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Nintendogs: Chihuahua & Friends (DS)

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Genre: Simulation / Rating: E - (Everyone) / Published by: Nintendo / Type: Children's / Release date: 2005-10-31

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      16.01.2012 17:08
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      A great game for dog crazy people and a good preschool game.

      My husband bought me this game and a DS in 2005, as I desperately wanted a dog and we lived in a rented house where we couldn't have a dog. I'm not sure why he chose this variant, there are several different varieties, each of which have fourteen different breeds you can choose between.

      To get started, you buy a puppy from the kennel, feed it, bathe it, and then the game takes you through various different commands you can teach the dog. You can take the dog for a walk, by drawing a path on a map, and while out you might meet other dogs or your dog might find presents or rubbish to eat. You can train for and compete in three different competitions, obedience, agility and disc throwing (basically frisbee).

      There are various toys you can play with, either by buying them or finding them on walks, some of these are very cute. I'm particularly enamoured of the inclusion of a bubble wand, you blow into the microphone and the dogs chase the bubbles. You can also get in-game records of the soundtrack which the dogs react to as though they were experiencing that part of the game (eg, there's a 'smiling dog' record which makes them lie down and snuggle)

      As your puppy gets used to you, it will return to you quicker, and as you exercise more, the extent it can walk lengthens. You can have up to three dogs at a time in active play, and you can also have an extra 5 dogs in the 'dog hotel'. Dog hotel is a bit of a misnomer though - the first time I went on holiday while playing the game, I left my dogs there, expecting they'd be cared for, and came back to find they were just as hungry, thirsty and dirty as if I'd left them in my house while gone; it's basically a way of being able to have more than three different dogs.

      There isn't a lot of game play, if you want to advance. Even the competitions can be beaten fairly easily, leaving you with no more levels to play. Feeding and walking are as repetitive actions as in real life - perhaps more so, as the scenery doesn't change depending on where you're walking but is the same background.

      My son quickly got bored of the game, and I play it for a bit, then leave it and come back to it. Because I'm so dog crazy, and I can't have a dog at the moment, I'm back to playing again. My three year old loves it, she can play by herself and she just likes to play with the cute dogs, she's not bothered about lack of advancement.

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      18.08.2010 15:00
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      One of the best games ever invented for the DS!

      I got this game when it first game out in 2005, this game was the reason I got my NDS and I must say that I think it's one of the best games ever made for the DS.

      Each version gives you 6 different dog breeds to choose from initially with the rest becoming unlockable later, there are 20 dog breeds in all. In Nintendogs Chihuahua and friends you start off with Chihuahua, German Shepherd, Boxer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Yorkshire Terrier and Shetland Sheepdog.

      On starting up the game you will be taken to a kennels where you must "knock" on the door with your stylus. Once you go in you can either play with 3 of the kennel dogs or browse through the puppies for sale. Each breed has 3 colour variants and each puppy will have a summary of its own personality. For instance your dog might be a "tomboyish female" or a "perfect for a beginner dog owner". After choosing your puppy you get to take it home with you!

      At first your puppy will be shy and nervous at being in such a familiar place, as this is your first puppy there are prompts to guide you through everything. You get introduced to the whistle icon and you are shown how to interact with your puppy. When it has calmed down you get the opportunity to name your new pet. To name your puppy you have to speak the name you want into the DS microphone, if your puppy understands a little lightbulb will appear above it's head, it may take a fair few goes for your puppy to learn its name. It all depends on the puppy's personality and also the actual name you've given it.

      Once your puppy knows its name you will be taken back to the home screen, there you will be instructed to repeat your puppy's name and get it interested in you. Once your puppy comes over you will now have to teach it how to sit. The on screen prompt will tell you to slide the stylus down the puppy's head, once it has sat you will have to speak the command into the microphone, again it may take a while. Once your puppy has learnt to sit you'll again be taken to the home screen where another test awaits you. You must call your puppy over and tell it to sit, once it has done so your new life with your puppy can begin!

      In the beginning you will have only a few basic items, one bottle of water, one bag of dried food, a collar and a tennis ball. You will have to buy the other items (such as shampoo and frisbees yourself) Items that can't be bought can all be unlocked when you go for a walk. To start with your puppy can't walk very far, you have a meter on the left that shows you how far your puppy can go. When out on walks you will come across presents and you'll also have the chance to meet other dogs. There are 2 discount shops available where you can buy toys, biscuits, everything you need at a lower price. There are two doggy parks on the map where you can play with other people's dogs, a gym to train your dog in agility and also an empty park to practice disk competitions.

      There are three types of dog competition in Nintendogs, these are agility trials, disk competitions and obedience classes. Each competition will get harder as you go progress to the championship. Agility trials are very much like those a real dog would do, you get see-saws, tunnels, single and double jumps, weaving poles even, but you do need to practice alot before you dog will get the hang of it. Obedience classes will start off easy, they'll require your dog to sit, lie down and shake paws. As it gets harder your puppy will be required to master more complex tricks and to do them for a longer amount of time, your dog also gets judged on how clean it is. In disk competitions your dog will get points for catching the frisbee, the further you throw the frisbee the more points your puppy can earn. If you dog fails to catch the frisbee then you won't get the points. If you come in 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any of these competitions you will win prize money and a little trophy.

      In nintendogs there's also the option to go to see your friend's dogs. This is done over wifi. You can send your dog with a little present too and if your friend's dog is of a breed that you haven't got it will now become available for you to buy from the kennels.

      In this game you can keep up to 8 dogs, 3 at home with you and 5 at the dog hotel. At the dog hotel you can also give away dogs that you no longer want, be warned, you won't get the chance to get them back!

      Just like a real dog, your puppy will need feeding, walking and bathing. If you leave your dog it may run away from you, if you look after it will it may run off and return with a present! On your homescreen you will see your puppy in it's "living room", you have the option to re-decorate and as you get more trainer points (you get trainer points for basically everything) more decorating styles will become available. You can even turn your room into a beach!

      This game, in my opinion is really good. It never ends and you can continue to play for as long as you want, playing at your own pace and doing what you want with your dog. This game does need someone with patience if you want to unlock everything and will probably seem boring to hardcore gamers. But if your child is nagging you for a dog I'd recommend you give this a go first! The graphics are very life like and each puppy developes its own personality, I'd definately give it a try. 5 years later and I still play it now and again.

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        15.03.2010 17:44
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        Really overhyped game

        Nintendogs. Probably the worst DS game ever!

        On purchase I thought this game might be similar to Catz and Dogz for PC and loving those as a kid I thought it was a good move to get this game. And after seeing all the TV ads and hearing everyone raving about the game I decided to get it. However I was very wrong.

        As after 10 minutes of trying to get the dog to recognize it's own name it began to grate on me.

        I stuck at it thinking it would improve but after learning pretty much the only thing you can do is take the dog for a walk and feed and wash the dog I wasn't hugely impressed. About the only exciting thing on the game is when you go on the walk and the dog finds a present, but when you open it to find a photo frame of a random other dog, you see that the only exciting thing on the game isn't really that exciting.

        I really do not see what all the hype is about with this game as it is the most boring game I've ever played. I would suggest to anyone thinking of getting this game not to bother.

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          18.06.2009 00:23
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          Buy a real dog - better value and more rewarding!

          I could not wait to get this game! Seriously, I pestered my boyfriend...and his mother...and my mother for ages and eventually I was given it for Christmas! I hurriedly unwrapped the game and plugged it into my DS imagining all the fun I could have with my fun, furry (albeit fake) and loveable friend.

          After about 15 minutes of annoying my family with shouts of "Here boy! Here!", "Come on Poochy, pooooochy pooocy poos!" and "Oh! Who's a lovely doggy woggy then!" into my DS microphone, I realised how uttely ridiculous I looked and sounded and also how completely BORED I was!

          The problem with this game is that to enjoy it you have to take it as a real labour of love - just like with a real dog, if you don't feed, wash or pay attention to your furry friend, he's likely to run away. Also, if you put a lot of time in with your dog, you don't seem to get a lot out of it. Yes, you can enter competitions and trials but these are about as interesting as watching paint dry.

          This game might be a lot more appropriate for a much younger audience...perhaps if they are denied a real-life doggy then this would be the next best thing. Yet for anyone else, I'd recommend a real dog; a lot more rewarding and a lot more cuddly than snuggling up to your DS Console at night!

          If you want an enjoyable and rewarding game with the same slow pace as Nintendogs then try Animal Crossing - there's a lot more to do and it's A LOT more interactive!

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          24.11.2008 18:57
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          A great game for a child

          Nintendogs is a pet simulation game created by Nintendo for the DS console. It had been released with 3 different pet versions Dachshund and friends, Lab and friends and Chihuahua and friends.

          In this particular game we can take full advantage of the touch screen available on the DS console, as well as the built in microphone. The touch screen means that we can pet and stroke the dog. We can also access the main menu screens and select different options such as bath the dog, feed the dog, give treats and take the dog for a walk.

          You can purchase items for your pet from the shops such as Frisbees, balls and toys. You can use the touch screen by making movements you can throw the toy and the dog will chase it. If you use the attention section on the touch screen it will whistle so the dog will return back with the toy. You can retrieve the toy back by giving the dog a stroke.

          The microphone is used to call for the dog when you want to get there attention you can also use the microphone to teach the dog commands. A light bulb will appear in the corner of the screen when the option of teaching a command is available for example, if the dog rolls over the light bulb will appear you have to touch it and say the command you wish to teach. If the dog understands he will bark if not be will get confused and display some question marks. You have to try and teach the command a number of times before the dog learns it. Once learnt you can freely tell the dog to do something and he will comply.

          As I mentioned before one of the options is to take your dog for a walk. When a dog is first starting out on walks you will only be able to go a short distance. The more the dog goes out, the further it will be able to travel. On walk's you have to plan your route, boxes will appear and the intention is to walk threw them as you will either get a gift or meet up with another owner and his dog. If your dog has a poop on the walk you must click it and a bag will appear to dispose. As in real life your dog will mark its territory by having a wee. Dogs can be walked to the park where they can train to enter competitions such as disk and agility.


          When you find items when out for a walk you can sell them to earn money, you can also receive cash prizes when completing in the competitions. You can also receive trainer points that build up your actions as a player. Money can buy you items such as dog food and water, as well as shampoo. You can also change the setting of your background apartment.

          A player may only keep 3 dogs at a time which for me is definitely enough as if you have to many it feels more like a routine than a game, for instance you walk one then have to do the same with the other and so on. You can keep up to 5 dogs in the dog hotel at one time which means you can change your pet often as long as you only select 3 to live in your apartment at one time.

          All together there are 3 different types of trials Disc competition, Agility trial and Obedience trial. In each of them there are 5 different classes Beginner, Open, Expert, Master and Championship. Each contestant is commented upon by the two judges Archie and Ted. In order to move onto the next class your dog must come in at third place or higher. The parks are great to get in practice. If your dog is dirty or hungry then it wont be allowed to compete in the competitions so you must make sure your dog is well looked after before entering.

          This is one of the games where you can use the Nintendo's wireless networking enabling you to link your system up with someone else's who also owns nintendogs. In doing this your dogs can play together. This is called bark mode. You can also use an item called "white record" this will record a message for the other player. You can also give your dog a present to take to the other player.

          Your nitendog won't grow so they will always stay the size in which you purchased them.

          I must admit I only bought my DS because I had seen this game advertised and I really liked the idea. At first I really loved the game, there was lots to keep me entertained without having the hassle of a real puppy but over the weeks I found myself getting very bored of it. I seemed to go onto the game and do the daily routine with the dog. If I missed a few days the dog would be starving and have flees. The dog will never die.

          I think for a child this is a very good game but for an older player there just isn't enough excitement after a short time. I cant really say anything bad about this game as I do feel that it was made for a younger player to begin with I just feel it's a bit repetitive.


          I do love the fact of the touch screen as you can really feel like you interact with the dog and it is something different.

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            13.11.2008 21:17

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            wouldnt recommend

            I love pets and i have always wanted another dog since my one died so i thought this pet could be my perfect companion. It did not quite live up to its expectations. Obviously i did not expect it to be like my dog but i di not expect it to be as it is. For example, you have to buy food from a shop from the main menu, you have to train your dog by calling its name and you really have to keep going over and over the same thing to try and get your dog to do it. Taking your dog out for a walk you have to create a path by drawling one around the block. You have to train your dog up to comete in competitions. I did not think it was the sort of game that i wanted to play a lot. After playing for about 10 minutes i got bored of just calling my dog over and over again for it not to come. I wouldnt recommend

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            29.07.2008 20:58
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            an ok game, but probably more suited to younger players.

            As a fan of games like The Sims, I decided nintendogs would be a brilliant choice for my new DS. However I feel it has not really lived up to its expectations.

            The premise of the game is simple, you choose a puppy and train it up to compete in various competitions which you can win "money" prizes in. This money can then be spent to buy your virtual pup new toys, fashion accesorize and the basic food, grooming and medical supplies. The game works using both the stylus on screen commands but it also requirs speech recognition in training the puppy for obediance competitions. This is where my first problem occurs, as I find it does not always recognize the words your saying, a few times despite my choice of commands being cvaried in sounds,, the virtual puppy becomes confused. As such it is difficult to complete obediance competitions and frustrating when you know you are doing everything right!

            The walk feature is quite entertaining, and allows for such bonuses (resisting the temptation for a bone pun there) such as finding presents on the way or meeting other dogs. A few times however I have been irritated by other virtual dogs appearing in the "parks" meaning the attempt at furthering my own pooches frisbee catches are halted by the distractin, and there appears no way of removing the cpu dog at all!

            The other irritation for me is the limited time you can really play on the game each day without getting bored, the ability to enter competitions and to take the dog for a walk is limited to a small number per day, and as such once this is completed there is nothing really do, the game therefore becomes highly reptetive. Once the dog is fed, groomed, exercised, it is easy to lose interest unless playing a one hour game of frisbee is your cup of tea!

            Altogether I think for young children this game could be enjoyable, however it seems to oversell itself in how long you can play it for. For a twenty minute break each day its brilliant, but anymore time than that spare and I would pick another game entirly!

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          In Nintendogs, you can raise up to three adorable puppies and play with them to your heart's content. Teach your pups new tricks: just speak into the system's microphone and they'll respond to the voice commands you've taught them. There will even be modes in Puppy Times that support a wireless connection.