Um, This Sure Is A Lot Of Ass Cheek For A Nintendo-Licensed Product

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Nintendo is about as family-friendly as video game companies can get. This goes double for the company's merchandise, which normally begins at t-shirts and ends with plush representations of cute little Mushroom Kingdom characters.

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So it's strange to see this figure of Tharja from Fire Emblem Awakening on the 3DS turn up, not only because it's a little bit adult (potentially NSFW image below), but for the way it's a little bit adult.

The fact it's obviously aimed primarily at the Japanese market—where NSFW figures aren't exactly rare—explains it, but still. What's interesting here isn't necessarily this statue in particular (Fire Emblem isn't out here yet, and it's way too pervy for my tastes), but the fact Nintendo is, apparently, cool with it.

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What's next? Tingle in a suggestive state of undress? Actually, that'd be fantastic.

People seem captivated by the Tharja figure [Tiny Cartridge]

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This doesn't really surprise me, honestly. I think Nintendo's been sort of passively trying to sidestep that "family" reputation they have, because it's really starting to cripple them whenever a game that isn't Mario or Zelda gets brought up. And I mean, have you seen the radical new art style that Awakening uses? Generic overtly-sexualized animu garlz everywhere holy fuck. This is just the next logical step down that path. I really would be bummed out if they wound up taking Fire Emblem further down that extreme path, though, especially since I just recently started getting into the series (Radiant Dawn was the first one to ever really suck me in, and then the DS titles hooked me).