In Japan, Nintendo Giving Refunds For Tokyo Mirage Sessions After Family Friendly Changes

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When Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is released in Japan, the game will be based on the modified Western release. Starting today, Nintendo is offering refunds for its local customers.

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Last week, Nintendo apologized for not initially announcing that Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore was based on the family friendly Western version, recognizing that it provided customers with “insufficient” information.

In a statement released today, Nintendo once again apologized and provided an online form so its customers in Japan can get a refund. Nintendo also stated that henceforth, it will work hard to ensure that the same mistake doesn’t happen again in the future.

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From October 25 to November 15, Nintendo will offer refunds for Nintendo eShop and My Nintendo Store customers who want to cancel their pre-orders and purchases.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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This is kind of positive. When it bombs in the west and east, all the players might learn that taking such a broad approach to censorship is really stupid. Before some one says, “go look at porn”, note the broad part. There were many character/costume designs that were improved in the process and still worked within the narrative.

Where the costume designs were more risque and it fit within the plot though, having a whole arc rewritten to be way less interesting, and removing the teeth from the social commentary about the sexualization aspects of idol culture sucked. Much like because Breaking Bad shows murder, no one would say it condoned it, showing titillating costumes in the context of high end fashion while having something to say about that industry isn’t the same as giving it a free pass.

There was a middle ground to be had here and Nintendo/Atlus had a chance to fix the “Tracer’s Butt” type problems, stopping there would have been a non-issue for most people who’d actually buy the game. Instead it applied a heavy handed censorship on a game that requires the player to A.) like JRPGs, B.) except no dubbing and C.) be interested in idol culture. That’s not a huge demographic. The censorship doesn’t add people into that pool and those that cared are more likely to be pushed out.

Side note, choosing to censor yourself, is still censorship for those who think only a governmental body can censor.