Nintendo Issues New Tomodachi Life Statement

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

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Nintendo’s previous statement regarding relationship mechanics in its quirky life-simulation title Tomodachi Life has caused plenty of waves over the past few days. While the original Japanese version of Tomodachi Life does not allow same-sex relationships in-game, petitions have popped up the internet over asking Nintendo to incorporate the ability into the North American and European releases. Today, Nintendo issued a new response to the issue that you can read below:

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.

Tomodachi Life will be released in North America and Europe on June 6th, 2014.

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  • Thanatos2k

    So they won’t be making another entry in the series because they’re not going to want to get yelled at again.

    Got it.

  • RagunaXL

    as a 30 year old gamer who’s married and shares a 3Ds with his wife, I am unable to fully enjoy this game the way it’s intended. Both of us really, will be penalized for being unable to access the exclusive content for being married in the game. for instance, do I play the game all day, and spend the time with a virtual wife? or do I get this dishes and laundry done for my real wife? you see? further more we both have friends and family that’s gender preference is not represented in the game. while no one I know is outright boycotting the game, there is little interest in playing a game that none of us can really enjoy all that much. Not really making a statement, more of an observation. Hope Nintendo does well, but i’ll stick with animal crossing.

  • Cyborg Fairy

    I really respect Nintendo for doing this.