Genei Ibun Roku #FE, the upcoming collaboration RPG between Nintendo and Atlus, might have been changed to better suit Nintendo’s sensitive audience. While the changes are welcomed by some, they don’t really make a lot of sense.
Nintendo has made changes to a lot of their games lately, in the hopes that they don’t offend anyone or upset the “delicate sensibilities” of their audience. You would be excused for thinking that during these past few years, which had a sort of crescendo last week. Like it or not, some Japanese companies or the localization teams they employ just don’t think that Western, audiences in particular, can handle mature themes. Consider Xenoblade Chronicles; Fatal Frame ; Bravely Default; just to name a few recent examples.
Not every game that passes through Nintendo’s mantra for removing offensive material is adult to begin with, but everything removed in the aforementioned games has been risqué. We can now add Genei Ibun Roku #FE to that list, as it seems as though this is the next title to face the sweet, censoring embrace of Nintendo. While that sucks in and of itself, that’s not even the main problem – it’s that it just looks stupid. To top it all off, it looks like this change is set to hit the Japanese market, which usually isn’t the case and doesn’t bode well for us here. Take look at the changes below, and tell us what you think.
Thanks to user Rhandino for noticing this.
User Rhandino of the forum NeoGaf helpfully pointed out in a post today that he had noticed something strange. In a trailer released yesterday (bottom), the 2nd of December, there were some changes that had been made to one character in particular. These changes were referenced by Rhandino to an earlier presentation made at Nintendo Treehouse (top), a small event where new games are played by a PR team. The changes were made to Kiria, a Japanese idol character known for her musical theme. For anyone who is unaware, a Japanese idol is essentially a pop star, usually popularized because of their cute nature and flashy looks. You generally see them in colourful costumes, particularly on their anime counterparts.
Therein lies why this is quite silly. The changes don’t make much sense culturally, nor do they make sense from a design standpoint. As you can see from the original, Kiria is wearing some long suspender boots with bikini style underwear. It’s quirky; there’s a zipper on her panties, her boots are being held up by her corset, it’s idol-like. That’s just a part of being a Japanese idol; you wear fantastical costumes as part of the style (just take a look at Kiria’s carnage form).
It’s also silly when you consider the way these changes have been implemented. Nintendo has tried to cover Kiria up in the worst way possible and have simply slapped on some extra fabric without any sense for the new style. The suspenders are still there, but now they’re arbitrarily strapped to her legs. At first it seemed as though the outfit was now clipping with her corset, but it’s just because they left original aspects of the design in place. A lot of people can end up liking new designs: short shorts, “spats” as they’re often known, are well loved and even welcomed by some when they’re swapped in for panties. Well, spats these are not.
Of course, this won’t bother everyone, in the same way, and some people might even prefer it. It really is a question of whether you agree with these changes being made regardless of the final outcome. A lot of people would even argue it’s not censorship at all when it’s done in-house, with no outside pressure to do so. It’s a tricky situation, but one that Nintendo quite consistently finds themselves involved with. The success of the Wii all but solidified Nintendo as a “family friendly console”, so it’s likely that would have some impact on their thought process. At LewdGamer, we don’t really like any sort of censorship, self-imposed or otherwise, but sadly there will always be something like this to write about.
Genei Ibun Roku #FE will be released in Japan on the 26th of December, with further releases in the NA and EU regions during 2016. You can check out the recent trailers here and here. For more news on the censorship of adult themes, stay tuned to LewdGamer.
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