Nintendo apologizes for “failing to include same-sex relationships” in Tomodachi Life

Friday, 9th May 2014 21:39 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Nintendo has apologized for “failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life,” when the firm is committed to “fun and entertainment for everyone.”

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The statement was issued in a press release, as well as on the official website, with the firm promising it would “strive to design a game-play experience” that is more inclusive should it create a sequel to Tomodachi Life.

“We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life,” reads the statement. “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.”

The firm recently came under fire from advocate group GLAAD for “sending a hurtful message to many of its fans and consumers by excluding them, while setting itself way behind the times.”

Many players of the game took great umbrage with the removal of same-sex relationships in the game, which according to Nintendo, was the result of a misunderstanding surrounding a patch issued to the Japanese version of the game.

Many felt Nintendo had patched same-sex relationships out of Tomodachi Life on purpose, but Nintendo assured that was not the case; however, earlier this week the firm also said the lack of the option was due to the game being whimsical in nature, not a platform for “social commentary”.



  1. dontbescaredhomie92

    Don’t be.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. PSOCecil

    I didn’t expect an apology. I still fail to see why this is a thing people are worried about, at all. But hey, these people will complain about everything.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. derpachu

    “Pls understand”

    #3 8 months ago
  4. salarta

    Sounds like more bullshit to me.

    1) Yeah, sure, they can’t patch the functionality in afterward. Sure. Video games these days are able to patch in entirely brand new elements to their games, such as the inFAMOUS series patching in the option changes for locking framerate, the special camera mode, etc… but Nintendo can’t patch in same-sex relationships? Either they’re making an excuse, or they’re more inept at how to make games with online components than we give them credit for.
    2) Oh, so you’ll include these options in a Tomodachi Life 2 if you ever make one, eh? Boy, that sure doesn’t sound like trying to weasel out of the issue by making promises you know you won’t have to deliver by simply not making a Tomodachi Life 2. It’s notable that they made it very specific to Tomodachi Life, rather than saying they would be inclusive for all future games.
    3) Frankly, this just sounds like a roundabout and asinine way of trying to get people to buy it again with the notion that if it’s successful enough, the company will put out another entry that is actually inclusive.

    Overall, I’m waiting for Nintendo to stop trying to act sneaky and either admit what they’re really like or make a real, genuine effort to fix the matter.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. silkvg247

    Meh whatever, not buying a game that will make me date a man :p

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Panthro


    #6 8 months ago
  7. silkvg247

    Who the fuck cares enough to scream in caps? ;)

    #7 8 months ago
  8. Panthro


    I do ;)

    #8 8 months ago
  9. Panthro


    I bet the game doesn’t ‘make’ you date anybody.

    Just like the sims doesn’t.

    #9 8 months ago
  10. eTitan

    How many gay people actually filed complaints? I bet all of the complaints were fucking “justice warriors”.

    God dammit

    #10 8 months ago
  11. lexph3re

    Awesome example of how to get your way by cyber bullying. Including corporations

    #11 8 months ago
  12. Rafa_L

    I couldn’t care less about this game, I have found memories of snes, but I don’t own anything by nintendo anymore, not a statement, just not my thing. Though I do wish they were more gay friendly, as Salarta said, these words mean nothing if we keep seeing them reinforcing exclusion in other softwares, etc.

    The community didn’t make a big deal, nintendo removed a feature and some people were unhappy, it’s perfectly normal for them to express themselves, and we see here people criticizing others while I’m pretty sure they must be pretty easily rattled, maybe over a bad mass effect ending or something like that.

    #12 8 months ago
  13. ij 44

    If the kids want to enact a same-sex relationship via an avatar that has about as much character as a fucking lego-man then let them. And if they want to tell us why the fuck they need to do that we should listen too.

    Also the pink-warriors who spammed my inbox with this non-story should be made to buy and play the game they think they have so much investment in. Using their money and their time.

    etc etc.

    #13 8 months ago
  14. ij 44

    And to clarify – I’ve played videogames for literally decades. And for 95% of that time there wasn’t a sniff of relationships, sex, nudity, etc etc Why now, at 5 to midnight this shit has suddenly become the most important thing in the world is a fucking mystery. But I can tell you it adds little to the actual game.

    Also if you want same-sex relationships all grown up then I’m going to need to see tits and pussy in video games. And I mean real fucking pussy, no DOA upskirt knicker shots. Seems fair. Let me know when you are ok with that.

    #14 8 months ago
  15. salarta

    @ij 44 The first Parasite Eve had (nipple-less) boobs.

    Nudity itself is fine, it’s how and why it’s used that becomes the issue. Just like how there’s tasteful artistic nudes, compared to porn.

    #15 8 months ago
  16. Samurai

    The whole same sex relationship thing in the game was a bug that caused your save to be corrupted. It wasn’t a feature that had a bug attached to it, the actual ‘feature’ was a bug in the first place. The bug fixing team fixed that. It’s not the bug fixing team’s job to add features.
    It seems like the social justice warriors are running out of fuel for their cause and looking for anything to moan about to remain relevant.

    #16 8 months ago
  17. Mr Sparkle

    Alright. NOW, what about asexuals???

    #17 8 months ago
  18. Panthro

    - Said ‘Mr Sparkle’

    Are you sure you are Asexual?

    + The game probably doesn’t force any kind of relationship choices on you.

    #18 8 months ago
  19. DarkElfa

    Don’t you have to try in order to fail?

    #19 8 months ago
  20. gameoholic007

    Nin has nothing to apologize for, it was their choice.

    #20 8 months ago
  21. unknown_gamer

    Stupid Nintendo , of course you would accept that because you are a part of the world government
    People , Get all those sinners slap their weak asses and force them to be human being before its too late

    #21 8 months ago
  22. Pitts

    Overall, it’s excellent that Nintendo will at least consider more inclusive options for players. I also think this could have come about without pitchforks and doomsayers.

    That said, the internet is a reactionary place, and it’s not surprising to see people up in arms at a moment’s notice.

    I’m also not in the least bit sorry for Nintendo, who really should have crafted a better response the first time around. It required only a tiny bit of empathy.

    #22 8 months ago
  23. Gheritt White

    @silkvg247 DON’T YOU OPPRESS ME!!


    #23 8 months ago
  24. silkvg247

    *casts oppression level 1*

    #24 8 months ago

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