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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.7
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.9
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.3
Overall User Score (25 votes) 3.6

Critic Reviews

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UOL Jogos (Sep 02, 2005)
"Nintendogs" é mais uma prova da genialidade de Shigeru Miyamoto, o criador de "Mario" e "Zelda". Apresentando com desconfiança, provou ser um título que cumpre com toda competência a filosofia da Nintendo, de levar os videogames para cada vez mais pessoas. Afinal, o que seria mais casual que um simulador de "pets"? Por outro lado, não se trata de um jogo no sentido mais tradicional da palavra, tendo apenas alguns poucos desafios. O intuito é reproduzir a experiência de interagir com animais de um jeito mais natural possível. E, de fato, melhor que "Nintendogs", apenas os verdadeiros amigos do homem conseguem ser.
Edutaining Kids (Aug, 2005)
Nintendogs doesn't play like a traditional video game, and it "shows off" the snazzy features of the Nintendo DS. It's refreshingly fun, appealing to many little video game "veterans" and a whole new group of dog-loving, virtual pet fans as well.
GameSpot (Aug 19, 2005)
Just about anyone who enjoys the adorable antics, manic activity, and the tender nurturing that is central to raising a happy, healthy puppy should certainly give Nintendogs a look. Its simple interface, appealing subject matter, and its friendliness to multiple short sessions, with plenty of items and animals to unlock, makes it easy to recommend to a wide variety of gamers and nongamers alike.
Entzückende Hundesimulation. ein Garant für gute Laune!
90 (May 16, 2007)
En solo comme en multijoueurs ce jeu offre ainsi des possibilités aussi originales que nombreuses. Nintendogs n’est pourtant pas le genre de titre auquel on joue non stop nuit et jour jusqu’à finir le jeu. Ce n’est pas le but. Ici, il n’y a pas vraiment de fin. Petits ou grands, filles ou garçons, peu importe vous risquez vite de devenir dépendant à la cartouche au point de trimballer votre DS partout pour vous occuper régulièrement sur de courtes périodes de vos petits toutous. Alors si à la terrasse d’un bistrot ou dans une rame de métro vous croisez quelqu’un qui parle avec sa DS en lui demandant d’aller chercher la baballe ou de faire le beau, ne soyez pas étonné, il y a du Nintendogs dans l’air…
90 (Oct 17, 2005)
nd spätestens nach einer Woche, dem ersten Salto vor Publikum und dem ersten Goldpokal in der Meisterklasse muss man anerkennen, dass das eine höchst motivierende Simulation ist. Nintendogs ist kein Kinderspiel, keine Tamagotchi-Hätschelei, sondern ein raffiniertes Beziehungsspiel zwischen Mensch und Tier, das viel Zeit- und sogar ein wenig Finanz-Management verlangt. Das System der Erziehung setzt nicht auf stupides Zuckerbrot und Peitsche, sondern auf konditionierte Befehle, die Geduld sowie Ausdauer voraussetzen und die technischen Möglichkeiten des DS optimal ausnutzen. Nintendogs beweist auf eindrucksvolle Weise, dass Simulationen gleichzeitig fordernd, ansehnlich und unterhaltsam sein können. Die Frage ist eigentlich nur, wann die Nintencats kommen…
Extreme Gamer (Sep 04, 2006)
It's easy to become attached your Nintendogs virtual pet. This is a great pet simulator that takes advantage of all your DS special abilities. Over time the fascination with Nintendogs will fade but the overall experience is worth your time investment. Nintendogs is surreal, endearing, and clever. Dog lovers and gamers looking for something different should check out Nintendogs, it's one of Nintendo's best products.
IGN (Aug 19, 2005)
So it's been more than a half year, and Nintendo has yet to convince you that its double screen, touch sensitive system can offer unique videogame experiences, huh? Nintendogs might just finally change your mind. This unique package is one of those "non game" games Nintendo hopes will bridge the non-gamers to its systems by presenting a never-ending experience that anyone can grasp right from the start. Look, it's pretty obvious that Nintendogs and its cute and cuddly experience, isn't for the hardcore action gamer, but you'd be missing out if you didn't at least give this DS card at least one shot. There's a good chance this adorable set of puppies will romp their way into your hearts and your active game collection.
Diehard GameFan (Sep 06, 2005)
Oh boy, it is tough to put this game down once you really get into it. Between the contests, walking your puppy to try and find presents, and just basking in the cuteness of the game, I can’t emphasize how fun this game is. The one problem with addictiveness is that eventually you will get bored with this game if you aren’t an overly obsessive gamer. Nintendogs turns into the type of game you go and spend an hour with every couple of days. It’s a fun game and it is easy to fall in love with your puppies, but it begins to wear a little thin. It’s a game that you can spend a lot of time with, but you don’t have to. It’s a great game for the casual gamer. Nintendogs just isn’t the type of game you’ll want to play forever despite there being near infinite replay value.
85 (Jan 23, 2006)
Assigning a numerical rating is always tough with a game like Nintendogs, since how much an individual likes it greatly depends on his or her personal tastes. For its intended audience of people who love quirky games which involve raising your own characters / critters, the rating should be accurate, but if you’re the kind of gamer who just bought “Juiced” for the Xbox, subtract about six points or so. Honestly, I think Nintendogs’ target audience knows who they are. To its advantage, it is an extremely versatile game with lots of different things to do, and some truly adorable pups. Sadly, even with all this, it may not hold some players’ attention for very long. However, its greatest weakness may be due to its irresistible cuteness. Male nintendog owners may need a hiding place for their DS in order to keep it way from their significant other.
In conclusion, Nintendogs is a fun little title. As I said before, it gives you all of the benefits of having a real dog without the penalties of being sued by the PETA for throwing tennis balls or Frisbees at your pets. Emotional attachment is certainly possible, and it was evident that I was addicted to this little simulator after several days of feeding, walking, and playing with my puppy. I can't go by without saying that it is truly fun to interact with a puppy, virtual or not, and since there's the option, I'm happy with it. I recommend this game to anyone who is interested, but I strongly suggest to anyone else to stay away from it. It's not a game, it's a simulator. If you don't already appreciate Nintendogs, don't even try to.
Gamezine (Aug 21, 2005)
Bref, Nintendogs est un jeu à part, qui risque de vous lasser au bout de quelques jours, mais tout est une question d’affection, et je ne peux pas me mettre à votre place. Ce jeu requiert toute votre attention, et il faudra du temps à lui consacrer, d’autant plus que la mièvrerie ambiante et cette avalanche de bons sentiments ne plairont pas à tout le monde. Cependant, s’humaniser avec une boule de poils virtuelle ne peut pas vous faire de mal…
N-Zone (Oct 12, 2005)
Nintendogs dürfte vor allem in den Bussen und Bahnen Deutschlands für mächtig Verwirrung sorgen: Hunderte von DS-Besitzern, die ihren kleinen Welpen hinterherpfeifen - welch ein Spaß wird das sein. Nintendogs ist das perfekte Spiel für zwischendurch - mehrstündige Spielesessions werden dagegen eher selten sein. Pflichtkauf!
Game Shark (Aug 31, 2005)
As a virtual pet simulator, Nintendogs does offer a fair amount of fun for a while. Kids will probably get a bigger kick out of it than adults. Personally speaking, I think anyone who wants to make a pet simulator for older gamers should take a lesson from Sega’s Seaman. That ill-tempered, abusive little half-man-half-amphibian thing kept me entertained for weeks with his weirdness. Nintendogs is cute and shows off the abilities of the Nintendo DS well, but it gets old a bit too quickly. Not the top of the class, but a respectable grade-B showing.
Game Chronicles (Sep 17, 2005)
Nintendogs is a game that makes good on Nintendo’s promise to innovate on the DS, and while the game isn’t flawless, it certainly shows what can be done to make games different if enough time and effort are put into an idea. Yeah, it’s a virtual pet sim, and it’s also a game. Nintendogs lacks one clear point of playing: that is, other than to have fun and Nintendogs certainly succeeds on the fun. If you hate dogs, you probably won’t like this. Everyone else though will get at least some enjoyment out of it. And Nintendogs doesn’t cater to any particular age group.
82 (Dec 09, 2005)
Nintendogs is a very original title. This originality strangely makes the game less enjoyable in the long run. In the beginning you’ll really like your little puppy but the fun is gone before you know it. Especially little ones and women will truly enjoy this game. Therefore if you think you’re too tough for it, or you’re actually more of a cat lover, you should leave Nintendogs lying in the shelves. In all the other cases: go out and buy this game, dog!
80 (UK) (Oct 07, 2005)
Yes, the basic feed-train-compete mechanics are always there no matter how many puppies you own. And if you're lacking in patience, you're likely to get frustrated with the endless walking and dodgy voice recognition. But we challenge any child, dog lover or generally soppy individual not to enjoy Nintendogs, and not to fall in love with their fluffy little bundles of fun. Not a perfect game, no, but one of the freshest, most innovative and all-round entertaining titles we've played for a while.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Oct 04, 2005)
Att vara hundägare är underbart, det råder ingen tvekan om det. Det lilla Nintendogs-samhället är gemytligt och välkomnande, bara man kommer ihåg att plocka upp efter sin bajsande ögonsten. Trots sockersöta valpar och stunder fyllda av bus, lek och hundschamponering finns det en risk att man tröttnar på sin lilla elektroniska älskling. Dagarna är ofta likadana och rätt styrda av diverse spärrsystem vilket kan verka tråkigt i längden, men trots det finns det alltid en ängel som välkomnar dig med skall och svansviftningar - bara ett knapptryck bort.
Nintendogs is not a game, it's a virtual pet simulator that happens to be one of the most innovative products on the market. Nintendo took a risk with the DS but are slowing showing why it deserves to stand with the PSP on the portable market in 3D graphics. Fun, if your a dog lover, and don't mind playing something every day for 10-20 minutes.
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. But it's not a game, so pick up up on your own criteria - train a puppy or look elsewhere for a more by-the-books "gaming" experience.
PlayDevil (2006)
Graphically, "Nintendogs" is fairly polished; everything looks very nice, because there is not much going on, therefore the dogs themselves look excellent. Playing the game is a lot of fun, and is especially recommended to anyone who has had a tamagotchi or really wants a pet but can't have one! That kind of person will get the most enjoyment out of the game, but anyone of any age can definitely find something positive about this ultimately endearing package.
80 (Oct 10, 2005)
However, despite the odd quibble, there's something terribly alluring about Nintendogs. Whilst it's quite possible that not every prospective owner will react in the same way, I quickly found it became difficult to let a day pass without checking on my virtual pet. And in an age where so many games can barely hold our interest beyond the first few days, I reckon that's a damn fine achievement, not to mention a good reason to shout instructions at a handheld console. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got a Welsh corgi to bathe.
80 (Oct 06, 2005)
Ce n'est pas la première tentative en la matière, mais pour la première fois on va pouvoir élever son animal virtuel de façon réaliste, crédible et ludique. Que l'on adhère ou pas au concept, il faut bien admettre que le système de jeu est ingénieux, grâce notamment à l'utilisation intelligente de l'écran tactile et des fonctions vocales de la console. Voilà un jeu à essayer absolument, mais qui divisera très certainement les joueurs.
While it's not a complete success, the combination of cute puppies, technology, and (for what ever reason) fun factor is too much to stop playing this. That's assuming you can teach the dog anything with your voice. The inevitable sequel or follow up needs to correct that sole issue and if it does, Nintendogs 2 could be one of the broadest reaching titles since The Sims.
G4 TV: X-Play (Sep 07, 2005)
If you're not heartless, Nintendogs will be one of the most innovative, inimitable, and impressive games you've come across. It might seem like a simple evolution of Tamagotchi, but it's an imaginative and inspired experience. More activities would be a welcomed addition, but this series is off to a barking good start.
Still, I could easily see this developing a strong following among younger gamers, and those with a taste for non-traditional games.
neXGam (2005)
Nintendogs macht Spaß, ist herrlich zur Entspannung geeignet und lässt Ego Shooter Fanatiker die weiche Seite an sich selber entdecken. Die Batterie des Tamagotchi ist schon lange ein Fall für den Recycling Park und ein echter Hund ist euch zu teuer und lästig? Dann solltet ihr euch Nintendogs auf jeden Fall ansehen. Selbst als 'Katzen-Typ', wie ich mich selber bezeichnen würde, verbringt ihr, nicht zuletzt dank der tollen Features des DS wie Spracherkennung und Touch Screen, einige schöne Spielstunden mit euren Hunden. In Sachen Langzeitmotivation kann mich das Spiel jedoch nicht umhauen - seid ihr einmal in der größten Wohnung gelandet und habt alle Turniere gewonnen, wird der Alltag mit eurem Hund doch recht langweilig.
Press Start Online (Jul 21, 2006)
Ultimately when treated like a standard video game Nintendogs is not going to satisfy, the repetition and forced pacing being the main culprits. However when played as intended these faults become almost insignificant. The game’s suitability to short burst of play coupled with its ingeniously intuitive interface make for a game as appealing to gamers and non-gamers alike. Welcome to a new breed of video game.
Video Game Generation (Feb 05, 2005)
As a pet simulator, Nintendogs is something of a novelty and is a treat for anyone who can't afford the consequences of owning a real dog. However, as a game, well, Nintendogs simply is not. It should have either been released soon after the Nintendo DS first came out, to help show off the system's capabilities (for all the good it would have done), or it should have been delayed, so Nintendo could have worked out some of the game's bugs and improved upon it.
70 (Dec 11, 2006)
Nintendogs: Dalmatian and Friends is a great package, and while it’s a little short, I highly recommend it for dog lovers and any gamers looking for an entertaining change of pace.
GameSpy (Aug 22, 2005)
Nintendogs is good, but after the novelty of the voice recognition wears off, there's just not a lot to do. It'd be an ideal game for a parent to give to a child who's not quite ready for a real dog, and it's definitely fun to get a couple different versions to play with a significant other. I just wish that there were more to it. Hopefully, we'll get more things to do in the inevitable future incarnations of the game and the you-know-it'll-happen-one-day Nintencats.
Edge (Jun 09, 2005)
Ultimately, while Nintendogs might be the perfect piece of DS software - the perfect way to reach out to the demographic Nintendo is so determined to woo - it's not a perfect game. There's more to be got out of this new kind of play than Nintendo has found this time around, and some of it could be better implemented. But, for now, it offers an experience which can't be matched. It's not so much a glorified Tamagotchi as a glorious one: no risk, all reward.
50 (Mar 13, 2007)
However, keep in mind that the game will become old for some sooner than others and that while it is a great novelty, it feels like it needs a bit refinement in order to be a fully fleshed out game.