Nintendogs + Cats Hands-On

The Nintendogs are back, and they're bringing friends. We spend some quality time with both canine and feline.

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Cats and dogs living together under the same roof may have seemed impossible. However, with the launch of the Nintendo 3DS, the impossible is becoming a soft, cuddly reality. Nintendogs + Cats brings a wide array of new features to this popular pet simulation series that show off several of the 3DS's new tricks.

Who's Making It: Nintendo is once again taking the reins on this wildly successful virtual pet franchise. Since the release of the original Nintendogs on the Nintendo DS back in 2005, this series has grown to capture the hearts of gamers worldwide.

What It Looks Like: Nintendogs + Cats includes some of the most wide-eyed, heart-melting puppies and kittens this side of your local pet shop. With a little 3D flair and an extra layer of detail on these digital pets, Nintendo hopes you'll fall in love with them all over again.

How It Uses 3D: Using the 3DS's facial-recognition technology, your pets will be able to recognize your face when you're playing. They'll be friendlier and more responsive with you and will respond with trepidation when someone unfamiliar is playing. With the augmented-reality functionality, you will be able to view your pet on a physical space. You could transplant it onto your nice clean bed, rug, or lap and not have to worry about cleaning up endless amounts of animal hair. And naturally, when your pet hops up on the front of the screen with its paws, the 3D vision makes it seem like you could reach out and give it a high-five.

What You Do: Chose from 20 different breeds of puppies and kittens and enjoy the rewards of virtual pet ownership. You will be responsible for all the petting, playing, walking, toy-throwing, and general loving of the animal. Also, you can dress your pet up in silly hats.

How It Plays: You interact with your pet in a variety of ways by using the touch screen. Tapping your pet calls it to you, drawing a downward motion will tell it to lie down, and giving its side a little scratch will cause it to roll over in the most adorable way possible. Once it's down, you can then catch your pet off guard by pulling out a bouncing mushroom toy and, with a flick of stylus, tossing it across the room for an impromptu game of fetch. Tapping the animal again after it has caught the toy will have it bring it back to you.

What We Say: With the 3DS's facial-recognition technology, we are fearful of a day when you can import and care for a digital version of your physical pet. For now, however, the pure adorableness of these animals is keeping us hooked. You can look for Nintendogs + Cats in the weeks following the launch of the 3DS.

Discussion

31 comments
Kris664
Kris664

i love nintendogs!!! the most wonderful reason why i am gonna get this game is cause of the cats!

SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

Okay, lets start training those Husky's

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@aoneone You're not buying Ocarina of Time 3DS? That's too bad...

Ceraby
Ceraby

More of a dog lover, but I wouldn't mind having a pet cat around too. I want the snootiest looking cat they have. =D

brian419
brian419

I hope they have Minature Schnauzers in this game, I own 2 for real,great family dogs.This game is coming out at launch so this will probably be what I play till Resident Evil comes out in the fall.

animegamer016
animegamer016

I love that their is a wide variety of puppies and kittens with 20 different breeds. The graphics looks nice on this game and I think over all the game will be very enjoyable! I will get the Shiba version! :]

aoneone
aoneone

well looks like im getting this game for 2 valid reasons... well 3 actually 1. my studio doesnt allow dogs 2. im allergic to cats 3. im not buying re-makes (i know i know not even zelda 3ds) LOL ^_^

Frostide
Frostide

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Nitro702
Nitro702

Another game that looks awesome there so many good games coming to the 3DS! :D

IcedEarthaholic
IcedEarthaholic

Ha ha, this DOES sound like a cute title, am tempted to buy it for the kitten aspect alone. I have two real cats myself, would not trade them for the world. Glad to see the kitties are getting some love.

Fusionmix
Fusionmix

What would awesome would be if you could eventually build your own house/yard and have all your pets running around at the same time. Throw in some Viva Pinata and Sims components. Maybe if we ever get a full-on Nintendogs 2 for the Wii or something. I'm getting this, ego be damned. The cuteness conquers all.

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

I'm only buying this if Boxers are still one of the obtainable breeds.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Ah man that Augmented reality thing sounds amazing! So psyched

GameGoddess32
GameGoddess32

I am so excited to see a game with cats...I LOVE cats.I enjoyed the original Nintendogs,but I'm more of a cat person.I might get a 3DS just to get this game :)

LaytonsCat
LaytonsCat

do you have to see cats, I Love Dogs but I hate cats

mathfool
mathfool

Can we eat the dog if it looks tasty?

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

"enjoy the rewards of virtual pet ownership. You will be responsible for all the petting, playing, walking, toy-throwing, and general loving of the animal. Also, you can dress your pet up in silly hats." HA - I can do that with my real cat. Pass me that kitty sized ten gallon hat and I'll get the camera out

Hellizard
Hellizard

OH MAH GOD!!! This looks awesome! I have the original nintendogs for the DS and this looks amazing!

justin4444
justin4444

I so remebered when I bought my nintendo DS Lite. I came up with two games Pokemon Diamond and This one! Awesome.. Can't wait to buy this device!

Solidsnake13_2
Solidsnake13_2

Wow this game is going to be great to play. I enjoyed the orignal ones on the first DS system. With addition of Cats in the game jus makes it much better. Can't wait for the double dose of cuteness that is nintendogs+cats ^//^

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

good 20 breeds instead of lousy 8 breads ugh , /16 overall if using all versions , im impressed with alot of the 3ds games and its pricing yay 200 dollars left to pay on it

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

I remember playing the hell out of the original Nintendogs. I loved dressing them up in their hats. :P This will definitely be something I buy for the 3DS.

Tha_DRP
Tha_DRP

Who let the dogs back out? ok that was lame, but anyways these games have always been great relaxer-titles to kick back on for awhile!

shafe-man
shafe-man

All my younger sisters are easily excited for games like these so I'll probably end up buying them this game. I might play a bit with it, but this is pretty much the definition of a great casual game.

BigStik
BigStik

"The dogs are back, and they're bringing friends." More like "they're bringing snacks".

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

I'm not even going to comment on the grammar of this article. :P I'm not looking forward to this much, but all three of my siblings are, so with or without my help this game has three fans. :P

brandon1028
brandon1028

One of the many 3DS games I'm excited for.