Nintendo doesn't understand gay marriage

Nintendo doesn't understand gay marriage

I think that I could write a whole series of articles titled “Nintendo Doesn’t Understand” and then go off on meaty tangents about things in the modern world that Nintendo doesn’t seem to be able to grasp. Things like how people want to play games on the internet, how HD graphics are a big deal, how innovation is great, but good games will always be their bread and butter. I know that I’m not the only one who scratches their head when they think about Nintendo because people aren’t giving their money to Nintendo anymore, they once again reported a loss in their latest earnings call, this time $457 million for the fiscal year.

The Wii U has been out for well over a year now and has only sold 6.17 million units and the 3DS, while performing pretty well at 43.3 million units, is still below their expectations. Clearly Nintendo has lost their grasp on what the gaming world really wants. Another thing to add to the list of topics that Nintendo doesn’t understand is gay marriage, something that has become a hot topic in the world when it really shouldn’t be. This comes off more like Nintendo being bumbling, lovable idiots than anything else, but it’s still kind of ridiculous.

There is an upcoming game called Tomadachi Life where you can foster relationships between Miis, leading to, of course, marriage. You have to give Nintendo credit for at least kind of trying to do something different, but Nintendo only left room for heterosexual relationships, which upset some gamers. Hell, there are internet petitions (of course there are) floating around to support same sex marriages in the game.

Nintendo decided to respond to this internet outrage, showing that they don’t understand that the lifecycle of this story was probably just about done anyway, by claiming that it is a fun, whimsical game meant to not be like reality. Furthermore, there was no gay marriage in the original Japanese release, so why would the English release have that? They plead that they weren’t trying to do any sort of social commentary with Tomadachi Life, although omitting the option has seemingly been enough to get people talking about the game and the lack of options.

Oh Nintendo, it’s time to realize what century you are living in.

Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh is a writer residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico who is best known for his work as a Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts journalist. His work has been featured on a number of publications, including,,, as well as his own site,

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+3 # gucciMANE 2014-05-07 17:17
I completely agree with them.why should they change the game? i dont care if its 2014,fuxn really starting to dislike what the internet is doing to everyone's opinions
+2 # Nick Robertson 2014-05-07 17:30
Gucci Mane sucks
-4 # gucciMANE 2014-05-07 20:16
Better then lil b.
0 # Dave Walsh 2014-05-07 18:01
The internet is doing strange things to people and, in a way, making everyone more distant than we were in the past.

That being said, it's also helping people to be more understanding and empathetic. I'm not sure what is wrong with that.
-2 # TDM 2014-05-07 19:53
Why are you feeding this troll?
+2 # usa_is_not_ok 2014-05-07 20:23
fuck this jap game shit. stick to the fight'n news. :o
0 # You R Lost 2014-05-11 11:25
You're in the gaming section....
+7 # maxx 2014-05-07 21:52
people trying to make video game designers seem like bigots again. oh internet.

this is like female gamers being an uproar for the mega man creator not having a female counterpart in his new mega man tribute game. They were just trying to make a game....people are trying to push an agenda.
+4 # gucciMANE 2014-05-08 00:10
+1 # dirty wee wee 2014-05-08 21:33
why should nintendo care about gay marriage? they make video games? why is everyone being interrogated to see if they comply with the current uber-liberal indoctrination?
0 # Danieltheantifeminis 2014-05-09 13:24

Oh the irony, I cant.
Its like yapping about how Ellen DeGeneres doesnt take a field in medical, how sick! (Badum tssssssh) or how not every body believes in a magical sky god I just cant. :D :D :D
-1 # Understandable 2014-05-11 11:26
Hmmm.... a very xenophobic nation not understanding gay marriage?? Nothing new here.

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