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.