Over the past few years, one of the biggest performers on the DS in Japan has been the Tomodachi Collection franchise. We never got any of the titles in the U.S. before, but the latest game in the franchise is finally making its way over.
Nintendo announced this morning that it’s finally bringing the Tomodachi Collection franchise to the U.S. with Tomodachi Life for the Nintendo 3DS. The latest entry in the series came out in Japan last year and was an instant best seller. Now Nintendo is going to see if its unique take on The Sims can make a splash in the West as well.
“Nintendo fans are familiar with Mii characters, but now they come to life in ways they never have before – with their own lives, interests and personalities,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Customization and open-ended play are two big video game trends for 2014, and Tomodachi Life delivers a fun, creative experience that makes you want to visit again and again, because there’s always something interesting going on.”
For those in the dark, you can think of Tomodachi Life as a cross between Animal Crossing and The Sims. The game stars the adorable Miis that every Nintendo hardware user makes, but throws them into weird scenarios with other Miis that live with them:
After completely customizing all your Mii characters, from their voices and appearances right down to their personality quirks, you’ll recognize them instantly. But you can’t possibly predict what they’ll do next. For the first time ever, Mii characters behave based on the personality traits you select, playing out the drama you set in motion. A celebrity might fall in love with your math teacher. Your mom might jump on stage to belt out heavy metal songs. Or you could become famous striking poses down the runway of a fashion show wearing cute and silly outfits. Best of all, you can document these unbelievable moments for posterity and share them all with your friends via the Nintendo 3DS Image Share service.
For the game’s launch, Nintendo will be partnering with Christina Aguilera who will be participating in the promotional campaign for the game. She’ll even have a Mii that players can download at the game’s launch.
For more information, be sure to check out the surprise Nintendo Direct that’s focuses exclusively on the game:
Tomodachi Life will launch on June 6 exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
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