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Welcome to a special Censored Gaming Recap featuring YouTube’s Censored Gaming! Localisation changes, cut content, and outright denial of sales is an unfortunately ever-growing trend in today’s industry. We’re going to do our best to document gaming censorship as it happens, to make you aware of just what’s being affected and what content is being deemed too objectionable for your libraries.
Today we’re spotlighting a few of the notable edits already confirmed for Japanese RPG Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, due out on Wii U at the end of June. The game was conceived as a crossover of elements and characters from Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei franchise, and Nintendo’s Fire Emblem series, while telling its own original story set in modern day Tokyo. The game’s official website confirms it has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB, while PEGI have classified it for ages 12+. We’re going to look at a few instances in the early parts of the game where suggestive content has been rather heavily edited at the behest of Nintendo.
Tsubasa’s Age Increased in Redubbed Dialogue
The Japanese version of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE has heroine Tsubasa reveal in a cutscene that she’s 17 years old. The Western version of the game increases her age to 18, and while this would have been a simple edit if the game had an English dub, the Japanese dialogue has been replaced with another recording where Tsubasa’s voiced dialogue says that she’s 18.
Tsubasa’s Body Covered Up In Photoshoot Cutscene
Despite the effort made to establish Tsubasa as an adult, a cutscene where she models in a swimsuit to impress a photographer has been changed to have her wear a completely different outfit. The swimsuit is replaced with a set of clothes that reveal next to no skin, with the photographer praising her fashion and posing. Let me take this moment to remind you once again that this game is rated T for Teen, yet an 18-year old modelling a swimsuit was apparently far too obscene.
Aversa’s Chest Censored With Smoke
Chapter 1 boss Aversa’s clothing reveals her midriff and the middle of her chest. This was also too hot for the West it seems, as the cutscene has been altered to have Aversa’s chest obscured by a pretty conspicuous smoke effect. 4Kids would be proud.
Hyrule Warriors is another current game published by Nintendo with the same Western age ratings as Tokyo Mirage Sessions. This is what one of that game’s antagonists, Cia, looks like.
I apologise for all the teenagers whose eyes I have soiled with this article.