|Release date|| April 18, 2013 |
June 6, 2014
June 6, 2014
June 7, 2014
July 17, 2014
|Ratings||ESRB- Everyone |
|Website||Tomodachi Life (US)|
Tomodachi Life (EU)
Tomodachi Life (JP)
Tomodachi Life (KR)
Tomodachi Life, known in Japan as Tomodachi Collection: New Life (トモダチコレクション 新生活 Tomodachi Korekushon: Shin Seikatsu?) and South Korea as Friend Gathering Apartment (친구모아 아파트,Chingumoa apateu) is a life simulation handheld video game for the Nintendo 3DS and the second game in the Tomodachi series, following the Japan-exclusive Nintendo DS title, Tomodachi Collection.
It was released in Japan on April 18th, 2013, North America and Europe on June 6th, 2014, Australia on June 7th, 2014, and South Korea on July 17, 2014.
The gameplay is very similar to its predecessor, Tomodachi Collection, as it also takes place on an island inhabited by various Miis, which the player can import from their 3DS, other devices, QR Codes, or create from scratch using the 3DS' camera or the in-game creation tools.
Miis can perform various actions, such as eating, trying on different outfits, visiting many facilities on the island, and other leisurely activities. As more Miis are introduced, various interactions can occur between them, such as friendship, romance, rivalry, and even bizarre musical numbers.
If two Miis of opposite gender maintain good relationships for a long time, they can start to date and even get married, creating their own house to live in together. Married Miis can even have children that will grow up in the house. Once the child gets old enough, they can live in their apartment or go off as a traveler who will wait at the dock of the island. If the player activates StreetPass with someone who also has Tomodachi Life, the traveler will go to the other person's island to visit.
Tomodachi Life features a wide variety of locations, more so than its predecessor, Tomodachi Collection.
|Island||The main setting of the game where every other location can be found.|
|Mii Apartments||Mii Apartments is the building where the Miis reside. By tapping on various windows, the player can interact with them.|
|Food Mart||The Food Mart is where the player can buy various foods to give to their islanders, which updates daily.|
|Clothing Shop||The Clothing Shop is where the player can buy clothing for Miis.|
|Hats Shop||As its name suggests, the Hats Shop is a shop that sells hats, a sub-category of clothing not sold in the Clothing Shop.|
|Interiors||The Interiors Shop sells interiors that change everyday. The shop is also known to have special interiors every month, as well as other interiors that are unlocked when a Mii reaches a certain level.|
|Pawn Shop||The Pawn Shop is an area where the player can sell treasures that they no longer want.|
|Import Wear||Import Wear is very similar to the Clothing Shop and Hat Shop, being an area that sells clothing to. The only difference is the fact it sells items that are obtained from other islands via StreetPass, or clothes distributed by Nintendo through SpotPass.|
|Amusement Park||The amusement park is an area that serves as general entertainment for the Miis, featuring attractions such as the rollercoaster, ferris wheel, or carousel. Miis can be seen riding those attractions or sitting around the park. The events held include the Magic Show, Tomodachi Quest, and the Night Market.|
|Beach||The beach is where Miis hang out and Judgement Bay event takes place. It is also an option as a location for a Mii who wants to confess their feelings.|
|Café||The cafe is a restaurant where Miis can hang out. The events held here include Guys'/Gals' Hangout and Pity Party, the latter of which only occurs if a Mii is sad.|
|Observation Tower (NTSC/PAL)||The observation tower is an area that allows Miis to view the entire island from the fenced border that surrounds the top. Otherwise, they will sit in the benches surrounding the fence. At the foot of the tower is a sports area that Miis use with sports gear, such as a baseball bat or tennis racket. The events held here include Quirky Questions. The Japanese version instead uses the roof of Mii Apartments.|
|Roof (JP)||The roof of Mii Apartments serves as the Japanese equivalent of the observation tower. It is where Miis can view the entire island and hang out, the latter option being a typical pastime in Japanese culture. The roof lacks the sports area that the observation tower includes; instead, the Miis use sports gear out in the open. For instance, a Mii may hit a tennis ball against the doorway that leads back to Mii Apartments.|
|Fountain||The fountain is an area returning from Tomodachi Collection, retaining its purpose as a public hangout place where Mii can talk or exercise. In addition to donations and Morning Market events, the fountain includes two additional events not present in Collection: Rap Battle and Word Chain. It can also be an option as a location to take a Mii on a date in the European version.|
|Park||The park is an open public area where Miis can be seen walking around a path or sitting on the bench on top of the large hill in its center. They also use a soccer ball in the field past the path, or lay down on the grass. The events include Flying Disc, Afternoon Market, BBQ, and Photo Shoot. When a baby becomes fully-grown, there will be a video of when they were at Stage 5 recorded in the park at the end of their family album.|
|Mii News||Mii News is a news program that broadcasts news at 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Although humorous news reports are usually given, the service can also broadcast events on the island, such as a new area being opened.|
|Mii Homes||Mii Homes is a series of houses that married couples can live in in addition to their apartments. If a baby was born, the player can babysit them here.|
|Campground||The campground is an area that travelers stay in when they arrive on the island. Typically, they will have a problem that needs to be solved, and will thank the player after they leave.|
|Port||The port is an area that travelers use when leaving the island. Various import items can come in through the port.|
|Concert Hall||The concert hall is an area where Miis can perform their own songs, replacing the mechanic where Miis sing in their apartment from Tomodachi Collection. The player can also organize Miis that share the same genre into groups.|
|Compatibility Tester||The Compatibility Tester returns from Tomodachi Collection, serving as an area to test the chemistry of two islanders. A new feature to this version is the fact it also includes a Compatibility Forecast, a mechanism that predicts how well two Miis will get along in the coming week.|
|Rankings Board||The Rankings Board is an area that ranks Miis based on certain facts, such as popularity, charm, and vitality.|
|Photo Studio||The Photo Studio is an area that allows Miis to take photos on various backgrounds, which can be saved to the 3DS' SD Card.|
|Plane (Western Only)||The plane is a vehicle that allows access to the Nintendo 3DS Image Share service.|
After failing to localize Tomodachi Collection due to voice translation issues, Western audiences still had not gained a proper game in the Tomodachi series. Thus, when Tomodachi Collection: New Life was released in Japan in 2013, people thought that Life would never reach the west. However, Nintendo announced a western release of the game titled Tomodachi Life one year afterward.
Upon its Western release, social rights activists widely criticized the game for not supporting same-sex marriage in, which was not considered orthodox in western civilization. Nintendo apologized for this, saying that the next game will feature same-sex marriage.
On a side note, the game has received mostly positive reviews since its release. IGN gave a positive rating of 8.4, saying how surprisingly funny and rewarding it is. Upon launching in Japan, the game sold 404,858 units on the first day of release. Tomodachi Life is the tenth best selling game for the 3DS, selling over 6.55 million copies worldwide as of December 31, 2019.
Tomodachi Life is unique from other localized games, as it contains a boatload of changes across regional variants.
The game was developed by Nintendo's SPD division, with Yoshio Sakamoto as producer.
- This game marks one of the rare times a baby Mii is shown in a Nintendo game. Another instance occurs in Wii Fit Plus with the Baby Stats.
- This game is the first to show Mii Characters having different hair colors rather than the official colors.
- No songs from Tomodachi Collection return as available songs in the Concert Hall.
- However, a select few songs from Tomodachi Collection do play in the café, including Metal, J-Pop, and Idol. These songs do not have vocals in the international release.