Apr 16th, 2014

tomodachi-lifeOkay, so I had an idea of what I was going to do for this week. I was going to do a PS4 vs. Wii U video similar to my Xbox One vs. Wii U video I did with Tucker last week. Things were good, we had the record date set, and all was going according to schedule. That was about when I noticed a new Nintendo Direct about a game called Tomodachi Life. This one flew a bit under the radar, as it aired only a few days after the massive Smash Brothers direct. It took me a while to watch it, as I didn’t think it’d be anything special.

I have never been more wrong in my life. If you haven’t seen the direct yet, do it before reading this article. Here is the embedded video for you lazy folk.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcmx4kC0tiU]

That Nintendo Direct blew me away. In my mind, it was better than the smash direct, the Mario Kart news, everything. Why? Because it showed Nintendo doing what it does best. Having fun. Forget the graphics race, forget the mediocre Wii U sales, forget that Smash Brothers is going to be amazing. In its own way, Tomodachi Life is Nintendo at its core (in my opinion, of course).

The core of Nintendo

I just made a pretty bold claim. One game represents Nintendo’s core? It may very well be a stretch, but I believe it. I’m going to do my best to make you believe it too with three key points. Look out WiiUDaily, Zorpix is getting all persuasive essay on you!

First, Nintendo values gaming experiences that bring you closer to the people around you. Tomodachi Life seems to do this in two ways. The first is simple, and at the core of the game. Getting your friends to make Miis (or making Miis for them) and putting them in your town. I’ve done my research, and I believe that people can also enter your town via Streetpass. This is a huge step forward from games like Animal Crossing, where villagers are just tossed in your town whether you like it or not.

The second way it brings you close to those around you is having your actual friends in the game interacting with you. So while they’re not playing with you, you still have fun stories to tell them. For example, if your Miis fall in love, that’d be a fun thing to run up to them and scream. Something along the lines of “HEY GUESS WHAT?! WE’RE MARRIED!!”. Okay, so maybe everyone isn’t as gutsy as me, but I still think telling your friends stories about what they did in your game is a cool way to stay connected while apart. It reminds me of the early nineties with the Tamagotchi pets, where people would meet up and talk about the things their pets did.

One of the other things about this game that just screams “Nintendo” is the innovation. There are a lot of newer ideas here that are executed quite well. I can’t think of a game off the top of my head that actually uses synthesized voices for all the dialogue. I think Animal Crossing may have had a tiny bit, but it was rushed and not meant to be understandable. This game, while sounding funny, still sounds like actual words. That’s pretty flippin’ cool to me. The way characters interact and have relationships towards others has been done before, but it’s still really cool to see Miis given life like this.

The third thing that truly makes this a Nintendo game is that it focuses on fun. If you look at the graphics in the game, they’re good and cute, but they’re not mind-blowing. The synthesized voices are awesome, but still sound robotic and strange. What Nintendo is focusing on here is getting you to have fun with your Mii and your friend’s Miis. You could tell by the direct that this game is just full of wacky and fun scenarios to just let you lay back and have a good time. No more leaderboards, killstreaks, or mugging old ladies for quick cash. This is gaming doing what it does best. Letting you just unwind with a cool experience, and it’s Nintendo’s forte.all hail virtual boy

Wii U Tomodachi

There has been talk of a Wii U version of the game, and I’d welcome it with open arms. Touched up HD visuals and a living room setting would make this game even more enjoyable with friends. I have a few suggestions if they’re going to do this though.

First, maybe don’t make it a simple HD port. Maybe make the Wii U version some kind of “Tomodachi Hotel”, where Miis can go to unwind and get away from the struggles of busy life. Maybe make it seem like they’re going on vacation, and have fun vacation adventures with other Miis when in the Wii U version. Just a suggestion, but I’d like to see the games communicate in some form.

Also, allowing multiplayer would be a nice step forward too. From what I gathered, there is only a single player mode on the 3DS. Imagine you and your friends running around town split screen, occasionally running into each other and controlling both sides of your interactions. I can imagine a lot of hilarious and fun scenarios for this, and I’m sure you and your friends would be able to as well. “Tomodachi Life, the Drinking Game” will totally be coming to Wii U this winter.

Alright, so I think that covers why I was so happy with the direct. It was funny, light-hearted, had a lot of spirit, and showed Nintendo going back to its roots. I enjoyed Animal Crossing, but apart from there being no furries, this game seems better in every way.

Zorpix and… Miiverse?

As I mentioned earlier, today’s post came a bit out of left field, so I don’t actually have posts ready to show you guys. However, I will do a sort of… community spotlight, if you will. I’m going to show off a few Miiverse profiles that I enjoy following, and you should too! All about networking and making new friends (友達)!

Also, just because I don’t list you here doesn’t mean I don’t like following you. I just picked a few off the top of my head. I couldn’t include everyone!

Magnus: I know many of you have mixed feelings about our dear troll, but if you look at his Miiverse profile, you’d know he’s been a dedicated Nintendo fan since 1986. I wasn’t even alive then! He posts from a lot of different communities, and gives you a wide view of what games are available, and what to expect. He’s a great one to follow if you’re not sure what to buy next!

Samael_Blackwing: A great thing about following this guy is that he gives a weekly eShop forecast, and posts a few deals as well. Between following him and WiiUDaily, you’ll never miss an eShop release! He also posts from a few games he plays, so if you need more games in your feed, follow him as well!

Big Franky: Do you hate Clu Clu Land? Follow this guy right now. Do you want a bit of opinion in your Miiverse posts? Give this guy a follow. Do you like guys named Frank? Give this man a follow. Do you respect gaming dads? Give this man a follow. Can you think of a reason not to follow? Give this man a follow.

Toxicwolfy: I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I know it’s unfair to put my girlfriend’s profile up here, but aren’t I allowed at least a little bias? She does really great art with Art Academy: Sketchpad for pretty much all of her posts, so if you like following Miiverse artists, you might as well add one more to the list!

I hope you guys have used these people to help fill your activity feed a bit more! Sorry about my lack of planning in not getting the images up, but I hope this is a welcome substitute!

Wrapping up

Thank you all for reading my unexpected article! I’ll probably do another video next week unless I see severe opposition to it, so let me know what you think in the comments! The videos won’t be a regular thing, I just wanted to do something special these next few weeks is all.

If you do happen to have any suggestions for next week’s topic, any questions about the content I wrote, or just wanna say hey, feel free to sound off below! If you really feel inclined, you can mosey on over to my TwitterFacebook, or Miiverse account. Please don’t feel offended if I don’t respond to friend requests on the Wii U, as I reserve that for people I actually know in real life (usually…). I’ll probably follow back though!

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  • Hey guys! Wow, this one turned out long! Hope you don’t get winded reading it! As always, leave a comment to let me know how I did, and what you think about Tomodachi Life.

    • ShortyStock

      Pretty good article on covering it, but that game looks like a waste of time for me.

      • Christian Schoff

        You must hate Sim games. Lol

        • Ducked

          EA makes Sims games, who wouldn’t hate them

          • Christian Schoff

            I hate EA but like some of the games they make.

          • Ducked

            I’ve never really cared for their games, Star Wars Battlefront on the other hand…

      • well, to each their own ^w^

        • Mario

          Hey Zorpix! Why don’t you give us an opinion about what you though of the Super smash bros. direct?

          • I could… It’s a bit of old news now though. But I could maybe bring it up in just a “my outlook on Smash Bros” article 😛

          • Mario


      • I’m with you here, although the direct was funny and the article Zorpix made covering it is interesting too. I agree that this game seems like a serious waste of time to me as well.

      • Cyberus

        That’s what videogames are. Time wasters lol

    • That guy who hates Spike

      Can’t every game be argued that they’re Nintendo at it’s core, one way or another?
      Look at Nintendo Land: Uses Miis, local multiplayer only, cartoony graphics, did some very unique gameplay features tied to a game.
      Look at Pokemon: Colorful creatures, badass music, had a great focus on communicating with others who had the game for battling and trading. Fair to say that it is and continue to innovates. Sounds like it can be Nintendo’s core as well.

      • sure. There’s a lot of things that could be Nintendo at its core 😛

        • Mario

          You could say that all these games combined are Nintendo at its core.

      • kentray1985

        The online should have been in Nintendoland along with this concept. I bet the experience would have been 10 times as better with more things to do if we had the whole Nintendoland to play with our friends in. I swear Nintendo just dont think of great ideas like this anymore. Im not knocking the game because it looks fun but this concept of the game should have been in Nintendoland.

        • That guy who hates Spike

          Nintendo Land was built for local play. It forced players to play locally because
          1: It’s more intimate and rememberable that way.
          2: It creates a way to advertise Nintendo’s consoles to other people. I think it’s fair to say, one of my friends bought a Wii U, partly because he got to try Nintendo Land at my house, and loved it.

          • kentray1985

            Yes but you would have to be a complete indenial fan boy if you dont think multiplayer should have not been added to this game. This is 2014 and Nintendo have not even supported the game since the launch of wiiu and during the promotion of wiiu I like others thought that Nintendoland was something similar to tomodochi life so I dont understand why Nintendo wasnt focusing on connecting their the wiiu players in that same way. Games like new super mario u, 3d mario world, and zombiu would be perfect for multiplayer but yet Nintendo spent all this time pushing local multiplayer while 3ds is getting all these games with multiplayer. Even luigis mansion 2 had online multiplayer on the 3ds and that game started out on a home console so why wasnt it also brought to wiiu. I love the gamepad but the fact Nintendo hasnt made any games that utilize a second gamepad and is hasnt been pushing the option for online multiplayer is a total let down. I dont understand why alot of you Nintendo fan boys just accept everything Nintendo does. They obviously understand the replay value of online games by having it in super smash bros 4 and mario kart 8 but this should have been a focus since day one. Local multiplayer is ok and gives friends at home something to do but if I cant play most of Nintendo first party games with my friends then whats the use of having a online friendlist. People didnt by a wiiu just to play online on multiplats!

          • That guy who hates Spike

            Online multiplayer would suck in the Nintendo Land games. All the Nintendo Land games require some sort of communication and teamwork in order to play. And not everyone would buy a headset on the Wii U’s launch. There are some games that should have Online Multiplayer (Star Fox 64 3D, New Super Mario Bros, Pikmin 3 if possible) however Nintendo Land would play terribly on Online play.

          • kentray1985

            Nintendoland wouldve fitted perfectly with online multiplayer and if they made it like tomodochi life where you can interact with other friends. If people wanted to communicate they would have that option to buy a headset. Nintendoland uses wiimotes but was the wiiu shipped with at least one wii mote? No and people that didnt have them went to purchase them so why wouldnt people buy a headset if they needed it to talk with friends. I bought one to play online games but there where the miss messaging comes. Nintendo promoted the wiiu like it was going to be a online ststem but to me thats a lie if they arent implementing multiplayer in none of their first party games that matter. I bought a wiiu because I thought I could enjoy their games with my friends online. Its like Nintendo doesnt even want to support the core gamers who are mostly adults now who grew up on their consoles. Its a shame that Nintendo fans dont see the mistakes Nintendo is making nor do they care about them declining in sales. Im all for super smash bros 4 and mario kart 8 but I hope Nintendo steps up and give us cross chat and bring games more quickly then they have been doing. They have a billion dollars so they need to use that to get us more games because It takes money to make money!

          • That guy who hates Spike

            What do you mean by “interact with other friends”? There’s not much to interact with in the first place.
            As for the Wii Remote comparison. It falls flat, because Nintendo’s adoption rate with Wii Remotes is much higher than their adoption rates with headsets.
            The reason they need headsets is not to talk with their friends during Nintendo Land. It’s to communicate to eachother in the games in order to win. Mario Chase and Animal Crossing Sweet Day wouldn’t even be worth playing for a minute unless everyone used a headset. And even then, how do you connect a headset to a Wii Remote? Nintendo doesn’t sell those.
            There are Nintendo fans who do want changes there. Stop thinking you are the only smart people with a bunch of blind sheep.

          • There’s a microphone built in to the controller broham. Half the games are asymmetric – if there’s 2 players there’s no communication required

          • That guy who hates Spike

            You do know how Nintendo Land works right? 4/5 players can’t even use the Gamepad’s mic if there was online multiplayer, because they’re not using the gamepad to play.

          • It forced local multiplayer because the programmers didn’t want to learn how to do it along with HD graphics and gamepad controls.

          • That guy who hates Spike

            There really is no proof about that. It’s just speculation.

    • bistricky

      Zorpix, in your opinion, do you really think this game will make it to the Wii U? I would prefer to play it on the Wii U then my 3DS. Has it been made for the Wii U, in Japan?

      • I very much think it could. The game’s producer himself said he’d be interested: http://wiiudaily.com/2014/04/tomodachi-life-console-version/

        I don’t think there’s a Wii U version in Japan though

        • bistricky

          Yeah, I figured that if they had made a Japan Wii U version …. then maybe It could be ported to America and Europe …. now I have to decide if I buy the 3DS version or wait (maybe forever)?? Great article Zor-man.

          • yeah, its a bit of a weird situation… hope it works out in the end :3

            and thanks!

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Good article as always. You put great pride in what you do. I respect that!

      • Well thank you :3 I’m glad you like my stuffs

        • Michael Ocampo

          He’s just kissin’ your butt after you gave him a shoutout XD (Joking)

          • XD I respond so well to butt kissing though!

    • jjbredesen

      No Tingle Life 3 🙁 nah once again this was a great article,and the community spotlight was cool to 😀

      You really have gotten the hang of it, think you will always be able to fall back on this if computer science doesn’t work.

      • XD I like to keep my options open

        Yup! She’s quite the drawer 😛

        • Your gf is indeed quite the artist, impressive work she did.

    • WiiUPS4

      Damn you make me feel really old..lol but i gave up on MiiVerse ..Just bored me but i need to see more before i even think of getting this game and it can top animal crossing new leaf..and the big reason for not using miiverse is you try to friend someone and they treat you like crap

    • steveb944

      No videos please. But if you do, do a little write up so I don’t miss out on anything. I only like reading articles personally

      • Wish I could say it wasn’t so, but I already have the video interview set up. It’ll just be this one, and maybe one more, I promise, and then I’ll go back to written works! 🙂

        • jjbredesen

          and then one more, and then perhaps another one —->

          • nah. just the two

          • jjbredesen

            Well i like Videos so feel free to make more, just make them short so i can comment fast xD

          • I dunno how short it’ll end up being XD

    • rp17

      I know Wii U Daily covered Hex Heroes before but since then they have gotten a new video, new models, and they have announced new cameo characters like Max from Mutant Mudds, Shovel Knight, and the Game Grumps!

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  • Christian Schoff

    That was totally awesome and hilarious.

    • The direct or the article? 😛

      • Christian Schoff

        The Direct.

      • Christian Schoff

        The article was cool too.

  • ThisGuy18

    Wow what did i just watch? XD that was lagit like so awesome and really out of the box

    • I know, right? It’s great!

  • Ducked

    This game does look pretty sweet. I love Animal Crossing, these kind of simulation games interest me. As always, good article Zorpix, I’ve never seen a bad one.

    • XD Well I’m glad YOU don’t think I’ve had a bad one 😛

      I liked animal crossing ,but it was missing a LOT of things that just made me stop playing it. this looks like I could get a lot of time out of it

      • Ducked

        This might be considered Animal Crossing on steroids then.

        • Good. It needed some. Like Reggie

  • audi lover

    Hated Sims why wouldn’t i play this?

    • I’m not sure what you’re asking…

      • audi lover

        wasn’t asking anything its a statement why wouldn’t i play this? Not sure i hate Sims but yet im intrigued by it strange

  • leo

    Nintendo Love Hotels

    • What better way to bring that back?

    • Michael Ocampo

      NICEEE!! XD

  • Austin Troth

    I just watched the video and I must say I am super impressed!

    • I know, right?

      • Austin Troth

        Quite a fun and interesting looking game, seems to offer a lot of new content over Animal Crossing (and a direction I hope the series goes in).
        Also as a side note I don’t contribute here much, but I check in almost every day, and I really enjoy your articles Zorpix! You do a great job and write well. Thank you!

        • Yeah, Animal Crossing disappointed me in quite a few ways, mainly how there wasn’t much to do, I didn’t feel like I owned the town, and the relationships with the animals just wasn’t very fleshed out like this seems to be. I hope this gets fixed in Tomo Life :3

          Well I’m glad you enjoy my articles 🙂 It means a lot to get comments like this. Thanks for reading!

  • Magnus Eriksson

    Lol, im there 😀

    • jjbredesen

      And it says something positive xD Congrats 😀

    • yes you are XD

    • Just read a few comments you posted in MiiVerse, and awarded you with some Yeah’s. Fair and straight forward comments on games. I might add a follow on Magnus soon 😛

  • NintenFan2013

    All Hail Virtual Boy!!!


    • FutureFox

      The screenshot reminds me of disciples from Fanantic’s Tower in Final Fantasy VI.

  • Rinslowe

    Yep, this is going to be a sleeper hit. I’m looking forward to it.

  • FutureFox

    Someone somewhere will make a youtube channel dedicated to this Tomodachi Life. I’ll even add that someone somewhere will actually do a live series emulating the events within the game. Mark my words. It will happen.

  • leo

    looks great

  • wiimenonowiiu

    Great article i must say i will have to get this game nes is about having fun and this game will be a good time killer or when i need a break from games like watch dog or mk8

  • Squid

    This game feels wacky and fresh, my one and only complaint is that you don’t really control much.

  • jamlink88

    Il get this game day one if they include same sex marriage in the UK version.

  • Steve Rees

    Another great article Zorpix. I was thinking the same when I watched the Direct so now it’s on pre-order. Followed all you mentioned also.