10 posts tagged tomodachi collection
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!
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.”]
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.
No more same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Collection
Nintendo is patching the bug in its Japan-only 3DS game Tomodachi Collection: New Life that allowed two male characters to date, marry and even procreate. The company’s Google Translated announcement describes the bug as “Human relationship is funny.”
The update also fixes problems users might have booting up the game, saving the game, and other issues. It’s unclear if those problems are related to the same-sex glitch, but that likely won’t appease those who hoped Nintendo would overlook the bug — or would allow female characters to have the same rights.
As NetBuff insightfully pointed out, “By fixing this bug, they are actively calling attention to the fact that Nintendo released a ‘life simulator’ game in 2013 that doesn’t take homosexuality into account.”
Shout outs to NintenDaan for making most of these images for us!
Dudes dating, having babies in Tomodachi Collection
A bug in Nintendo’s Japan-only life sim for the 3DS, Tomodachi Collection: New Life, allows male Miis to live together, marry, go on honeymoons, and even have children, according to a report from Kotaku. Female Miis don’t get to enjoy the same rights, but this is at least more than what you could do in Fire Emblem: Awakening, in which you had to settle for innuendos and Old Hubba being a creeper.
Someone claims to have spoken to Nintendo’s customer service and heard that the publisher will patch the bug, which is pretty lame. Also lame: still no announced plans for a Western release.
Animal Crossing vs Tomodachi Collection: Which is the better hang-out?
[Looking at Tomodachi Collection: New Life’s release in Japan last week, Daniel Feit compares the playful life sim with Animal Crossing: New Leaf in this guest article reprinted from his blog.]
Spurred by questions regarding Tomodachi Collection, I thought I would whip up a quick list of comparisons between it and Animal Crossing, the other 3DS game where you hang out in a town with no real purpose.
Please note the most important difference right from the start: Animal Crossing will release in English on 3DS this summer, while Tomodachi Collection may never leave Japan.
SIMILARITIES: Both games put your character in charge of a community. There is no story or “goal” other than to enjoy yourself. Both games have an economy (Bells in AC, Yen in TC) and you will need money to buy things and unlock more game options. Items for sale include clothing, hats, food, and materials for decorating your home.
Here’s the key takeaway from this morning’s special Nintendo Direct presentation for Tomodachi Collection 3DS.
The Nintendo CEO and president didn’t actually put on a shrimp hat — this was a virtual overlay that popped up after some kind of fashion show in the game that showed off an “Ebi Fried Kaburimono" outfit. I’ve no idea what’s going on in this game, but it sounds like something that I would be down to play, or at least spend weeks sharing Tumblr-posted screenshots from.
Tomodachi Collection 3DS XL & Mint x White 3DS XL
Announced during a special mini Nintendo Direct tonight, both of these come out on April 18, concurrent with the Japanese release date of Tomodachi Collection.
Also! A Tomodachi Collection-themed Nintendo Direct means…
Mii Direct Gesture returns!
Nintendo livestreamed a Japanese presentation this morning dedicated to third-party 3DS releases, and while we didn’t receive any new game announcements, we did get to see a Tomodachi Collection version of company boss Satoru Iwata doing the illuminati/”Direct” gesture.
Other small news items from this morning’s Nintendo Direct:
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons (Game Boy Color) coming to Japanese 3DS Virtual Console on 2/27
- Tomodachi Collection: New Life hits Japan on April 18
- Youkai Watch looks pretty neat
- We got to hear Iwata say “Kamehameha” while showing Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission
- Guild02 will be released as three separate downloadable games on eShop instead of as a retail cart
- Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for 3DS can play online through Wii Us that have a wired connection to the Internet via the LAN adapter (and a free downloadable Wii U app)
So, we didn’t get any megatons, but at least the 3DS is already at a point where it has a very strong slate of upcoming games, so it’s not in a PS Vita-like situation after Monday’s lackluster Vita Heaven event.
Mii Satoru Iwata lives a strangely solitary life in Tomodachi Collection 3DS, spent mostly on the floor of an office filled with vintage Nintendo paraphernalia. Iwata Asks: “When am I going to collect some friends?”
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