Nintendo Apologizes For No Same-Sex, Pledges To Make Next Tomodachi Game More Inclusive

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Nintendo’s Tomodachi Life has been taking heat for excluding same-sex relationships in its set of features. In recent weeks, discussion about the game and Nintendo’s response to its faults has escalated—enough to prompt a reaction from the company.

 

In a press release sent out this afternoon, Nintendo of America issued the following statement:

 

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.

 

Tomodachi Life will be available on June 6th in North America and Europe.


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