Nintendo Nixes Controversial 'Gay Conversion' From New Game

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Officials from Nintendo confirmed Wednesday they removed a plot line from a new video game that includes a "gay conversion," involving a male character who drugs a lesbian's drink and thinks it ostensibly changes her sexual orientation, technology news website Ars Technica reports.

The western version of "Fire Emblem: Fates," a 3DS role playing game originally released in Japan last year, will not have a scene where a male character spikes a lesbian character's drink with a magical potion.

"In the Japanese version, players are able to bond two characters together in battle, which can result in marriage," Ars Technica explains. "A gay female character, Soleil, is shown to have difficulty talking to other women, so a male protagonist secretly spikes her drink with a 'magic powder' to make women appear to as men, and men appear at women."

But once the magic wears off, Soleil is attracted to the male protagonist and proposes marriage, saying she fell in love with the female version of him but now loves him as a male.

The scene drew criticism for the "magical" drugging as well as for the "gay conversion," the website reports.

After the apparent backlash, Nintendo officials decided to nix the plot and released a statement about the issue.

"In the version of the game that ships in the US and Europe, there is no expression which might be considered as gay conversion or drugging that occurs between characters," Nintendo said in a statement to Nintendo World Report.

Nintendo did not explain how it will change the scene, however, or if it will be completely removed.

This isn't the first time the video game giant has been criticized for the way it handles LGBT characters in its games. Back in May 2014, Nintendo apologized and promised to be more inclusive after coming under fire for not recognizing same-sex relationships in the English editions of its life-simulator video game "Tomodachi Life."

"We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life," the company said in a statement at the time. "Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to change this game's design, and such a significant development change can't be accomplished with a post-ship patch."


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