Kotaku reports that hasn’t been the only change, with a Nintendo of America representative confirming that a minigame seen in the Japanese version has similarly been cut.
This saw players use the Nintendo 3DS touch screen to stroke characters, increasing your bond and seeing them respond with particularly suggestive remarks – think Pokémon Amie sans Game Freak’s adorable critters. While there are other activities that will allow for relationship-building, a decision was made to remove such petting minigame.
“Yes, that is the case,” the representative admitted. “You might have heard somewhat misinterpreted or exaggerated information about the Japanese original game, but even in the Japanese original version, we have not included any features which are considered inappropriate in Japan.”
Nintendo were keen to reiterate that it isn’t uncommon that changes are made in localisation, and that it has happened many times before with their games.
Fire Emblem Fates will release exclusively for Nintendo 3DS across North America on February 19th, and in Europe in 2016.