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Funky Hannah headlines a new Tomodachi Life ad ⊟

Here’s a new Tomodachi Life advertisement, which only serves to highlight the game’s most controversial, explosive problem. We’re ready to blow the lid off of this embarrassing situation right here, in a Tiny Cartridge report:

My name is JC and I’m here to say, Mii Lily and Mii Hannah are both pretty bad at rapping. 

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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.

Nintendo of America’s apology for neglecting to include same-sex marriages in Tomodachi Life, following its tone-deaf response to complaints over the matter earlier this week.

The company headlined the apology with “Nintendo is Committed to Fun and Entertainment for Everyone.” Really happy to see Nintendo recover from its misstep and promise to provide more inclusive experiences in the future. Also really happy that we can go back to talking about how fun and weird the game looks.

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I don’t know what to say about Tomodachi Life ⊟
We’ve talked a lot about the mess Nintendo made out of same-sex marriages in Tomodachi Life. We discussed it on the TinyCast with Christian and Fran, where we all expressed annoyance over how the company has handled it, but then returned to talking about our excitement over the Mii-centered life sim.
It’s hard to stay as excited about the game — one of most interesting releases Nintendo has ever put out, and likely a game-of-the-year contender for the 3DS — after hearing Nintendo of America’s absolutely tone deaf response yesterday to recent campaigns calling on the company to add same-sex marriages to Tomodachi Life.
Like, that wasn’t going to happen, right? At least not when the game’s release date is already set for a few weeks from now, and not when the development, localization, and QA teams are already assigned to other projects. Still, this shouldn’t have been overlooked in the first place, and NoA should’ve prepared a more placating message if the resources weren’t available to make the change when it started localizing the game.
But I’m unsure what else to say on the matter. I’m kind of in the same boat as Christian, who put up probably the definitive blog post about it, even if we both came to the same uncertain conclusion: "I find it difficult to sum up all of my feelings and thoughts on what Nintendo could have done or should do with Tomodachi Life into a neat package. Things are more complicated than that.”
I’m feeling like Bill Trinen’s Tomodachi Life Mii right now, just rolling around an NES controller carpet because I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.

I don’t know what to say about Tomodachi Life ⊟

We’ve talked a lot about the mess Nintendo made out of same-sex marriages in Tomodachi Life. We discussed it on the TinyCast with Christian and Fran, where we all expressed annoyance over how the company has handled it, but then returned to talking about our excitement over the Mii-centered life sim.

It’s hard to stay as excited about the game — one of most interesting releases Nintendo has ever put out, and likely a game-of-the-year contender for the 3DS — after hearing Nintendo of America’s absolutely tone deaf response yesterday to recent campaigns calling on the company to add same-sex marriages to Tomodachi Life.

Like, that wasn’t going to happen, right? At least not when the game’s release date is already set for a few weeks from now, and not when the development, localization, and QA teams are already assigned to other projects. Still, this shouldn’t have been overlooked in the first place, and NoA should’ve prepared a more placating message if the resources weren’t available to make the change when it started localizing the game.

But I’m unsure what else to say on the matter. I’m kind of in the same boat as Christian, who put up probably the definitive blog post about it, even if we both came to the same uncertain conclusion: "I find it difficult to sum up all of my feelings and thoughts on what Nintendo could have done or should do with Tomodachi Life into a neat package. Things are more complicated than that.”

I’m feeling like Bill Trinen’s Tomodachi Life Mii right now, just rolling around an NES controller carpet because I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.

Tomodachi Life up for preorder ⊟
Obviously, you’re not the only one, Zelda! Amazon has the $35 game up for preorder now, so all of you can make sure your Miis will be talking about hunky Iwata day one (day one probably being a few days after the June 6 release date, when you take shipping into account).
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Tomodachi Life up for preorder ⊟

Obviously, you’re not the only one, Zelda! Amazon has the $35 game up for preorder now, so all of you can make sure your Miis will be talking about hunky Iwata day one (day one probably being a few days after the June 6 release date, when you take shipping into account).

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Boxart battle: Tomodachi Life US vs. EU ⊟

I’d love to know the specific strategies that led Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe to create such different executions of similar ideas for their Tomodachi Life boxes.

The European version looks mostly similar to the Japanese boxart, right down to the placement of most of the characters. You may notice that some of the Japanese Miis have been replaced, though (look at the kneeling “No, I really love you” dude)! 

I really like the logo on the US version!

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It’s hard to pick a favorite moment from this morning’s Nintendo Direct for Tomodachi Life ⊟
So I’m just going to make GIFs for a bunch of them and post the scenes. I loved this snippet of Nintendo’s execs and other staff members (haha at Miyamoto dressed as a cowboy in the back) dancing around a Virtual Boy, paying tribute to its creator Gunpei Yokoi, RIP. Knowing hardly anything about the man, I have a feeling Yokoi would have loved this game.
Who knows, maybe he might have also loved Christina Aguilera, who Nintendo of America has enlisted to help promote this game. Here’s the first video the company has posted starring the singer’s Mii — Nintendo intends to bring in other celebrities for its ads. Not a bad idea, since a lot of Tomodachi Life’s fun is in seeing familiar people interact with each other in surprising ways.
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It’s hard to pick a favorite moment from this morning’s Nintendo Direct for Tomodachi Life ⊟

So I’m just going to make GIFs for a bunch of them and post the scenes. I loved this snippet of Nintendo’s execs and other staff members (haha at Miyamoto dressed as a cowboy in the back) dancing around a Virtual Boy, paying tribute to its creator Gunpei Yokoi, RIP. Knowing hardly anything about the man, I have a feeling Yokoi would have loved this game.

Who knows, maybe he might have also loved Christina Aguilera, who Nintendo of America has enlisted to help promote this game. Here’s the first video the company has posted starring the singer’s Mii — Nintendo intends to bring in other celebrities for its ads. Not a bad idea, since a lot of Tomodachi Life’s fun is in seeing familiar people interact with each other in surprising ways.

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Tomodachi Life coming on June 6 ⊟

The announcement is here! Tomodachi Life, (or Tomodachi Collection: New Life as it’s known in Japan), will release to the States on June 6 for just $34.99! The 3DS life sim for your Miis will also hit Europe on June 6.

Here’s a Nintendo Direct with all the details, starring Bill Trinen and Satoru Iwata’s Miis (there’s one for Europe with Satoru Shibata), with adorable text-to-speech voices. If you ever wanted a peek at the secret virtual lives of Nintendo’s executives, there are like 50 million amazing things in this video.

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Guys. GUYS. Tomodachi Collection. (۞_۞)

Here’s our first look at a translated version of Tomodachi Collection: New Life, the 3DS’s inimitable life sim for your Miis, since Nintendo stealth-revealed it in the Wall Street Journal of all places last month.

According to multiple reports, Nintendo of Europe is passing around an online survey explicitly stating that the game is being localized for that market, sharing these English images (Spanish and French ones are also floating around), a video, and details about the title — check out screenshots of the survey posted by VogelImKafig here.

It looks like Nintendo is trying to get a handle on how to market this odd game, and is seeking feedback on what points to emphasize when introducing it. Ahhhhhhhh it looks like the company is already pretty far along getting this ready to release in the West.

Here’s the description Nintendo is giving for the game:

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Is this a Tomodachi Collection stage in Smash Bros? ⊟
At first I thought this was meant to be Masahiro Sakurai’s apartment, but then I realized “Director’s Room” isn’t a description of the stage, but in fact Sakurai’s Miiverse tag.
I can’t think of what else this tiny, messy room would be, but I’m not really sure. I googled Tomodachi Collection room layouts for literally minute and I didn’t figure it out. Maybe someone who’s played the Japanese game could let us know if that’s it?
Also, take off your damn shoes inside, Villager.
So if this is a Tomodachi Collection stage, I’m imagining like a cross-section of an apartment building, with players jumping from floor to floor. Or maybe it’s just this one tiny flat room… for serious players.
[Update: As many pointed out, it’s totally a Tomodachi Collection room!]
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Is this a Tomodachi Collection stage in Smash Bros? ⊟

At first I thought this was meant to be Masahiro Sakurai’s apartment, but then I realized “Director’s Room” isn’t a description of the stage, but in fact Sakurai’s Miiverse tag.

I can’t think of what else this tiny, messy room would be, but I’m not really sure. I googled Tomodachi Collection room layouts for literally minute and I didn’t figure it out. Maybe someone who’s played the Japanese game could let us know if that’s it?

Also, take off your damn shoes inside, Villager.

So if this is a Tomodachi Collection stage, I’m imagining like a cross-section of an apartment building, with players jumping from floor to floor. Or maybe it’s just this one tiny flat room… for serious players.

[Update: As many pointed out, it’s totally a Tomodachi Collection room!]

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What’s so great about Tomodachi Collection? ⊟

You probably know that you’re supposed to be excited about Nintendo’s suggestion that it’s releasing Tomodachi Collection outside of Japan, but you might not know why. Like, while you’ve heard it’s a life sim filled with Miis of your friends or whoever you put in there, what’s so fun about that?

This five-minute trailer for Tomodachi Collection: New Life, translated and subtitled by LinandKo, should explain why we’re so excited — it’s just so weird and wonderful and different from anything else out there. Duh, of course we’re going to hype it to death, even if Nintendo makes a lot of concessions to adapt the content for Western audiences. 

If you want to see more, LinandKo have also posted a lot of playthrough videos for the 3DS game. And don’t forget Daniel Feit’s great article comparing Tomodachi Collection and Animal Crossing!

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Breaking: Tomodachi Collection coming to the West ⊟

What is it with TinyCast predictions? They keep coming true! This report about Tomodachi Collection: New Life snuck into the end of this Wall Street Journal article published two days ago:

"The company is now working to decide what can be kept and what needs to be scrapped for its overseas launch of ‘Tomodachi Collection’ — or ‘Friend Collection’ — a 3DS life simulation game in which Miis from consoles can interact with one another and develop via mundane activities, such as exchanging food and clothing.

'It’s all about balance,' Iwata said.”

For those unfamiliar with the series, the life sim is a big hit in Japan, allowing players to follow the relationships and random experiences of the Miis living in their handhelds. We published a great article from Daniel Feit last year comparing Animal Crossing and Tomodachi Collection as hangouts. 

The situation is fluid and ongoing. We will update you with more details on the news as they come in. In the meantime, please enjoy these GIFs of Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata having a ball in Tomodachi Collection, taken from H3DS.

[Update: We contacted Nintendo for more information about the stealth reveal, but the company says it “has nothing to announce at this time.”]

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Wait, what? A Tomodachi Collection DS fan translation? ⊟

I was disappointed that Nintendo never brought Tomodachi Collection, its weird life sim starring the Miis on your DS, to North America. It hasn’t announced plans to bring its 3DS sequel New Life here either, even though the series is popular in Japan. Thanks to this incomplete fan translation patch Jjjewel released for the DS game a couple weeks ago, though, some of you can now try it out and see what you’re missing. As usual, you’ll need a copy of the ROM (we hope legally acquired) to get this to work.

This patch comes with a number of other caveats (e.g. grammar errors due to Jjjewel not being a native English speaker, only partial translations for job descriptions/Mii News/songs, and Japanese minigames requiring you to guess your way through them), but right now it’s the only way to experience this series if you can’t read Japanese. Jjjewel says “most of the important stuff that you need to play the game are translated” and may release future patches, though there’s no guarantee on that.

In case you missed it, here’s our guest article on why Tomodachi Collection: New Life could be “a better hang-out” than Animal Crossing on 3DS.

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