One of the biggest talking points in gaming this year has been over the localization of Fire Emblem Fates. First, it was the removal of a controversial support conversation. From there, it escalated when Nintendo announced that the “petting minigame” used to help increase unit support would be removed in the Western releases. Many publications now have review copies of Fates, allowing us to see just how this feature was altered. It turns out that the actual removal of the event has been limited to a specific portion—the actual touching.
The ability to call units into your room is still present. Once there, there’s a little bit of dialogue before the game heads into the Live2D segment. From there, more dialogue occurs before you are notified that your relationship with that character improved. What this means is that the only thing that was actually taken out was the touching itself. Hopefully, this will allow some fans to calm down over what we assumed was the full removal of the minigame. You can check out a video of the scenario above.