Nintendo’s “localization” of JRPGs continues, as the upcoming Wii U Crossover RPG Tokyo Mirage Session #FE has been confirmed to have been changed. Explaining this, Nintendo of America said:
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE was localized by Atlus in a way that is consistent with the localization work they do on games they publish. It was a priority to ensure the game feels familiar and appeals to longtime Atlus fans. Any changes made to the in-game content were due to varying requirements and regulations in the many different territories Nintendo distributes its products.
While Atlus is known for having localizations that usually keep the game intact as much as possible, Nintendo is becoming known more and more for censoring games they translate.
Youtuber Censored Gaming has been combing through the game’s PAX East demo to find examples of the censorship, which you can see below:
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Among the highlights of the video are the changed costume of a main character, and certain photos inside of a dungeon being made less revealing. Talking about the dungeon censorship on /r/KotakuinAction, /u/CorruptibleMessiah said:
What a petty thing to be changed! I do want this game,but Nintendo needs to cease these useless changes. They aren’t protecting anyone, and there wasn’t any controversy over this material in the first place.
I dislike companies bowing to social pressure, but I despise when they censor themselves needlessly!
While many are shocked by the changes to the upcoming JRPG, some are claiming that a 4chan user leaked these changes, along some more major changes to the western version. The post includes the (at the time) unannounced localized name, along with the game’s use of the Japanese VO and Atlus localizing. Besides this, however, it also reveals some of the games’ censorship, including what we know and some accusations yet to be confirmed.
An anonymous poster on 4chan’s /v/ leaked some of the censorship Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is recieving in the west
We will update this story with any more announcements about the localization of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.