10 posts tagged nintendogs and cats
New packaging for Professor Layton and the Mask of Miracle. Like Nintendogs + Cats, the Professor Layton 3DS release is getting a revamp for its box in Japan. The new sleeve adds a bigger top hat, the game’s supporting stars, and a lot more color to the cover.
I was curious to see what other boxes woud look like with the sleeve, but the only one that I could make work was the U.S. box for Nintendogs + Cats: Golden Retriever edition. I think the puppy looks quite dapper here!
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Nintendogs + Cats Scratch Guards. These accessories were initially interesting to me for two reasons: first, Inside-Games had them written as “Scratch Cards,” and I imagined some kind of rub-off puppy decals for 3DS. Second, they, uh, didn’t look that great in the pictures.
Assuming you’d be able to get rid of the huge air bubbles, though, they might look nice. And even nicer is the Zelda version that accessory maker DNP is selling:
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Seemingly overnight, Nintendo has completely changed the style of presentation for the Japanese version of 3DS launch title Nintendogs + Cats. First, it launched two new commercials, both featuring all-female casts instead of boy band Arashi (who have long since worn out their welcome by being everywhere in Nintendo marketing).
Second, it began putting these paper sleeves on the boxes. I have no idea why. Did market research determine that people like seeing only a certain percentage of a puppy?
3DS XStylus demonstrated with Nintendogs + Cats.
The DS Lite version of this “ergonomic touch pen” has been making the rounds for a while now as Greenbulb campaigned to raise $10,000 to produce a run. I kept forgetting to write about it, but it looks like they don’t need our help, as they’ve reached their fundraising goal!
Along with its extendable form, the XStylus is designed to offer a better grip than traditional styli while still fitting in a DS Lite’s slot. And while buying a special (and expensive — $20 for 4) for the DS Lite seems a little silly when there are already two DSi models and the 3DS is almost out, this video shows a 3DS version is in the works, too.
If you can’t wait for the 3DS XStylus but still want to grab the DS Lite version, you can preorder two packs for $20 at Greenbulb’s Kickstarter project page.
Preorder a 3DS, accessories, and games for the March 27 launch with: Our 3DS Buyer’s Guide
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Creative use of the new eco-friendly 3DS boxes with Nintendogs + Cats (click for a larger version).
I hope Nintendo does this with the U.S. versions (and in a lot of other games, too)! It would help make up for the absence of a Top Pomeranian edition:
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[Via Serenade, fanmade boxart via Nuno M.]
The Nintendo Channel has posted three new trailers for three first-party games — I know hardly anyone checks the Wii service, but that’s why we have Samaritans like NintenDaan to rip and uploads these videos online!
Steel Diver looks way fun, but I’m worried that there isn’t much more to it than what you see here. What’s the story behind the game? Is there enough content and compelling mechanics to keep you entertained for more than a couple hours? Anyway, jump past the break for the clips:
Nintendogs + Cats, 3DS, and AR Games commercials, all featuring the members of Arashi. There’s a surprising amount of in-game/menu footage in here, which is totally unlike the first 3DS commercials featuring the group — pretty much just members of Arashi looking way amazed at the 3DS.
Nintendo of Japan opened its Nintendogs + Cats site today, featuring the commercials, as well as a chart of breeds appearing in each version. It’s a good resource if you’re interested in the game, or if you just like pictures of puppies and kittens.
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Scandal: Models Photoshopped in Nintendogs + Cats boxart. As evidenced by a comparison between the Japanese and American boxarts for French Bulldog & New Friends, one or the other of Nintendo’s regional departments altered this photo of the canine, thus promoting unrealistic body images among young dogs.
It falls on you to protect your own puppy from the kind of pressure caused by this pervasive retouching, and let it know that it’s beautiful just the way it is, even if its eyes or ears don’t have the exact shape of the uncannily perfect model on the Nintendogs box.
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Nintendo posted a new Iwata Asks/Itoi Shills discussion about the 3DS, and along with talks about the system possibly recording 3D video one day, the roundtable has a curious exchange about Nintendogs + Cats.
I know few “core” gamers are interested in the game, but I’m pleased it has significant new features beyond just cats, like the pets recognizing your face, an in-game camera for taking snapshots, and an augmented reality trick that superimposes your animals on real-world locations.
The Iwata Asks conversation also outlines this neat Nintendogs + Cats item that uses “StreetPass”, the new feature that automatically exchanges data between two nearby 3DS systems, even when they’re in sleep mode and have different games inserted:
It’s impossible to experience the stereoscopic 3D effect of these games in these videos, but Japan’s MX TV aired a lot of shakycam footage for half-a-dozen Nintendo 3DS games from Nintendo’s Tokyo conference last month.
After the break, I’ve embedded clips for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (OMG, portablez), Resident Evil: Revelations (OMG, the graphicz), Samurai Warriors Chronicle (OMG, the enemy AI), Steel Diver (OMG, the E3 2004 game), Nintendogs & Cats (OMG, the kittens), and Ridge Racer 3DS (…).