Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is coming to Nintendo Switch- and it’s still censored

One of the big reveals during Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct presentation was an updated port of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Atlus’ mashup of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem originally released for the Wii U in 2015.

This time titled Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore, the Switch version will include new story segments and an all-new song. However, if the game’s trailer during the Nintendo Direct is any indication, the original’s over-the-top censorship is well intact.

If your memory is fuzzy or you simply weren’t paying attention to Wii U games in 2015, the western localization of TMS saw several changes from the Japanese original, most notably including costume changes and extra effects which – you guessed it – cover up the female characters.

From the reveal trailer of the Nintendo Switch Encore version, it looks as though these changes remain. The villian Aversa has her chest area enveloped by a glaringly out of place purple-colored smoke, while Kiria’s pants look to be making a comeback as well.

It’s possible that old footage from the Wii U version of TMS was used for yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, but given the January release date for Encore, it’s unlikely. It therefore stands to reason that the many other localization changes from the original will also be carried over, which is particularly disappointing given Nintendo‘s recent stance against censoring the content of its third-party developers. The excellent YouTube channel Censored Gaming covered the many ways in which TMS was censored a few years ago, and you can watch their most complete rundown of the original localization changes below.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is scheduled to release for the Nintendo Switch on 17 January 2020.

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