Games coming from Japan into the US or going international usually get some form of censorship, recently in the form of omitting the skimpier outfits of female characters. That and removing that face touching mini game from Fire Emblem Fates. Anyways, modders are striking back to get the game back to their original forms this time with the recently released Tokyo Mirage Sessions, the crossover of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem.
Developed by the super talented folks at the GBA Temp Forums, the new Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Reincarnation patch adds a slew of cut dialogue and costumes to the English version, making it closer to its original, more mature tone.
The GBA Temp Forums outlined the general changes of the patch in an FAQ, which is below. Note that homebrew hacking a system voids any warranty it has and that Marooners’ Rock does not condone piracy.
Q: What exactly change this?
A: A complete list of the changes to the dialog can be found here. But here is a quick list:
– 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.
Q: Do I need homebrew to use the patch?
A: If you haven’t already read the above statement that clearly mention it, yes.
If you need help hacking your Wii U go here: http://gbatemp.net/threads/videos-how-to-run-5-5-x-kernel-exploit-set-up-sd-card.425040/
Here for Loadiine: https://gbatemp.net/threads/loadiine-gx2.413823/
Or here to dump your game with DDD: https://gbatemp.net/threads/ddd-wiiu-title-dumper.418492/
Q: Do I need the Japanese version of the game to apply the patch?
A: No, this patch is standalone and you only need a loadiine dump of the US or EU version of the game.
Q: I purchased the DLC, can I use it with this patch?
A: Yes, but you need to load your game using the Smash method of Loadiine and have it dumped with DDD.
If you already had installed the DLC before dumping then most probably you already did, you can check if there is a folder called aoc0005000c101ed800 or aoc0005000c101ed700 depending if your game is US or EU.
If you need more help you can consult the Loadiine thread specified above.
Q: Are the altered costumes that only appeared in the censored version of the game still accessible (Tsubasa and Elle bikini replacements)?
A: No, at this moment is impossible to add them back alongside the others.
Q: Is the hotsprings DLC playable?
A: No, that content is exclusive of the JP version and there isn’t a way to load it in the western versions.
Q: Is there a way to use my disc with the patch?
A: At the moment no. The files to patch are too big for Cafiine. The only way you can use your disc for now is to make a dump with DDD.
Q: I found a bug/my game freezes/there is an error here.
A: Please send us a save file and an explanation of how happened to try reproduce it or we wont be able to fix it.
Q: The patcher says I’m missing some files but I have them all.
A: Verify that you are pointing correctly to the game folder (the one with the code, content and meta folders) and that you put the xdelta3.exe and patch files inside a folder called “xdelta”. example gif.
For some visual comparisons of the changes made between versions there is a sample gallery on the forum as well as a few images below. Note, we are not responsible for ruined keyboards.
While this doesn’t work for the physical release of the game, one can assume that the modders are working towards that goal. It’d be great to be able to load an SD card into a Wii U to add patches like this or translations, adding to the abysmally barren library. Might give it the boost the console needs in its last few months before the NX launches in March.
Censorship has been rampant with RPGs coming to Nintendo consoles. What do you all think of this? Maybe there could be a way to let of age players unlock the original version through the E-Shop. That would keep the family friendly environment, while supporting hardcore fans who want the original versions. Let us know on our various social media outlets or in the comments below.