Nintendo has made some questionable changes in recent games in the name of localization. Whether it's editing job outfits or altering side quest endings in Bravely Second, removing the petting minigame from Fire Emblem Fates, or removing outfits and female chest customization sliders in Xenoblade Chronicles X in the name of localization, Nintendo has come under fire from fans who were looking forward to removed extras. With Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE on its way to Wii U systems this June, the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei mash-up title is one Nintendo wants to do right. With that in mind, the company decided to outsource the localization work. Shin Megami Tensei fans will be pleased to hear that Atlus is in charge of localizing the upcoming title, bringing a more familiar feel to Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.
Speaking to Game Informer about the decision, Nintendo of America stated they asked Atlus to handle localization because "it was a priority to en sure the game feels familiar and appeals to longtime Atlus fans." That isn't to say there won't be anything altered or completely removed in the final Western release. Nintendo went on to state that any changes made to the game from the Japanese version were made because of "varying requirements and regulations" in the areas of the world Nintendo does business. It's probable we'll see at least some changes, but hopefully they'll be kept to a minimum and make some level of sense with Atlus handling the localization work.
Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei fans will be able to pick up Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE starting June 24 in either a limited edition package or just the game itself. If you're in the Boston area over the weekend, the game will be playable at PAX East, so stop on by and give it a shot.