Virtual Pets: Nintendogs

Virtual Pets: Nintendogs

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Janel Laban
Jul 19, 2006

The fastest-selling Nintendo DS game to date is Nintendogs, a virtual pet title. Six million of these were sold as of March 2006. That's a lot of digital cuteness. The Nintendogs development team won an "excellence prize" at the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival for designing a "new and entertaining experience."

You begin the game by choosing a breed, selecting one puppy (of three), taking the pet home and giving it a name. The touch-screen interface is used to pet, train and groom your puppy. The built-in microphone allows voice commands (not a part of the game to try on the "L"...) and the wireless capability of the DS means your puppy can "play" with a friend's puppy somewhere in cyberspace. We have yet to try Nintendogs but with 6 million of these out there, we figure some of you must have a Nintendog. We want the scoop...what is it like to have a virtual pet? Is it as addictive as Animal Crossing?
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