Controversy erupted earlier this week over the lack of same-sex relationships in Nintendo's upcoming oddball life-sim Tomodachi Life. What started as a fan movement requesting same-sex relationships be added to the game became a full on fiasco with Nintendo's response. Nintendo's response was that they, "never intended to make any form of social commentary." This response was, quite obviously, justifiably not taken well.
A large amount of editorials calling out Nintendo for the lack of same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life immediately followed, including one LGBT equality advocates GLAAD. GLAAD decried Nintendo as "behind the times" and that their decisions regarding Tomodachi life were "hurtful".
Today Nintendo has provided an official response to the controversy titled "We are committed to fun and entertainment for everyone":
"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."
The summary being that Nintendo will not be updating Tomodachi Life, but that they apologize for the absence of same-sex relationships. If they create a sequel then they will ensure that they correct their mistake.
Whether or not this proves an end in the controversy is another matter entirely. Up to this point there doesn't seem to be any boycott movements, but Nintendo's response is certain to be divisive. Some will be disappointed that Nintendo will not be updating Tomodachi Life and some will be content with Nintendo admitting their errors, apologizing and promising better efforts in the future.