Tomodachi Life's relationship options — which won't allow for same-sex romances or marriage — are representative of a "playful alternate world" and will not be changed, despite fan requests, the Associated Press reports.
Life simulator Tomodachi Life allows players to personalize Miis and engage in friendships and relationships with others. Speaking with AP, Nintendo said that the code would not be changed from its original launch.
"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," Nintendo told AP.
The game was "never intended to make any form of social commentary," the company continued.
"The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation," Nintendo said. "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."
Tye Marini recently began a campaign, dubbed Miiquality, to allow same-sex marriages within the game. As a gay player, Marini wants to be able to marry his real-life fiance's Mii, but isn't allowed due to the constraints on homosexual relationships.
"My only options are to marry some female Mii, to change the gender of either my Mii or my fiancé's Mii (and other male Miis) or to completely avoid marriage altogether and miss out on the exclusive content that comes with it," Marini said in a video. "But none of these are a real solution."
Initial reports suggested that same-sex marriage was allowed at launch, only to be patched out within a month of the game's release. In a statement provided to IGN, however, Nintendo refuted these reports, saying that there was a "misconception" about what the patch addressed.
"There were two things that were going on at the time that essentially were grouped together as one," product marketing manager Bill Trinen told the publication. "The first, that there was a patch. And what the patch was fixing was actually a data leak ... The other thing that was going on was that quite a few Japanese players were dressing up Mii characters. Essentially they would create a male version of a Mii character and assign their gender as female, and that was how the two males were able to have a baby."
Tomodachi Life launches for Nintendo 3DS June 6.
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