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Nintendogs (NDS)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 304 reviews of Nintendogs (NDS). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Nintendo DS Games for all reviews. People really like the usability and gameplay. The price and graphics also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the action.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo DS Games the Nintendogs (NDS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Carol A. Mangis (

Nintendogs: Dalmatian & Friends


Here's a great gift for pet lovers with allergies (and DS's). We loved the original version of Nintendogs, and this one delivers exactly the same amount of fun. It includes the most popular breeds from the other versions, and the prized and elusive...

Compelling, engaging gameplay for any age.

Nothing much new in this version.

This game delivers all the fun of the original Nintendogs, though nothing new has been added.

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Snackbar Crew (



Kat Ingersoll

Dec, 2005

Expert review by: Andrew Joy (

Nintendogs: Lab and Friends


If you own a Nintendo DS, and even if you don't, chances are you have probably heard of Nintendogs and for good reason. Nintendogs is innovative, it looks good and it really draws you in (for a little while, at least). But, while others are touting...

Cute factor is off the scale ; The dogs look terrific ; A wide variety of fun items ; Dog walks offer plenty of chances to snag rare items ; Multiple ways to interact with your virtual pup

Game is too short and feels like a chore ; Most of the game is just so humdrum ; Takes too long to earn trainer points ; Too many factors involved for Bark Mode to work in reality ; DS hardware may not have been up to the task

Just to be clear, Nintendogs is not a game, as I would normally consider a game. It has no story, very few goal and the closest thing it comes to a boss battle is trying to survive the droll and repetitive "humor" of the contests' commentators. It is...

Dec, 2005

Expert review by: Phil Theobald (

Nintendogs: Lab & Friends


Nintendo unleashes its virtual pets. They're easier to care for than real puppies, but are they as fun?

The voice recognition works surprisingly well; it's fun to play with the puppies

You can run out of stuff to do rather quickly; what are the odds of meeting people in Bark Mode

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Luke Campbell (



Nintendogs is a title that sounds simple in concept, but the small touches make it a blast to play with. To simply look at screenshots or read a review won't allow you to properly form an opinion of this unique piece of software. So whether you can...

May, 2005

Expert review by: Cliff (

Nintendogs review


The number of titles released on the Nintendo DS is unfortunately small, especially when you take into consideration that out of the few, even fewer use the DS's functions to their full ability. With Nintendo's latest creation, a puppy simulator called...

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...

Expert review by: T.J. Deci (

Nintendogs: Chihuahua & Friends


Pretend, (practically) perfect puppies come to life in this triple-release line of pet simulations by Nintendo. In Nintendogs, players adopt, raise, and train an impressively intelligent virtual dog, of a breed they choose. In addition to Chihuahuas, this

Expert review by: T.J. Deci (

Nintendogs: Dachshund & Friends


Pretend, (practically) perfect puppies come to life in this triple-release line of pet simulators from Nintendo. In Nintendogs, players adopt, raise, and train an impressively intelligent virtual dog, of a breed they choose. In addition to Miniature Dachs

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Nintendogs: Dalmation And Friends


It's a new edition of the dog sim - but can you spot the difference?

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: The Vanilla Thrilla (

Do you like dags?


Definitely aimed at girls. I can play it for a minute or two, but us boys (and grown men too of course) like more action oriented games.

Got this as a Christmas present for my sister (16), and she loves it. The little puppies on the screen react to having their name called and whistled to through the DS mic. They actually learn their name, which is pretty cool. You can choose from more...

She loves her Nintendog more than our real dog

Jan, 2008

Product Specifications

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. Nintendogs features puppies from the most popular dog breeds, like Chihuahuas, Labrador retrievers, beagles and German shepherds. 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.


Elements:Miscellaneous - kids / children's games & entertainment / Miscellaneous - kids / childrens games & entertainment
ESRB Rating:Everyone (6+)
Max Number of Players:2
PEGI Rating:3+
PEGI Rating Exception:Portugal 4+
USK Rating:Freigegeben ohne Altersbeschr


Compatibility:Game console
Model:Dachshund & Friends/Dalmatian & Friends/Lab & Friends/Labrador & Friends
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Nintendogs


Package Type:Retail


Game Console Compatibility:Nintendo DS
License Category:Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard
License Qty:1 license/1 user
License Type:Complete package
Subcategory:Games - miscellaneous / entertainment / educational/Games - simulation