Tomodachi Collection – controversial removal of same-sex marriage explained by Nintendo

Friday, 11th April 2014 14:37 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo has added context to the Tomodachi Collection: New Life controversy which arose last year, when a patch issued purportedly removed the ability to have a same-sex marriage between male Mii characters.

According to Nintendo, this was indeed a part of a game breaking bug, and never an intentional relationship option to begin with.

“Same-sex relationships were not possible in the original software,” a Nintendo representative told games writer Wesley Copeland. “Two developments occurred that led to some misunderstanding about this.

“First, as a result of a mistake in comprehension of Japanese, [westerners] misinterpreted Japanese reports and fan activity and thought same-sex relationships were possible. This occurred because they saw Japanese fans posting game screenshots of male and female Mii characters, where female Mii characters were designed and clothed in such a way that they looked male.

“Since these explanations were made in Japanese by the Japanese fans who posted the images, the Japanese people do not have such a misunderstanding.”

Basically, players dressed their Miis in the opposite gender’s attire. This would make a female Mii dressed in male clothes appear male, thus, her Mii marriage to a male Mii would appear to be a same-sex coupling.

Nintendo said the ability to do this was part of a game breaking bug, and the reason for the patch.

“Acritical bug occurred in the original Japanese version of the game which made it impossible for the player to continue the game,” Nintendo said. “When Mii characters were imported from a Wii console, or the previous game in the Tomodachi Collection series on Nintendo DS into the Nintendo 3DS version, it could lead to scrambled Mii data within the Nintendo 3DS version.

“This could result in different Miis being randomly assigned to existing in-game relationships, such as already married Mii, or as just one other example, giving the appearance of same-sex relations.

“Because this bug caused the inability for the player to save the game data and continue the game, we released a patch.”

Tomodachi Collection, without the New Life subtitle, will be released in Europe and North America in June, and like the Japanese version, will not contain the option to marry a Mii of the same gender.

Thanks, Nintendo Life.



  1. POOhead


    #1 8 months ago
  2. Legendaryboss

    @POOhead Hm? Care to share what your laughing at?

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Michael Ireland

    @Legendaryboss The whole situation is pretty funny.

    Though it begs the question… why not just include it?

    Oh wait, that’s right, it’s because Nintendo is stuck in the stone she and refuses to move with the time.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. polygem

    it needs to be in

    #4 8 months ago
  5. schnide

    Very pleased to see most comments so far in favour of same sex unions in the game if desired.. just like the way it should be in real life. Well done all!

    #5 8 months ago
  6. silkvg247

    The irony is, it’s extra development to have the game filter out parters on genders. So they put extra code IN the game to make sure the same gender couldn’t marry. And that, is pretty fucking pathetic.

    #6 8 months ago
  7. PSOCecil

    One of the reasons that the same-sex-relationship bug was so severe, was that folks in relationships could wake up to find a baby, which used data from the two Miis. However, when it tried to get data from two same-sex’d Miis, it broke, and would crash the game.

    Damn, Nintendo, that’s some social commentary you got there.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Samurai

    @silkvg247 You missed the part where it caused a game breaking bug.
    “Because this bug caused the inability for the player to save the game data and continue the game, we released a patch.”

    #8 8 months ago
  9. Michael Ireland

    @Samurai Irrelevant. Her point is that it shouldn’t be an issue at all, and having to program the restriction was extra programming in itself. It only caused a bug because it wasn’t coded around the possibility.

    They could have simply coded the game to support it from the outset.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. PSOCecil

    @Michael Ireland
    Regardless, it’s their game, and they’ve decided that they don’t want to push a ‘progressive’ agenda in it. I’d say kudos to Nintendo, for daring to NOT do this, especially in the localized versions.

    #10 8 months ago
  11. Michael Ireland

    @PSOCecil Progressive agenda?…wut?

    Of course it’s their game, and their ultimate decision. And it’s our decision not to support them because of it.

    #11 8 months ago
  12. ysleiro

    @Michael Ireland in real life a man can’t impregnate another man.

    Are going to NOT support real life as well for this “game” breaking bug?

    #12 8 months ago
  13. Michael Ireland

    @ysleiro They could just put in an “adopt” button.

    You know, like in real life.

    #13 8 months ago
  14. PSOCecil

    @Michael Ireland
    This seems silly, though. Ignore the entire game, how neat and unique it looks, all because two men or two women can’t enter a relationship, but instead become “BFF”s? That seems strange. It’d also be like completely ignoring a game because a character I want my own character to have a relationship with isn’t straight.

    #14 8 months ago
  15. wicktus

    I’m not gay but if someone juste removed heterosexual weddings in a game i’d feel angry and rejected for something I’m not responsible for.

    #15 8 months ago
  16. fearmonkey

    @ysleiro Ill fix that for you – @Michael Ireland in real life a man can’t impregnate another man…… “yet”.

    #16 8 months ago
  17. Michael Ireland

    @PSOCecil Unique and original =/= good.

    #17 8 months ago
  18. westman98

    @Michael Ireland Lets be real here. Just because this game doesn’t allow same sex marriage due to a game-breaking glitch doesn’t mean the game isn’t good.

    I’ll wait for the reviews before I pick this game up. However, if I decide to not pick this game up, it won’t be because the game has no same-sex marriage.

    #18 8 months ago
  19. polygem

    i think this game looks really really good. i also think that the trailer/direct for this one was one of the best commercials nintendo ever produced (especially the north americhan one).

    it came really unexpected and this game is a risky gamble for a western release if you ask me. it could fail hard or become a huge success. there´s not much space in between i guess.

    that said. the game doesn´t make any sense anymore (it pretends to be a crazy life sim /”real life is too small”/ where you can be what you want and where crazy stuff happens all the time. if you cut out a real life basic interaction like same sex relationships. it turns the whole game into a hoax. that´s sad. really really sad.

    #19 8 months ago
  20. game_on

    Perhaps Nintendo can release the same sex marriage option later as dlc.

    #20 8 months ago
  21. polygem



    #21 8 months ago
  22. polygem

    #22 8 months ago
  23. Panthro

    I am still upset they didn’t include cross species relationships.

    Games like this try to reflect ‘real life’ but never let me express on screen the sexual relationships I have with Terry, Fabio and Shepherd my 3 gay cats.

    #23 8 months ago
  24. Panthro


    #24 8 months ago
  25. Digital Bamboo

    Would have been a lot cooler if they’d just said:

    “There actually was a technical reason we had to remove what appeared to be same-sex marriages from the original game, but we won’t bore you with the details–we’ve added same-sex marriages as an option in the game.”

    As it stands, looks like an awful lot of explaining to tell people why there aren’t same-sex marriages in the game, without explaining…why there aren’t same sex marriages in the game. Shit, they probably could have coded it in faster than it took to do all that explaining.

    Sorry, Mario. But Your Prince is in Another Castle.

    #25 8 months ago
  26. silkvg247

    @Panthro Comparing bestiality to homosexuality is probably one of the most idiotic comments you’ve made since you (sadly) popped up on VG247.

    Keep it up though, I’m sure a ban won’t be far off.

    #26 8 months ago

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