Nintendo of America releases official statement on Tomodachi Life same-sex controversy

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If you’ve been following Nintendo news recently, you may have heard about the recent controversy over one of their upcoming titles, Tomodachi Life. The game, which has been described as “The Sims meets Animal Crossing”, allows players to import their Miis and play with them in various situations. Have you ever wanted your personal Mii to have a rap battle with NOA President Reggie Fils-Amie while Jack Black, Charlie Brown, Wayne Brady, and Captain Falcon cheer on? Now you can! Did you want to have a sweet beach vacation with Satoru Iwata and the recently-cancelled Community‘s Dean Craig Pelton? You bet your butt you can! Now, do you want Iwata and Pelton to both profess their love to you on the sandy shores? Well… you can… but only if your Mii is female. The lack of option for same-sex relationships has quite understandably upset some people, and there have been quite a few different movements and petitions for Nintendo to include same-sex relationships in the North American and European releases of the game, which launch in June. The most notable is the #Miiquality movement, which as of the time of this writing, has over 750 twitter followers and upwards of 940 Facebook Likes. Another petition for the feature to be added has nearly 3,500 signatures. However, Nintendo released an official apology today via their Social Media platforms:

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.

How do you feel about Nintendo’s response? Are you disappointed that same-sex relationships won’t be included this time around? If you previously had plans to boycott the game, does this statement make you more likely to reconsider? Do you think the whole situation is much ado about nothing? Sound off in the comments below!!

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