Nintendo Says No To Petition Demanding Same-Sex Relationships In Upcoming Simulation Game
As a life-long Nintendo fan-boy (I'm even one of the very few people who own a WiiU), I'm disillusioned by the struggling gaming company's handling of a recent controversy.
Tomodachi Life, a hotly-anticipated upcoming first party simulation title that allows players' Mii's to form relationships and marry, only allows for opposite-sex romances. The anachronistic limitation spurred an online petition that recently gathered enough signatures to catch Nintendo's attention.
A statement provided to the Associated Press in response to the gaymer uproar reads:
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.
According to a handful of programmers, changing the original discriminatory code found in the Japanese version would actually be extremely simple. So, why is Nintendo dragging its feet?
As for the other excuse, by blatantly refusing to provide simple equality in the upcoming title, Nintendo's ironically making a salient and detrimental social commentary that the company seems to think its avoiding.