This is rad: Nintendo lets same-sex characters marry in new game

Some great news for Nintendo fans (and fans of human equality in general)! Nintendo released a video game in Japan that, for the first time in Nintendo video game history, offers the option for same-sex marriage. This is a major step in the right direction for the video game industry, and a big sign that virtual reality is embracing diversity.

As of today, the courts are still deciding whether states can continue to prohibit same-sex marriage, as 13 states still do (the ruling can officially happen as early as of today), but Nintendo has already made its decision, and we absolutely love it.

The characters in the popular role-playing game series Fire Emblem will be able to marry people of the same sex starting today in Japan, and beginning in 2016 in the U.S.. Following its decision, Nintendo released this statement:

Nintendo received criticism in 2014 when it released the life-simulation game Tomodachi Life and chose not to offer the option for same-sex relationships. In response to the criticism, Nintendo responded with this statement:

“We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life. We pledge that if we create a next installment in the Tomodachi series, we will strive to design a game-play experience from the ground up that is more inclusive, and better represents all players.”

We are so happy Nintendo has finally embraced same-sex relationships! Hopefully this small step will spark even bigger change, and influence other companies to follow suit.

(Featured images via Nintendo)

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