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Nintendo's Tomodachi Life won't allow same-sex relationships in-game


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Nintendo has confirmed new game, Tomodachi Life, will not allow same sex marriage, much to the understandable outrage of fans.

With same-sex marriage now legal in the UK, and many other countries, it seems to make sense for games to represent that, but Nintendo doesn't agree, it seems.

Tomodachi Life, which is due for release on June 6, will not allow "same-sex" characters to marry one another, even though this functionality was present in the original Japanese release, but was subsequently removed via a patch.

Nintendo has responded to criticism saying that it never intended the game to be a "social commentary". The company also hinted that it could be open to reversing its decision, and said:

"We're using this as an opportunity to better understand our consumers and their expectations of us at all levels of the organization".

This latest controversy comes after Nintendo announced a $500 million operating loss as the Wii U sales have slumped. Sony's PS4 has already outsold the console in the short time it's been on the market, which is something of a reversal given that the Wii has sold 20 million more units than the PS3.

A campaign called #MiiQuality had hoped to change Nintendo's mind on the matter, with its lead campaigner Ty Marini releasing a statement on Vimeo saying:

"Relationships and marriage are a huge part of the game. The relationships and interactions between Mii characters in the game, coupled with their relation to you in real life, are what makes this game so appealing. I want to be able to marry my real-life fiance's Mii, but I can't".

Whatever your personal preferences when it comes to marriage, gaming is hugely important to young people and it's only a positive thing to let them see all sorts of relationships, and to be able to echo their own feelings.

It's also worth pointing out that same-sex relationships are possible in The Sims, so consider that when you're spending your money.

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Via: ArsTechnica


May 7, 2014, 11:05 pm

Oh no, quick - somebody organise a boycott and orchestrate calls for the CEO to be sacked.

Ian Morris

May 8, 2014, 11:20 am

I don't think anyone needs to be sacked, and a boycott is a personal choice, but it also seems fair that people can play this game how they want.


May 8, 2014, 12:12 pm

I struggle to understand - why do you think it's fair people are allowed play this game how they want?

It's Nintendo's property, with rules that define how you play it which Nintendo decide on, not something the general public decide on. If you don't like it, don't buy it.
If you really feel strongly about it, then do something about it - write to Nintendo, organise a petition.


May 8, 2014, 2:38 pm

Wells lets be fair its a no win situation. On one side you have LGBT community forming a protest over a game made in country whose views are near as accepting of the LGBT lifestyle as our own. On the other you have Fox news running non stop commentary on how Nintendo has created a game that promotes the LGBT lifestyle to children and even lets them have sex.(if you don't believe me watch FOX coverage of the relationship mechanic in the original Mass Effect). Both options are equally bad PR moves, Nintedo just went with the one that requires the least amount of recoding.

Ian Morris

May 8, 2014, 4:32 pm

I'm a journalist, I'm here to report on things. I think Nintendo owes fair representation to all people. And as I mentioned, same-sex relationships were allowed, and removed. Which means Nintendo took a decision to remove that option.

Of course, I agree, people who feel this decision is wrong shouldn't buy the game, and I suspect they won't.

It's not much to ask though, is it. That gay people should get to play the game in the same way straight people do.


May 10, 2014, 6:56 pm

It's 2014, pixels have the right to be gay. Especially red pixels. Someone call the Supreme Court! We need a mandatory gay orientation course for pre-school children!

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