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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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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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