Last week, Nintendo fans anticipating the release of the game Tomodachi Life took to social media to show their displeasure with the marriage feature within the game. Tomodachi Life is a life simulation game, in which relationships, marriages, and families play a key role, but marriage between two characters of the same gender is not allowed.
Because many players choose to marry their real life partners in the game, this alienated some users. Players started the #MiiQuality movement, led by Tomodachi fan Tye Marini, to ask the game to offer a same-sex marriage option. While Nintendo initially responded matter-of-factly, saying "the relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation...The ability for same-sex relationships to occur in the game was not part of the original game that launched in Japan," they are now changing their tune.
In a statement released by Nintendo this weekend, they apologized for excluding same-sex relationships in Tomodachi:
"We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to change this game's design, and such a significant development change can't be accomplished with a post-ship patch. We are committed to advancing our longtime company values of fun and entertainment for everyone. We pledge that if we create a next installment in the 'Tomodachi' series, we will strive to design a game-play experience from the ground up that is more inclusive, and better represents all players."
While it is too late to change this version of the game, Nintendo players supporting the #MiiQuality movement hope to make Tomodachi so popular in the States that the company will be encouraged to release an update quickly.
Marini, leader of the #MiiQuality campaign, said he is "very happy" with Nintendo's response. He explained, "I don't believe they are a homophobic company at all. I think that the exclusion of same-sex relationships was just an unfortunate oversight."
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