Eidos bets on ponies

Virtual-pet games for DS now a dog-and-pony show with Pony Friends; six breeds of minihorses coming to handhelds in 2007.

The success of Nintendo's Nintendogs has spawned several imitators looking to cash in on the virtual-pet craze. While Nintendogs satisfied the longings of canine lovers, a new DS game features another creature adored by kids--ponies. Eidos today announced that Pony Friends, developed by Australian studio Tantalus, will be released sometime in 2007. In the game, players will care for, dress, and groom ponies to their hearts' content, and take on challenges issued by various characters. The stylus will be used for miniature horse upkeep, such as picking stones and shells out of ponies' hooves, making a saddle blanket, and brushing the animals' manes. And like a real pony, Pony Friends needs constant attention--playing daily ensures a happy pony.

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26 comments
_Sam_
_Sam_

are this ds only games? I don't really see them doing well on consoles

atomD21
atomD21

Now it really can be MY Little Pony!!! Oh my life is complete!

Kurtisadei
Kurtisadei

mangy forest cat, nintendogs was a HUGE success. if u could read, it said it right in the article.it already sold like 2 mil. get yuor facts straight.and if it sucked, why would they make more games like it?

kst8er
kst8er

I think Ubisoft is already coming out with a game called Horsez later this month. isnt it the same thing pretty much?

lzorro
lzorro

My little sister would love this; she's in that "pony phase"

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

Ponies... That's a hit or miss, even for fans of the genre. Wouldn't the next logical step have been cats?

TWOC2689
TWOC2689

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Paceydre
Paceydre

Why is everybody calling no to games like mentioned above in the news post. The way I look at it is from a different perspective. Girls will start gaming more easily. Although it is not a game of my choosing to play myself doesn't mean there is no market for these kind of games.

mrvl912
mrvl912

no. that's all that needs to be said.

Mark2099
Mark2099

more little girls will buy a ds!

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

Not interested at all....some people might be interested but not me!

MangyForestCat
MangyForestCat

Nintendogs was a piece of crap anyway and any type of life simulator is stupid.... except AquaZone for the 360 that game rocks all kinds of hardcore... DO NOT TAP ON THE GLASS!!

Ioden
Ioden

Hot damn! Finally, a horse raising game on the DS! I've been waiting years for this!

phinsfan
phinsfan

Nintendogs was good, but this is pathetic.

Sheiko
Sheiko

Nintendo's slowly encouraging more and more family members to get into this very nice.... Just hope its not the next Ipod.... Ack!

IwubYuna
IwubYuna

Honestly thats kinda gay The Nintendogs series and its clone aren't my cup of tea neither are raising ponies :| At least Dogs are mans best friend.

Phantom_2003
Phantom_2003

wow... way to keep making games which appeal to nothing but the 6-13 year old girl demographic

Sim_genius
Sim_genius

tricache: that's because they are...

tricache
tricache

i always thought these types of games were kinda scary

jedi_nomad
jedi_nomad

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