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Nintendogs + Cats has been released on 3DS and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Is Nintendogs is a possible ideal solution for the gaming-sceptic family? In this week's Family Gamer TV, we talk to one such family and see how well Nintendogs earns a place in family life and its leftfield application in fending off requests for real pets. We also talk about how playing games fits into family life for the different kids and what age it is ideal for children to start with videogames..."
- Family Gamer (Sun, 21 Oct 2012)
Nintendogs + Cats does more than add felines in the 3DS's socially aware, Mii enabled version of the popular DS brand. And of course, the lovely little creatures are now all in spectacle free 3D.
Nintendogs was a big part of convincing us that the DS's features could actually make a difference to game play. In a single stroke it combined microphone, touch screen and dual screens to create a creature care experience more endearing than anything before.
Nintendogs + Cats has less work to do on the 3DS, but will no double make strong use of the new system's 3D display, social interaction and enhanced visual features.
Apart from the headlined inclusion of felines into the dog pound, the game also integrates Miis. As you can see from the screenshots, the people you encounter on your walks are no longer random strangers but friends, families and celebs drawn from your 3DS's library.
Apart from this the game promises to extend the classic Nintendogs game play with new toys, breeds and pet care. Stroking our cat was enough to put a smile on our face though, as the kitten purred in delight.
The 3DS is available in the UK and States in March 2011. No release date for Nintendogs + Cats has been announced.
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