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Rumor: Nintendo Ending Gay Marriage Bug in Popular Game [Update]

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In Nintendo's wildly popular sim Tomodachi Collection: New Life for the 3DS, there is a bug that apparently enables male Miis the ability to marry other male Miis. Apparently, make that, enabled.

Today, Nintendo released a statement about a Tomodachi Collection: New Life patch. In the statement, Nintendo writes that those experiencing the following things should update the title:

The inability to boot up the game

Error messages

Human relations that become strange

The inability to save

Nintendo actually wrote "Human relations become strange" (人間関係がおかしくなる or Ningen kankei ga okashiku naru). Some people might say Nintendo's being strange!


Online in Japan, Twitter users like @Kawatisan are saying that players who want to continue with their in-game gay couples, they should not download the patch. Others are noting Nintendo’s word choice. As of posting, New Life players, however, have yet to report online how the patch impacts the same sex couples.

Previously, Kotaku reached out to Nintendo regarding this issue, but the company did not comment.


Update: In a comment released to MCVUK, Nintendo stated that there wasn't a bug that allowed same sex marriage. Rather, some fans had dressed female characters to look like male ones. However, around the time this rumor was originally reported, Nintendo released a patch with phrasing that suggested in the game "human relations became strange." Nintendo told MCVUK it meant that "human relations become altered." However, the patch's word confused native Japanese speakers as well, with websites and commenters (here, here, and here, for example) appearing to think the patch notes referred to gay relationships.トモダチコレクション新生活 [任天堂]

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