Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
Buy On
  1. Mar 23, 2011
    There's something kind of addictive about teaching your fake dog new tricks. For repeat customers, unless your kid is still playing the first game religiously, I don't see the upgraded version holding their interest for nearly as long.
  2. Mar 25, 2011
    Nintendogs + Cats definitely retains the inescapable charm of its predecessor, and I expect that will be enough for many of the younger and casual fans loved the first. For me, I expect more than marginal improvements after a six-year layoff.
  3. Mar 28, 2011
    Like all pet sims, what you get out of this game depends on what you want from it. If you want to raise all the breeds and compete in all the events, this will be a lengthy game. If you just want to raise one pet, don't expect to play it for more than two weeks.
  4. Mar 25, 2011
    The cat selection is disappointingly limited, and it will be very familiar to players of the earlier entries, but this is shinier, more feature packed, and - of course - three-dimensional than any of the previous Nintendogs games.
  5. Apr 5, 2011
    Nintendogs + Cats is not so different from Nintendogs. It has cats and 3D, but they don't change the gameplay; this means it is still the king of casual games, but, this time, it feels a little less "fresh".
  6. Mar 18, 2011
    Gentle, sweet, calming and very, very slight. It does what it sets out to do with perfect efficiency, targeting the brain's fragile cuteness receptors with merciless precision. It is a game constructed of gentle routine punctuated by organic, unexpected moments, never demanding much from you in return for its simple, innocent pleasures. It's exactly what you expect, then – but that's certainly no bad thing.
  7. Apr 6, 2011
    Nintendogs + Cats reconfirms the formula that transformed this animal tamer in a great success. The 3D effect plays a key role in the interaction between the player and the puppy.
  8. Mar 27, 2011
    Sometimes Nintendogs + Cats can feel like homework, and other times it can be a sweet little distraction where you spend time with adorably well-realized puppies and accurately uninterested cats.
  9. Apr 11, 2011
    A "just for fans" product. The 3D effect works, but aside from Street Pass there's not much innovation in this chapter.
  10. Mar 21, 2011
    Feels very much the stock update, disappointing in so much as it doesn't actually add anything of note or substance. The cruel under-utilisation of the cats, meanwhile, could genuinely disappoint fans of felines everywhere.
  11. Mar 16, 2011
    Nintendogs + Cats is a near match for the DS original. Were it not for the visual pampering it would be entirely possible to replace the old game with the new without the kids noticing. [Apr 2011, p.91]
  12. Mar 25, 2011
    New console, new puppies, new success. If you, or your children, have missed the first Nintendogs, this must be one of your 3DS launch titles. For the rest of the world, this updated version of the original game doesn't deserve much attention.
  13. Mar 24, 2011
    Despite getting a name check in the title, the cats are at best some sort of bizarre comedy foil for the canines.
  14. Apr 1, 2011
    The game is best played in small chunks, which, given the attention span of most puppies, is appropriate, but those looking for a deep gameplay experience may be put off.
  15. Mar 20, 2011
    The world's most realistic puppy and kitten owning simulator – with all that implies for potential owners.
  16. Mar 30, 2011
    A game that sold 24 million copies is being re-released on the 3DS, with extra functions, three dimensional images and horribly cute kittens. It looks like Nintendogs + Cats will turn out to be another success, because the concept remains unchanged. Also, the dogs might have actually become cuter. It's a shame though, that the cats hardly have the amount of options that the dogs do.
  17. Mar 22, 2011
    There aren't significant changes over the 2005 game, but it is a 3D show that will do - we love the little cats and dogs. Street Pass, 3D cameras, steps presents... Full Nintendo 3DS with which to play with these lovely animals.
  18. 70
    There is plenty to do in Nintendogs + Cats, but most gamers will get tired of the competitions pretty quickly.
  19. Apr 2, 2011
    It's hard to deny the fundamental appeal of Nintendogs + Cats. These lovable virtual critters are a pleasure to play with. However, the package would've benefited greatly from more options, especially ones that broadened the ways you interact with your pet.
  20. Apr 3, 2011
    nintendogs + cats embraces elements of the 3DS such as StreetPass and the cameras, introducing the novelty of kittens as it goes, but otherwise acts as a refinement of the first game more than anything else. However, a virtual pet simulator of this nature in 2011 is not as exciting as it was six years ago when the genre was less common on consoles, and disappointingly it does not do much to push the series forward.
  21. Mar 28, 2011
    It's friendly, somewhat addictive and easy to play. I don't think its worth the console upgrade if you're still feeding Fido on your good old DS though...unless you're REALLY into cats.
  22. Apr 20, 2011
    NintendoDogs+Cats is a unique experience, especially for the connection, empathy and interaction that is possible with the dogs and cats.
  23. Mar 23, 2011
    There's not much to do with your virtual pets in Nintendogs + Cats, but at least they're cute and the 3D effects are sometimes quite impressive.
  24. Apr 7, 2011
    Overall I can't help but recommend this game, especially for those that have not played the original on the DS/DSi.
  25. Apr 17, 2011
    Barely noticeable new content compared to the over five year old DS game. Still cute, but just no shown creativity from the developers.
  26. Mar 25, 2011
    Puppies that never grow, don't get dirty and are never hungry or thirsty. If only real things were that easy.
  27. Mar 27, 2011
    The cats don't have the same level of interaction that the dogs have, generally just sitting around the house with general disinterest, regarding you with mild disdain and plotting world domination. Just like real cats then.
  28. May 1, 2011
    Nintendogs + Cats has been outmanouvered by other stationary virtual pet simulators for both Move and Kinect, but will still any animal cravings you may have during a trip. But at home it's more likely to collect dust than play catch.
  29. Mar 31, 2011
    Overall, Nintendogs + Cats offers nothing substantially new for those familiar with the previous titles. It's a shame, because this series could really shine on the 3DS, if Nintendo were willing to put in the effort.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Jun 25, 2011
    I'd never played the DS version of this game, so I cannot compare it with the previous version. However, after a month of purchasing this, II'd never played the DS version of this game, so I cannot compare it with the previous version. However, after a month of purchasing this, I still find myself feeding and training my poodle. My only criticism is that I can't have more than 3 pets at home at the same time. But definitely, this is one of the best in 3DS library so far. Full Review »
  2. Jul 13, 2016
    I'd love to train my Nintendog to be the best dog everyone's ever seen! Especially if it was on the 3DS! Sadly, that's all you can do inI'd love to train my Nintendog to be the best dog everyone's ever seen! Especially if it was on the 3DS! Sadly, that's all you can do in Nintendogs + Cats: Toy Poodle & New Friends. Great for dog lovers. Full Review »
  3. Feb 18, 2014
    As with the original, the voice commands need some work. The competition events aren't very good. Frisbee is fun, lure coursing is ok, butAs with the original, the voice commands need some work. The competition events aren't very good. Frisbee is fun, lure coursing is ok, but .... those voice commands are just so frustrating. The 3D in the game is nice and the visuals are much better than the DS version. Nothing really groundbreaking except maybe the addition of cats, which unfortunately don't do anything except look cute. Full Review »