Nintendo Japan has released an update for their game Tomodachi Collection: New Life on the 3DS system that corrects a “bug” that had allowed male characters to marry other males in the game, according to Gay Star News.
The game, released on April 28 in Japan, in Nintendo’s take on the widely popular Sims franchise. Unlike the Sims, Tomodachi Collection never allowed same-sex marriages or relationships in the gameplay until this “glitch.” According to Gay Star News, Nintendo released a statement saying that anyone experiencing “human relations that have become strange” should update the game.
Users started to post picture of their gay relationships on Twitter to show off what they were able to do in the game. Kotaku.com reports that a Twitter user contacted Nintendo customer support to complain and demand a fix.
Gamers posted on Kotaku saying they lost respect for Nintendo for their “poor choice of words” and are tired of double standards.
Christopher Gannon, a self-proclaimed avid gamer, said Nintendo seems to splitting the fence when it comes to their stance on gay marriage causing him to lose respect for the storied company.
“With releasing a patch for ‘fixing’ same-sex marriage in their game definitely makes me lose some respect for the company I've loved since I was a kid,” Gannon told SFGN. “There have been so many games that put their opinion on same sex marriage out in the open - a lot of them in favor of it.”
Gannon laments that the patch will prove to be problematic for users who wish to keep their gay characters, calling the fix “unfair.” Having a gay character means players will miss out on all future updates for that specific game.
“There have been games that put their stereotypical gay character in as well, just because,” Gannon said. “I think it's pretty unfortunate for Nintendo to do this. For them to call me ‘strange’ is really disheartening.”
Even though he has lost respect for the gaming giant, the 25 year old Coral Springs resident doesn’t plan on turning his back on Nintendo.
“I think they're going to upset a lot of people, and of course, please some people too, Gannon concludes. “That's just the nature of the beast with this topic.”