From the late-'80s to the mid-'90s, Nintendo dominated the video game market, and Nintendo of America insisted that all games released on its consoles in the states follow their PG-13 “Video Game Content Guidelines.” This meant no "sexually suggestive or explicit content," among many, many, other restrictions, including no references to religion, alcohol, drugs, or politics. For JRPG fans, this meant a lot of censored Final Fantasy characters in America.
Censorship of the Final Fantasy games in the US began back in 1987 with the very first game in the franchise and lasted until Nintendo final loosened up in the N64 era. Since then, many of the games have, fortunately, been re-released on other consoles in all their uncensored glory. But even in the so-called eighth generation of video game history, a few sexy Final Fantasy characters were toned down in official artwork released in America. Since this is the Internet age, we can look at all the 16-bit midriffs and Harajuku Girl-inspired character sketches we want, worry-free. Enjoy!
5. Critic/Alluring Rider (Final Fantasy VI)
Yes, that's a whip-wielding dominatrix riding a giant green tapir. In Japan, she's wearing a tiny, midriff-exposing top and might have a thong on? It's hard to tell. In America, this Final Fantasy VI enemy is wearing what appears to be a unitard with shorts and a turtleneck and is known, hilariously, as "Critic." Americans were shielded from her true identity as "Alluring Rider."Is the original version hot?
6. Chadarnook (Final Fantasy VI)
Chadarnook is a demon/goddess in Final Fantasy VI possessing a painting owned by a morbidly obese rich dude named Owzer. In the Japanese version, the naked goddess form of Chadarnook is just barely covered with fog, revealing her midriff, thighs, and cleavage. In the American version, meanwhile, it looks like someone set off a smoke bomb.Is the original version hot?
7. Starlet/Lakshmi (Final Fantasy VI)
In the American version of Final Fantasy VI (known at the time, confusingly, as Final Fantasy III), the esper Starlet was called Lakshmi, the Hindu equivalent of Aphrodite, and healed the party in a pretty, uh, sensual way, "wearing" nothing more than a sheet while casting a spell called "Alluring Embrace." In America, she basically looked like a purple Statue of Liberty taking a nap. When summoned by your party, she restored hit points with a wholesome, all-American spell called "Group Hug."Is the original version hot?
8. Statue of the Gods (Final Fantasy VI)
The Statue of the Gods is one of the weirdest final bosses of the 16-bit era: it's a grotesque mishmash of man, machine, demon, and angel, with Final Fantasy VI's final big baddie Kefka hovering above it, dressed like a tacky, Las Vegas version of a Sistine Chapel cherub. In Japan, the bust belonging to the bust at the top of the tower is covered by its hair, the lady in red sports a bikini top, and the big blue dude is totally nude. In America, of course, this is all toned down and fig-leafed, though it's interesting that even the Japanese version omitted a peek at Blue Man Group's butt crack.Is the original version hot?