If you follow Japanese sales charts at all you’ve seen Tomodachi Collection appear week after week. It’s Nintendo’s long tail game of 2009. Since June 18, Tomodachi Collection sold over 1,000,000 copies in Japan alone.
Players take care of Miis, made with a scaled down DS interface, in Tomodachi Collection by feeding them and giving them presents. Miis can sort of talk too with synthesized voices.
It took Nintendo over three years to develop Tomodachi Collection. “We are developing one product after another, and we are aiming to make each one of them an unexpected hit. Otherwise, we would not have spent more than 3 years developing Tomodachi Collection,” said Satoru Iwata during an investors Q&A session.
Tomodachi Collection was a breakout success, but not every game (Wii Music says hi?) can be as commercially successful. “However, not all the software can be a hit like Tomodachi Collection just because we spend three or more years for their developments. Identifying such potentials is one of the most important jobs for me and for Mr. Miyamoto,” lamented Iwata.
International release plans have not been announced, but Nintendo has a still unused trademark for Friend Connection which would be a perfect fit for this title.