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Nintendo Confirms Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version, Two Gift Codes With Each Retail Copy

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Get a rare panda suit!

Arriving on 6th June, Tomodachi Life is undoubtedly Nintendo's big hope for a viral hit on 3DS this coming Summer. The Mii-sim's goal is to draw you into its wacky world, exactly the sort of approach that can create buzz on social networks and achieve long-term sales.

Nintendo is keen for plenty of gamers to at least try the title, of course, and just recently distributed Tomodachi Life: Move-In Version, a demo, to selected Platinum members of Club Nintendo in North America. Nintendo of Europe has now announced its own promotion to get game samples into the hands of 3DS / 2DS owners on the fence — Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version.

In what could be a smart move, every retail copy of Tomodachi Life — either physical or eShop — will come with two codes for the Welcome version, which can then be distributed to friends, family or random people on the internet. These codes are redeemed on the eShop and introduce players to the game, with a rare panda item — also an unlockable in the main game — and transferable save data then tempting these players into a full purchase. An excerpt from the press release is below.

Nintendo reveals that every full version of Tomodachi Life, launching on 6th June exclusively to Nintendo 3DS and 2DS, will come with two free download codes for the Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version for Nintendo eShop. The Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version offers the chance to sample the unique slice of Tomodachi Life with friends or family that have a Nintendo 3DS or 2DS system. Two lucky friends or family members will be able to try their hand at creating Mii characters, all with their own unique voices and personality traits, and once the Mii characters have moved onto the island they will start to interact and players can try to solve their problems. When the Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version is completed, players can unlock a rare panda suit item, which can be worn in the full game which can be purchased at retail or on Nintendo eShop.

...Two download codes for Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version are included with every full version of Tomodachi Life, which allows you to invite two friends to download it onto their Nintendo 3DS and 2DS system for free from Nintendo eShop. The Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version enables your chosen friends to sample the beginning of Tomodachi Life, and allows the creation of up to three Mii characters, where the new voice settings and personality traits can be experienced. It will then be possible to explore the gameplay, such as feeding Mii characters and gifting items such as new interiors and clothing or performing in a group.

If your friends like the taste of Tomodachi Life after completing the Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version, they can move all the residents of their newly-founded island to the full game which can be purchased on Nintendo eShop or at retail and keep their progress. In addition, players who complete the Tomodachi Life: Welcome Version can unlock a rare panda suit in one of eight colours to dress their Mii characters up with, and also use it in the full version.

It's unclear whether a similar promotion will also be implemented outside of Europe — we'd expect it to be confirmed for Australia too — but we'll keep our eyes peeled.

Are you planning to pick up Tomodachi Life, or hoping to grab a Welcome Version code off someone else? Let us know.

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0utburst said:

Great. They should do the same for Mario Kart 8

Why not just put a demo version on eshop? xD



shaneoh said:

Bit confused, do we get the panda suit if we have the full game but don't use the Welcome Version demo?



AlexOlney said:

A clever thought. I'm guessing the 'Welcome Version' is going to be larger than your standard demo to try and hook people.



ThomasBW84 said:

@shaneoh The panda suit is an unlockable in the main game, so you should get it eventually. Those that complete the Welcome Version get it that way, that's all.



Kiz3000 said:

@AlexOlney I have to say that this idea makes no sense. It is just a demo that is limited to the people that know someone wit a full copy of the game. Why not just release a demo on eshop? Put an insert with the game that states that there is a demo for your friends to try out and that the data transfers over.

In fact Nintendo should release the welcome version 1-2 weeks before the full game launches so that players can populate their island ready to go when the full game comes out. Throw in a few unlockable items that transfer over and they'd probably get more sales of the full title. Think of something similar to the Bravely Default demo, ie the best way to do a demo.



AlexOlney said:

@Kiz3000 Supply and demand - if the demo is easy to get, people won't be as enticed to try and get it, but if their friend offers them a code to download it, suddenly its value is astronomically higher, they buy the game and the cycle continues.

It's basically word of mouth 2.0.



dwuuuu said:

Genius on Nintendo's part. Can't wait to see Demo beggers come out when this game is released !

Or better yet, charging people !



Dizzard said:

@dwuuuu I doubt anybody will be paying money since it's a demo, besides if they're that desperate to spend money that might as well just buy the full game.

It would be nice to get a welcome package since I'm still on the fence, don't know anyone in real life who's getting it though....



Prof_Clayton said:

This is pure genius, it will send sales skyrocketing.
People will want the demo, not get it, and then just buy the real game. Those that get the demo will have a chance of buying it too. Great plan, bring it worldwide please!



KodyDawg said:

The only person I see on a regular basis who owns a 3DS is my brother, so one for him, and the other I'll either offer on Miiverse or here.

This is a fantastic idea, though! I hope Nintendo tries this with other games!



HeroOfCybertron said:

So wait I'm confused will copy's of Tomodachi Life in both NA and EU come with two demo codes to give away or just EU?



RedYoshi999 said:

It's nice to see Nintendo being generous with their games these days, with all the free games promotions they've been doing it's actually convinced me to buy the game! Having said that, I've got no one to give these demos too, so I'll offer them up here.



allav866 said:

Sounds like the Move-In version that was given to certain Platinum members at Club Nintendo in America.



Handy_Man said:

@allav866 I was just going to say that. This is probably the exact same as the "Move-In" version, just with a name change. (Like "Mario & Luigi: Dream Team" in the U.S. and "Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros." in Europe.)



Haxonberik said:

Now thats an interesting strategy, much better than the selective Club Nintendo distribution. Maybe I can grab a code from a friend or from the internet, since I really want to try this game before deciding to buy. Edit: Seems like this is not confirmed for NA... Oh well



justinluey said:

Nintendo and other developers need to learn from Bravely Default's demo. It was a standalone experience that actually encouraged you to play the complete demo and rewarded you for buying the full game.

Tomodachi Life would have been perfect for this approach. Nintendo should have let everyone populate their island with Miis and get settled into their "new life" for free, and then provide the option to transfer all the info into the full game.



Noonch said:

I was one of the lucky platinum members who got the free demo. I thought the game looked uninteresting. I played the demo to completion (maybe an hour). I do not think I'll be picking it up based on the demo. A young child might enjoy it though.



Obito_Sigma said:

@Noonch Goss darn it. Could you please show gameplay of the game? What is the game like? The Sims in the very least? I shouldn't really ask you this because you apparently think that the game is boring... what is Nintendo thinking with this game? I don't know what this game is like, and the only person that I know has played this said that it's only recommended for children...



Noonch said:


I can't even post it to Miiverse yet. It's sort of a dumbed down Sims. The demo is short. You buy food at the store, feed it to the Miis. They either like it or don't. You can decorate their homes with premade designs, they ask you questions. You can customize their voices a little bit. There just wasn't much happening in the demo to me.



Aslanmagic said:

The demo was short, but I got a taste of the game and I'm still interested. I imported a Mr Bean Mii and a Dana Scully (X Files) Mii. Dana Scully and I were walking on the beach lol



Uberchu said:

I swear I have over 1.5k into AC:NL in the us yet no demo. Fail Nintendon't !



Kainier said:

Hi! If anyone has an extra NA code they don't mind giving out, I'd really appreciate it! Thank you in advance.

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