Tomodachi Life

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Tomodachi Life
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Cover artwork for the NA release
Details
Developer(s) Nintendo SPD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) Japan April 18, 2013
Europe June 6, 2014
North America June 6, 2014
Australia June 7, 2014
Platform(s) Nintendo 3DS
Rating(s) ESRB: ESRB E.png - Everyone
PEGI: PEGI 3.png - Ages 3+
CERO: CERO A.png - All ages
Game size 389MB
External links Official Website
Game chronology
Previous game
Tomodachi Collection
Next game
Miitopia
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Your friends. Your drama. Your life.
— Tagline

Tomodachi Life is a life simulator game for the Nintendo 3DS released in Japan in early 2013, and worldwide in mid 2014. It was both developed and published by Nintendo. Tomodachi Life is the second and final game in the Tomodachi series, proceeding Tomodachi Collection. It, along with the Tomodachi series, was succeeded by Miitopia a few years later.

For sake of uniformity with the rest of the wiki, the article describes the North American version of the game. See Regional Differences below.

Gameplay

Like most life simulators, Tomodachi Life is open ended and features no detailed story. The game starts off with letting the player name an island the Miis will eventually live in. The player is then prompted to create a Mii that resembles oneself. Eventually, the player will be able to make Miis whenever they wish and continue the various aspects of gameplay.

Mii Creation

Tomodachi Life has the same Mii making features as the 3DS system, however it adds more personal features. After creating the Mii itself on one page, players must write a full name for the character, as well as a nickname that will be used more often. A birthday can be added, and doing so will allow the game to celebrate it when the date passes in realtime. Favorite color and creator is inputed on this page and gender can be readjusted. If a birthday is not entered, the player must at least determine if the character is a grown-up or a child. The relation to the player can be decided as well to indicate if the Mii is of a family member (thus preventing them from falling in love).

The next page allows the player to adjust the Mii's voice. There are six preset voices, but a random voice can be generated and a custom voice can be configured. For the custom voice, the player can toggle its pitch, speed, quality, tone, accent, and intonation.

The final page determines a Mii's personality. The personality is broken up into five parts (names taken from the US version): Movement, Speech, Expressiveness, Attitude, and Overall. Each aspect has a sliding scale, and the personality depends on how each part is adjusted. Personalities play an important role in Tomodachi Life in that they affect interactions and which Miis will be compatible with each other.

After a Mii is created, it will move into its apartment. The room's interior will depend on the Mii's personality.

Locations

Town Hall

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The Town Hall is a place only accessible by the owner of the island. Players will register new Miis there, and can delete and check info about them. It is also the island manager. Players can check their collection, change island name, send/receive Streetpass data, etc.

Mii Apartments

Main article: Mii Apartments
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Mii Apartments is where the majority of gameplay occurs. Miis live in their own apartments and will often request the player to help them or play with them. Miis interact independently, and will oftentimes hang out with other Miis in their own apartments. At night and sometimes throughout the day, Miis will fall asleep and dream. Players can enter and watch these dreams, and when they exit the Mii will wake up and an item related to the dream will appear next to them. When they are asleep at night, players can draw on their faces.

As more Miis are made, the apartment building will upgrade to hold more apartments until it caps at 100 Miis.

Food Mart

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The Food Mart is one of many stores on the island. The Food Mart has two main categories, Daily Specials, and In Stock. Daily Specials change every day, and they do not have any sub-groups. In Stock only changes as the game progresses. In stock has 4 sub-groups: Main dishes, Foods, Desserts, and Drinks. Players buy these foods to feed their Miis.

Beach

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The beach is located at the edge of the island. Islanders relax, dig holes, and walk on the sand. The only event planned for the beach is Judgement Day.

Fountain

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The fountain is a place in Tomodachi Life where Miis may visit. Every day all the islanders will gather for a collection, and each gives a coin or a bill. Other events may occur such as, Mii stands, rap battle and other Mii activities.

Clothing

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Mii Homes

Hats

Campground

Port

Pawn Shop

Interiors

Concert Hall

Import Wear

Observation Tower

Compatibility Tester

Rankings Board

Leisure Island

Except for Mii News, Leisure Island is locked until a Mii confesses their love. A newsflash will appear, introducing the secondary island.

Amusement Park

Cafe

Park

Photo Studio

Mii News

Nintendo 3DS Image Share

Regional Differences

Since Tomodachi Life is meant to relate to the player and stay grounded to reality most of the time, four different versions of the game were released to accommodate cultural differences.

Features Japan North America Europe and Australia South Korea
Save data transfer from Tomodachi Collection Available Not available Not available Not available
Observation Tower Not available. Replaced by the roof Available Available Available
Quality of Life Automatically visible Unlocked later Unlocked later Unlocked later
Save screen Miis have shadows underneath them Miis do not have shadows Miis do not have shadows Miis do not have shadows
Dating Kids can date grown-ups Kids cannot date grown-ups Kids cannot date grown-ups Kids cannot date grown-ups
Kid-o-Matic Not available Available Available Available
Confession Grey "moyamoya" clouds appear when they consider confessing.

Can confess to married Miis.

Floating hearts with question marks appear when they consider confessing. Can only confess to single Miis Floating hearts with question marks appear when they consider confessing. Can only confess to single Miis Floating hearts with question marks appear when they consider confessing. Can only confess to single Miis
Napping Miis will be directly on the floor Miis will lie on blue mats Miis will lie on blue mats Miis will lie on blue mats
Dream symbol Represented by 夢 (literally "dream") Represented by a moon in the sky Represented by a moon in the sky Represented by 꿈 (literally "dream")
Depression Represented by purple embers. Some Miis will cry. Represented by rain cloud Represented by rain cloud Represented by purple embers
Gestures Some animations were changed to reflect cultural gestures Some animations were changed to reflect cultural gestures Some animations were changed to reflect cultural gestures Some animations were changed to reflect cultural gestures
Catchphrase No poses Poses Poses Poses
Blood Type Available Not available Not available Not available
Relationship List Closer relationships are closer to pink while failing relationships are closer to blue. Closer relationships are closer to green while failing relationships are closer to purple. Closer relationships are closer to green while failing relationships are closer to purple. Closer relationships are closer to pink while failing relationships are closer to blue.
Looking into faces Miis will have red diagonal lines on the face when blushing. Miis practice winking. Miis cheeks will turn red when blushing. Miis practice funny faces Miis cheeks will turn red when blushing. Miis practice funny faces Miis cheeks will turn red when blushing. Miis practice funny faces
Dialogue Miis thank player for giving them food or medicine
Side Icons Catchphrases are represented by a mouth. Catchphrases are represented by a speech bubble. Catchphrases are represented by a mouth or a speech bubble depending on the country. Catchphrases are represented by a speech bubble.
Beds Beds do not have a frame. Beds have a frame. Beds have a frame. Beds have a frame.
Classroom Confession Resembles a Japanese classroom. Resembles a North American classroom
Match Hearts are lost right to left. Hearts are lost left to right. Hearts are lost left to right. Hearts are lost left to right.
Vs. Match Colors are green and orange. Colors are red and blue.
The wrestling mini-game Sumo wrestling Football Wrestling
Cards Holds up a peace sign in victory. Holds up a thumbs-up in victory. Aces are replaced with Kings
Other features in mini-games "Congratulations" has smiley faces. "Too bad..." has sweatdrops. "Congratulations" has fireworks. "Too bad..." has rainclouds. "Congratulations" has fireworks.
Photo Studio Some Miis will appear with open mouths. Has exclusive templates. Kappa Costume is an option for babies. Has exclusive templates. Has exclusive templates. Has exclusive templates.
Concert Hall Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Metal, Opera, Enka. There is an option to pick lyrics from templates. If another Mii, food, or treasure is mentioned, they/it will appear on the screen behind the singers. During Metal, a demon face will show on the screen behind the singers. Genres: Metal, Pop, Rock & Roll, Rap, Ballad, Opera, Techno, Musical. During Metal, flaming guitars will show on the screen behind the singers. Genres: Metal, Pop, Rock & Roll, Rap, Ballad, Opera, Techno, Musical. During Metal, flaming guitars will show on the screen behind the singers. Genres: Metal, Pop, Rock & Roll, Rap, Ballad, Opera, Techno, Musical. During Metal, flaming guitars will show on the screen behind the singers.
Donations Collected in a light gray box. Collected in a glass piggy bank. Collected in a glass piggy bank. Collected in a glass piggy bank.
Fountain Event Word Chain. Rap Battle. Word Chain or Rap Battle.
Soundtrack Various piano tracks play in Compatibility Tester. Port has a different track. Special music is played during New Year's. Various jazz tracks play in Compatibility Tester. Port has a different track. Christmas music plays until New Year's. Various jazz tracks play in Compatibility Tester. Port has a different track. Christmas music plays until New Year's. Various jazz tracks play in Compatibility Tester. Port has a different track.
Compatibility Tester Can test anyone romantically except same-sex couples (these will be tested as friends). Will not test family members, child-adult pairings, or same-sex couples romantically.
Mii Homes Families can be seen bathing together. Glass door to the backyard is clear. The fence has rectangular planks. Miis shower alone. Glass door is textured. The yard has a picket fence. Miis shower alone. Glass door is textured. The yard has a picket fence. Miis shower alone. Glass door is textured. The yard has a picket fence.
Family album Exclusive photos: baby on a potty chair and baby washing the father's back. Replaced with the mother potty training and the family playing soccer. Replaced with the mother potty training and the family playing soccer. Replaced with the mother potty training and the family playing soccer. The mask used to scare the child is different.
Babysitting Baby lies on palms when rocking. When spinning, the child will spread their arms if they're not moving. There is a warning to not spin children in real life. Baby lies on arms when rocking. When spinning, the child will grab the arms if they're not moving. Baby lies on arms when rocking. When spinning, the child will grab the arms if they're not moving. There is a warning to not spin children in real life. Baby lies on arms when rocking. When spinning, the child will grab the arms if they're not moving.
Children First name suggestion will be a combination of the parents' names. If the grown child stays on the island, the family album will be received in the father's apartment. If the child stays on the island, the family album will be received in the family's house. If the child stays on the island, the family album will be received in the family's house. If the child stays on the island, the family album will be received in the family's house.
Dreams Superhero: Miis will wear Superheroine costume regardless of gender.

Drive: A Mii is hanging as a Luck Charm. Stick Figure: Mii dangles on a stick attached to the head. Backpack: Mii dangles on a rope attached to the head. Familiar: An exclusive dream that simply shows an image of island from Tomodachi Collection, eventually fading away. Red Thread: Sometimes a Mii of the same gender will be found at the end of the thread. Factory Tour: The Miis can be painted black, white, purple, green or blue. Falling: Mii will fall on a banana instead of a hamberger. Hiding: If a Mii falls, they will bounce with no animation. Workout:Miis will drink an Energy Drink

Superhero: Female Miis wear Superheroine costume. Male Miis wear Robo-hero suit.

Drive: A Mii is on the dashboard as a Hula Girl. Stick Figure: Mii is dragged by the head. Backpack: Mii dangles on a rope attached to the hand. Factory Tour: The Miis can be painted green, pink, blue, purple and orange Workout:Miis will eat a Red chili pepper.

Superhero: Female Miis wear Superheroine costume. Male Miis wear Robo-hero suit.

Drive: A Mii is on the dashboard as a Hula Girl. Stick Figure: Mii is dragged by the head. Backpack: Mii dangles on a rope attached to the hand. Factory Tour: The Miis can be painted green, pink, blue, purple and orange Workout: Miis will eat Spinach.

Superhero: Female Miis wear Superheroine costume. Male Miis wear Robo-hero suit.

Drive: A Mii is on the dashboard as a Hula Girl. Stick Figure: Mii is dragged by the head. Backpack: Mii dangles on a rope attached to the hand. Ritual: Sometimes the Miis will wear gowns and wave fans as they circle around another Mii floating on blossoms. Pig Dream: An exclusive dream in which Miis attempt to chase down a pig. Bungee Jump: An exclusive dream in which a Mii keeps backing out of bungee jumping. Factory Tour: The Miis can be painted green, pink, blue, purple and orange

Mii News Different backgrounds.

Miis bow after newscast. Interviewed Miis will have their age shown if available. (Mii)'s Temper: Mii will flail on the ground. (Mii)-Shaped Eraser: Mii will be red. (Mii):Kindergartner: Mii will wear a yellow hat and blue smock. "I Love Me" Contest Held: The Miis are male. Romance Ranking Announced!: Two Miis, one of each gender, will appear. Leisure Island Opens: The pose is different. Olympian Sky Diver: Mii will fall and the town will shake slightly. (Year)(Season) Collection: Miis will occasionally cross-dress and all walk in a feminine way. Mr./Ms [Mii] Who Was Fat?: Exclusive story about a Mii being obese before. (Mii) Bird Causes a Flap: The story is about a bagworm instead of a bird. (Mii)'s Birthday: The lyrics are sung. Quality of Life Announced!: Not available.

Different backgrounds.

Miis tap the papers on the desk after newscast. Mii names in hiragana can sometimes appear as katakana (Mii)'s Temper: Mii will stomp angrily. (Mii)-Shaped Eraser: Mii will be blue. (Mii):Kindergartner: Mii will wear a striped shirt. "I Love Me" Contest Held: The Miis are female. Romance Ranking Announced!: Only one Mii will appear. Olympian Sky Diver: Mii will get caught by a net. (Mii)'s Birthday: The lyrics are hummed.

Different backgrounds.

Miis tap the papers on the desk after newscast. (Mii)'s Temper: Mii will stomp angrily. (Mii)-Shaped Eraser: Mii will be blue. (Mii):Kindergartner: Mii will wear a striped shirt. "I Love Me" Contest Held: The Miis are female. Romance Ranking Announced!: Only one Mii will appear. Olympian Sky Diver: Mii will get caught by a net. (Mii)'s Birthday:The lyrics are hummed.

Different backgrounds.

(Mii)'s Temper: Mii will stomp angrily. (Mii)-Shaped Eraser: Mii will be blue. (Mii):Kindergartner: Mii will wear a striped shirt. "I Love Me" Contest Held: The Miis are female. Romance Ranking Announced!: Only one Mii will appear. Olympian Sky Diver: Mii will get caught by a net. Mr./Ms [Mii] Who Was Fat?: Exclusive story about a Mii being obese before. Miis bow after newscast. (Mii)'s Birthday:The lyrics are hummed.

Travel Ticket Miis can go to Egypt, Guam, Italy, or Kyoto.

The souvenir for Germany is a Piece of Berlin Wall. Miis will simply name the location when taking a photo. When Miis go to the US, they will only go to New York. Australia is not a possible location. Some music for each location is swapped.

Guam is referred to as "Tahiti" and Kyoto is referred to as "Japan."

The souvenir for Germany is a Nutcracker. Some music for each location is swapped.

The souvenir for Germany is a Piece of Berlin Wall

Some music for each location is swapped.

Some music for each location is swapped.
Shopkeepers Kuroko stagehand mask heads.

Skin tone matches player.

Wooden block heads. Robot heads. Motorcycle helmet heads.
Food and Treasures Different items Different items Different items Different items
Interiors "50's Japanese" available.

Classroom and bathhouse take different appearances. Poster in "Gamer" is of a Disk Writer.

Classroom and bathhouse take different appearances.

Poster in "Gamer" is of an NES.

"50's Japanese" available.

Classroom and bathhouse take different appearances. Poster in "Gamer" is of an NES.

Poster in "Gamer" is of an NES.
Clothing Some exclusive items and color variants.
Café Lyrics from the music in Tomodachi Collection will play.
Gifts Skateboard, kite, and metal detector are not available.

Mirror is slighly more reflective. Miis will hang from the mobile.

Miis sit in baskets in the mobile. Miis sit in baskets in the mobile. Miis sit in baskets in the mobile.
Quirky Questions Miis look at player. Miis look at host. Miis look at host. Miis look at host.
Other Look-alike will first ask for a new friend.

Travelers can either have a snack or take a nap without the option of both. Tomodachi Quest is only available in the afternoon. Miis do not react after successful proposal. Miis do not pose for personality.

Look-alike will first ask for food. Tomodachi Quest is available in the afternoon and late evening.

Miis react after successful proposal.

Look-alike will first ask for food. Tomodachi Quest is available in the afternoon and late evening.

Miis react after successful proposal.

Look-alike will first ask for food. Tomodachi Quest is available in the afternoon and late evening.

Miis do not react after successful proposal.

Trivia

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トモダチコレクション 新生活

Tomodachikorekushon Shin Seikatsu

Tomodachi Collection New Life
French Tomodachi Life Tomodachi Life
German Tomodachi Life Tomodachi Life
Italian Tomodachi Life Tomodachi Life
Korean 친구모아 아파트

Chingumoa Apateu

Friend's Apartment
Spanish Tomodachi Life Tomodachi Life
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