Nintendo has received a hefty amount of criticism since it announced the Western release of Tomodachi Life, a life-simulation game for 3DS that fails to include same-sex relationships. And while previous press releases from the Japanese company addressing the backlash have been far from comforting, a message posted on Nintendo.com today shows a deeply apologetic company eager to regain the trust of their fans:
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.
It’s clear that Nintendo understands that it has made a mistake, and is eager to learn from it. This release doesn’t change the fact that same-sex relationships are excluded in Tomodachi Life, which launches in America on June 6, but it does dispel any hint of bigotry from the company. It’s refreshing to see such a sincere apology from the normally tight-lipped Nintendo, and even more encouraging to know they really are in touch with their consumers.