NieR: Automata has a little fishing system that lets you find some nifty rare items, but after some players reeled in a trash item called “NIN64” they got pretty upset and called out the developers.
The above is a look at the “NIN64” item. It is described as “Trash that was fished up. Can be exchanged at the shop.” Of course there’s no telling if it was just a little reference to the Nintendo console that somehow managed to survive the test of time until 2B fishes it out almost 10,000 years later, or if it was a tongue-in-cheek comment from the developers.
Other fans noted that perhaps it wasn’t about the Nintendo 64, but a play on the “MIM46,” or MIM-46 Mauler, a self-propelled anti-aircraft missile system from the late 1950s.
Nonetheless, a lot of players in Japan saw it as a rather tasteless comment to call the old Nintendo hardware “trash” as described in the info and began demanding Square Enix to change it. Producer Yosuke Saito followed up with the tweet to address the issue, saying that they will “change the name of an item you’ve all pointed out” as well as some bug fixes in the next patch.
NieR: Automata is now available in Japan. The game releases in North America on March 7 and Europe on March 10, 2017 for PlayStation 4. The PC version will be available sometime in 2017.