Tomodachi Life Shipments Reach 1.24 Million In The West

By Ishaan . October 29, 2014 . 6:19pm

Tomodachi Life has shipped 1.24 million copies in the U.S. and Europe, Nintendo revealed in an earnings report today. Meanwhile, counting shipments in Japan, it brings total worldwide shipments to 3.12 million.


The sales across the U.S. and Europe are rather impressive, given what a quirky game Tomodachi Life is, and the bizarre manner in which Nintendo announced its Western release. It looks like embracing the game’s zany personality was the right call.

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  • Ban The Jackass

    That’s impressive! Grats Ninty.

  • AuraGuyChris

    I suppose hailing the Virtual Boy was the right thing to do.

  • Kaetsu

    It’s awesome that such a bizarre and niche game managed to sell this well. I think Nintendo should definitely work on a sequel in the future.

    • E.T.993

      They promised stuff about a sequel that includes gay marriage if the game sells well enough, so there’s a chance for that.

      • Princess_Eevee9

        They did not. They stated that they would think about it. Honestly I don’t want Gay Marriage shoehorned into the game if it’s because of the people who bitched about it and not a sincere effort on Nintendo’s part.

  • SaiyanJedi_Trunks

    I’m very proud that this game did well. Nintendo just proves time and time again that they can sell a truly unique game…even one as bizarre as this one.

  • Phoenix_Apollo

    They’re just on fire this year with promoting their exclusives, aren’t they? Last year, the 3DS games were definitely the focus, but I’m glad they finally got both their console and handheld promotions in hand.

  • epy

    And after all the hate it got. Well done Nintendo!

    • Quizler

      Makes you wonder if the people who complained would have even bought it if they got their way. I’m not against them, but I just wonder.

      • Well, I’m still holding out for Tomodachi Life 2 ~ Super Gay Hilarity Edition…

  • Eric Harris

    Between this and fantasy life (haven’t bought either yet) I’d be more inclined to get this because at least it is something completely different and funny/weird/crazy.

    • Chim_era

      Strange, I thought the exact opposite :)
      I thought Tamodachi felt really similar to what I knew and Fantasy Life fresh and exciting.

      I haven’t bought Tamodachi but I was able to play a demo of the game and while it was fun, I wondered what the appeal of the game would be after two weeks. I found it lacked a bit of variation (can be because it was a demo of course)

      However I did buy Fantasy Life (Level 5 + Brownie Brown aka 1-UP = no hesitation) and I find it a very refreshing game with a lot of variation and exploring. It’s not at all similar to Animal Crossing, but once you are at the end of the storyline and you can enter every area (I have about 40 hours gameplay at the moment with still 3 jobs to master), I does get a bit slow. There are still a lot of things to do but there’s not much incentive to go beyond what you’ve already done.

  • Adrian Duran

    Localize more quality Japanese games and we will buy them

    Bravely Default, Tamodachi Life, Fantasy Life and Hyrule Warriors are all examples of this

    • E.T.993

      Fatal Frame V!

    • Fronkhead

      Yes. Nintendo doesn’t get enough credit for this, really. You can add a lot of Level-5’s output to the list (Layton, Layton Vs AA, Inazuma Eleven), as well as titles like Nintendo Pocket Football Club.

      Wonder whether Nintendo will get involved with Yo-Kai Watch or whether Level-5 International will handle that all themselves.

      • HarakiriKami

        L5 is handling it

    • SobriK

      I agree 100% on this… although I’m still convinced the BD delay was a case of Square Enix dragging its feet until Nintendo decided to pony up the costs for publishing it in the west :)

  • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

    Ninty showing off how they are able to make even the most crazy kind of game can still sell a lot as long as it is develop properly and of course marketed properly.

    Not to mention in these turbulent time on handheld market where everyone had been saying they are dead due to smartphones lol.^_^

    Hoped Ninty will keep coming out with more of these quirky yet fun games.^_^

    • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

      I believe marketing played an important role. Just like happened with Dragon Quest IX.

  • Princess_Eevee9

    Yes! Yay! I was so worried about this game. Hopefully they’ll make a series outta this.

  • wahyudil

    only 1,24 mil … they should be sold more

    I am still playing this game, at least 15 minutes before and after night sleep

    • I wonder if they did — I’m not sure that number includes digital downloads.

      • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

        It include Digital for sure. As it is Ninty own internal counting. Even though, i believe there are huge chances for this game to grow into maybe 1.8 mil? on Holiday, this game can attract lots of gamer.^_^

        • Ah, indeed it does — just saw they actually included a note for clarity (“Includes download versions”). Most companies talk in physical units sold, so I’m glad they clarified :D

          • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

            Yup.^_^ Nintendo never forget to add download sales as i believe currently more and more people maybe more casuals ones are more okay to purchase for digital title here.^_^

    • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

      Well, it is only a simulation game there. And a very niche kind of game.^_^

      Don’t forget, this game also haven’t had its first holiday there. So there are huge chances, the game is going to sell more $$$.

    • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

      For a game like this, the sales are good.

  • Fronkhead

    I’m glad it’s been successful, should mean Nintendo will bring over more of their stuff to the west. Though I’m guessing Band Bros. P is out the window given how the DS game failed in Europe.

  • Money?Muney??All my luveee!!!

    Ohhhh before, i forget lol.

    Seeing this game being succesful, actually is a really great thing. It actually makes me hope that other third party companies will see this and tries to invest more on 3DS and maybe on this genre too.

    There is no need for all company to simply makes maybe rpg,shooter,platformer, or fighting game.

    There are tons of other venture they can take. Life Sims? Maybe like Sim City too?(Animal Crossing had tons of clones though) And other rare niche genre.

    As long as there is an effort and the result is great, i believe $$$ will slowly come.^_^

  • Namuro

    I tried out the demo and loved it!

    I’ll get this one day. But for now, Monster Hunter is keeping me locked in the basement and threw away the key… I’ll dig my way out eventually…

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