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English game page for 'Hyrule Warriors' up; excludes busty villainess

The new female villain in Hyrule Warriors is absent on the game's English page.
The new female villain in Hyrule Warriors is absent on the game's English page.
Photo courtesy of Nintendo, used with permission

On Friday, Nintendo of America set up the English page of the "Dynasty Warriors" inspired Wii U game, "Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors." However, the game page excludes the seductively dressed new female villain.

Typical of any game page, Nintendo of America's has the brief rundown of the setting for "Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors" and impressive screenshots of the game. "The delicate balance of the Triforce has been disrupted," says the summary. ". . . and Hyrule Kingdom is once again being torn apart by a dark power, this time lead by Sorceress Cia." While the screenshots provided by Nintendo of America proudly show some the cast in "Hyrule Warriors," like Impa and Link, there's no image of Sorceress Cia. It's not from a lack of media, as Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu revealed her look not too long ago, with more images of her following. With Cia's strange absence of the English page of "Hyrule Warriors," it's possible her image may be altered in the North American release of the game.

Censoring an image to be less sexual isn't an out-of-the-ordinary thing for Nintendo of America to do. In Fire Emblem: Awakening" a female character wearing only a bikini was covered up from the behind in America. However, as Kotaku noted, censoring the woman's butt with a drape only made the image more suggestive. And in the Nintendo-published "Bravery Default," two female characters wearing suggestive clothing were covered up in the Western release.

While past "Legend of Zelda" games have had their share of suggestively-dressed characters, such as the Great Fairy in "Ocarina of Time" or Veran in "Oracle of Ages," it's possible the sexy depiction of Sorceress Cia in "Hyrule Warriors" may have been too much for Nintendo of America. Especially for a gaming franchise that's generally considered to be for kids, much like most of Nintendo's properties.

While the lack of any visual representation of Sorceress Cia in Nintendo of America's "Hyrule Warriors" page is strange, it's not a definitive declaration of the character being censored. With "Hyrule Warriors" currently unrated, it's possible Nintendo of America is waiting for the game's rating before displaying the revealing villainess. Given Nintendo's past actions, however, it wouldn't be out of the question for Cia to undergo an wardrobe change.