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Nintendo Apologizes for Failing to Add Same-Sex Couples Option in Tomodachi Life

Christina Aguilera Tomodachi Life

Nintendo just sent me this statement in response to the Tomodachi Life same-sex controversy covered by Janine here and me here. Entitled, "Nintendo is Committed to Fun and Entertainment for Everyone", here's the statement:

Redmond, Wash. -- 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. -- Nintendo of America

Emphasis mine. I'm very proud people like Janine brought this to Nintendo's attention, and their voices have been heard. Speaking of which, here's her thoughts on the statement:

"There were a lot of people willing to overlook the issue with the game itself, even the Miiquality campaign was directly discouraging a boycott. It was [Nintendo's] statement that they wanted to avoid 'social commentary' that pissed people off. Someone's life is not 'social commentary', especially when you're making a game that has 'YOUR LIFE' right on the box. Regardless, the apology is nice. I know many people will appreciate it too, even if it could have been better."

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Pussycat Catnap

Crocodile tears from Nintendo.

Now that they have said "we are sorry you are upset and too sensitive, but we won't be fixing this."

- That is when you boycott.

A.J.

Some people physically abuse you. Others verbally abuse you. Some people just don't invite you to their reindeer games.

It's all pain.

Life is complicated enough without wasting time deciding how much pain you are willing to inflict or accept over a silly game.

A boycott implies that something can be fixed. They've already said they are unwilling to fix this.

Throw Nintendo away and don't look back.

Pussycat Catnap

"Throw Nintendo away and don't look back."

Different words for a similar conclusion. But I say use the word boycott and make it public so that other developer's think twice before playing the same card.

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