I imagine that parents get struck with a revelation in the process of rearing a child that helps them appreciate the enormity of the task before them. I say “imagine” because I’ve never had a child. At least, a real one. But I was struck by that revelation recently thanks to a small, weird Nintendo game of all things.
After hemorrhaging cash for almost four years, Nintendo's luck might be turning around. Wii U sales have doubled since last year, Smash Bros. has shipped 3.2 million copies and Tomodachi Life moved another 1.3 million copies.
Snake and Ocelot's "solid" friendship is a territory where no Metal Gear game has gone before. But that's absolutely possible in Tomodachi Life. They look a bit different, but it's possible.
It's hard to keep up with sim games. All those little virtual pets demand your attention constantly, crying out from behind the screen to make sure you know they're hungry or tired or lonely or bored or whatever.
One thing people have always loved about The Sims is its quirky made-up language. It's become so popular since the series debuted that fans now affectionately refer to it as "Simlish." It doesn't make much sense, but half the fun comes from deciphering what sims are trying to tell you by the tone of their voice and…
Making Miis and watching them grow is the best part of Tomodachi Life. So why not share some of that joy with the rest of the world? What's that you say...because doing so is unnecessarily confusing?
How do I describe Tomodachi Life? I'll start with the name. "Tomodachi" (友達) is the Japanese word for "Friend," so the title of Nintendo's new 3DS sim game translates literally to "friend life."
"Maybe you don't know what the nights are like for people who can't sleep," the poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote in his Book of Hours.
We all imagined that special Valve event at a future E3 where all the magic happens and we all go home satisfied. OniNeoxes chose a cute, but unorthodox way to show his version of Valve's presser with Tomodachi Life and Nintendo Miis.
One of the first things that you're told in Tomodachi Life, Nintendo's newest life-sim for the 3DS, is that characters in the game can have babies. Specifically, it'll take your first imported Mii, and it'll show them holding a baby with a faceless person of the opposite gender.
Following widespread controversy earlier this week, Nintendo has apologized for not supporting gay marriage in Tomodachi Life, promising that if they do make a sequel, it will be "more inclusive."
Earlier this week, we helped publicize a fan-made petition that set out to get gay marriage support in the upcoming Nintendo game Tomodachi Life, which allows players to hang out and start relationships in a weird, surreal alternate universe habitated by Mii characters.
A new video game from Nintendo lets you have relationships and marriages... but only with people of the opposite gender. And at least one person wants to help change that.
People have called Tomodachi Life a cross between The Sims and Animal Crossing, but there’s a third strong influence in there that determines the tone of the whole experience: Wario Ware.
Today Nintendo unveiled Tomodachi Life, a game that our own Jason Schreier described as "Animal Crossing on Acid". I'm inclined to agree. That trailer was one of the weirdest things I've ever seen come out of Nintendo, complete with avatars of current executives and luminaries acting bonkers.
With a dash of The Sims, a chunk of Animal Crossing, and a liberal injection of Robot Chicken, this might be the weirdest 3DS game we've seen in North America so far.