3DS life sim Tomodachi Collection heading West

Tomodachi Collection: New Life is coming to North America, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal. Iwata didn't provide a time table for the Western launch. A Nintendo representative told Joystiq that the company "has nothing to announce at this time."

Tomodachi Collection, which translates to Friend Collection, is a series where Miis interact with one another across a variety of everyday activities, like going out to dinner and playing in a band. The first Tomodachi Collection launched on the DS in 2009, was turned into a TV show a year later, then made its debut on the 3DS in 2013 with Tomodachi Collection: New Life. As of last October, the game has sold 1.63 million copies in Japan.

The 3DS localization news follows an eventful week for Nintendo, which held an investor's meeting in Japan where CEO Satoru Iwata outlined plans to bring the company back to profitability. Ideas included non-wearable health tech, bringing DS games to the Wii U and a new on-demand games service spanning multiple devices.

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