Animal Crossing sparked the communication genre, a game where the goal is to make friends, in Japan. After Animal Crossing: Wild World came out on the Nintendo DS version, Konami released a magical take on it, Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Times.
Now it’s Namco Bandai’s turn with Kokoro no Cocoron or Cocoron’s Heart in English. You play as Miru Miru in this Nintendo DS game and the goal is to make friends with the residents of Cocoron. Players earn "soratomo" (a portmanteau of sky and friend) by talking with other characters and create soratomo groups.
Kokoro no Cocoron is one of the announcements in this week’s issue of Famitsu. The Nintendo DS game is currently slated for a summer release in Japan.