On June 6, Nintendo will launch Tomodachi Life for its 3DS handheld console, which will allow straight, or heterosexual, gamers of all ages to have their Miis (personalized cartoon avatars) enter into sexual relationships with each other.
Tomodachi Life, which is rated “E for Everyone,” will probably not depict the actual sex act. But it will offer straight gamers the opportunity to have their Miis enter into a kind of relationship, which is understood in the real world to mean they are sleeping together on a regular basis. Straight gamers who have their Miis “marry” in this way will be rewarded with exclusive content, according to Miiquality spokesperson Tye Marini.
Heterosexuality in Nintendo games
Nintendo games have a long history of depicting straight couples who are in sexual relationships. Link and Zelda, for instance, are a “canon couple” from the Legend of Zelda series, and have been depicted by fans in a wide variety of sexual situations and romantic encounters.
Perhaps the most explicit heterosexual relationship in a Nintendo game is in Star Fox Adventures: Dinosaur Planet, developed by Rare and published by Nintendo. A tattooed female fox named Krystal (who wears no more than a bikini and a loincloth) is taken prisoner at the start of the game and is then used as a reward to motivate the male player character, Fox McCloud, to complete the game’s scenario.
The sequel, Star Fox Command, allows the player to explore the ramifications of their sexual relationship, with multiple different endings including one in which a spurned Krystal becomes a bounty hunter.
“A playful alternate world”
That’s how a Nintendo spokesperson described the Tomodachi Life game, in an Associated Press article reported on by Polygon’s Megan Farokhmanesh.
Despite the fact that it allows straight gamers to have their Miis enter into sexual relationships — and denies gay, lesbian, and bisexual gamers the same opportunity — Nintendo said through its spokesperson that “we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary” in Tomodachi Life, and that it was instead “intended to be a whimsical and quirky game.”
Meaning, straight sexual relationships are “playful,” “whimsical,” and “quirky,” and ought to be implied, endorsed, legitimized, and even rewarded and celebrated. With exclusive game content, and cute canon character couplings which leave fans swooning and imagining sexual encounters.
These are all ways of flaunting one’s sexuality
Which is to say, being open and unashamed about it. And letting everyone know that you perform, want to perform, or approve of sexual acts between straight couples.
Tomodachi Life players who are not heterosexual are not welcome to do the same, as Nintendo sees their very existence as a “real-life” issue which is neither “playful,” “quirky,” nor “whimsical.” So rather than make “social commentary” about whether they deserve to exist or not, Nintendo will instead ignore them. While allowing heterosexual gamers to strut their stuff and show their commitment to each other, yet again.