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Nintendogs (Nintendo DS)

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Advertising Blurbs

Nintendo E3 2005 Catalog:
    Teach Nintendogs New Tricks

    Pick your pup from multiple breeds, ranging from Labradors to Chihuahuas, then care for and train the pup using the touch screen and microphone. Play with tons of supplies like flying discs and outfits, or teach the dog to do tricks with voice commands. If you train your pup well enough, you can compete in dog shows and agility contests - win to unlock other supplies and puppy breeds to keep yours company. Socialize your pet with your friends' dogs wirelessly. It's a portable pound in your palm!

    Contributed by Lampbane (2522) on Jan 03, 2009.

Nintendo Winter Catalog 2005:

    Pick the Perfect Pup

    It's dog ownership made easy! Choose your pup from 18 different breeds, ranging from Labradors to Chihuahuas, then care for and train your new friend using the touch screen and microphone. Play with tons of supplies like flying discs and outfits, or teach the dog to do tricks with voice commands. If you train well enough, you can compete in dog shows and agility contests--win to unlock other supplies and puppy breeds to keep your pooch company. Socialize your pet with your friends' dogs wirelessly via Bark mode.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on May 23, 2006.

Back of Case (US):
    Give a puppy a new home inside your Nintendo DS! Your favorite breed is waiting, so take one home with you then care for and train it using the Touch Screen and Microphone.

    (Image captions)
    • Pet your puppy!
    • Use voice commands!
    • Play with toys!
    • Meet other Nintendogs using wireless Bark Mode!

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Apr 02, 2006.

Pamphlet included with Tetris DS (US) - French:
    Offrez un nouveau foyer à votre petit chien à l'interieur même de votre Nintendo DS! Nintendogs donne une toute nouvelle signification à l'expression "un amour de toutou." Chaque version de Nintendogs inclut six races differentes, et vous pouvex déverrouiller des races supplémentaires en jouant avec d'autres joueurs par le biais de la connexion sans-fil. Mettez la patte sur ce jeu dès maintenant!

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Mar 31, 2006.

Pamphlet included with Tetris DS (US) - English:
    Nintendogs brings puppy love to a whole new level! Each version of Nintendogs comes with six breeds to choose from, and you can unlock additional breeds by playing with other owners through wireless gameplay. Get your paws on it today!

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Mar 31, 2006.

nintendo.com:
    Put a puppy inside your Nintendo DS! Nintendogs brings puppy love to a whole new level!

    Features

    • Each version of Nintendogs comes with six breeds to choose from, and you can unlock additional breeds by playing with other owners through wireless gameplay!
    • Collect and play with a huge array of items like tennis balls, flying discs and even clothing accessories.
    • Compete in obedience and agility trials to earn cash to buy even more dogs.
    • Interact wirelessly with friends' Nintendogs using the innovative Bark Mode.


    Nintendogs features puppies from the most popular dog breeds, including Chihuahuas, Labrador retrievers, beagles and German shepherds. Each version of the game comes with six breeds to choose from at game start, and additional breeds are unlocked as you play.

    The Chihuahua & Friends package includes:

    • Chihuahua
    • German shepherd
    • Boxer
    • Cavalier King Charles spaniel
    • Yorkshire terrier
    • Shetland sheepdog


    How Do I Play?

    This is your pet, and although it doesn't shed, it still needs your love. With the stylus, you pet your Nintendog, all the way from head pats to belly rubs. The more love you give, the more your Nintendog will bond with you. As your puppy becomes your best friend, you use the built-in microphone to teach your dog its name and many tricks! So after you train your dog to know its name, it will come to you (and your DS's bottom screen) when you call its name. After it learns a trick, it will perform that trick when you tell it to. For example, after it learns the sit command, your pup will take a seat each time you say "Sit."

    Of course, like a real dog, you need to care for your little pup. This includes regular feeding, watering, walking and bath time. If you're a person who doesn't constantly play video games, don't worry about anything bad happening to your Nintendog if you don't get to it every day. Nintendogs don't die, and they stay puppies forever. If you haven't played the game for a few days, though, your puppy will be thirsty, hungry and might need a bath when you start the game up.

    Your puppy needs to go out for walks, naturally, but these walks are special. In addition to giving your pup some exercise, your Nintendog will come across special item boxes. Inside these boxes are all sorts of goodies, from apparel to toys. With tons of items to be found, your Nintendog will always be stylin' or at least have a fun ball to chase around.

    Be The Best

    Nintendogs isn't all pet and prim. There are trophies to be won, and money to be made! Show that your Nintendog is best in show by winning the three events: disc competition, agility trials and obedience trials.

    In obedience, you score big points when your puppy does a certain set of tricks at your comman. Here, grooming and a good relationship with its master is vital. With agility trials and the disc competition, you'll use the touch screen to throw a flying disc or lead your dog through an agility course. These two events require some practice before you enter (although some dogs are just naturals at catching a disc).

    With the money that you earn from the events, you can buy supplies and more dogs from the kennel! Don't let your Nintendog get lonely. You can keep up to three dogs at a time, and you can store more at the "dog hotel" where they'll look after your dogs.

    Bark, Bark, Bark!

    If another person is playing Nintendogs within the Nintendo DS's wireless range, the two of you can meet up in Bark Mode. When you go into Bark Mode, your DS searches for a wireless partner. When you've found a match, your dog will play with that person's dog!

    You can also bring gifts into Bark Mode and swap them with fellow Nintendogs players. Also, you can unlock a breed on your game card by meeting a dog of that same breed in Bark Mode.

    Bottom Line

    This truly unique experience will do more than bring you and your Nintendog together. It opens your eyes to a whole new way to play video games!

    Contributed by Evilhead (1048) on Nov 03, 2005.