Demo this dog, dang it!

Look, I know Nintendogs + cats isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Honestly, I understand (animal haters!)

But now that eShop has a FREE DEMO of N+c available for download RIGHT NOW, every 3DS owner should give it a spin. Why? To witness some pure Nintendo magic; this is one of the most amazing and effective uses of 3D in any title for the platform.

Try starting the demo up with 3D switched off. Looks impressive. Then turn on 3D full blast and…the animals look real. Suddenly you’ve got these living, breathing little creatures running around on the other side of a magic portal into another world spraying spit all over you.

Sadly, it’s a rather lame and very limited demo that only allows you to interact with your chosen puppy/kitten pair inside the single room. None of the competitions (the best part of the whole experience!) are included. Also missing is the entire Mii city to walk your pooch through. No parks, no shops, no 3D fireflies and dandelions, and no surprise U.S. President appearances. Still, there’s fun to be had with the available supplies, so be sure to play some Frisbee with the critters and dress ’em up in crazy head gear. (C’mon…Elvis cat! That alone’s worth the download.)

On a funny note, this demo limits you to ten plays–much fewer than previous game demos–and I think the reason’s pretty obvious. Even I, a big fan of N+c, would not bother to play with this limited demo more than a few times. Even sadder, the demo doesn’t bother to tell you about all the great locales, collectibles, and minigames that are only available in the full version.

Ah, well. At least non-buyers can at least get a look at this game’s amazing visuals; N+c is one of the system’s best examples of how 3D can make a huge difference in a game’s impact. Sometimes you don’t need laser beams and swords thrusting out of the screen; sometimes you just need some flying dog spit (Ooh! Ooh! This game should have come packed with a tiny water sprayer to clamp to the 3DS underbelly to spritz players in the face at the right moment! That would have been awesome!)

5 Responses to Demo this dog, dang it!

  1. Eugene Allen says:

    Downloading right now. Never would have thought to try it, but will give the demo a go.

  2. Eugene Allen says:

    Good to see you back on the site by the way!

  3. XCWarrior says:

    Glad they did a demo for this since sales for it have been bad. But this is not how I want to spend my precious gaming time.

  4. frstOne says:

    I’m one of those “animal haters”. However, I’m really glad to see they are releasing demos often. For me, demos are the best way to discover hidden gems, and avoid some shiny turds.

  5. Richard says:

    @ XCWarrior and frstOne: Even though Nintendogs+c is just a pet sim, it’s got that Miyamoto sense of fun and depth that makes the experience unique. But, I can totally understand if you say “no thanks” to spending any leisure time caring for fake animals.

    It’s a pity the demo doesn’t include *any* of the title’s most fun activities, but–believe me–it is worth downloading purely as one of the system’s best tech demos. I can’t think of another title in which the 3D actually seems to bump the visuals up enough so that it almost feels like the system just doubled its power.

    @Eugene: Thanks, it’s good to be back…and good to be enjoying new Infendo podcasts! 🙂

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