The grand modern project to jam homosexuality into every orifice of modern life has hit a brick wall at Nintendo.
The family-friendly publisher is getting ready to bring their bizarre life sim series Tomadachi to America as a 3DS title called Tomadachi Life. Part of the gameplay is having your characters fall in love, and the advocates of the Love That Just Won’t Shut The Hell Up Already are vexed that same-sex couplings will not be part of a gentle, child-friendly game. They’ve started a hashtag called #Miiquality to protest, because it’s 2014 and that’s what you do.
Nintendo had this to say:
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. 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.
Interestingly, the very first version of the game had male-male relationships, possibly as the result of a glitch. They were removed in the first patch.
Gay marriage isn’t legal in Japan.