Nintendo Apologizes For Tomodachi Life, Promises Future Inclusivity
In response to the backlash they received for disallowing gay relationships in their sim game Tomodachi Life and the subsequent doubling-down on their position, Nintendo released a statement on their website promising to be more inclusive in the future. Their statement said:
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.
Actions will speak louder than words, but it's good to see them acknowledge their misstep, which is far more than most companies are willing to do.