Earlier this week, a fan-made petition sought out to bring same-sex marriage and equality to Nintendo’s upcoming life simulation title, Tomodachi Life, following the discovery of a bug in the Japanese version that allowed male characters to (briefly) appear married to other male characters, with the bug swiftly fixed by Nintendo shortly afterward.
Since then, Nintendo issued a press statement responding to the petition’s goal of bringing same-sex marriage to the upcoming title, with Nintendo largely responding “no” to the appeal and in expressing the game’s desire to not “make any form of social commentary.” Nintendo’s full press statement on the matter is below:
Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of Tomodachi Life. The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation. We hope that all of our fans will see that ‘Tomodachi Life’ was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary.
The ability for same-sex relationships to occur in the game was not part of the original game that launched in Japan, and that game is made up of the same code that was used to localize it for other regions outside of Japan.
We have heard and thoughtfully considered all the responses. We will continue to listen and think about the feedback. We’re using this as an opportunity to better understand our consumers and their expectations of us at all levels of the organization. We have been looking to broaden our approach to development whenever possible as we put all our energy into continuing to develop fun games that will surprise and delight players.