A Nintendo life-simulation game which has been a huge hit in Japan has angered western users by failing to recognise same-sex relationships between characters.
Nintendo has said that it “never intended to make any form of social commentary”, with the game Tomodachi Life, and would not allow gamers to play as gay characters.
A campaign urging Nintendo to change the rules of the game has gained considerable support.
Tye Marini, a 23-year-old fan from Arizona launched the campaign urging Nintendo to allow same-sex relationships.
He said that users had to engage in heterosexual relationships, or would miss out on “exclusive content.”
According to the BBC, Nintendo said “the ability for same-sex relationships to occur in the game was not part of the original game that launched in Japan”.
“That game is made up of the same code that was used to localise it for other regions outside of Japan.”
Nintendo said that it had “thoughtfully considered” responses to the campaign, and added: “We will continue to listen and think about the feedback. We’re using this as an opportunity to better understand our consumers and their expectations of us.”