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Nintendo apologizes for lack of gay marriage option in Tomodachi Life


This whole “Nintendo is anti-gay marriage” thing with Tomodachi Life has gotten out of hand. The company never patched out the ability to wed two same-sex Mii’s, they patched it to fix a game crashing, save corrupting bug.

But seeing all the negative press surrounding them from people who didn’t understand the situation, they provided this apology for the public:

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. At Nintendo, dedication has always meant going beyond the games to promote a sense of community, and to share a spirit of fun and joy. 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.

Its a good thing Nintendo addressed this issue. It had gotten way out of hand. The fact that they’re saying they’ll basically add gay marriage as an option in future installments should please most of the press and the public. Though a lot will probably ignore this apology and latch onto the initial controversy.

I do agree that games should promote gay marriage and LGBT equality in better ways. But at the same time, this was an older Japanese game that wasn’t designed in any way to upset or harm the LGBT community. It was a simple, unrealistic Nintendo title that dealt with marriage in a whimsical, simplified way. While it would be great if Nintendo had put that option in there in the first place, the absence of it didn’t mean anything at all.