Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Nintendo 3DS Tomodachi Life


Nintendo 3DS new game, Tomodachi Life, Nintendo Mii game

When Abby saw the advert for Tomodachi Life on TV, she told me that she would be saving up for this game as she really liked what she saw on the advert. I hope she realises that she's one lucky girl as the lovely PR has given us the opportunity to review the game before she get to spend her money!

She has played this game for a couple of weeks now, and it has completely taken over her Nintendo 2DS play time, with the occasional short plays of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Harvest Moon and Pokemon Academy (and Yoshi's New Island on the other 2DS when she was waiting for hers to charge up. This involves taking the game away from Clay and make him cry) in between. This time I didn't check the game out first but let her play and explore. Every so often we would hear her laugh out loud, like something really funny just happened. She never did that with the other games, so we knew that when that happened, she was playing Tomodachi Life.


To understand how Tomodachi Life works, you first need to know about Nintendo's Mii characters and how to create them. If you already have a Nintendo console, you probably already have a Mii character and know all about them. If you don't, have a look at my post about Nintendo Mii Creation and In-game Use.


Nintendo 3DS new game, Tomodachi Life, Nintendo Mii game

Nintendo 3DS new game, Tomodachi Life, Nintendo Mii game

Nintendo 3DS new game, Tomodachi Life, Nintendo Mii game
Right: Mii List
When you log in the game, you'll get to name an island (Abby's island is called Friendship Island), which you own. The first thing you'd want to do is to go to the Town Hall and either create a Mii character from scratch, by importing a photo, or if you have already created a Mii character on the 3DS (2DS in our case), simply go to the Mii List to find it. You can also create one using a Mii character QR code obtained from the Internet (you can search for "Mii Character QR code" to find special Mii characters designed by the more artistic people).

Unlike the Mii characters created with the Mii Creation software in a Nintendo Console, in Tomodachi Life you can personalise the characters further by:

- giving them a voice (tone, accent, speaking speed, etc can all be adjusted)
- giving them a personality by answering a few questions (personality test)

The personality test will affect how your character reacts to things in the game, which to me is the selling point of this game!


Nintendo 3DS new game, Tomodachi Life, Nintendo Mii game

All Mii characters will automatically move into the Apartments once created. There are currently 24 apartment slots, although I'm not sure whether this is expandable or not.

On the touch screen you'll see which Mii character requires attention. This is indicated by a conversation bubble next to them. Simply click on them to see what they need. By solving their problems, you can level your character up and earn money and/ or gifts, which goes into your inventory, and you can use/ gift them to one of your Mii character when the opportunity comes up.


Nintendo 3DS new game, Tomodachi Life, Nintendo Mii game

Nintendo 3DS new game, Tomodachi Life, Nintendo Mii game

Nintendo 3DS new game, Tomodachi Life, Nintendo Mii game

For example, the above Mii character gave me a box of tissues after playing her Quiz. As I didn't get the answer right I didn't get money and she didn't level up.


Nintendo 3DS new game, Tomodachi Life, Nintendo Mii game


After that, she needed me to tickle her nose (with a feather!) to make her sneeze, and because I did it, she levelled up and gave me some money too.

There are a lot of things you can do with them and Abby's favourite game is Mii Battle, which involves fast hitting on the B button!






Sometimes they do funny things, and you can also make fun of them by giving them unsuitable gifts. Abby gave Clayton Mii a makeup kit so he looked quite pretty at the moment! You can also renovate each flat based on the characters' personality.




Mii characters are free to wander around the island, so they aren't always home. He/ she can also visit their neighbour. That's right, they can make friends and might even have a special someone in their life!




There are other things to do on the island as well. As the owner of the island, you can collect money every day at the Fountain, donated by the citizens. It all goes to your pocket so you can spend more on the Miis.


Nintendo 3DS new game, Tomodachi Life, Nintendo Mii game

Nintendo 3DS new game, Tomodachi Life, Nintendo Mii game

Apart from accessing the shops through individual Miis, you can also go through the island's Supermarket, which can be easier. You can also buy special daily items from the park. 


Nintendo 3DS new game, Tomodachi Life, Nintendo Mii game

There is also Mii News, Image share and a Cafe to meet friends. Judging from Abby's map there are still plenty of places waiting for her to unlock.


We think that Tomodachi Life is a really fun game to play, and there is a lot more things to do than I thought. The personality test to define a character's personality impressed me the most, and Abby just love to interact and play with the characters she has created. She included our whole family, her cousin's family and her friends as well. The fact that the characters interact with each other makes it more fun for her, and it doesn't feel like it's a game where she can only play with different characters separately.

She hasn't played for days now as I wanted her to focus on school, and she's missing her Miis already! She seldom beg me for her 2DS in the past, so I guess she is totally addicted to Tomodachi Life! I think this will be the dangling carrot in front of a donkey and I'll be able to make her work for an hour of play time during the weekends with it!

You can visit #TomodachiLife Facebook page for tips on what other funny things you can do in the game as well.