Tomodachi Life response shows Nintendo is “behind the times”, says GLAAD

Friday, 9th May 2014 01:28 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Nintendo’s response to criticism of Tomodachi Life’s heteronormativity shows the platform holder is out of touch, advocate group GLAAD has said.


A misconception about a patch issued to the Japanese game made press and fans believe Nintendo had patched gay and lesbian relationships out of Tomodachi Life. Nintendo has since corrected this idea, but in a wince-worthy PR fumble, went on to say the lack of same-sex relationships is because Tomodachi Collection doesn’t engage in “social commentary”.

LGBT advocacy group GLAAD has responded accordingly.

“In purposefully limiting players’ relationship options, Nintendo is not only sending a hurtful message to many of its fans and consumers by excluding them, but also setting itself way behind the times,” GLAAD national spokesperson Wilson Cruz told VentureBeat.

“It’s been over a decade since The Sims — the original ‘whimsical and quirky’ life simulator — allowed its users to marry any character they wanted, and many other mainstream and massively popular video games have followed their lead since. Nintendo should do the same.”

Tomodachi Life is coming to 3DS in early June. It allows players to populate their games with Miis they create or import, and set them free to live their lives. With little prompting from the player, the Miis go about their business, resulting in weird and amusing friendships, relationships and rivalries.

Thanks, Polygon.



  1. xxxGamesMasterxxx


    #1 7 months ago
  2. ij 44

    Funny thing is back in the day I was thinking about buying a Gamecube based on the hardware and potential for games but was put off because it looked like a handbag for some sort of insane New York queen.

    Plus I can’t see anyone fucking straight buying a WiiU so I’m getting mixed messages here..

    #2 7 months ago
  3. TheWulf


    Yes, and that was being caused by same-sex relationships. They couldn’t have patched it so that it fixed the bug related to game saves whilst leaving in same-sex couples as an optional thing for people who want it, could they?


    Honestly, with knuckle-draggers like #1, I’ve long since past the point where I want to be diplomatic any more. Most people are imbecilic beyond belief, boring, dull, and barely beyond what we’d consider an animal to be. I think of being human as perhaps being a little more than that.

    Intelligent, compassionate, independent, insightful, introspective, creative… these things used to be valued. As did the ability to set aside animalistic instincts like self preservation and greed in favour of actually creating a society worth living in. And a future worth sticking around to see.

    I think Nintendo’s attitude is just a sign of the times. We’re becoming more and more regressive. The manosphere, alphas, and bullshit like that is driving us right back to the ’50s, and possibly even further. I honestly feel that there are just dim-witted, boring personality typed people who’re ruining this glorious world and our potentially fantastic future for the rest of us.

    Or maybe the Internet is just helping to make things transparent — how the few are visionaries, and the rest are trash.

    And #1 is a fine example of trash.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. TheWulf

    I just… I’m sorry… when someone can’t separate the option to have same-sex relationships from a video game bug, I feel that all is lost. We’ve hit a new low, we’ve inbred so much that we’re scraping the bottom of the genetic barrel and just tumbling backwards down a hill.

    Or maybe, like I said, it’s always been that way and now it’s more transparent. I’d like to think that at some point around the ’90s and early ’00s we reached a point of enlightenment, though, and then something happened that just sent us on a course backwards from there.

    Maybe this is why we’ve never encountered another alien species? Perhaps obsolescence is built into us, in that we can only climb so high before we’re destined to fall, fall, and fall. That there’s only so far we can go. And then it’s just a plummet down, and the plummet down is much faster than the climb up. Maybe this is why we haven’t encountered any alien species.

    Maybe we’re just destined to become so completely lobotomised that we’re going to use these WMDs we’ve been stockpiling to end it all. The fact that we, as a species, are even stockpiling WMDs is a testament to our waning intellect.

    I’m just really fed up. If there was a button I could push to separate those who’re dragging the world down, the trash, away to their own identical earth, leaving the visionaries to theirs? I’d push it. I don’t want to see anyone die or suffer, but honestly, the minority are suffering for the vanity of the insufferably thick majority.

    I’m just wondering how bad things are going to be ten years from now.

    I really just have no desire to be diplomatic any more. Most people are herd-trash, so what’s even the point?

    #4 7 months ago
  5. PSOCecil

    The game isn’t ‘about’ this. Why is this an issue. you can be ‘best friends’ with the same gender. Why does everything about videogames have to be a ‘troubling’ issue now? It’s the same group that complained about Dragon’s Crown, when none of them ever intended to buy it anyways. It’s the same thing here.

    #5 7 months ago
  6. PSOCecil

    “Nintendo has since corrected this idea, but in a wince-worthy PR fumble,”
    Hm, sounds like a Brenna article..

    #6 7 months ago
  7. Tormenter


    #7 7 months ago
  8. Junior

    I am gay and I think GLAAD needs to stop forcing people to accept reality (homosexuality). The game isn’t about real life sexuality and was never advertized about the same sex relationships.

    What GLAAD needs to understand is that there’s a huge difference between “I don’t agree with your sexuality but I totally respect you” and “I don’t agree with your sexuality and I will go out of my way to make your life miserable”.

    There are tons of things in real life that I don’t agree with and I respect. Specially within the gay community.

    Another thing that people need to realize is that you can’t please everyone so they are going with the majority. In this case, I wouldn’t be against them. You need to understand that because of one idiot, everyone must suffer (german laws when it comes to games).

    If they allow same sex relationships, then heterosexuals will complain. If they don’t allow then LGBT and sympathizers will complain. I guess they should just ban marriages all together then both sides will have something in common to complain.

    #8 7 months ago
  9. shabe

    A good way to check if it’s acceptable is to swap the word homosexual with the word black and see if it makes you cringe.

    #9 7 months ago
  10. silkvg247

    @junior “If they allow same sex relationships, then heterosexuals will complain.” ; But why? How does it negatively affect them?

    Amusing thing is the game has no qualms about your brother’s mii partnering up with yours.. wp Nintendo. :)

    #10 7 months ago
  11. salarta

    @xxxGamesMasterxxx The bug corrupting save files and making it impossible to play doesn’t mean that fixing it so it doesn’t do those things also means the same-sex element needs to be “fixed” out of it too.

    #11 7 months ago

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