So what exactly did Nintendo choose to drag on over to the chopping block this time? Let's go for those bulletpoints shall we?
- Ages of female characters increased from 17 to 18
- Outfits deemed overly revealing revised so that they are less so
- Images of characters in bikinis in one of the game's dungeons replaced
- Hot Springs DLC cut
- Panty shots edited/removed
|Breasts are evil! Think of the children...|
A higher age rating affecting the ability to sell the game may well be a legit reason BUT...Mirage Sessions is already a very specialised and niche title that will be bought by those in the know, most of which - I'd wager - are adults. This isn't the sort of mass-market, widely distributed piece of software that parents will be randomly picking out for their child's Wii-U library so a higher age rating really wouldn't damage this game's sales. What I'm saying is, think about your target audience Nintendo. It's this kind of attitude that a) pisses off the core fanbase and b) prevents you from shrugging off the kiddie image that refuses to let go. I totally get that Nintendo want to maintain a family friendly image for their products but FFS, the Wii-U is essentially dead and buried by this point - censoring a niche game on a system being read the Last Rites is not going to achieve anything.
By all means save that sort of treatment for the likes of Mario, Zelda, Metroid etc. - universally appealing games where we don't expect to see anything dirty and quite frankly, don't want to (despite what the murky world of fan art might suggest).
I can't even be bothered to analyse this in any greater detail. The main problem here is not with being denied a splash of perviness but with censorship in general and deciding what people in certain markets should and shouldn't be able to see. If you want it this way then design it this way to begin with. Nobody will be disgruntled about character designs being conservative from the get-go but allowing artists to be creative and THEN shoehorning in some shitty bodges to cover things up is just poor. Media is art and art should be free to bare itself uncensored. So what if a character has a short skirt or low cut top? The results are no different to reality so if that's a problem for a Nintendo-associated product, then don't design characters in this way TO BEGIN WITH. Slapping a mismatched undershirt in to hide a bit of 'horrifying' cleavage is just shite. Let the consumer make their mind up about whether or not they want to play a game based on its content.
So am I still going to play this game? Of course I am. By all accounts, Mirage Sessions is meant to be fantastic and I'm looking forward to seeing for myself. A lack of tits and arse isn't going to stop me enjoying a game after all. I just wish that Nintendo would stop trying to tell me what is and isn't good for me. I'll be judge of that thank you very much.