Nintendo announced yesterday with a special Direct that they will be bringing Tomodachi Life to North America and Europe this June. This bizarre cross between The Sims and Animal Crossing allowed players to do an assortment of activities with their Miis, which included the ability to date and marry other characters. Many fans noticed that this title also allowed for same-sex marriage, an element that was eventually patched out of the game. This sparked a bit of controversy, leading games writer Wesley Copeland to ask Nintendo why this feature had been removed.
Nintendo responded that same-sex marriage was never an actual feature within the game, and that the screenshots depicting two male Mii characters getting married were misleading. The Japanese version allowed female characters to dress as males, giving the illusion of same-sex marriage. The reason why Nintendo removed this ability was because it led to a game-breaking bug that prevented players from progressing further through the game.
When Mii characters were imported from a Wii console, or the previous game in the Tomodachi Collection series on Nintendo DS (which was only released in Japan), into the Nintendo 3DS version, it could lead to scrambled Mii data within the Nintendo 3DS version.
This glitch could result in Miis, including those who were married, to be randomly reassigned to a different in-game relationship. This could also give the appearance of same-sex relationships, and would prevent the player from being able to save their progress. Nintendo decided to fix these bugs, and along with it, the illusion of homosexual relationships.
Of course, this begs the question as to why Nintendo didn't just include an option in-game that would allow for homosexual marriage. The pre-patch exploit only allowed for two seemingly male characters to get married, something that could easily be expanded upon in the future. As for the western release, the Nintendo representative told Copeland that these relationships were never intended to be within the game, meaning North American fans most likely won't be able to experience non-heterosexual relationships when Tomodachi Life launches for the 3DS on June 6th.