Rumour: Bug Makes Gay Marriage Possible In Nintendo Game

Tomodachi Collection is Nintendo's take on The Sims. But unlike The Sims, same-sex marriages have apparently not been allowed. Until now.

In the recently released Tomodachi Collection: New Life, players are reporting a "bug" that allows male Mii characters to marry each other. It does not appear to allow female characters to do the same. Besides marriage, the bug also allows male couples to have and raise children.

This option differs from the previous Tomodachi Collection, which apparently did not allow same sex marriages.

In Japan, some Tomodachi Collection: New Life owners seem thrilled by the bug, posting photos of their gay couples online. In the images, male Mii characters ask each other to go steady, propose marriage, go on Honeymoons, bathe together, and raise children.

And on Twitter, the hash tag #ホモコレ (#homokore or "homo collection") surfaced — a wordplay on "Tomokore", which is short for Tomodachi Collection. Yes, in Japan, of course, the word "homo" is also a slur; recently online, however, it's spawned a somewhat cute, but totally offensive meme, which also might explain why it's now being so freely tossed about.

One Twitter user claims to have contacted Nintendo's customer support, which supposedly said this is a bug and that the game needs to be patched. Online in Japan, however, there were many internet users who said they planned on getting this game only after learning of this bug — er, feature.

Nintendo has yet to officially confirm whether or not this is indeed a bug per se. Kotaku is following up and will update this article should the company comment.

3DSトモコレに男同士で子供が生まれるバグ [2ch]

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    A few days back I saw screencaps of someone's Sherlock and Watson (the modern one with Benadryl Crumbleblush) characters bathing together and holding a baby. I thought this was a normal part of the game. It would be a shame if Nintendo patched the bug.

    For a bit of context, just like most social issues, Japan is years behind on acceptance of homosexuality. The only way it's "accepted" is when it's for comedy on TV, a silly gimmick for laughs. Most gay people would never ever openly come out to the world, and there are plenty of people who genuinely believe being gay is a lifestyle choice (gay people choose to be gay) or that it's a foreigner thing and that there are no gays in Japan (not just old people think this, I've met teens/20s who think it). And they don't even have the flimsy "the bible hates it" excuse to be anti-gay, so the whole situation is rather bizarre and depressing. There is a gay community here, but it's often "don't ask don't tell" and not widely advertised and celebrated like in western countries.

    Last edited 09/05/13 10:47 am

    "Oink Oink Alert? ~ I'm always tempted to call a heterosupremacist bigot a Heterosupremacist Pig. Yet, as a vegan, I don't want to insult, nor eat, pigs." ~Reverend Timmy.

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