Tomodachi Life has been entertaining 3DS owners for a while now, and if you're anything like us here at Nintendo Life then you'll already have accrued plenty of laugh-out-loud moments during your time with this unique life sim. While Nintendo's game shares some similarities with other examples of the genre, one of its chief selling points is its humour and capacity to throw out some truly befuddling situations. With that in mind, here are some wacky recollections from some of the Nintendo Life team.
Imagine living on a small island with Harry Potter, Samus Aran, Swedish professional soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimović, and James Bond 007 – because that’s exactly what my Tomodachi Life is like right now.
In saying all that, my best moment with Tomodachi Life thus far easily comes in the form of my weirdest moment. And that award would probably have to go to the time Zlatan demanded I buy him new clothing, so I dressed him in a horse head, fed him a cannoli, brushed a beetle off his forehead, and he awarded me with a roll of toilet paper in return. As you do.
And all this happened at about 2AM in the morning one Saturday night, after he’d been out walking on the beach for a few hours contemplating the meaning of life. I’m starting think his break-up with Joanna Dark didn’t go so well. And here I was thinking a football superstar’s lifestyle outside of his regular match-day was easy!
A lot has happened on Sibson Island since I became its owner, and it's now a place that's filled with a wealth of interesting characters — including a good chunk of the Nintendo Life team! My outstanding moment is more of an outstanding character, namely our very own Mr Rory Cocker. Before even wiping his feet when arriving on to the island, this cheeky chap fancied himself as a bit of a Cupid and went about matchmaking a good number of islanders from afar.
Then — as if fate were cruelly taunting me — his true plans were revealed, as he asked out my sister's Mii and — much to my stunned bewilderment — she said yes. Dating soon turned to marriage which in turn led to a having a child. Despite little Aaron Cocker thankfully receiving the good looks of his mother, it's fair to say that he's very much his father's son, as the image above undoubtedly shows.
I have to admit, when I first moved my Miis onto Llanoli Island in Tomodachi life, I tried my best to play it straight. I gave my look-alike, friends, and family clothes we’d really wear, taught them catchphrases I’ve heard them say, and gave gifts according to real-life hobbies: little Morgan got a skateboard, my fiancée got a book, Reggie got a 3DS, and so on.
I tried to match real-life couples together in the game, and luckily my look-alike managed to impress my fiancée’s Mii enough that she asked me to be her sweetheart — no small feat considering Reggie lives next door! But Tomodachi Life isn’t real life, and it became so much better — and exponentially funnier — after I realized that, thanks to my sister’s Mii asking for a funky new hat. This request came in early days for Llanoli Island’s haberdashery, and the only “funky” hat I could find was a rather fetching fish head.
Even with all the surreal dialogue, dreamscapes, and events, nothing’s made me smile so much as seeing my little sister wearing an enormous salmon on her head, and that little wardrobe change has since led to all Llanoli Island’s residents abandoning their traditional threads for panda suits, superhero onesies, and salsa dresses. That’s the power of Tomodachi!
In the month that I've owned Tomodachi Life I've witnessed unbelievable sights. My town, RadiCola, has been inundated with friends, celebrities and cartoon characters, all coexisting in the same space and getting into situations that their real-life counterparts likely wouldn't. This irony is what makes the game so humorous and entertaining, and since I have no shortage of stories to tell, let me share a few that I've been quite amused by.
For starters, not only is Kurt Cobain alive and well in RadiCola, but he’s been actively pursuing Daria Morgendorffer, who is less than enthused about the advances. When Cobain ends up in need of a little cheering up following the rejection, I tend to leave him be and hope he channels that emotion to write a couple great songs — unfortunately, he never does. Reggie Fils-Aime moved into the apartment complex a couple weeks back and despite numerous attempts, he refuses to repeat certain things he said at the tail end of the E3 Smash Invitational. Maybe he’s worried that Miyamoto — who lives next door — will hear him? One of the oddest and most comical occurrences however, was Seth Rogen’s utter displeasure when gifted an interior that was loaded with plants. I mean, c’mon! Does that sound anything like the guy who wrote Pineapple Express? I think not.
Of course there's been much more ridiculousness that has unfolded, but those are the freshest examples that came to mind. It’s because of silly little situations like this that Tomodachi Life is so darn irresistible.
It's almost impossible to think of the funniest or "best" moment from Tomodachi Life, purely because so many amazing things have happened since I started playing that I makes my head hurt just trying to recall them. Every moment spent with the game seems to throw up something entirely new, and I've lost count of the number of times I've chuckled to myself at the on-screen hilarity, only to be quizzed by people nearby regarding the source of my mirth.
And that's when things get tricky, because it's incredibly hard to explain the appeal of Tomodachi Life to someone who hasn't played it. Having said that, when I show them a song I've written featuring Nintendo's top brass in full-on boy band mode, or let them view a conversation between two of my Miis which involves one telling the other a mind-blowing fact, only for them to reveal it was actually a fib (after a comically long pause), then the game's brilliance is communicated pretty effectively. It's just amusing and funny in a way which few titles are, and it's one of the few games I can see myself returning to on a regular basis for the rest of the year.
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