Gamer Starts a Campaign for Same-Sex Representation in a Nintendo Game
Tomodachi Life allows game players, or "Miis" (a Nintendo avatar), to fall in love, get married, and start a family in the world it's built in... but only if the Miis are male and female.
Tye Marini, 23, was one who stood up to voice his concerns by starting the Miiquality campaign, aimed at addressing the lack of same-sex relationships and marriage in Tomodachi Life, and video games in general, for that matter.
Nintendo released a statement about the future of same-sex representation in Nintendo titles which included:
"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."
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