In a year where even Mario is proudly showing off his nipples, there's a male lineup in another franchise that doesn't even have nipples to show. The male roster in the BlazBlue series like to show off their chest sometimes, but you won't find any nipples hiding under their shirts. Believe it or not, there's a reason for that. BlazBlue director Toshimichi Mori explained the reasoning to PC Gamer.
“I heard that overseas it wouldn’t be too well received, so we intentionally abstracted that. I think in the US and Europe it’s more acceptable, but in Asia it’s not really...so we kind of fudged it, a little bit. I thought it was totally acceptable to have some form of expression of that. I guess that’s cultural. For the record, I am of the school of thought that it’s acceptable as a form of expression, but I noticed whenever they’d take some of the artwork that I do with the nipples, in Asia it gets erased.”