Nintendo Responds to Tomodachi Life Marriage Controversy
If you’ve not heard, Nintendo has been getting some heat lately from their Tomodachi Life game. For those unfamiliar with this game, it is a life sim with Mii characters. You cannot really control marriages, as if the sim wants your Mii to get married, you will. Apparently, the release version, though, allowed for same-sex marriages among men. What we found out was this was due to a coding error. A patch disallowed this, and many people began getting angry. Here is what Nintendo of America had to say:
“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.”
So, it looks like this version of Tomodachi will not change, but there is a possibility they may allow same-sex marriages in future versions.