Tomodachi Life Day One: It’s All Happening So Fast!

By Jenni . May 30, 2014 . 5:30pm

Greetings! I’m coming to you live from my little burrow. See, I just got Tomodachi Life, so I’ve sequestered myself in a little den just big enough for my 3DS and me. And maybe my cat, if I can coax him in for cuddles. And a 3DS charger, because dang those batteries burn out fast.


Anyway, I think you get the idea. It’s Tomodachi Life time, I’ve got the AC cranked up, and I’m snuggled up in blankets on the couch enjoying my new, virtual life on Crawford Island.


My journey began by importing a Mii of myself into Tomodachi Life. She, and apparently everyone else in the game, determined that I’m a look-alike of her, and am a benevolent (mostly) being that watches over all Mii activity on Crawford Island. My first moments went by in a flurry, during which I fed mini-Mii some pancakes, added my Mom’s Mii to the island for company, purchased some clothes and… well… pretty much got absorbed in the simulation and did as much as possible in the first fifteen minutes.


I don’t know if I was just so excited and hyped about Tomodachi Life, that initial additions and activities flew by, or if it’s just that user friendly. It feels like the sort of simulation where you’re invited in, expected to just check in to feed Miis and solve a few problems, then realize you spent at least an hour at your island, taking part in mini-games, dressing people up, and just enjoying the view.


Honestly, it’s only been about an hour, maybe two, since I’ve started playing. Yet, I managed to move in Miis of 10 different people, some family, friends, and Nintendo executives. I’ve played mini-games like Foosball to earn toilet paper. The food, clothing, interiors, hat and pawn shops are open, the port is open, I can check daily news reports and rankings, and my Miis can visit a observation deck, fountain, or beach. Granted, there are 9 areas of Crawford Island that are closed off to me, but Nintendo clearly designed Tomodachi Life in such a way that a player doesn’t have to wait long to unlock every area.


Though, I’m most pleased by one thing in my first day with Tomodachi Life. It is just as weird as all of the promotional videos and screenshots promised. How odd was my first day? Well, I bought one of my best friends a super sentai suit, then watched as she and my mini Mii faced off in a rap battle at the fountain. Which my mini Mii won. (Oh snap!)


I’m quite excited to see how the rest of my adventures in Tomodachi Life go, and hope you’ll join me as I chronicle my first week or so with the game. I’m here to stay, and even have an address to prove it!


How flavorful indeed.


Food for Thought:


1. I’m horrible at determining what items are if it’s zoom in super close.


2. What’s wrong with Pancakes? Everyone except FILSAMECH loves pancakes. Is his body not ready for them?


3. How is a bouquet worth more than a glass slipper in the Pawn Shop? I understand it’s only one slipper, but those flowers are probably going to wilt in a day.

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  • doubleO7

    Sounds like fun. Seems I need to add this to my “to buy” list.

    • Trust me, by the time this diary session is through? You’ll be crying, “WHY ISN’T IT OUT YET?” It’s amazing and it’s the most fun I’ve had doing a playtest.

  • Mika Moreno

    I just pre ordered Tomodachi Life like 20 minutes ago :3 I saw the Direct and had to buy it, I’m so excited!

  • Mastery

    I’d ask why you have the AC on if you’re snuggled up in blankets, but then I realized I do the same thing.

    • Exactly! Same reason why, first really hot night of the season, I turn the AC up super high and use the comforter on the bed one last time. XD

    • I do that too!

  • Kaetsu

    Is Jenni new to Siliconera(as a writer)? If so, welcome!

    • DuskSharkEX

      I doubt it. I remember her writing a Valkyrie Profile article regarding Covenant of the Plume…if memory serves.

      • Which was a good game and deserved more credit and notoriety.

        • DuskSharkEX

          I have the game! I really need to learn to not suck at it…

          • It takes a lot of time. But if you’re determined, you can do it. (And I felt like it was worth the effort. :D)

        • AJ


          • Jason Ryer

            Nope good story hard game.

        • Ethan_Twain

          That was such an interesting game! I’ll be looking up your playtest immediately.

          I felt like the intro movie to that game summarized it perfectly. The first half was an understated super classy meditation on death. The second half was anime boys swinging swords twice their weight mowing down waves of faceless soldiers doubtless from the evil empire.

          The game could never decide whether it was going to be the most holistically written and designed JRPG in years or the most generic.

        • Morgan Rodgers

          I could not get in to that game no matter how hard I tried. I just read your playtest though, and it makes me want to give it another try…

          • I just get so excited thinking about that game, even now. It was such a good twist on the formula and really worked for the series, rather than a usual RPG like Lenneth and Sylmeria.

    • Zero_Destiny

      She’s been here longer than I have! xD

      (so yeah, she goes back lol)

    • Nope! I’ve been here for a loooong time. Since… 2007 maybe? I think? Def since 2008.

      • PoweredByHentai

        Oh god. I’ve been replying to you thinking that you were a regular forum poster.

        Also, nice Valkyrie Lenneth avatar you have there.

        • No worries. :D

          Thanks! Valkyrie Profile was my favorite series before Mass Effect stole that honor. It’s probably the only reason I liked Lightning Returns – it was practically a VP game in every way.

    • Ethan_Twain

      Not only is Jenni one of the first Siliconera writers, but she’s definitely one of the best. Whenever I’m stumped thinking “how on earth do I write 6-9 interesting paragraphs about this?” I try to find an old Jenni playtest of something similar.


        Thanks for making me feel good about my incredible ability to blather. XD

  • otakumike

    I’m only worried that all these events will get repetitive quickly. Hopefully there are TONS of these random scenes or I might lose interest quickly. :(

    • I’m on day 3 right now. A few dream repeats, but the characters change each time and they’re only a few seconds long, so….

      Some of the other events run on a daily schedule, and it seems like there are different ones every day, as well as seasonal ones.

      • otakumike

        I see, it seems difficult to categorize this game. Like a little bit of animal crossing and a little bit of sims mixed with…crazy. xD

        I may just get this for the novelty and to support a new IP.

  • harmonyworld

    I’m excited!
    I can’t wait for next week!!

  • Jealous… I can’t wait to play this ( ;A;)

    • Soon. If I had gotten Tomodachi Life lite codes with my copy, I would have given them to Spencer or Ishaan to dole out. (Alas, mine didn’t come with demo copies for some reason.)

      • Yes! Only a few more days~ (Aww D: Ah well I shall look at pictures until it comes out haha) Your review made me even more excited!

  • Thatguy

    I came here to ask…
    What is foosball?

    • Logeres

      Table football.

      …Better late than never, right?

      • Thatguy

        Okay, thanks. I thought about Foo balls. Don’t know why, though.

        • Logeres

          What are Foo balls?

          • Thatguy

            I meant Foo Fighters.
            And Foo balls… I think you know what i mean ;)

          • Kaetsu

            No…I don’t know know what you mean.

  • Elizabeth ‘Ely’ Moreno

    Could be that FILSAMECH doesn’t like pancakes because he is… a mech?
    Or maybe he would like some waffles better.

  • Guy Wesley

    This looks pretty wacky…I love it! I just bought a 3DS, too so I might consider buying this.

    • I would absolutely go for it. I think it’s going to have a lot of longevity, due to the number of Miis you can get and… other things. :D

  • DeAndre Atchison

    Looks more like viewtiful Joe than super sentai

    • THANK YOU! I was stumped and couldn’t think of the right character the outfit looked like, so I just went with super sentai because I felt it would be close enough.

      • ZetaSiren

        Actually I’m pretty sure it’s Captain Falcon because Viewtiful Joe hasn’t been around in ages and he has a scarf. So my bets on Captain Falcon

  • Hinataharem

    Thanks for the review Jenni! I love your arcticles

  • wahyudil

    its out already? when? I should check my game store

    • It’s out June 6. Midnight the same day on the eShop.

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