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



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

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.