Throwback Thursday: Nintendogs

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

Does anyone remember Nintendogs? That game existed… it wasn’t great, but it was still a good one.

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Nintendogs is a series of games for the Nintendo DS originally released in 2005. There are ten games in total within the series, all being essentially the same game. There are just more breeds (or different breeds) of dogs within each installment, eventually adding cats into the mix.

I had two of these games. Maybe three, but at least two. I only played one of them though. I had the idea that I would have every single breed and, eventually, get all the games in the series so I could complete my collection of dogs (and cats). That never happened, of course. I played the game on a regular basis much like Animal Crossing or The Sims. I needed to check up on my pups every day.

Of course, I soon got bored of the game, thus leaving poor Buddy and Julie behind.

Yes, I had two dogs – a male, orange Shia Inu named Buddy, and a female, white Shiba Inu named Julie. I don’t know why I remember those details exactly, but I do.

In the game, you can take your pup for walks, give them a bath, feed them, and teach them tricks. You can also enter them in competitions such as obstacle courses or frisbee throwing. From what I remember, the game did have some meat to it. However, it wasn’t easy to hold my attention for too long. Once you had fed your dogs, given them a bath and a walk – maybe not necessarily in that order – there wasn’t much else to do for the day.

Eventually, I got out of the habit of playing the game every single day, and, soon enough, I stopped playing altogether. I still have the games, of course. I’m sure if I turned on my original Nintendogs, Buddy and Julie will still be there waiting for me.

Overall, I remember it being a pretty fun game. Even after I stopped playing, I still hoped to collect all the games. If not to play, but just to have. You know, similar to collecting all the Pokemon games even though they’re fairly similar to each other.

While writing this article, I have the urge to take out the game and turn it on. Maybe I’ll try playing it again and do a review for it. It could be fun. I think it would be cool to revisit the pups again.

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New Game Radar: Little Friends Dogs and Cats

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

The Nintendo Switch is still going strong, considering its second birthday just passed! Games are constantly coming out for it, and I’ve recently heard of a new game coming out this spring that is a spiritual successor to a game I used to adore.

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Over a year ago, I did a Flashback Friday for Nintendogs for the Nintendo 3DS. It was a simulation game where one could adopt and take care of up to three, I believe, puppies (or cats, if you had that version). They were absolutely adorable and, with how much I love animals, I was smitten. Granted, there wasn’t much of a goal in the game, other than perhaps using the voice controls to teach your dog tricks and play with the agility and Frisbee competitions, but it was a chill and sweet game.

Now, there seems to be a spiritual successor in the works and slated for a spring release on the Nintendo Switch. Little Friends: Dogs and Cats sounds pretty damn close to what Nintendogs was — you adopt up to three animals, be they a mixture of species or all one species, and care for them. Judging by the trailer, you can dress them up, take them on walks, maybe even decorate your house a little bit with furniture and toys catered to the animals.

Unlike Nintendogs, which had several versions of the game with plenty of different breeds to choose from, Little Friends only has half a dozen breeds of dogs to choose from and only three breeds of kittens. Still, for a virtual pet game, it looks charming. If you’re a sucker for baby animals like me, it’ll probably be a decent game to stick on whenever you want a few minutes to relax.

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Flashback Friday: Nintendogs

Double Jump Kris MiiHoly crap, February flew by!

This month’s Flashback Friday is celebrating a small franchise that worked with the Nintendo DS’s microphone in an interesting way.

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Nintendogs was first released in April 2005 on the Nintendo DS in three different versions: Dachshund & Friends, Lab & Friends, and Chihuahua & Friends. The series were re-released twice later, ending with a bundle called Dalmatian & Friends.

The game was a pet simulator starring, what else, puppies. Each version had a set amount of breeds for the player to adopt, name, and take care of via grooming, walks, feedings, and teaching them tricks. The dogs could get dressed up and compete in tournaments as well. The main gimmick of the game was using the microphone to speak to them.

With the Nintendo DS’s microphone, the player was able to verbally teach the puppies their name and tricks. There are “hand” motions via the stylus that you were able to make to help with the tricks as well, but the microphone was the main attraction. It worked fairly well, especially combined with the Nintendo DS’s graphics. The puppies were adorable!

 

Have you ever played Nintendogs? Did you enjoy the game?

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