The latest Nintendo Direct was a doozy thanks to fantastic announcements such as Deadly Premonition 2 and Doom 64, as well as a Nintendo Switch port for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore. While the latter is a great JRPG that will soften the wait for Persona 5 Royal, a number of fans have threatened to boycott it over "crazy" censorship.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is a Nintendo Switch port of the original Fire Emblems x Shin Megami Tensei crossover that was released on the Wii U back in 2016. It sees players roam about a modern-day Tokyo while crawling through several dungeons by battling monsters via turn-based combat, and it will arrive on the Switch in 2020.
While its arrival on Nintendo's console is no doubt exciting for the biggest fans of JRPGs, its censorship has caused a back-and-forth bloodbath of words online.
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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore censorship
Fans of the game will already be aware of this, but the western version of the original Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE was heavily censored when it was released back in 2016.
Per a report from Kotaku with accompanying videos from Censored Gaming, the most notable censorships were the removal of "fan service." Characters were said to have been aged up a year from 16 to 17, 18 to 19 and so forth, and this resulted in several hundred lines of dialogue having been re-recorded to reflect the changes in age.
While the changes in age wouldn't have caused much of a commotion by themselves, the accompanying censorships of dungeons and outfits went too far for some.
One of the most notorious changes was the cover up of Tsubasa's cleavage and pelvic bones in the intro, as well as western gamers not being treated to the Hot Springs DLC.
You could argue that the above didn't harm the gameplay, but the way Atlus censored the third dungeon massively hindered its story and theme. This is because it was changed from sexy modelling to being unbearably happy about wearing silly garments.
These were some of the most notable changes made back in 2016, but those awaiting the Encore port have sighted a fresh form of censorship.
As noted by fans on Twitter, black smoke was seen covering up cleavage in the Nintendo Direct trailer.
For anyone wondering Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore seems to be censored just like the Wii U version notice that how her chest is covered in black smoke in the trailer however in the Japanese original there is no black smoke to be seen pic.twitter.com/txShc7xonF— Athan McNeal (@SoggyHams) September 5, 2019
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore fans threaten to boycott over "crazy" censorship
Thanks to the new and original forms of censorship, fans of the JRPG genre have threatened to boycott Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore by not buying it. This comes only a few days after there was an uproar online about Rinoa's cleavage having been "covered up" in the Final Fantasy 8 Remaster.
Some fans have pleaded with Nintendo and Atlus to uncensor the port so it doesn't end up as big a failure as the 2016 original, meanwhile others have simply given up and refuse to support the game.
@NintendoAmerica, @NintendoNYC, @NintendoUK, @NintendoEurope, @NintendoAUNZ, @AtlusUSA, @Atlus_jp, Tokyo Mirage Sessions uncensored on the @Nintendo Switch. Because Nintendo censored it is the reason the game had low sales on the Wii U. Don't make the same mistake again.— VersedGamer (@VersedGamer) September 6, 2019
Kind of sucks that Tokyo Mirage Sessions on Switch will be censored. You’d think the game’s initial failure and fan backlash would tell Nintendo not to make the same mistake again.— sackchief (@sackchief) September 5, 2019
Buyer beware. This game is censored to oblivion. https://t.co/a0wVadvq4H— DBlackGamer (@BlackDgamer92) September 5, 2019
A number of fans have blamed Nintendo for the impending onslaught of "vagina bones" version 2 memes, whereas many gamers have pledged to put their money where their mouth is by not supporting "crazy" censorship.
Please, remove stupid censorship, you released Xenoblade 2 with barely any changes, you can do the same with this one.— Óscar Naranjo Pérez (@Bloodsugarzx) September 5, 2019
And if you want the game to stay rated T because the uncensored version would be M, at least give an optional update.
You see this? I want it in the game this time.— XENOBLADE 2020! ✨✨ (Grant) (@Tempergrantia) September 5, 2019
Don’t you DARE try to hide it. Censorship, when you’d raised the characters’ ages was unnecessary.
Nothing can or will contain Yashiro’s bulge. pic.twitter.com/QvKqQiX9w4
Uncensor it and I'll show interest in it.— Corey Oliver (@Feril88) September 5, 2019
I'm only getting this if it's uncensored. I don't need another censored copy of the game.— Yuki (@FeisuYuki) September 5, 2019
>Tokyo Mirage Sessions is more than likely still censored on Switch— Idiocy Watchhamster - Nae Nae Cop (@BlackRockShadow) September 5, 2019
VAGINA BONES 2
VAGINA BONES 2
While a number of gamers are fairly enraged by the continued censorship, you of course have an opposition which doesn't care.
These viewpoints are fair enough as the censorship and its accompanying uproar don't have to ruin the game for everyone, but there are some eye rolling responses such as lazy insults about the offended being basement dwelling virgins.
I'm just gonna say this bold take now, if you legitimately get upset by "censored vagina bones in tokyo mirage sessions " then I doubt you've ever seen a woman in real life.— Pumpkin (@Necro_Pumpkin) September 5, 2019
nor are you gonna have sex with one any time soon.
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Regardless of which side you fight for in the battlefield concerning censorship, it's important to note that - although it's unlikely - it hasn't been confirmed whether or not Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore will restore some of the censored content in the west such as the Hot Springs DLC.
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