Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Yakuza 3: Hostess bars cut out of Western version?!


9:30 PM on 02.23.2010
Yakuza 3: Hostess bars cut out of Western version?! photo



This is just like Japan IRL. A couple of years back, Nick, Niero and I were in Kabukicho, Tokyo's red light district. We attempted to enter a pretty awesome looking hostess club. All pink and shiny. A finely dressed (high-end suit) Japanese man and his pet bouncer stopped us. The man held up his arms, making an X out of them. He said to us in perfect English:

Japanese only, please.

I think Sega is giving us the same story with the western release of Yakuza 3. IGN spoke with Sega, and it turns out that the in-game hostess clubs have been cut out of our release. The Japanese quiz show game was also cut.

The content between Yakuza 3 US/UK and Yakuza JP is a little different in that we took out certain bits in order to bring the game to the west in the time alloted for us to do so. The parts we ended up taking out were parts that we felt wouldn't make sense (like a Japanese history quiz game) or wouldn't resonate as much (such as the concept of a hostess club).

The Sega rep assured that the story was not affected by removing these parts. Thankfully, the strip bars are still in there, and you can date the hostesses, so it's not the end of the world.

I don't think the cultural differences are enough of a reason to cut the hostess clubs. We all know what they are, right?

Yakuza 3 Loses Content in the West [IGN]






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.







japan

12:30 PM on 02.26.2015
Namco teases new Vita RPG Ray Gigant from Demon Gaze dev

Demon Gaze developer Experience has been busy on the Vita since with Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (and its upcoming sequel in Japan), but there are no shortages of dungeons to crawl or publishers to team with, so Bandai...more



3:30 PM on 02.25.2015
Majora's Mask bumped by God Eater from atop Japanese sales charts

It wasn't a long reign -- just one week, in fact -- but it was a good one. Majora's Mask 3D has to settle for second place on the Japanese sales charts. God Eater 2: Rage Burst is the new ruler. In its second w...more



10:00 PM on 02.24.2015
Cool Mario Kart 8 soundtrack, Club Nintendo Japan

Club Nintendo Japan has added some new rewards including a two-disc CD soundtrack for Mario Kart 8, a Majora's Mask jigsaw puzzle, and a lil Blooper shirt. You can squeeze into it, if you want. There's also a tentative listin...more



View all japan






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more