Why won’t Nintendo let you be gay in its new life simulator?

Tomodachi Life is an upcoming life-simulation game for the Nintendo 3DS that lets you explore a strange island where you can hang out with friends, play games, and even fall in love while playing as your Mii avatar. It’s a game about building and exploring relationships — but for some players, those relationships will be limited. Tomodachi Life won’t include an option for same-sex marriage when it launches in the United States next month, and despite an outcry from fans, Nintendo is sticking with that decision.

“The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation,” Nintendo told the Associated Press. The statement was made following the launch a campaign called Miiquality that…

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