Nintendo explains opposition to same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life

"The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation," Nintendo says.

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Mario and Zelda creator Nintendo has issued a statement explaining why it doesn't allow same-sex relationships in its popular 3DS game Tomodachi Life, which is coming to North America in June.

"Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of Tomodachi Life," a Nintendo of America representative told the Associated Press. "The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation. 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."

Nintendo's statement comes after a fan started a social-media campaign last month calling on Nintendo to allow same-sex-relationship options in the game. The issue is particularly pressing, campaign creator Tye Marini says in the video below, because married characters have access to exclusive features like bigger houses and the ability to have a child.

Tomodachi Life is one of the 3DS' best-selling games ever, having sold 1.85 million units to date.

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