Fun fact: The model of the dog in Super Mario Odyssey is a direct port of the Shiba Inu model from Nintendogs + Cats.— 🌈 Master of Galaxies 🌈 (@CometMedal) June 17, 2019
Left: Super Mario Odyssey (Render by me)
Right: Nintendogs + Cats (Render by Centrixe @ DeviantART) pic.twitter.com/T84I3Ol25D
When Nintendo has the chance to reuse a model, they'll take it. Case in point, the Shiba Inu pup you see in Super Mario Odyssey is actually the exact same model from Nintendogs + Cats! I guess that makes this guy a reoccuring character now! I wonder where he'll pup up next!