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The forgotten gem of Tomodachi life

Screen capture of one of the many Sing and dance numbers you can make in Tomodachi Life
Screen capture of one of the many Sing and dance numbers you can make in Tomodachi Life

“Tomodachi Life” for the Nintendo 3DS was released on April 18th, 2013 based on Nintendo’s 2009 version on the DS, and since then has been forgotten. For its time, “Tomodachi Life” made a big scene in the YouTube sphere many YouTubers sprouted a series themed around the ridiculous gameplay.

The special thing about “Tomodachi Life” is that you could have your own miis interact with each other on an island. The island in question had clothing stores, A news station, room decor, and a supermarket. All of this was fueled by your missed donations which would be donated every day near the fountain.

With these shops, you could buy your miis clothes and they could develop likes and dislikes. Along with this, miis could develop friendships, rivals, lovers, and even marriages.

The island also had activities your miis could do, which included custom songs and dance numbers.

“The dancing was the best thing I’ve seen in my entire life,” reminisced avid Nintendo fan Skye Sanchez. “I looked forward to it every day, I’m still waiting on DANTDM to continue his series on it.”

Miis of ‘Garu’ and ‘Pucca’. A screenshot encapturing the ridiculousness of having iconic characters in the game. These Miis are based on the South Korean show “Pucca”

The funniest part of the dances is that you could dress your miis up in different costumes and adjust the pitch of their voices. Your miis could also consist of anyone. Picture Taylor Swift, Eric Cartman, and yourself singing together to your custom lyrics. It’s a recipe for a fun disaster.

In “Tomodachi Life”, you could see your miis grow families and find love. Most of which are randomly chosen. Though the game doesn’t allow same-sex couples there were hilarious ways to bypass that which could also end up with even funnier couples.

The customization features were a big favorite of Tomodachi’s life, while you can’t control everything in the game you could customize what the Miis would say when they were happy and sad. Which led to silly things being sad in the happiest of voices.

Special events on the island also have a chance of happening. These include randomized rap battles in front of the town’s fountain which have absurd lyrics.

Accompanying this event, while one of your townfolks is sleeping you have a chance to stroll into a dream they were having. These were bizarre and often hard to understand. Much like our own dreams.

Tomodachi life took everything loved from Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing; Wilf World” and developed a game with your custom island where you observe the lives of your miis and interfere. With these elements was a recipe for a fun-filled disaster.
Though some people consider Pirating Miitomo onto their phones, Many fans are hoping for a comeback adapted to the switch.

“[Nintendo] should put it on the switch,” Sanchez said “The 3DS isn’t making sales as it used to, we need it on an updated software. It would be nice to see something so nostalgic come back.”

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Gray Lee
Gray Lee, Podcast Editor
Gray Lee is a freshman at Santa Rosa Academy. She is 14 years old. This is her first year as a journalist! Gray takes English, Spanish and Graphic Design at SRA. In her future, she intends to pursue being a genetic engineer. Gray has a plan to attend an Ivy League College after high school.  Her dream schools include Cal Poly University, Yale University, Brown, and Harvard. She would also love to go to university in England. Gray’s parents were both immigrants that came to this country -- her mom is from Guatemala and her stepdad is from Italy. In Gray’s free time, she enjoys traditional art, baking, sports, and costume design. Gray also enjoys instruments. She is currently playing the piano and guitar.  Music is also a big part of Gray’s life. Her favorite artists are Tyler the Creator and Tv Girl, her favorite album is also Wolf by Tyler the Creator.  Gray’s favorite movies include The Spiderverse trilogy, The Trueman Show, and Harry Potter. Her favorite tv show is South Park.  Writing and reading are huge passions of Gray’s. It is one of the reasons she chose to enroll in Journalism this year. Gray has always loved literature and been advanced in writing, so she felt that Journalism would be a great opportunity for her to showcase her writing skills. Gray hopes that she can expand on her writing skills and learn more about journalistic writing. 
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    Corrin SJan 26, 2024 at 12:10 pm

    I used to play this game when I was in the 3rd grade! I totally agree with porting it to the Switch. I think it would be an amazing addition. I love seeing Tomodachi Life being talked about, and you definitely did it justice :]