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Nintendo promises more inclusivity with future Tomodachi Life installments

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Posted on May 9, 2014 AT 01:55pm

After a week’s worth of controversy about the absence of same-sex romance options in Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS life simulator Tomodachi Life, the company apologized and promised more inclusivity in future installments.

“We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life,” reads a statement posted to Nintendo’s official website. “Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to change this game’s design, and such 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.”

The issue came to light after Nintendo nixed a bug within the game that allowed two male characters to date, marry, and go so far as procreate. In response, English fans eagerly awaiting the game’s release next month criticized Nintendo for removing a component—intentional or not—to a life simulator that encompasses aspects of life beyond the myopic heteronormative world view typically painted in most mainstream media.

Fans went so far as starting up a social network campaigned rallied around the hashtag #Miiquality with the hopes of convincing Nintendo to incorporate same-sex relationships into Tomodachi Life. On Wednesday, May 7, however, the Associated Press reported that Nintendo had no plans to modify the game, saying that they “never intended to make any form of social commentary” with Tomodachi and that the game’s world represents “a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation.”

Most agree, however, that this latest response—explaining how altering the game post-release is too difficult and promising more inclusivity with future releases—is a considerably better one that would’ve eschewed unnecessary drama to begin with.

Tomodachi Life launches on Nintendo 3DS June 6 in North America and Europe. The Japanese version was released last month, on April 18.

Source: Nintendo

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern) before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. You can follow his rants about storytelling on Twitter @manadrive.[Meet the rest of the crew]

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