Spot On

Eurogamer’s review of Nintendogs: Dalmation and Friends:

But if, like us, you don’t have a vast amount of time on your hands to spend walking around a rather dull virtual landscape every day, and if you like a bit more from your games in terms of incentives and variation, chances are you won’t be playing Dalmatian & Friends in a few weeks’ time. It’s sad to have to say that, since we still think Nintendogs is an amazing achievement and a great game — it’s just not a great game for very long. In other words, if you’re a grown-up, if there are limits to your patience and your time, and if you want a game that’s not just for Christmas, it’s probably not a good idea to pick Nintendogs.

Yup. :P

Meanwhile, I think I am improving in Metroid Prime: Hunters. I still get owned (horribly) on Nintendo WiFi, but I seem to do fairly well against the easiest bots on a consistent basis.

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  5 comments for “Spot On

  1. 20 June 2006 at 08:19

    On the other hand, it would have been cheaper to have bought two Nintendo DS’es and two copies of Nintendogs for the kids then it was to “adopt” the “free” pup from the SPCA. Plus I can’t imagine that the dogs in the game could be any dumber than the dog my wife came home with.

    On the other hand, she is so sweet because she only got it because she knows I love dogs. I didn’t necessarily want one at the time and she’s chewed up our entire house, but that doesn’t mean my wife doesn’t still have a heart of gold.

    My next dog will be a Nintendog though. I already have two kids for material property destruction.

  2. 20 June 2006 at 11:13

    Real live dogs are definitely much cooler than Nintendogs, no matter how dumb the real dog is. :)

  3. 20 June 2006 at 16:39

    Oddly, the thing that made me stop coming back to Nintendogs was one of its greatest novelties – the voice training. The voice recognition was a little too spotty to be really fun, it was really annoying to everyone else in the same room to use (which pretty much ruined the whole “portable” experience), and it was disheartening knowing I could never teach my dog all the tricks at once because it had a limited memory. My girlfriend got a longer life out of it, but ultimately we both moved on to Animal Crossing as our couple casual game and haven’t looked back.

  4. Id
    21 June 2006 at 10:11

    It makes me almost glad that I lost my copy of Nintendogs before the magic faded.

  5. 21 June 2006 at 12:37

    Ha! Spot on! That’s pretty good!

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