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Nintendo Apologizes for Barring Same-Sex Marriages in ‘Tomodachi Life’ Videogame

A campaign to get Nintendo to allow same-sex marriages in its new “Tomodachi Life” game has ended in defeat, with the Japanese company apologizing for its oversight but saying it’s too late to make the change on this particular game. In the life-simulator game, players can import their Mii, or personalized avatar, start relationship and even get married, but only to characters of the opposite sex.


Previously, Nintendo released a statement that read:

“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.”

Over the past week, gamers started a campaign using the hashtag #Miiquality to get Nintendo to change game’s settings. In a video promoting the campaign, Tye Marini said, “I want to be able to marry my real-life fiance’s Mii, but I can’t do that. My only options are to marry some female Mii, to change the gender of either my Mii or my fiance’s Mii or to completely avoid marriage altogether and miss out on the exclusive content that comes with it.”

Watch the #Miiquality campaign video below, via Vimeo:

#Miiquality from Tyeforce on Vimeo.

[Photo via screengrab]

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