If you’re a gaymer, you may have been pleased to hear that Nintendo’s life-sim, Tomodachi Collection: New Life, allowed players to enter into same-sex marriages. The news was perhaps unsurprising – after all, Nintendo promotes itself as inclusive, seeking to bring people together.
It’s unfortunate then that Nintendo has now stated – according to a report from Kotaku – that the ability to marry people of the same gender was a “bug” and will be removed in a patch. Apparently, the publisher considers same-sex relationships to be “strange”, according to the translation.
The gay community hasn’t historically been treated with a huge amount of respect by the wider industry, but in recent years some developers have sought to change that. Bioware famously includes the option for same-sex relationships in the Mass Effect series, while the feature has always been an option in The Sims. As society becomes more accepting of the LGBT community, it’s therefore perhaps rather disappointing to see a publisher refer to gay people in such an offensive manner.
The announcement that the bug is to be removed has caused outcry in Japan, where its existence was originally greeted with great applause. Some users have stated that they won’t be downloading the patch, such is their offense at the move.
There’s no news yet on whether Tomodachi Collection: New Life will be heading to the west, and Nintendo has so far not been forthcoming with an explanation as to why members of the gay community are supposedly unwelcome in their games. We’ll keep you posted on any further updates.