As part of Nintendo’s “Tomodachi Life” simulation game, your avatar is able to marry another avatar—as long as they are of the opposite sex.
This didn’t sit well with the game’s gay fans, who called for immediate action from the company to include the option of same-sex marriage. The game, which is a hit in Japan, will be available in the United States June 6.
In a statement
, Nintendo apologized, and declared its commitment to being more inclusive, but it also said it’s impossible to change the game now:
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.
Several first-person role play video games already allow for same-sex marriage, including “The Sims,” “The Elder Scrolls” and “Fable.”
Gay rights group GLAAD issued the following statement
regarding the Nintendo news:
Nintendo has taken a first step, but if the company's longtime values are rooted in 'fun and entertainment for everyone,' then it needs to catch up to peers like Electronic Arts, which has been inclusive of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) gamers for years.