Nintendogs accomplishes exactly what is expected from a dog simulator, but fails to continuously impress its audience.

User Rating: 7.5 | Nintendogs: Miniature Dachshund & Friends DS
Nintendogs starts a new chapter in Nintendo history in appealing to completely new audiences. As always, Nintendo gives its audience a beautifully crafted game, but not as familiar, a very limited game.
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The Good:
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> Excellent Graphical Design
> Superb Controls, some of the best on DS
> Accurate Sound Design
> The Best Dog Simulator On The Market (at time of writing)
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The Bad:
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> Limited Game Design
> Short Entertainment Value
> Not Actually A Game, Feels Like A Chore After A While
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Introduction:
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Nintendogs starts out easy for its new audience as it guides you through picking out your very own dog, giving it a voice-recognized name, and sending it home with you to love and care for. You quickly get to know your dog and its personality. The game throws new items, toys, and accessories your way inciting you to play.
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Controls: 9.0
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Nintendogs is all about control, and its true innovation is in the multitude of ways that you play this game. You quickly learn that the DS was designed for this idea, as Nintendo always does with its products. Voice command works eighty percent of the time and clearly enunciating words can become a bother. Touch control is masterfully handled as the dog reacts to every touch made on your screen. If you tap the screen, your dog will recognize it as a hand reaching out to play. A rub on the nose will correlate to sneezing while a rub on the head will correlate to your dog's sitting, waiting for more love.
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Gameplay: 7.0
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The problem with Nintendogs is that the gameplay is so wrapped in its control systems that it fails to go beyond them and actually create a game for you to play. The gameplay in Nintendogs seems superb all the way up until the point when you run out of things to do. Most of your time in Nintendogs will be spent petting your dog, playing with toys, and going on walks, but that is not all it offers. Nintendogs gives you competitions to compete in. These are the meat of the game, but they lose their appeal like everything else. Having fun with this game for months at a time requires that you play for short periods every day for you to not run out of things to do. Soon, you will not want to take the effort to turn on your DS just to see your dog want even more food and water. There just is not enough of a game for this to truly be a breakthrough title in casual gaming; a game that casuals will play for years.
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Difficulty: Non-existent
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There is no difficulty in this game because there is no punishment for not keeping your dog in the best of shape. Your dog never dies, it never forgets, and it's always hungry. The challenges are as hard as you want to make them. Either take the time and create a super hound, or don't and only enjoy the easy challenges. The inevitability is that you will run out of things to do fast.
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Graphics: 9.0
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The graphics in Nintendogs are fantastic. Simplicity rules supreme here and there is nothing wrong with it in this game. The backgrounds are a misty white leaving plenty of power for the dogs and toys. This creates a simple, stylized look, while making some impressive dog animations on the DS.
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Sound: 7.5
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The music is less than stellar, but the sound effects are quite nice. Dogs bark with resonance and toys accurately portray their true identity. Not all together impressive, but present and correct.
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Overall: 7.5
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Nintendogs had an opportunity to be a standout title, but when all is said and done, the game evaporates. There are endearing moments, but most of the fun can be visited in a few short hours. The rest of your time will be spent wanting more from your purchase.