Nintendo confirms removal of Chris Niosi as the voice actor for Fire Emblem: Three Houses/Heroes' Byleth, new voiceover coming via patch

Well that settles that

The removal of Chris Niosi from Fire Emblem Heroes has been the talk of the town all week. If you need to get caught up on the situation, you can get a recap here and here.

Niosi's voice credit was removed from Fire Emblem Heroes, in which he voiced Byleth. Soon after that, we saw that Byleth was being voiced by a new actor in the most recent trailer. This whole situation started on Tuesday of this week, and now we have a comment from Nintendo of America on the matter.

“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.”

As many fans suspected, Nintendo is going to remove/replace Niosi in Fire Emblem: Three Houses as well. We'll be sure to let you know when the patch is released.

Thank you to Nintendo of America for the comment.


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Yes. From what other fans of anime/JRPGs have said, it’s not that uncommon to be replaced if you are horrible in real life.

Fri Jul 26 19 10:40pm
Rating: 3

They’re actually going to bother with this?

Yes. From what other fans of anime/JRPGs have said, it’s not that uncommon to be replaced if you are horrible in real life.

Yeah, see the whole Yakuza game VA drama in Japan lately for reference.

Not just anime/JRPGs, but western media as well (and presumably media that isn't western, anime, and JRPGs). Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby are examples.

Sat Jul 27 19 02:04am
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Heroes doesn't have much spoken word stuff and people who have it already say Byleth's voiced lines in Tree Houses are mostly just battle cries and grunts. It sounds like it takes a pretty minimum effort to rerecord.

GoNintendo is the only place I see talking about this.

Fri Jul 26 19 11:22pm
Rating: 3

What a pointless waste of time/resources.

I don't really care if he's in or not because I don't like FE, but what did the guy do?

Sounds like physical and emotional abuse to a variety of people.

Sat Jul 27 19 01:06am
Rating: 1

Well, professionally he apparently broke the NDA (non-disclosure agreement) about playing Byleth. Personally...YIKES, as in admitted to years of emotional and sexual abuse of others. Not exactly something Nintendo wants associated with one of their franchises

What's also interesting in that broken NDA (reading through statements of people knowing him) - it looks like that Byleth might also be in Smash in a future update.

Wouldn't surprise me

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Honestly between this and the pitiful MxM romance options (read: option), this game just can't seem to escape being a dumpster fire.

Sat Jul 27 19 01:12am
Rating: 1

The game is a dumpster fire because it has options, and 1 single voice actor (who is being replaced) was not a good guy...ok.

I mean maybe it's not a big deal to you, but gay male fans of Fire Emblem are really pissed off that we get one romance option compared to the five lesbian options (


), and that's not something we are getting over very easily.

Dumpster fire was a bit hypervolic, true, but the point is this is yet more bad press for the game.

Options? You mean option. The two older M/M relationship S grades are not even really relationships, and who wants their avatar to date guys that are in their 40s/50s? One of the guys even marries a female villager if you S grade him. The only true M/M relationship is Lindhart. Meanwhile F/F has five reasonable options, and straight relationships can pick anyone of the opposite sex, because there are no just gay characters, any same sex option is a bi character. So it's the very definition of discrimination.

What a waste of time to hire someone to voice it and then replace someone else to voice it.

Sat Jul 27 19 04:39am
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Feels even more so when the character being re-recorded is... a silent protagonist.
EDIT: This was already brought up, won't let me delete this.

I do not understand why there is actually support for this person.


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