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

Friday, 9 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”.

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24 Comments

  1. dontbescaredhomie92

    Don’t be.

    #1 10 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 10 months ago
  3. derpachu

    “Pls understand”

    #3 10 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 10 months ago
  5. silkvg247

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

    #5 10 months ago
  6. Panthro

    WHO THE FUCK CARES ABOUT THIS SHIT ENOUGH TO CRY ON THE INTERNET ABOUT IT.

    #6 10 months ago
  7. silkvg247

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

    #7 10 months ago
  8. Panthro

    @silkvg247

    I do ;)

    #8 10 months ago
  9. Panthro

    @silkvg247

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

    Just like the sims doesn’t.

    #9 10 months ago
  10. eTitan

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

    God dammit

    #10 10 months ago
  11. lexph3re

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

    #11 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 months ago
  17. Mr Sparkle

    Alright. NOW, what about asexuals???

    #17 10 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 10 months ago
  19. DarkElfa

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

    #19 10 months ago
  20. gameoholic007

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

    #20 10 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 10 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 10 months ago
  23. Gheritt White

    @silkvg247 DON’T YOU OPPRESS ME!!

    ;-)

    #23 10 months ago
  24. silkvg247

    *casts oppression level 1*

    #24 10 months ago

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    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

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  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]