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Nintendo issued a formal statement today apologizing for not allowing same-sex relationships to take place in its 3DS relationship simulator Tomodachi Life.
Furthermore, Nintendo promises to try and be "more inclusive" when designing the next Tomodachi game, if there ever is one.
Earlier this week Nintendo publicly stated that it was "absolutely not trying to provide social commentary" with Tomodachi Life after Tye Marini started a fan campaign to convince Nintendo to update the game to allow for same-sex relationships to occur.
Nintendo confirmed in today's statement that it will not be issuing such a patch. We've taken the liberty of reprinting the full text of the statement below:
"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."