I have to go, my dog is calling
Nintendogs was an absolutely monumental success for Nintendo. The game really helped put the Nintendo DS on the map, and it quickly became a must-have hardware/software pairing. The follow-up, Nintendogs + Cats failed to come anywhere near the same level of success, but perhaps that was due to players not being ready for a new installment just yet.
Will there ever be a time where audiences clamor for more Nintendogs? Well, I guess that depends on where you play it and what it offers. Nintendo clearly thinks there’s an opportunity to woo players with Nintendogs once again, and the platform they’re focusing on could be the key to the next wave of success.
A patent from Nintendo has surfaced that is about as straightforward as its gets. The patent clearly shows a Nintendogs-style game being played on a mobile device. I’m sure there are people who would buy Nintendogs on the Switch or whatever the Switch’s successor is, but a mobile version of the game makes a lot more sense. That’s especially true when you see the main gimmick for this idea.
The images included in the patent show an AR approach to Nintendogs, similar to what you get from Pokémon GO or Pikmin Bloom. Instead of playing with your virtual dog in a virtual room, you’d take that virtual pup and put them right in your actual living room (or any real-life space), thanks to AR tech and your mobile device’s phone. It seems like the perfect next-step for Nintendogs, and could very well revive intrest in the brand.
As usual, Nintendo’s patents sometimes never go beyond the patent itself. Whether Nintendo turns this into an actual idea that gets released remains to be seen. At the very least, it’s clear Nintendo thinks there’s something to this new approach for Nintendogs. Now we sit back and wait to see if it happens!