powder wear off.

A Nintendo spokesperson elaborated on the change for Siliconera, saying, "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."

The company also specified that Fire Emblem: Fates allows for same-sex relationships. In 2014, the company's 3DS game Tomodachi Life drew criticism for its lack of same-sex marriages. Nintendo apologized at the time, and pledged to make any future installments in that franchise more inclusive and better representative of all players.

Fire Emblem: Fates launched last June in Japan. It comes out next month in North America, and at some point this year in Europe.

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft GermanyA year ago
"next month in North America, and at some point this year in Europe."
We are seeing this more frequently as of late, aren't we? I though the ideal scenario was to release a game at the same time worldwide.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! A year ago
@Alfonso: Actually, that's how things used to be back in the 80's up to the early 2000's. Japan usually got games made there first and then they spread out to other territories as they got localized (and/or censored). Worldwide releases are more common these days, but I can recall plenty of titles going on my want list from reading game mags in the 90's that heavily covered the import scene.
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Rafa Ferrer Localisation Manager, Red Comet MediaA year ago
@Greg: I still remember getting SF2 for the SNES along with the import cart adapter for a small fortune the week it came out. Same with the JP version of the second Dragon Ball Z fighting game, which was The Hugest Thing in the early 90's in Spain.

So, substances with wacky magical effects in RPGs are now seen as drugs? Well, there goes a whole genre then...
Guess someone should rewrite every love potion bit in every fairy tale ever including A Midsummer Night's Dream, because hey, date rape drugs.
This is getting ridiculous.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft GermanyA year ago
@Rafa
Guess someone should rewrite every love potion bit in every fairy tale ever including A Midsummer Night's Dream, because hey, date rape drugs.
Oh my God... then all those "Phoenix Down" were... I got chills now :S
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