Nintendo adapted a controversial scene for the Western version of Fire Emblem: Fates, a 3DS RPG originally released in Japan last year. The scene features a gay character who has her drink spiked by a male protagonist.
In the Japanese version, players can tie two characters together in combat, which can result in marriage. A gay female character, Soleil, is shown to have trouble speaking to other women, so a male protagonist secretly spikes her drink with a “magic powder” to make women look like men and men like women.
Once the magic wears off, Soleil is attracted to the male protagonist and proposes. She says she fell in love with the female version of him, but now loves him like a man.
Aside from the oddly casually portrayed drugging, the game drew criticism from those who imported the Japanese version for its “gay conversion” story, in which the established gay character is seen to suddenly want a heterosexual relationship. Nintendo has now responded to those concerns.
“In the version of the game shipped in the US and Europe, there is no phrase that could be considered homosexual conversion or drugging between characters,” Nintendo said in a statement to Nintendo World Report. The company hasn’t said exactly how it intends to change the scene or if it has just been completely removed.
This isn’t the first time Nintendo has come under fire for how sexuality is portrayed in games. Last year, Nintendo issued an apology regarding life-sim Tomodachi life, allowing only male-female unions to occur within the game. Most recently, it censored the skimpy clothing of a 13-year-old character in the Western version of Xenoblade Chronicles X.