Islander mini-games are featured in Tomodachi Collection and Tomodachi Life. Islander mini-games are marked by green problem icons on their window. When the player selects a Mii's window, they will be very excited (in Life, the Mii might be Worried if the player waits for long). Upon entering their apartment, the Mii will ask the player to play a game with them, and they can either agree or disagree.

Sometimes, when currently interacting with a Mii after a Mii is given something, they might say to the player, "Since you're already here, let's play a game!", and they will be prompted to play a mini-game similar to the green problem icon.

Success or a draw will grant the player one of three random treasures, while failure will result in receiving either a box of tissues or toilet paper. If the player succeeds, the Mii says "You did it! Congratulations!", and if they fail, the Mii says "Oh well. Better luck next time." (US) "Too bad! Maybe next time." (UK)

Introduced in Collection

Name Description Rules Image
Butt-writing quiz Choose a correct answer from the four choices. Can you answer all three questions? The Mii will use their bottom to write letters of a word, and the player will pick one of the four objects that has that wrote word. If the player picks the wrong image, the player will lose the game. If the player picks the right image, the player will proceed to the next 2 quizzes. On the third quiz, the Mii will try to distract the player from concentrating by talking about a different subject.
Butt Writing 1
The Daruma Doll Fell Down! Try to move closer when the Mii isn't looking. You will keep walking as long as you touch the button. You win if you can touch the Mii. When the Mii says "The daruma doll...", the player will walk to them and touch them, resulting in winning the game. When they say "Fell down!", if the player does not stop walking to them, The Mii will say "[Mii's] splitting image is moving!", resulting in losing the game. The game noticeably plays similar to "Red Light Green Light", a popular children's game. When the time goes up, The player loses and says "Times Up" instead of "Lose...".
The Daruma Doll 2
Cards Play Old Maid. The one who has a full pair first wins.(TC)
Take turns picking a card from your opponent's hand. The first to make a pair wins!(TL)
A simple mini-game where the goal is to get both two red cards, two of diamonds and two of hearts (kings in EU) cards. There is also a joker card (two of hearts in EU) that can be exchanged if the player does not pick the other two of diamonds/hearts/king card. If the player has picked the joker, it can be swiped up to try and trick the Mii into picking it again. The Mii that the player is up against will sometimes give hints or will try to trick the player by winking, that will sometimes tell the player that the card that it's hand is hovering over is the red card. If the Mii picks the red card, the game is over.

Introduced in Life

Name Description Rules Image
Catch If you catch the item before it hits the floor, you get to keep it as a prize! If you miss, you get... Disapointment. The Mii drops a treasure and the player has to try and catch it. If the player manages to catch it, the prize is whatever the player caught. Sometimes, the Mii will tell the player something to distract them and then drop the item so the player will hardly notice. Other times, the Mii will drop the item, but then pull it back up with a string saying "Oh, it was attached to the string. Weird." The player has only two chances to catch the item.
Catch Distraction
Zoom Quiz What is that super zoomed-in item?! Pick correctly from the three choices! Can you get them all right? The player will be presented with 3 consecutive images (zooming in more after each correct answer) and must identify what they are out of the 3 choices given to them. The image zoomed in can be either a food or a treasure.
Zoom Quiz Present
Football (US)
Wrestling (EU)
Sumo (JP)
It's time to play some football! Win by knocking down your opponent or pushing to opponent out of the ring. The player faces off against a miniature Mii dressed as a football player/wrestler/sumo fighter and have to tap the bottom screen repeatedly to push the Mii down or out of the ring.
  • North American version.
  • European version.
  • Japanese version.
Mii Facts Find out how well you know your islanders! Are the following facts true or false? Try to get them all right! The player is given 3 questions about the similarities (or differences) between two of their islanders, ranging from whether or not they own the same level-up gift to what day of the month they were born.
Mii Facts Present

Mini-games with multiple variants

Look that Way:

Variant Description Difference Image
Look that way Make the Mii look the way you pointed. There are five chances. Win once and you win the game. The player has five chances to point in a certain direction that the Mii is facing. If the Mii faces the direction the player is pointing, they win. This game only appears in Tomodachi Collection.
Look that Way 3
Rock-Paper-Scissors Look that Way Play rock, paper, scissors followed by "Look That Way" game. The player must play rock paper scissors before challenging the Mii. If they lose, the Mii will decide where to look.
Rock Paper Scissors 2

Silhouette Quiz (Tomodachi Collection)
Shadow Quiz (Tomodachi Life): The player is presented with 3 (5 in Tomodachi Collection) consecutive shadows of images and must answer what's hidden in the shadows. Sometimes, the item will be spinning, being able to give a precise shape.

Variant Description Difference Image
Food & Treasure Shadow Quiz (US)
Object Shadow Quiz (EU)
Guess an item from its silhouette. Can you answer all five questions?(TC)
Which item is making that silhouette? Pick correctly from the 3 choices! Can you get them all right?
The shadow can be any food or treasure.
Double Food & Treasure Shadow Quiz (US)
Double Object Shadow Quiz (EU)
Which 2 items are making that silhouette? Pick the correct 2 from the 3 choices! Can you get them all right? The shadow can be any combination of two foods, two treasures, or a food and a treasure.
Double Food and Treasure Correct
Headwear Shadow Quiz Which item is making that silhouette? Pick correctly from the 3 choices! Can you get them all right? The shadow can be any piece of headwear.
Shadow Hat Presenting
Mii Shadow Quiz (Tomodachi Life) Which Mii is making that silhouette? Pick correctly from the 3 choices! Can you get them all right? The shadow is a random islander (on the player's island) wearing their current clothing.
Mii Shadow Presenting

Pixel Quiz: The player is presented three consecutive images (with reducing resolution as the player answers correctly) and must identify what they are. These also might be the same sprites the game uses for Tomodachi Quest.

Variant Description Difference Image
Food & Treasure Pixel Quiz (US)
Object Pixel Quiz (EU)
What is that super pixelated item?! Pick correctly from the 3 choices! Can you get them all right? The pixelated image could be any food or any treasure.
Pixel item Presentation
Mii Pixel Quiz Who is that super pixelated Mii?! Pick correctly from the three choices! Can you get them all right? The pixelated image could be the face of any islander from the island. The first one is a 3D model that spins around, while the second is still, and the third is only part of the image.
Pixel Mii Present

Match: A memory-based mini-game where the player has to match panels on a 3x4 board. The items displayed on the panels could be a Mii's face, any food, or any treasure.

Variant Description Difference Image
Match Flip over two panels and find the pairs! Can you match all the panels before making 5 mistakes?(TL) This variation simply features matching 6 pairs of panels, allowing up to 5 mistakes to be made if the player matches incorrect panels.
Vs. Match Try to find a pair by flipping two panels. If you get a match, you can go again! Find the most pairs to win. The player plays against the Mii who wanted to play with alternating turns. At the beginning, the player gets to choose if they want to go first or second. This is also the only mini-game where it is possible to end in a draw.
  • Western version.
  • Japanese version.


Introduced in Collection

Name Description Rules Image
Backscratch Help scratch the Mii's back. Listen for the hint and find the itching spot. You have 6 chances to try. The player has five chances to scratch the correct spot on the Mii's back. If they miss, the Mii will give directions on where their back is itchy. This game does not return in Tomodachi Life. TCBackscratching
Mosquito Please swat the mosquito. If you don't succeed within five turns, the Mii will get angry...(TC)
Mosquitos are so annoying! Aim carefully and give it a smack. It's best to wait for it to land.(TL)
The goal is to splat the mosquito with the player's hand. With only five chances, and misses landing on the Mii's face instead, the player has to wait for the mosquito to reduce it's spastic movements or "land" as the description says. If the mini-game is completed successfully the Mii will gain some gratitude. In Tomodachi Life, this mini-game was moved to the campgrounds.

Introduced in Life

Name Description Rules Image
Sneeze Sometimes a sneeze just won't sneeze! Save the day by tickling the Mii's nose. Swipe the feather across their nose until they sneeze. When the Mii opens his/her eyes and says "Ah...!", move the feather away from the nose. If the Mii does not sneeze within the time allowed (about 20 seconds), then they will say either "Darn, I lost it" (US) or "No... It's gone," (EU) and the Mii will not gain happiness.


  • The football mini-game usually the first mini-game that the player plays with their look-alike in the tutorial.
  • The player will always play as their lookalike in the football mini-game, regardless of whether they play against them or not.
  • Another islander will act as the referee in the catch mini-game, starting off the mini-game by saying, "Keep at it!" Sometimes the referee may fall over, and will remain that way for the duration of the mini-game.
  • The player is unable to skip text in the "Catch" mini-game. This is likely because the Mii may randomly drop the item and they need to concentrate.
  • In both Tomodachi Collection and Tomodachi Collection: New Life, when losing hearts in the Match minigame; they lose from left to right. In Tomodachi Life, it's right to left.
  • In both Tomodachi Collection and Tomodachi Collection New Life, when winning the card minigame the player does a peace sign while in Tomodachi Life, it's changed to a thumbs-up, possibly because the hand was facing to the front which may appear in the U.K. as offensive.


Tomodachi Collection

Tomodachi Life


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