The gaming company said Tuesday it wouldn't bow to pressure to allow players to woo characters of the same sex in English editions of "Tomodachi Life." This follows a social media campaign launched by fans last month seeking virtual equality for the game's characters.
The fans had urged Nintendo Co. to add same-sex relationship options to the English hand-held Nintendo 3DS game ahead of its June 6 release.
The game was originally released in Japan last year and features a cast of avatars based on real players living and playing on a virtual island.
Several past life games like "The Sims" and "The Elder Scrolls" have allowed players to create characters that can have same-sex relationships.