Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Mar 21, 2011
    60
    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.
  2. Apr 2, 2011
    71
    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.
  3. Mar 30, 2011
    70
    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.
  4. Mar 27, 2011
    70
    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.
  5. Mar 25, 2011
    70
    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.
  6. Mar 23, 2011
    70
    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.
  7. May 16, 2011
    80
    It may not be leaps and bounds away from the original Nintendogs, but a few improvements and additions, regardless of gimmick factor, means that Nintendogs + cats does prove that the virtual pet genre is still alive and kicking.
  8. May 1, 2011
    50
    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.
  9. Apr 12, 2011
    90
    As impressive as some of Nintendogs + Cats is on a technological level, I failed miserably to really get anything out of it. However, I'm not the target market in this case and my daughter had no problem awarding the game a very good score.
  10. Apr 5, 2011
    74
    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".
  11. Mar 31, 2011
    80
    The bottom line is, if you enjoyed Nintendogs on your DS, there's still plenty to love about its 3D debut. And even if you're new to Nintendo's pet sim series, you could do much worse for a 3DS launch title. There isn't an awful lot of new content, but what's here works as well as it ever has. And if you're like me, you'll have a much better shot at getting your apartment's deposit back if you opt for one of these polygonal pups.
  12. Mar 29, 2011
    80
    Nintendogs + Cats is most successful lovingly recreating the personalities of its animal stars, and even though isn't the quantum leap forward some will want, it'll likely be the pet simulator to beat over the 3DS's lifespan.
  13. Mar 28, 2011
    74
    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.
  14. Mar 28, 2011
    70
    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.
  15. Mar 27, 2011
    80
    Nintendogs + Cats isn't massively different from its predecessor, but its subtle enhancements mean it will prove even more irresistible to dog and now cat lovers, and that it towers in an even more colossal manner over other pet sims, no matter what their platform.
  16. Mar 26, 2011
    75
    It serves as a good system launch game that shows off the 3DS' new features. Don't go in expecting deep entertainment and you'll likely enjoy this. Again, what it lacks in depth it more than makes up for in cuteness.
  17. Mar 26, 2011
    75
    They may not win best in show, but the adorable animals of Nintendogs + Cats are sure to win your heart.
  18. Mar 25, 2011
    70
    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.
  19. Mar 25, 2011
    65
    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.
  20. Mar 24, 2011
    60
    Despite getting a name check in the title, the cats are at best some sort of bizarre comedy foil for the canines.
  21. Mar 24, 2011
    78
    It's a nice tech demo for kids and fans of puppies. The third dimension adds a fine touch to the optics, but it can bring you some headache, too. With more replayability, this could have been a hit.
  22. Mar 24, 2011
    80
    If you liked Nintendogs you'll love this. Its adorable but could become forgotten about after some time.
  23. Lacklustre cats and familiar pooches, but still an engaging and adorable pet sim. [Apr 2011, p.102]
  24. Mar 23, 2011
    60
    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.
  25. Mar 22, 2011
    70
    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.
  26. Mar 21, 2011
    75
    A game with few new features compared to the 2005 version, but with great, realistic graphics, which look spectacular in 3D.
  27. Mar 20, 2011
    70
    The world's most realistic puppy and kitten owning simulator – with all that implies for potential owners.
  28. Mar 18, 2011
    70
    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.
  29. Mar 17, 2011
    80
    Simply put, it's a better looking, better functioning version of the original (voice recognition is noticeably improved). It's forgiving and accessible, almost to a fault, but rewards investment with those idiosyncratic movements that Nintendo do so well. And it makes nice use of the hardware. [Mar 2011, p.52]
  30. Mar 16, 2011
    70
    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]
  31. 70
    There is plenty to do in Nintendogs + Cats, but most gamers will get tired of the competitions pretty quickly.
  32. Apr 20, 2011
    70
    NintendoDogs+Cats is a unique experience, especially for the connection, empathy and interaction that is possible with the dogs and cats.
  33. Apr 17, 2011
    60
    Barely noticeable new content compared to the over five year old DS game. Still cute, but just no shown creativity from the developers.
  34. Apr 13, 2011
    75
    But as is, nintendogs + cats is still worth a look by everyone but the most black-hearted animal-haters. [April 2011, p.80]
  35. Apr 11, 2011
    72
    A "just for fans" product. The 3D effect works, but aside from Street Pass there's not much innovation in this chapter.
  36. Apr 7, 2011
    73
    Overall I can't help but recommend this game, especially for those that have not played the original on the DS/DSi.
  37. Apr 6, 2011
    70
    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.
  38. Apr 3, 2011
    70
    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.
  39. Apr 1, 2011
    67
    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.
  40. Mar 31, 2011
    80
    Virtual pet sims aren't for everyone, but Nintendogs is by far the best in show. [May 2011, p.64]
  41. Mar 31, 2011
    60
    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.
  42. Mar 27, 2011
    70
    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.
  43. Mar 25, 2011
    60
    Puppies that never grow, don't get dirty and are never hungry or thirsty. If only real things were that easy.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jun 25, 2011
    8
    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, 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. Feb 18, 2014
    8
    As 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 »
  3. Apr 5, 2013
    8
    It's a great considering it's genre. It gives you more than you can want from a pet raising game and using the 3d tech is nearly perfect. But the dog and cat breeds should have been more than this. Full Review »