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Yes, Tokyo Mirage Sessions Still Uses the Western Localization, and You Can Get a Refund if You’re Feeling Aggrieved

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, a strange and underappreciated mash-up between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, is coming to the Switch next year following a failed 2016 Wii U run. However, the sometimes-racy game is already embroiled in some controversy, and Nintendo is offering an apology and refunds to Japanese customers who pre-ordered it.

Atlus (possibly under orders from Nintendo) applied some changes to the localized version of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. Characters are aged up, some skimpy costumes are changed entirely, and an entire storyline involving a former gravure (read: erotic) idol is considerably altered to make it less controversial. You can find a breakdown of what’s changed over at Persona Central.

The version coming to Switch as Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore will be distributed worldwide—including Japan. Since the Japanese website for #FE Encore initially used screenshots from the Wii U version of the game, some fans are crying foul about being “tricked” into believing Japan’s receiving an unaltered version of #FE Encore. Earlier today, Nintendo of Japan offered an apology and says full refunds will be available to anyone who pre-ordered the game through the eShop or the My Nintendo Store.

In Japan, Nintendo issued an official apology. Twitter user BlackKite helped news site Japanese Nintendo translate the mea culpa:

So on 10 October 2019, we performed replacements of game screenshots in the home page. And on the 17th we posted that this title would be based on Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. But we acknowledge that we did not deliver enough information to our customers from the beginning.

Concerning this, for all customers who have purchased / pre-ordered Genei Ibun Roku #FE Encore through Nintendo eShop or My Nintendo Store, and want to request a cancellation caused by this matter, we will provide the procedures in this page at a later date.

The Western version of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE scored very well with us when it first came to the Wii U. For most of us, the January 2020 launch of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore will be our first opportunity to go hands-on with this crossover—alterations or not.

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