Pride Month Sneak: Queer Nods in Nintendo's eShop
In a move that has delighted many members of the LGBTQ+ community, it appears that someone at Nintendo has snuck Pride Month into the Switch's eShop. While the gaming giant has not made any official statements about the matter, there have been some subtle nods to queerness on display.
One example of this is the popular game Bugsnax, which features a range of lovable creatures with a variety of gender presentations and relationship dynamics. This may seem like a small detail, but for many players, seeing themselves reflected in the games they play can be incredibly meaningful.
Likewise, Night in the Woods, another beloved indie title available on the Switch, has been noted for its portrayal of queer relationships. The game centers around a group of anthropomorphic animals, some of whom are in same-sex relationships or grappling with their gender identity.
These inclusions are particularly noteworthy given Nintendo's history of being somewhat reluctant to address LGBTQ+ themes in its games. While there have been a few notable exceptions - such as the same-sex marriage mechanic in Fire Emblem Fates - some fans have criticized the company for not doing more to represent diverse experiences and identities in its titles.
Of course, it's possible that these additions to the eShop are simply a coincidence - after all, both Bugsnax and Night In The Woods are critically acclaimed games with large LGBTQ+ fanbases. However, for those who have been wanting to see more of themselves and their experiences in the world of gaming, it seems like a step in the right direction.
It remains to be seen whether Nintendo will take more deliberate steps to embrace Pride Month in future, but for now, fans can enjoy these subtle nods to queerness on the Switch's eShop. Here's hoping that this move is just the beginning of a more inclusive future for gaming.