According to a patent filed by Nintendo Co. Ltd. on 17 January 2023, Nintendogs might be releasing on mobile devices soon. Nintendogs was a popular pet simulator game published by Nintendo on DS. The iconic game would be utilizing mobile’s different sensors such as cameras and microphones to place the virtual pets in real-life settings.
The patent was filed in the United States by Nintendo on 16 May 2021 and approved on January 17, 2023.
Nintendogs on Mobile will be like Pokemon Go
According to the patent, the game will be an Augmented-Reality experience like Pokemon GO. The players will be able to overlay their virtual pets on real-life locations such as desks and beds using the camera and some other sensors on their smartphones.
This is different from the original version which was released in 2005 on Nintendo DS as in this version the players could only interact with their pets in virtual environments.
Nintendogs was very well received by players and critics alike, as it cured the itch of gamers petting dogs in video games. It was originally released in three different versions: Dachshund & Friends, Lab & Friends (Shiba & Friends in Japan) and Chihuahua & Friends.
The game used DS’s touchscreen and microphone. The microphone was used to talk with the dog and even teach the dogs tricks such as “sit” or “roll over”. The owners could take their pets for walks in virtual parks, clean them, feed them and even interact with other players using DS’ multiplayer capabilities.
The game sold combined 23.96 million copies worldwide, making it the second highest-selling game on the Nintendo DS, behind Super Mario Bros. The game’s success spawned several new Nintendogs products such as toys and trading cards, and a sequel titled “Nintendogs+Cats” was released for Nintendo 3DS in 2011. However, the series was not continued for Nintendo Switch, which was released in 2017.
The game, when released, will join other Nintendo Games on mobiles such as Super Mario Run, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, Fire Emblem, Mario Kart Tour and Pikmin Bloom.
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