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As our review of Tomodachi Life pointed out, a big part of the game’s appeal is to populate your virtual island with Miis inspired by your real-life friends and family. But what if you want to add some star power to your game? Rather than create your own or importing them from other players, Nintendo is now offering Miis of Christina Aguilera, Shaquille O’Neal, Debby Ryan, Shaun White, and Zendaya.

To add these Miis to your game, simply go to Tomodachi Life’s official site and click on one of the celebrity Miis to pull up their QR code. In the game, visit the Town Hall and choose “QR Code,” then “Scan QR Code,” and follow the instructions to import that Mii.

Tomodachi Life was first released in Japan in April 2013, where it went on to sell 1.85 million copies. The game was released in North America and Europe on June 6, and earned a good review from GameSpot.

For more on Tomodachi Life, be sure to read GameSpot’s previous coverage.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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Nintendo issued the following response to the current issues equality issues surrounding Tomodachi Life:

We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to change this game’s design, and such a significant development change can’t be accomplished with a post-ship patch. At Nintendo, dedication has always meant going beyond the games to promote a sense of community, and to share a spirit of fun and joy. We are committed to advancing our longtime company values of fun and entertainment for everyone. 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.

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LGBT advocacy group GLAAD has called out Nintendo for not allowing same-sex relationships in its 3DS game, Tomodachi Life. Speaking with VentureBeat, GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz criticized Nintendo’s stance and said the company should follow other contemporary games in supporting relationships of all kinds.

“In purposefully limiting players’ relationship options, Nintendo is not only sending a hurtful message to many of its fans and consumers by excluding them, but also setting itself way behind the times,” Cruz said.

Nintendo released a statement to the Associated Press this week on the matter, saying it never intended to make any kind of social commentary with Tomodachi Life. The Mario and Zelda company went on to say that Tomodachi Life was designed to be a “whimsical and quirky” game, not a real world simulation.

The issue rose to prominence after a fan launched a social media awareness campaign called #Miiquality. Tomodachi Life is one of the most popular 3DS games of all time, selling 1.85 million units, and it’s not even released in the United States yet.

Cruz pointed out that The Sims, one of the first mainstream games to allow same-sex relationships, was released over a decade ago. Many major game franchises have followed suit in supporting same-sex relationships, including Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Fable. “Nintendo should do the same,” Cruz said.

On its own blog, GLAAD associate director of entertainment media Matt Kane said: “By listening to its users and providing inclusive relationship options, Nintendo would be taking a positive step forward and invite more players to join in.”

For more on Tomodachi Life, be sure to read GameSpot’s interview with Nintendo’s Bill Trinen.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Mario and Zelda creator Nintendo has issued a statement that explains why the company does not allow same-sex relationships in its popular 3DS game Tomodachi Life, which is coming to North America in June.

“Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of Tomodachi Life,” a Nintendo of America representative told the Associated Press. “The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation. We hope that all of our fans will see that Tomodachi Life was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary.”

Nintendo’s statement comes after a fan started a social media campaign last month calling on Nintendo to allow same-sex relationship options in the game. The issue is particularly pressing, campaign creator Tye Marini says in the video below, because married characters have access to exclusive features like bigger houses and the ability to have a child.

Tomodachi Life is one of the 3DS’ best-selling games ever, having sold 1.85 million units to date.

Marini told the Associated Press: “It’s more of an issue for this game because the characters are supposed to be a representation of your real life. You import your personalized characters into the game. You name them. You give them a personality. You give them a voice. They just can’t fall in love if they’re gay.”

Tomodachi Life originally launched in Japan more than a year ago, and comes to North America and Europe on June 6. Same-sex relationships were not part of the original Japanese version, and because the Western iteration uses the same code, it does not include the option either, Nintendo said.

Marini is not looking for fans to boycott Tomodachi Life, but rather wants them to post on social media using the hashtag #Miiquality, and let Nintendo know that they would like to see same-sex relationship options in a future Tomodachi Life or an update to the game.

“We have heard and thoughtfully considered all the responses,” Nintendo told the Associated Press about the campaign. “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 at all levels of the organization.”

For more on Tomodachi Life, be sure to read GameSpot’s interview with Nintendo’s Bill Trinen.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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