If you had hoped that Nintendo was immune to the effects of ResetEra, they aren’t. It was pretty obvious they were susceptible when ResetEra complained about a Mr. Game & Watch animation being “racist”, which resulted in Nintendo removing said animation from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Well, following complaints from ResetEra about voice actor Chris Niosi, Nintendo opted to remove him from Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Fire Emblem: Heroes.
GoNintendo is reporting that Nintendo has confirmed Niosi’s removal with a statement, which reads…
“After assessing the situation, we decided to re-record the character’s voiceovers in Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Fire Emblem Heroes with another actor. The new voiceovers will be included in a future patch.”
This comes shortly after ResetEra kicked up a storm and began spreading the news across social media that Chris Niosi was abusive and has engaged in misconduct.
Instead of defending himself, Niosi posted an apology on Tumblr.
Shortly thereafter rumors spread that Nintendo had removed Niosi from the credits of Fire Emblem: Heroes, as reported by Nintendo Life.If you check the trailers for Byleth from Fire Emblem: Heroes, it now lists Zach Aguilar as the voice actor instead of Chris Niosi, as depicted in the video below from Nintendo Mobile.
Now we have confirmation that Niosi isn’t just removed from Fire Emblem: Heroes but also removed from Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Some people have claimed that Nintendo’s decision to remove Niosi was due to him breaking an NDA, but ResetEra was the one that spearheaded that rumor. So far there is no concrete evidence that Niosi violated his agreement with the company and Nintendo has made no mention about it.This was discussed in a video by GameXplain, which you can view below.
The information about the NDA breach was based on a Google document that claims that he privately told someone about his involvement with Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and this person told someone else. The NDA rumor started from a tweet that barely had 28 likes. The only way Nintendo would have known about that is if the people from places like ResetEra presented the document to them, though, since it’s not available through a search link.
In fact, ResetEra is notorious for getting games censored, or attempting to get people fired based on being offended. The worst part about all of this is that there’s no proof or evidence of misconduct from Niosi, just an apology from the voice actor and accusations from the ResetEra crowd. Even in the apologies posted on his Tumblr blog, the “offenses” — if you even want to call them that — are completely benign. Basically it was infinitesimal things like causing someone anxiety, or being rude in a response. I mean, seriously? I’m rude to people all day, everyday and I have no need to apologize for it at all.
His apology tour also includes being selfish and spoiled in how he interacted with certain people, as well as apologizing for venting to people and being depressive and obsessive. It’s some of the most pathetic things you could read about when it comes to someone apologizing, yet they’re getting fired over it because outrage callout culture targeted this person.
However, in today’s society if you kneel to the outrage brigade you will lose everything, as Niosi is finding out firsthand.
(Thanks for the news tip Anime Avatar Bad!)
[Update: Added more info]