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  • Summary: Players care for and train their puppy by petting it, walking it and buying it supplies to play with. As a puppy competes in obedience and agility trials, owners can win money to purchase other puppy breeds. The pups will vary in gender, coloration and personality. Players purchase one of several breeds available at the beginning, then start spending time with their pup. They throw flying discs and balls to improve the pup’s agility, bathe it when it gets dirty and use their own personal voice commands to train the dog to do tricks. If players train it well enough, they will excel in obedience and agility trials and disc competitions, which will earn money that they can use to buy other supplies and puppy breeds. When players earn enough cash, they can buy even more puppies to live with their original pup. Players can socialize their pups by walking them around the town, where they will meet neighborhood dogs, and maybe even find new toys. Trips to the park and gym offer valuable training time to prepare for agility trials and disc competitions. Over time, the pup's stamina will increase so players can explore farther and farther. Players also can interact wirelessly with their friends' Nintendogs – they can set their DS to bark whenever another puppy is within wireless range. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 46 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. 10 / 10 / 10 / 10 - 40 platinum [April 2005]
  2. I will defend this title to anyone who doesn't see it for its complete originality, creative gameplay and darn cute puppies. This is the game that will sell another million Nintendo DSs.
  3. If you let it, Nintendogs will warm your gaming heart. Nintendo put more than enough content into Nintendogs to keep your kids and, lets face it, you engrossed for many hours.
  4. And while it is clearly geared for a younger crowd, it nonetheless shows off well the DS experience – something that no other system currently has a prayer of duplicating.
  5. There's no denying how adorable the puppies are, how amazing the technology that runs them is, or how much stuff there is to find, but I can't help thinking that bending the rules of reality would have made for a better game, in the traditional sense. [Sept 2005, p.114]
  6. 80
    If you're not heartless, Nintendogs will be one of the most innovative, inimitable, and impressive games you've come across.
  7. Nintendogs captures the essence of puppydom in its adorable stars and genuine charm, but focuses so much on being a cutie that it forgets to be a game. DS owners thirsting for companionship will certainly find some here, although it’s really just a virtual pet without enough interesting gameplay enhancements.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. SummerD.
    Nov 13, 2005
    10
    Alltough I dont have the game,since I'm getting it for christmas, I do play alot with my friend her name is Joy. She lets me play with it and I reallly ADORE it! I've red so many manuel's,guides,FAQ,officiel site, I feel like a Nintendog owner.... I hope to have one soon! Expand
  2. LilMissyWillis
    Jan 28, 2008
    10
    I love this game i thik it is very creative and i love the dogs in this game i have 3 dogs name daisy, Luca , and lats but certainly not least my baby dog semore. i like this game because it kinda teaches responsibility like when you have to walk the dog or give it a shower or feed the dog you no i think this game is also very fun. when i gt this game i couldnt stop playing it i got very addicted to it and each and evry time i play i asways play untill the battery runs out and when that happens i even play while the battery is charging i LOVE THIS GAME and i reccomend this game to alot of people out there with game boy ds's!!! Expand
  3. AdamK.
    Sep 10, 2006
    10
    Its simply great. It put all the personalities of a dog in 1 small cart.
  4. ThomasH.
    Dec 3, 2006
    10
    This is verey good.It is like haveing a real dog.I wonder if they will do netend cats
  5. CheyenneG.
    Jun 3, 2007
    10
    This is the best game EVER..I am a expert at it and have all breeds and Sadie my dalmation knows 14 tricks and is in all contests in the Championship level!You have to try nintendogs! Expand
  6. J.L.
    Nov 1, 2005
    9
    Cute and fun virtual pet game. But I found myself not having time to tend to my puppy 24/7. The game is probably best suited for those who have plenty of time on thier hands. Nice graphics and sound. Expand
  7. Shooterfan91
    Nov 27, 2005
    0
    I HATE THIS GAME! I picked it up like, wow, a new first person shooter. I love first person shooters, but in this one, you don't even get a gun! I've tried everything, but no matter how I touch the puppy with the sylus, it's always happy! There is no way to kill it, so I can't even reach level two because I didin't a gun in level one. I heard this was a great game where you kill evil dogs, but you can't! I returned the game because I thought mine was defective. In my next copy, you didn't get a gun either! Nintendo, in your next first person shooter, make sure you get a gun! Expand

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