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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE sparks Nintendo’s latest censorship debate

by Ron Duwell | June 29, 2016June 29, 2016 9:20 am PST

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

Nintendo can’t go three months without finding itself on the end of angry fans who disagree with their localization process. Fire Emblem Fates has come and gone, and we are now moving onto Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, which just released on the Wii U this week.

Naturally, a group of fans are angry with costume changes made to cover up the female leads, everything from simple bikinis and age changes to panty shots, and they have spoken out en masse once again, claiming it is to protect “artistic integrity.” One group has even set out to mod the game’s original Japanese content back into the pirated version of the Wii U game.

On the flip side, Director Mitsuru Hirata took to Twitter to express his excitement about the launch and tossed a little extra out there.

Come to think of it, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE release date is this week on 24th isn’t it! For various reasons we had to change some outfits, contents of events and vocals, but I think the outfits of the overseas version are quite cute! If you live overseas and own a Wii U by all means buy the game!

Of course, the grumbling fans immediately leaped on this quote as a sales tactic and not being genuine. They would rather call out those who believe the quote as “gullible” instead of accepting that maybe the director doesn’t really mind all that much.

Again, it’s the same argument. The acceptable standards between Japan and North American are different between the two countries. We’ve known this for years, and while those differences are seemingly growing smaller by the year, it is not enough for some.

As it is now, Nintendo simply can’t sell sexual images to this market. It’s not in its business plan or its PR campaign. Some changes have to be made. Maybe the day will come when these fans will have their way, with zero differences between Japanese and North American versions. However, that time is not now.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...