Nintendo: We pledge to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life sequel

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Nintendo has responded to criticism of its decision to exclude same-sex relationships from upcoming game Tomodachi Life.

GLAAD had yesterday criticized the “hurtful” decision to only allow players to enter into straight relationships in the 3DS game.

Nintendo had previously defended the decision to ban same-sex relationships, claiming that the game was a “playful alternate world” and “absolutely not trying to provide social commentary”.

After the harsh reaction, a statement today read: “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 instalment 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.”

The game’s Japanese release last year arose controversy after the company removed a glitch allowing male characters to enter same-sex relationships, claiming it was an ‘unintentional, game-breaking bug’.

Although the game is not released in the UK until June 6, a sequel is likely to be made, as it was a huge success in Japan.