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


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.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.