Nintendo America Changes Controversial Support Conversation in Western Release of Fire Emblem Fates
In a new statement from Nintendo of America, a controversial support conversation in the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates between the male protagonist and female character Soleil in the Japanese version has been removed from the Western release.
According to the statement:
In the version of the game that ships in the U.S. and Europe, there is no expression which might be considered as gay conversion or drugging that occurs between characters.
The issue in question deals with the C-support conversation with the aforementioned Soleil telling the protagonist about her getting flustered and nervous around cute girls, and fearing that she couldn’t be a “strong and cool girl” because of this.
In the B-support conversation, the male protagonist revealed to Soleil that he slipped a “magic powder” in her drink that alters her state of mind to see men as women and vice-versa to help her practice around women. This was done without her knowledge and she even fails to recognize the protagonist at the start of the conversation since she now sees him as female.
Eventually the magic powder wears off and if you achieve her S-support conversation (in the Fire Emblem series this is the marriage proposal stage that only occurs between certain characters) she proposes to him, stating that she fell in love with the female version of him but now loves him as male.
This was interpreted by some not only as drugging someone to alter their state of mind without their consent, but also as a form of the highly controversial “gay conversion therapy,” which is often performed by religious organizations in an attempt to “convert” a person from homosexual to heterosexual.
Nintendo America has not clarified at this time how the conversation will be altered for the Western versions.