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Let's Take A Moment To Remember "Nintendogs" And How Good Of A Video Game It Was

RIP to my Nintendogs that I haven't fed in 10+ years.

Even if you don't consider yourself a gamer, there's a huge chance that you played Nintendogs during your childhood.

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Released in 2005, it was compatible with the Nintendo DS — which still remains one of my favourite consoles to date.

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Like come on, the DS gave us games like Cooking Mama, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and Professor Layton And The Curious Village. It's a god-tier console.

There were four different versions available — Lab & Friends (known as Shiba & Friends in Japan), Dalmatian & Friends, Dachshund & Friends and Chihuahua & Friends.

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And although you wanted to own all of them, your parents wouldn't budge, so you usually just picked based on your fave dog breed.

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But you didn't mind, because here was the dog — albeit a virtual one in a game — that you had been begging your parents for.

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Plus, if you showed how mature you were in taking care of your Nintendog, then SURELY they would get you a real dog, right?

Your gameplay started off strong. You adopted your Nintendog (which took awhile because you kept petting all the dogs at the kennel) and then spent a good five minutes thinking up the perfect name for them.

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It usually turned out to be something generic but cute, like Misty, Spot or Blackie.

From there, you quickly learned the controls and started to train your doggo various commands, like "sit", "roll over" and "beg".

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Some commands were easy, while others had you barking (pun intended) at your Nintendo DS until your voice was hoarse, resulting in your parents most likely regretting their decision to buy you that game.

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"BEG. BEG! C'MON NOW, YOU DID IT BEFORE. B-E-G. BEG!" *Dog sits down.*

At that point, you decided it was time for a walk to the park, which was your favourite part of the game — both because it felt ~realistic~ and you could practice fido's disc throwing skills.

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Also, let's not forget about planning the route.

At this early stage, you were extremely attentive to your Nintendog. You fed them, you walked them and you even earned points to purchase more dogs and items.

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I almost wanted to make fun of this get-up, but the dog looks too cute so I can't.

Petting your dog was also incredibly cathartic, alongside washing them.

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*Vigorous stylus rubbing to the point where it felt like you were scratching your DS screen.*

Soon, you built up the confidence to enter the Disc Competition, Agility Trial and Obedience Trial, which you obviously mastered because you were an A+ dog owner.

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Sometimes you even enabled Bark Mode, so that your friend's puppies could play with yours.

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Looking back, I'm glad I got the chance to play Nintendogs as a kid. Granted, I did grow out of it at one stage (RIP to my puppies, I still feel guilty), but it was such a wholesome gaming experience.

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You literally just got to have fun and take care of dogs (and cats in the later editions!). Although, the responsibility became a bit much after adopting eight puppies — which, in hindsight, wasn't the best idea for a 12-year-old. But hey, lesson learned!

*jolts awake at 3am* i haven't fED MY NINTENDOGS

Plus, the music used for it was oddly catchy.

I have had a song stuck in my head all day and I just figured out that it is the theme that plays in Nintendogs on the DS when you wash your dog

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The bath time theme is embedded in my brain forever.

Like other Nintendo DS games, it also made smart use of the stylus and microphone, which made the gameplay *that* much more enjoyable.

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In fact, I'm petitioning for Nintendo to bring back Nintendogs. It's the sort of wholesome joy that we deserve in our lives right now as adults.

me in 2021 playing nintendogs on my DS trying to forget i'm actually an adult with responsibilities and no longer a child

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For now, I hope you enjoyed this nostalgic reminder about Nintendogs. Personally, I'll be reminiscing about my own puppies and contemplating whether they're still alive — especially since I still own my Nintendo DS.

Dare I try boot it up and potentially get obsessed with this game yet again? Perhaps.

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