Tomodachi strife: Nintendo comes first for controversy and last for sales

Tomodachi Life

Nintendo will let Miis customise just about everything, but not their love lives

Reader ThePinkerton was responsible for many of the 4000 comments, seemingly believing Nintendo's argument that it "fixed a bug" instead of ripped out an option, saying: "I get that the feature wasn't meant to be in the game. I also get that Nintendo didn't take it out on purpose. I understand that. They fixed an unrelated bug. I just think it would be a wiser choice to fix it again and allow the feature back in the game. It's not unprecedented that some bugs eventually become game mechanics. The first ever street fighter combo was actually a bug, and now it's the main mechanic of the franchise."

Pokeroi probably got closer to the truth than most with his response to the above, suggesting: "Nintendo has a family oriented image, and lots of parents who buy video games for their children are homophobic."

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Andrew over on the Huffington Post doesn't believe Nintendo's "bug" explanations at all. It's an agenda thing, he thinks, commenting: "Nintendo will have video games that include violence, murder, and sexism. But in a fantasy world of make believe allowing the substantial proportion of the users who are gay play as such is a problem? Nintendo is doing what many wish they could do in real life, just eliminating the option in their world. This is not just a video game, this is a message to our culture that we aren't even worth a few lines of code."

Josh Lehman took the mouthy option, though, blurting out: "Good thing I play games for entertainment value and not social commentary. Sorry, but couldn't care less about the non-inclusion of gay relationships between fictional pixels. If you want to boycott and never buy Nintendo, go for it. Or, you could do actually volunteer work to support the agenda you want instead of hitting like, repost, or any other form of internet 'activism.'"

He got five likes for that bit of Jeremy Clarkson-like analysis.