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Posted by TurtleGirl On January - 25 - 2011

Dogs and Cats in the same game, this is going to get messy.
 

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Nintendogs and Cats is the next installment in Nintendo’s pet simulator coming to the Nintendo 3DS and it’s the next in the series that allows you to interact with either a cat or dog. The game is more or less the same as it’s predecessor, although the graphics were improved and 3D effects were simply fantastic.
 

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The game allows players to use the touch screen, microphone and, for the very first time, face recognition has been introduced. Nintendogs and Cats absolutely is one of the cutest games and one that is a constant reminder that you can own your very sweet puppy or kitten in the palm of your hand. With twenty different breeds to choose from, it’s hard to decide what one to opt for. They are all lovely, but I decided to choose the one that most resembled the GGUK mascot, which was a french bulldog. Each breed has their very own beautiful colours and personalities, and genuinely looks amazing in 3D. The soft hair on my dog looked very defined, noticeably more so in 3D. My dog seemed to bark a lot at everything and anything, it’s amazing how video games represent real life.
 

After going through the menu, I could choose from a selection of toys to keep my puppy entertained which involved me throwing out the odd ball and frisbee as he went flying through the air in an attempt to catch it. As before, there are many toys and accessories to choose from and if you really want your puppy to look fancy, or just plain daft, you can dress them up in sunglasses and baseball caps.
 

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Each time you play the game, your puppy really does recognise you and react to your voice and touch. My puppy seemed to spend most of it’s time being stroked and occasionally you would press a button to whistle for it’s attention. Simply tapping the camera icon on the touch screen interface, I could take some great photographs of my puppy which can be saved onto an SD card or shared with other players via StreetPass. Taking your puppy for a well earned walk was fun as the 3DS has a built in pedometer allowing you to keep track on your steps. The face recognition allows you to build a relationship with your pet by emphasising only you as it’s owner, which means that your pet will recognise only you and your voice eventually, without the need to whistle constantly.
 

The Nintendo 3DS also has a very unique feature, agumented reality, which allows you to see your pet in real life environments, such as in your hand or on a table. You have to see it to believe it and experience it to understand the full extent of this feature. There was a journal in which I could save my progress, keep tabs on my activities and view my pedometer information.
 

All of the environments, pets and activities were simply astounding and I felt the 3D effect on this game allowed me to feel closer and more comfortable with my pet.

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