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“This Week in Unnecessary Censorship.” Nintendo’s Wii U JRPG Xenoblade Chronicles X releases in the West next month, and YouTube channel GameXplain have been going through a pre-release copy of the localised game. Most of the game’s content remains intact, but there are two notable instances of censorship made to female characters. The first fans have known about for a few weeks now.
Several skimpy costumes for 13 year old party member Lin Lee have been altered. Note that these edits have not been made to the other, older female characters.
This is understandable given differing cultural sensitivities between America and Japan when it comes to youths and sex.
This next example on the other hand just seems to be outright puritanism.
The Japanese version of Xenoblade Chronicles X featured a slider allowing players to choose the bust size of their created female characters. In the Western release, breast size is locked to medium, with no options to make them bigger or smaller. It’s a minor issue sure, but willful censorship of a rather inoffensive feature is sure to rub players, male and female, the wrong way.