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 installment 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.
I am disappointed that this was not included in the original game. I am angry and hurt by the words of that first press release.
But, I am hopeful for the future. This new statement shows that Nintendo realizes that lesbian, gay, and bisexual players ARE their fans and that their representation in games (or lack thereof) does matter. My hope is that this realization spreads within Nintendo and into the mindset of other companies. This is a matter that goes beyond Tomodachi Life and into all games.
Representation matters! It matters for sexuality, gender, race, class, disability. It matters for all people. We want to see ourselves reflected in our media. I am hopeful that the fallout from the original press release can act as one of a series of wake up calls to development teams. The player base is and always has been diverse, so let’s work to create more diverse and inclusive games.