Nintendo Responds To Changes To Fire Emblem Fates’ Western Localization

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It seems as though the North American version of Fire Emblem Fates’ has received a little bit of changes for its localization causing some controversy. The content in question revolves around the character Soleil who is female attracted to other females and if you play as a girl it will keep Soleil from being a “strong and cool girl.” If you play as a male character, her drink will get spiked with a “magic powder.” This “magic powder” would essentially make Soleil view other female characters as male and wear off over time.

Of course this has upset purist as they want localizations to be as close to the original as possible. Siliconera attempted to reach out the Nintendo and received a statement from Nintendo regarding the issue. The statement said…

“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.”

“In the Conquest edition a male main character created by the gamer can pair up with another male character (Niles) which ultimately leads to marriage. Similarly, in the Birthright edition, a female main character created by the gamer can pair up with and eventually marry another female character (Rhajat). Like married couples of the opposite gender, these same-sex couples enjoy the stat boosts that come with marriage, which means when they are paired up in battle they are stronger than when they are apart or paired up with another character.”

“In the third edition, Revelation, that will be released as DLC in the eShop on March 10, a same-sex marriage is possible regardless of the sex of your main character, as both Niles and Rhajat can be encountered in this edition.”