During the recent Nintendo Direct, Miitopia was announced for Nintendo Switch. Miitopia has automatically received an 18+ rating in Russia for its depiction of same-sex relationships. This is also true for the Nintendo 3DS version, which released worldwide in 2017 and immediately got the mature rating. Russia has a law stating that children must be protected from being exposed to homosexuality, which has received protests and criticism since its introduction in 2013. Anyone found breaking the law can be subjected to a fine, imprisonment, or deportation. Therefore, this affects video games such as Miitopia, despite its family friendly nature.
Other games have also been affected by it, including The Sims 4, Stardew Valley, and (because of the option for rainbow shoelaces, apparently) FIFA 17. As reported by Nintendo Life, Miitopia is the first Nintendo game to receive such a rating in Russia, though it won’t be receiving a Russian translation anyway. Miitopia will only support Japanese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Dutch, and Chinese. The game doesn’t enable same-sex marriages but instead allows you to develop those characters’ relationships. Miitopia‘s predecessor, Tomodachi Life, didn’t allow same-sex relationships and so was unaffected by this law.
Miitopia launches worldwide on May 21, 2021 for Nintendo Switch.