Tomodachi Collection
Tomodachi Collection Cover
Developer Nintendo SPD
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Nintendo DS
Release date Japan June 18, 2009
Genre Life simulation
Ratings CERO- A
Website Official Site (JP)

Tomodachi Collection (トモダチコレクション Tomodachi Korekushon?, lit. “Friend Collection") is a life simulation game for the Nintendo DS released on June 18th, 2009, exclusively in Japan. It is the first game in the Tomodachi series. A sequel named Tomodachi Life was released in Japan on April 18th 2013, and in America and Europe on June 6th, 2014.


The game takes place on an island in the middle of the ocean, that can be populated with various Miis created from the built in Mii Maker, or transferred wirelessly from a Wii console. These Miis can be given a personal voice and personality based on the player's liking. Once each Mii is made, they will move into their own apartment on the island, allowing them to explore the island and its various facilities. As more Miis are added, more facilities and activities are unlocked, and the Miis may even become friends with one another, hanging out in their apartment or outside.

Miis themselves can also be interacted with in their apartment, allowing the player to give them food, clothes, or an interior for their apartment. Depending on how much they like it, the Mii's happiness will go up, and once it reaches a certain point, the Mii will Level Up, allowing the player to give them a gift, a phrase, or a Song as a reward. If the Mii is asleep, the player may have a chance to view a dream, leading to a bizarre minigame, event, or activity.

At certain times, events can be held that the player can witness, be it Street Live at the fountain, or Question at the Question Hall.


Image Name Description
Japanese Food Icon
Western Food Icon
Desert Icon
Beverages Icon
Food Items that can be given to Islanders for them to eat. They are sold at the Food Mart.
Male Icon
Female Icon
Unisex Icon
Formal Wear Icon
Costume Icon
Clothing Items that can be given to Islanders for them to wear. They are sold at the Clothing Shop.
Interior Gift TC Interior Items that can be given to Islanders that alter the appearance of their apartment. They are sold at the Interiors Shop.
Gifts Items that can be used when interacting with a Mii. They are obtained when the Player is given them from solving a problem.
Song A genre of music that can be given to a Mii when they level up. When given a song, they will sing based on player input.
Level-Up Gifts An equipable item that can be given to a Mii when they level up. Outside their apartment room, they can be seen periodically using their given Item.
Phrases A catchphrase that can be given to a Mii when they level up.
Treasures A random item given when the player wins an Islander game against a Mii. They can be sold at the Pawn Shop.


Location Image Information
Island Facility1 The main Hub world in the game, where every other location can be found.
Mii Apartments Notremodel Mii Apartments is the apartment building where the Player's Miis reside. By tapping on various windows, the Player can interact with their Miis.
Food Mart Tomodachi Collection FoodMart The Food Mart is one of four shops featured on the Island, after the Clothing Store, the Interiors Shop, and the Pawn Shop. The Food Mart is where the Player can buy various Food items to give to their islanders, which updates daily.
Clothing TCClothingShop1 The Clothing store is another shop featured on the Island, serving as an area where the Player can buy Clothing for their Islander.
Interiors TCInterior1 The Interiors Shop is a shop that sells Interiors to the player, which updates every day. The shop is also known to have special interiors every month, as well as other interiors that are unlocked when a Mii reaches a certain level on the Island.
Pawn Shop Pawn Shop Exterior The Pawn Shop is an area where the player can sell Treasures that they no longer want.
Fountain Fountain The Fountain is an area that exists in the Island plaza, serving its purpose as a public hangout place where Mii can talk or exercise. The Events include Donations, English Lesson, Street Live, and Morning Market.
Question Hall TC - Question Hall building The Question Hall is an area that can used to asked Miis quirky questions, or have them vote based on two choices. Either of these can be initiated at any time.
Job Diagnosis TC - Job Diagnosis building The Job Diagnosis is where Miis can be given jobs without the use of a Job Ticket, such as a dancer, talk show host, or fireworks crafter. This can only be done with Miis that have registered Birthdays, however, as a Mii without a birthday cannot be given a job.
Mii News TC - mii news tower Mii News is a news station that broadcasts news at 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, which range from humorous reports to numerous events that have taken place on the island, such as when a new building opens. Two random Miis can also be seen being interviewed after the report is finished, saying a comment to the news team.
Rankings Board TC - rankings board on island The Rankings Board is an area that post rankings based on several factors exibited by the islanders, such as vitality, level of charm, or level of popularity.
Compatibility Tester CompataTesterCollectionOutside The Compatability tester is a location that analyzes two islanders to determine their level of chemestry. Depending on age and genders used, this can range from a romance rating to a friend rating.
Town Hall Tomodachi Collection Hall The Town Hall is where the player can gather all the information of the island, including its residents, their personalities, and the time on the island.


The Game was developed by Nintendo's SPD group, being directed by Ryutaru Takahashi and produced by video game designer Yoshio Sakamoto, best known for his work in the Metroid franchise also made by Nintendo. The team was mostly made up of younger developers in a small environment. Early in development, the game was to be called "Fortune Telling Notebook for Teenaged Men" and would only feature 13-17 years characters. The game was later reworked to have more focus on life simulation, and thus Tomodachi Collection was born.

A western localization was not made by Nintendo of America, due to the DS being unable to translate the voice synth into english. Despite this, fan translations exist to fill the void.


In Japan, the game has received generally positive reviews. Famitsu gave the game a 29 out of 40. On the day of its release, the game sold over 102,000 units, making it the best-selling DS game in that period. On March 3rd, 2010, Nintendo announced the game had sold 3.2 million copies in total.


Official Artwork



Tomodachi series
Tomodachi series
Tomodachi CollectionTomodachi Life
Video Game systems
Virtual BoyNintendo DSNintendo WiiNintendo 3DS

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