Nintendo adds same-sex marriages to Fire Emblem

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Nintendo can hardly be accused of being progressive. Not with its games, and not with its social outlook. The company was relatively recently taken to task for patching out same-sex relationships in its bizarre as all heck, strange life simulator, Tomodachi Life. When it was released, players could hook up with digital avatars of the same sex – but Nintendo actively removed the ability. They seem to have learned their lesson. The next Fire Emblem will allow for same-sex marriages.

In previous Fire Emblem games, players can form bonds, and if the bonds are strong enough they can pretend that the excellent, tactical SRPG games are waifu simulators, allowing them to marry and even procreate. In Fire Emblem Fates, you can now have same-sex relationships with your player character.

Fire Emblem Fates comes in two different versions, called the Conquest and Birthright editions,” Nintendo said. “In the U.S., Conquest and Birthright will both be sold separately, as is already the case in Japan.

For those who have purchased either the Conquest or Birthright edition, a third edition will be made available as downloadable content at a later stage. Details on how the three storylines will be made available in other regions will be announced at a later date.

In the Conquest edition of the game, there is a male character that the game’s player may have his/her male main character marry after they bond in battle. Similarly, the Birthright edition features a female character that a female main character may marry after bonding in battle. Both of the aforementioned characters can be encountered in the third edition of the game.”

Essentially, you’ll have to purchase different editions of the game to get your freak on, depending on if you want same-sex relationships with men or women. Nintendo’s explained its decision to include them via a statement.

“We believe that our gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and, at the same time, we will always design the game specifications of each title by considering a variety of factors, such as the game’s scenario and the nature of the game play,” Nintendo said. “In the end of course, the game should be fun to play. We feel that Fire Emblem Fates is indeed enjoyable to play and we hope fans like the game.”

Their heart’s in the right place here. I am, as a huge Fire Emblem fan, incredible excited for Fates – I’m now just caught deciding which version to pick up. Maybe in the next game, they’ll actually include feet.

Last Updated: June 24, 2015

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