On June 24th, the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem crossover Tokyo Mirage Sessions was released on the Wii U. Mixing characters and elements from Fire Emblem with the traditional RPG gameplay of Shin Megami Tensei, the game was fairly well received in both Japan and the West.
However, one aspect of the game was not appreciated by fans. That being the various changes made to the game by the Nintendo Treehouse that were somewhat controversial to say the least. Like removing cleavage, changing character ages and replacing swimwear worn by both male and female characters. A full list of changes can be seen here:
But while the censorship the game received got its fair share of criticism, it seems there’s now a remedy for anyone tired of it. Namely, a group of modders on GBATemp have released a patch which revert the various examples of censorship in the game!
Here are some examples of what the patch changes:
- Reverted costumes back to Bikini’s, also changing the menu icons back and their original names and descriptions.
- Completely redid Chapter 2 and a few other small files to return references to Gravure Modelling, this also uses the original voice files.
- Fixed any map changes relating to pictures in dungeons that were changed.
- Swapped the English files out for Japanese versions for retranslated files.
- Healing points no longer come in envelopes.
- Changed Profiles to reflect the character’s real ages and change back references to Gravure Modeling.
- Reverted any censored prerendered Cutscene files.
As you can see, it’s a lot like the similar patches fore Fire Emblem Fates. It reverts anything changed in the English version to how it is in the Japanese game. It’s also compatible with both the European and American versions of the game too. Which is nice, a lot of mods and patches seem to forget about European gamers.
However, it’s not perfect. Why?
Because as the topic about it says, the hot springs DLC from the Japanese version hasn’t been added to the English version through this patch. This is simply because making DLC functional with other versions of the game is a much trickier technical challenge than making various aesthetic changes to content in the main game. So if you wanted to try that, you’re out of luck.
It also doesn’t work with the disc based version of the game. Instead, you’ll need a Wii U with the Homebrew Channel installed.
That’s a shame (a lot of people prefer buying physical copies of games after all), but it’s understandable. Patching discs is harder than patching a digital version on a hard drive.
You can see a few pictures of the changes here (perhaps NSFW):
So that’s the anti censorship patch for Tokyo Mirage Sessions. It’s not perfect, but it’s a decent choice for anyone who wants to play a more ‘exact’ translation of the game without any major aesthetic changes to characters and clothing.
But what do you think? Would you use this patch for the game?