Nintendo includes same-sex marriage in Fire Emblem Fates

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Nintendo has confirmed the upcoming Fire Emblem came will allow same-sex marriage.

Characters created by players will be able to marry any other character in the role-playing game, to be released on the 3DS.

A spokesman for Nintendo of America said: “We can confirm that Fire Emblem Fates for Nintendo 3DS, which launches in Japan on June 25, 2015, and is coming to the U.S. and Europe in 2016, includes the possibility for a same-sex marriage to take place between the main character created by the gamer and another character in the game.

“We believe that our gameplay experiences should reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and, at the same time, we will always design the game specifications of each title by considering a variety of factors, such as the game’s scenario and the nature of the game play. In the end of course, the game should be fun to play.

“We feel that Fire Emblem Fates is indeed enjoyable to play and we hope fans like the game.”

Nintendo came under fire last year for not allowing same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life, saying it was unable to add the feature at the late stage in the game’s design, but pledged to ensure it was included in any future sequels of the game.

The game’s Japanese release in 2013 arose controversy after the company removed a glitch allowing male characters to enter same-sex relationships, claiming it was an ‘unintentional, game-breaking bug’.