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Nintendogs Best in Show

Submitted by on September 3, 2010 – 7:48 pmNo Comment

From a parent’s perspective, I think it’s a little limited  – there’s only one button to press and the dog does the same thing every time. That said, Flea thinks it’s great

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Price £24.99

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Initial thoughts: This soft, interactive puppy is pretty cute – it’s puppy-sized (around 30cm tall) and light enough for Flea to carry around. We received the Labrador version, but there are Boxers and Dalmatian puppies in the range. The box has a selection of pictures on illustrating the various things the puppies can do – give you their paw, wag their tail, bark, lie down – Flea was pretty excited to get it out.

We liked: It’s undeniably cute. The idea of the toy is that it reacts to your touch – if you stroke its head, it will do something from its repertoire. Flea thought her puppy was pretty clever, and she was more excited than I expected at having a toy that wagged its tail, and barks on demand. The puppy also has an excited whimper which Flea interpreted as ‘crying’ – this pleased my child in a way that makes me think she might grow up to be a serial killer.

We weren’t keen: I thought the set-up was a bit odd. When you open the puppy, it’s in demo mode – this means if you press the puppy’s ear, it barks. But when you put the toy into ‘play’ mode, the ear sensor doesn’t work – instead you pat the dog on the head. Also, despite all the different pictures on the box, you can’t make the dog do specific things – you pat its head and it reacts in the same way, each time.

Overall: It’s a cute, appealing toy, and seems nicely made. But from a parent’s perspective, I think it’s a little limited. There’s only one button to press and the dog does the same thing every time. That said, Flea thinks it’s great, and it has slept in her bed all week.

[By Sally]

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