The promise has been made.
Looks like Americans aren’t the only ones mad about some of the questionable content in the newest Fire Emblem game.
Fire Emblem: Fates, called Fire Emblem IF in Japan, has attracted more than a little criticism from fans for having homophobic content. Most of the vocal outrage has been coming from the west, something defenders of the game have used to wave away criticism as being “western-only”, treating it as something Japanese people don’t care about. This, of course, ignores the growing LGBT movement in Japan, who are also speaking out about the game.
Japanese Lesbian website Gachirezu has put out an article discussing the character Soliel and the poor writing and gross plotting involved with her. I recently put out a piece calling out the disgusting treatment of the character by the game. The comments section on this article mirrors many of my own thoughts, expressing disgust and disappointment with the character’s treatment.
Soliel isn’t the only thing Japanese fans are disappointed in. A campaign has been launched online pointing out the problems with the gay marriage system within the game. This flies in the face of arguments that only western fans care about these issues. Its clear that Japanese fans are just as disapointed with the game’s homophobic failings as western fans. Hopefully, Nintendo will listen to both groups and work to make sure this doesn’t happen in the future.