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Even if the game toys with the idea, these characters can't marry each other and have babies, of course. That's only for heterosexual couples. One of the key mechanics in the game is exclusive to one type of relationship.

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It's excruciating. It's excruciating because Nintendo games don't just make me feel excluded—I'm going to be real here, at this point, I'm used to it from gaming companies—but because some Nintendo games can sometimes come this close to letting it all happen. Instead, homosexual relationships or queer characters are the way Nintendo games seem constantly elbow me in the ribs while winking and going eh? Eh? You see what we did there?

With know-how, players often take things into their own hands and make anything possible, regardless of what a game developer puts in their game. My friends write fanfiction and draw fanart of characters that could never be together in Fire Emblem. A dad can turn Link into a girl, just so his daughter can play her dream game. Some folks will grit their teeth while a game misgenders them, like Tomodachi might, just so that they can romance the folks they're interested in.

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People shouldn't have to do any of this, but they will. That's how much they love Nintendo games. I wish Nintendo showed them some love, too.

We'll make sure to update you with more impressions of Tomodachi Life next week, when we run a full review.