U.S. Version of ‘Tomodachi Life’ Will Not Contain Same-Sex Relationships

Nintendo will not add same-sex relationships to Tomodachi Life's western releases, despite vocal and strong support amongst fans in the United States and Europe. Tomodachi Life is a 3DS game that lets players take control of their Mii avatars as they go through everyday events, like moving into a new apartment, meeting new friends, doing chores, and more.

One function that is popular is the ability of male Mii characters romance and marry female characters, and vice versa. Despite some Nintendo fans trying to change Nintendo's mind about same-sex marriage in the game – including a social media campaign called #Miiquality – Nintendo has resisted every effort to allow it – even in the Western release of the game.

Today Nintendo confirmed in a statement to Associated Press that it will not alter the game from the original version already released in Japan as it relates to relationships.

"Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of Tomodachi Life," Nintendo of America said in a statement provided to the Associated Press. "The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation. We hope that all of our fans will see that Tomodachi Life was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary."

Nintendo says that it is continually listening to fans, despite its decision. If proponents of same-sex marriages in the game can make enough noise online, perhaps Nintendo will change its mind.

Tomodachi Life releases June 6 in Europe and the United States.

Source: CVG

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    Neeneko says:

    I could see the technical limitations argument for including something like poly, intersexed, etc in such a game, but yeah, excluding same sex relationships would likely either take more code to do or at minimal indicates some lazy design they would have to redo.

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    KaylaKaze says:

    Relationships themselves are part of the game. Why should a same-sex one need to be specifically labeled? It takes more code to PREVENT same-sex relationships than it does to allow them.

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    Hevach says:

    Arguably the glitch was worse than just not allowing them, because it involved one of the two males appearing male but actually being flagged as female, allowing them to do various female-only things (if I remember correctly getting pregnant was one of them), and locking them out of male-only things.

    If they broke up, the corrupted character could then *only* enter relationships with non-corrupted males – other males affected by the same bug and females all counted as the same sex to them.

    So, yeah, "Two men can get married if and only if one of them peramanently becomes a fully functional female," is not exactly a more progressive option than, "Two men can't get married."

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    Infophile says:

    Anyone else remember when this game had a glitch which allowed male-male relationships? Yeah, Nintendo’s taking a stand here, whether they like it or not.

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    Neeneko says:

    I am picturing what would happen if they made a similar design decision about, say, race.  Could you imagine if they released it having only skins for white characters?  "It is just a whimsical world of make believe, not the real world, and we just happened to decided that there are no brown people in it".

    Heh, or better yet, imagine the outrage if they had ONLY gay relationships in the game.

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    Longjocks says:

    I was going to say it slightly differently by saying that allowing such relationships does not mean Nintendo are actually providing social commentary. In the same way that if a male character can wear pants, providing the same ability to a female character is not social commentary on gender issues.

    But that said, gay relationships aren't part of the scope of the so-called game. On that standpoint it's fair enough. You don't have to cater to every demographic and spend resources to make it happen. In this case, though, the reasoning is just dumb.

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    Technogeek says:

    Unfortunately, as has been pointed out by many people, the very fact that same-sex relationships are being excluded is inherently social commentary insofar as it says "LGBT people don't exist in this world".

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    Sora-Chan says:

    I think it's mainly a situation of "Damned if they do, Damned if they don't". For the most part Nintendo doesn't seem to be wanting to take a stance on the subject, they don't want to be in such a volatile situation. Believe it or not, making any sort of obvious support for or against is bad for business. Same if it were politics.

    As for the original developers, there is a pretty good chance that they weren't even thinking on the subject when they set it up to be opposite-sex only. It's not black or white, there is plenty of grey.

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