Tomodachi Collection: New Life Is Off To A Very Strong Start In Japan

By Ishaan . April 27, 2013 . 10:30am


Last week saw the release of Nintendo’s Tomodachi Collection: New Life in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS. This is a life-simulation game with a heavy social aspect, where your Mii lives with and interacts with those of other Nintendo 3DS owners.


Tomodachi Collection: New Life got off to a strong start with sales of 404,858 copies in its first week—significantly higher than those of its predecessor, the original Tomodachi Collection, released in 2009.


Japanese sales tracker Media Create says that Tomodachi Collection: New Life sold through 71.30% of its shipment. For reference, the original Tomodachi Collection sold through 86.64% of its shipment at launch, but actual sales were only 101,998 copies. The new game is in much higher demand.


That 404,858 figure doesn’t paint the entire picture either. At a recent financial results briefing, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that a number of people that purchased Animal Crossing: New Life as a download have chosen to do the same with Tomodachi Collection: New Life. These download sales aren’t tracked by Media Create, so actual sales (retail + download) are likely significantly higher.


For reference, Animal Crossing: New Leaf has sold over 700,000 copies in downloadable form to date. We should see both New Leaf and Tomodachi Collection rake in more sales during Japan’s upcoming Golden Week holiday.


Sales figures courtesy Media Create and

  • ronin4life

    Sounds like Nintendo may have actually shipped a proper number of copies this time…

    Animal crossing probably had quite a bit to do with that.

  • Xmas Lopez

    I read that as Tamagotchi and I got all excited, but no it’s Nintendo’s Mii Crossing. Still sounds fun though

  • Ricardo C

    I actually wouldn’t mind getting this if it were to come over but it might get the “Sims clone” or “Sims with Miis” comment from people here :(
    Screw em, I’d still get it. :)

  • Junko Enoshima

    Hmm, this has a small possibility for localization, I think….

    • Enzo

      Considering how Nintendo, as of late, has been focusing much more on localizing as much as they can (and the fact that they are the ones making this one) I would say that there’s a decent chance of it.

    • Doubtful. Everything in Tomodachi Collection is voiced and I don’t think that would work in English, the way the voicework is done.

      • Ferofax

        They could do it like Animal Crossing. Nobody would mind gibberish, it actually sounds cute. I know I wouldn’t.

  • benhofb

    Hmm. It really seems like it is just an Animal Crossings clone to me. Meh.

  • I would think we’d get it but not for a long time if AC is June. Maybe next Feb/Mar.

  • Will Jay

    Still hoping it’ll get localized.

    Kinda doubt it though.

  • kaizin

    hoping this comes to the west game looks fun and I want to see how my mii turns out.

  • Dylan

    You guys need to fix “Animal Crossing:New Life” to “New Leaf”

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