Next month Tomodachi Life, the life-simulation game that took the Japanese market by storm when it was release last year, will finally be released in North America and Europe. A big part of this game is being able to import the Miis of your friends, family or even random celebrities and see them interact with each other, which can range from becoming friends, to fighting to even getting married. Sadly though, a big part of this experience will be missing if you’re not straight.
In the original Japanese release of the game, there was a mix-up with the data transfer from the previous, Japan-only entry in the series that allowed male characters to marry other males and even get pregnant, which was removed in a patch. In the run up to the international release of the game, a movement calling themselves “Miiquality” has started pushing pressure on the Japanese-based company to allow same-sex relationships in the localised versions of the game. Nintendo’s statements regarding the matter have mainly focused on trying to say that the whole issue stemmed from misunderstandings resulting from language barriers, but an ABC News article features a much more aggressive response:
“Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of ‘Tomodachi Life…
The ability for same-sex relationships to occur in the game was not part of the original game that launched in Japan, and that game is made up of the same code that was used to localize it for other regions outside of Japan.
Considering that same-sex marriage is not yet legal in Japan, it’s understandable that this feature would have been left out of the game. However, gay marriage is legal in the United Kingdom, other European countries such as France and Spain, as well as seventeen states within the United States of America (however, twenty-eight states expressively forbid same-sex unions of any kind) and as the game has been localised to include local currencies and spellings, it’s a shame same-sex marriage wasn’t added into the localised releases (although it’s worth noting that Germany, the country where Nintendo Europe is based, have yet to legalise it).
What do you think about Miiquality?