The minigame was first revealed during the May 2015 Japan-exclusive Nintendo Direct event, and quickly gained traction on online message boards like NeoGAF.
This is one of several localization changes the game has undergone for it’s Western release. Just last week, Nintendo announced that a scene that could be interrupted as the “drugging” and “gay conversion” of a party member would not be included in the English version either.
Nintendo refused to address what other changes had been made during localization, instead stating only that the game will not feature “inappropriate” content in either its original Japanese or localized versions.
In a statement to Polygon, a Nintendo representative said:
You might have heard somewhat misinterpreted or exaggerated information about the Japanese original game but even in the Japanese original version, we have not included any features which are considered inappropriate in Japan.
Having said that, however, making changes are not unusual when we localize games, and we have indeed made changes in these games.
Fire Emblem: Fates releases February 16 in the US on Nintendo 3DS.