The quirkiest Nintendo 3DS game you haven't played yet is coming to the US and EU

One of Nintendo's weirdest games, Tomodachi Collection (translated as Friend Collection), might actually come to the West soon.

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Source: TinyCartdrige

The Wall Street Journal reports (via TinyCartridge) that Tomodachi Collection, an original, quirky game straight from Nintendo, is getting a Western release soon.

"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."

Tomodachi Collection is a hard game to describe; it's a life sim that bears some similarities to Animal Crossing and The Sims with its focus on day-to-day life rather than gameplay. Your Mii avatar interacts with other Miis, sharing dreams, attending events, and experiencing random life experiences. The game is distinctly Japanese in many ways, but as Iwata says in the article, "Even the most 'Japanese' games can translate abroad without losing their identity."

Discussion

44 comments
Nev3rtime
Nev3rtime

This is the kind of thing my niece would like. They should localise all their quirky games rather than just typecasting gamers on nationality. There's a chance this could take off just as animal crossing and nintendogs did. Probably not as big as it did in Japan but enough to be a big success. Still not the kind of game I'll likely spend money on.

Now please localise fatal frame 4 with a nice hd wii u port that allows the gamepad to be stylishly used as the camera in on-tv mode but also allow for more traditional controls for off-tv gameplay and pro controller.

Zignoff
Zignoff

"Even the most 'Japanese' games can translate abroad without losing their identity."

You hear that Capcom? EH?!

Here is somebody talking with some sense and balls. Now lower your damn greedy expectations and bring over then Sengoku Basara 4. Seriously 3 sold around like 500k copies and for a budget title game that you only had to dub I'm highly doubting you lost much on it.

You TO namco bandai, bring over Unlimited Cruise SP and Unlimited World RED damn it... except don't dub those the US voice actors suck and can't even out act a brick. Just translate the text like you have been doing with one Piece games.

freedom01
freedom01

I'm interested in this game, but it looks like I'm going to have to import this since they are scrapping away some stuff

jharring
jharring

Mundane activities!  Oh boy!  Sorry, but I played The Sims back when it was new and got all that out of my system already.

MacroManJr
MacroManJr

Nintendo, I won't knock this little game, and I love you, but enough with the smaller games.  They're okay, but don't rely on them so much.  Drop down some money and make a Metroid RPG already.  And I know Game Freak don't want it, but even just the announcement of a Pokemon MMO that played online between Wii U and 3DS would immediately be your life for Wii U.  It'd buy you time for making more of such heavy-hitting titles.  I know more adults who bought a 3DS just for Pokemon that 12-year-olds--imagine what that'd do for the Wii U.

jark888
jark888

Interesting! I'll be sure to keep an eye on the game.

megamatics
megamatics

Tomodachi collection is like crack if you start playing it. 

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Enough with the Miis already.  Seriously.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Ugh, not all of care about Japanese games or culture.

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

I think this game was released for the DS a long time ago.

Celsius765
Celsius765

One thing I can say about Nintendo they're not shitty to their emplyees

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Make a Wii U version and allow cross platform play. 

superbuuman
superbuuman

Eh, Iwata will spout whatever BS when it suits him...hope this game is culturally acceptable by all. :p

sanchango
sanchango

@Zignoff  US dub > Jap voice actors
I actually prefer the dub(though we're way behind, if memory serves me correctly Frank just recently got introduced lol), but watch the subs as well.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Celsius765 Given what their employees have accomplished lately, maybe some of them should be laid off.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@bunchanumbers As long as they bring in some new customization options for the Miis. Seriously...why isn't the creation tool on 3DS/Wii u more robust?

MacroManJr
MacroManJr

@Def-Trex @MacroManJra) Never state your relative opinion as absolute fact.

b) It would depend on just WHAT the idea is, now wouldn't it?  Science-fiction RPGs play pretty differently than fantasy RPGs.

We might could see something where you can freely explore the vast Metroid universe, going solo both on foot and in your Gunship, traveling in locations familiar to the series as well as all-new locations.

Samus Aran could battle both the issues she normally deals with (in the platforming playing style similar to Metroid Prime), as well as have to resort to using her skills as a bounty hunter to track down and catch space pirates with bounties on their heads, and draw out information from them and sneaking aboard their vessels and such.

You could also play as other bounty hunters introduced in Metroid Hunters, and communicate with other characters to aid you during your solo adventure.  You can face hazards from every turn, everything from hazards of outer space, to dogfights with space pirates, to even having someone wrongly putting a bounty on your head.

The game could play switching between third-person and first-person perspective, having to rely on her scanning visors (a la Metroid Prime) to learn stuff and piece together the story.  You'd go in third-person mode to solve stages on different planets and journey around, while going to first-person to battle and scan.

This is just me throwing some tentative ideas out there.  If you put some imagination to it, you can define a solid game.  Besides, if anyone redefines the genres they venture in, it's usually Nintendo.  They're more than capable of thinking outside the box more with the idea--it they'd only care to even try.


c) I was merely throwing something out there.  ANY major attempt at a major game would be appreciated with Wii U owners right about now.  My point wasn't just so much about the games they should try, but more rather making the point that Nintendo has options they're just not even trying.  But I think you already knew this.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@Thanatos2k @Celsius765 Geez, im starting to think you and Sevenizz have a secret In-the-closet type of love for Nintendo.  You dudes bash every single article they put out for them

MacroManJr
MacroManJr

@justinhaywald @bunchanumbersYou'd think, huh?  It seems like the people in life with the best opportunities for the best options never seem to take them.

hystavito
hystavito

@justinhaywald @bunchanumbers  I made a comment about this awhile back.  I don't think it would have a substantial negative effect on 3DS sales, and since the WiiU is hurting it seems like a decent idea.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@Sevenizz Well, they did give out a 3DS game for free recently for a limited time, They had an ambassador program for the 3DS, Most of their DLC are either dirt cheap or free, they gave away games for $0.30 each when Wii U launched, and I take it you've never checked out Club Nintendo, which gives away free games every month for 3DS and Wii U that can be purchased with "coins" that are easily obtainable just by supporting their physical and digital games. A more truthful comment would be:



Free? Sony/Microsoft?

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

We could say the same for Corrus but I haven't see him in a while on any Nintendo articles.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

The coin system has yet to work for me (I turned in a bunch for Super Mario Lost Levels, it took my coins, but said the game was 'unavailable'), but they require software or hardware purchase so it's hardly free.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Xbox Live Gold gives out free games every month

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@PosiTVEMinD355 @SevenizzTo be fair, Playstation Plus subscribers often get free games and such, and Sony has done a "spend $50 get $10" promotion a few times now. I've never used Xbox Live, so I can't comment there.