Tomodachi Life

Tomodachi Life

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Updated Jun 23, 2014 at 12:17PM EDT by Brad.

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Editor’s Note: This entry is outlined as an #event report on Nintendo’s announcement of the upcoming release of Tomodachi Life and initial online reactions from the fans.

About

Tomodachi Life is a life simulation video game for the Nintendo 3DS handheld console which takes place on the virtual Chin island inhabited by Nintendo Mii[1] digital avatars. The game gained interest on the English-speaking web after Nintendo announced a North American release in April 2014.

Gameplay

Players in Tomodachi Life control a digital avatar known as a "Mii"http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sites/miiverse, which can be imported from other devices, created from scratch or made using a photo taken with the 3DS camera. Similar to other life-simulation games like The Sims and Animal Crossing, the player can make friends, feed, dress and instruct the character to perform a variety of activities and have it interact with other Miis living on Chin island.

History

On June 18th, 2009, the Nintendo DS life simulation game Tomodachi Collection was released in Japan, in which the player performs everyday tasks to take care of the basic needs of their digital avatar character (shown below, left). On April 18th, 2013, the sequel Tomodachi Life was released for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan (shown below, right). The game was released in North America and Europe on June 6th, 2014.



Reception

Tomodachi Collection

Upon the release of Tomodachi Collection in June 2009, the game became the best-selling title of the week in Japan, with over 102,000 unites sold, and by September 2009, it had become the fourth-best selling video game in the first half of the year after selling 1.15 million copies in total. The game’s commercial success in Japan eventually gave rise to the development of the sequel title Tomodach Life.

Tomodachi Life

Nintendo’s release of the sequel title in North America and Europe was mostly met with favorable and curious reviews from video game review sites, holding an aggregate average of 72/100 on Metacritic, a score of 8.4 on IGN and a 7.5 on Polygon. While many reviews highlighted the game’s bizarre take on life-simulation avatar game with a plenty of quirks and charms, some pointed to the somewhat tedious and repeated aspect of avatar interactions and mini-games as potential shortcomings.

Same-Sex Relationship Controversy

On April 26th, 2014, Vimeo user Tye Marini uploaded a video titled “#Miiquality” urging viewers to tell Nintendo to add same-sex relationships to the upcoming international release of the Nintendo 3DS game Tomodachi Life (shown below).



On May 7th, Nintendo responded with a statement to the Associated Press, which defended the exclusion of same-sex relationships in the game:

“Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of Tomodachi Life. The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation. We hope that all of our fans will see that ‘Tomodachi Life’ was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary.

The ability for same-sex relationships to occur in the game was not part of the original game that launched in Japan, and that game is made up of the same code that was used to localize it for other regions outside of Japan."

Online Presence

Nintendo maintains an official English-language website for Tomodach Life, where players can download a selection of Amerian celebrity Miis via QR code, and an official Facebook page. In addition, a number of walkthrough guides and supplemental data are available on IGN, GameFAQs and Wikia.

Fandom

All Hail the Virtual Boy

On April 10th, 2014, Nintendo released a promotional video for the upcoming North American release of Tomodachi Life, which featured a montage of sequences from the game including a group of Mii avatars dancing around the 1995 Virtual Boy table-top video game console (shown below).



On the same day, the /r/allhailthevirtualboy[4] subreddit was launched for discussions regarding Tomodachi Life and the Virtual Boy console. Also on April 10th, the video game news blog Kotaku[6] published a compilation of animated GIFs from the Tomodachi Life promo video, including the “All hail the virtual boy” scene (shown below). On the following day, Redditor ajs880 submitted the GIF to the /r/gaming[5] subreddit, where it gathered over 1,000 up votes and 60 comments in the first week.



On April 11th, a photograph of Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime hunched over a Virtual Boy console with a speech bubble reading “All hail the Virtual Boy” was posted on the official Nintendo Facebook[3] and Twitter[2] pages (shown below). In five days, the posts received upwards of 57,700 likes and 720 retweets.



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MultiOfMemes

I was only 9 years old
I loved Virtual Boy so much, I had all the merchandise and games
I pray to Virtual Boy every night before bed, thanking him for the life I’ve been given
“Virtual Boy is love” I say; “Virtual Boy is life”
My dad hears me and calls me a faggot
I know he was just jealous of my devotion for Virtual Boy
I called him a cunt
He slaps me and sends me to go to sleep
I’m crying now, and my face hurts
I lay in bed and it’s really cold
Suddenly, a warmth is moving towards me
It’s Virtual Boy
I am so happy
He whispers into my ear “All hail the Virtual Boy”
He grabs me with his powerful controller and puts me down onto my hands and knees
I’m ready
I spread my ass-cheeks for Virtual Boy
He penetrates my butt-hole
It hurts so much but I do it for Virtual Boy
I can feel my butt tearing as my eyes start to water
I push against his force
I want to please Virtual Boy
He roars in a mighty roar as he fills my butt with his love
My dad walks in
Virtual Boy looks him straight in the eyes and says “Experience virtual reality”
Virtual Boy leaves through my window
Virtual Boy is love. Virtual Boy is life.

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