Pretend, (practically) perfect puppies come to life in this triple-release line of pet simulations by Nintendo. In Nintendogs, players adopt, raise, and train an impressively intelligent virtual dog, of a breed they choose. In addition to Chihuahuas, this version of the game offers German Shepards, Boxers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Yorkshire terriers, and Shetland sheepdogs. The dogs can be taught a number of tricks, and even entered into virtual dog shows to win cash for useful items.
The most distinguishing elements of the DS interface allow players to interact with their pets. The touch screen is used to for physical interaction. Rub the puppy's belly and he might kick his leg; poke his foot and he'll pull it back in surprise. The stylus is also used to manipulate in-game items, including the dog's leash and variety of toys. Players must communicate with their dogs by voice, as well, and a new puppy may need to hear the name he's given (spoken into the DS microphone) numerous times before he learns to respond properly.
In addition to the regular attention he'll expect from his owner, the puppy will appreciate a chance to interact with other computer-generated canines. Nearby Nintendogs players can meet in virtual community parks, supported by the DS' wireless communication capabilities, where their dogs can romp and frolic together. Each of the three versions of Nintendogs is distinguished by a title species (the other two are Miniature Dachshund and Labrador Retriever), but all versions of the game are designed to interact with one another, regardless of breed.
PLAYERS: 1 Player
RELEASE YEAR: 2005