Do you see the above image of Tharja from the new Fire Emblem Awakening DLC? If you’re in North America and happen to purchase the fan-service Scramble DLC ($2.50 for Summer Scramble or $6.50 for the pack of Scramble maps), you won’t. Instead, you’ll find this version:
Yes, Nintendo has decided to censor Tharja’s bikini clad bottom with a strategic curtain. While I believe that no work should be censored while we still have that Bill of Rights in effect and I also believe that blatant fan service is a disservice since it potentially leads franchises to take the “sex sells” route, this decision to censor Tharja is a bit confusing. The original image was about as risque as a day at the beach. The curtain in the altered image now makes it look like Tharja isn’t wearing anything except her top.
Maybe this was a Nintendo marketing decision to censor this image so they can promote their willingness to censor their art in order to appeal to the demographic that finds any T&A utterly offensive while censoring the image in a way that appeals to those with oversexed imaginations. It’s win-win!
Oddly enough, the support conversation about Tharja’s “boingy bits” included with the DLC is still intact as is a rather cheesecake image of Cordelia trying to keep her bikini top on. One would think these more noticeable displays of T&A (or just T) would have been censored to protect the eyes and ears of the innocent children who haven’t discovered FHM yet.