How cats wound up in Nintendogs + Cats

As a diehard cat person, I’m pleased to see the inclusion of cats in Nintendogs + Cats, an exciting Nintendo 3DS launch title, which I’m sure I’ll never play. But how exactly did felines find their way into the latest entry in the canine-centric series? The answer may surprise you.

Speaking at Nintendo World 2011 producer Hideki Konno introduced Nintendogs + Cats to the audience, showing off a bunch of adorable features, like how in-game pets will recognize the faces of people who regularly play with them.

Above: A needy puppy, desperate for attention (front). A proud feline patrolling your living room (back)

Above: Players line up to sample the Nintendogs + Cats demo at Nintendo World 2011

Konno then went on to reveal the dirty little secret behind the soon-to-be-infamous ‘Cat Gate’ scandal, saying “During development of 3DS Nintendogs, Shigeru Miyamoto got a cat.” According to Konno, Nintendo had been considering a Nintencats and a Nintenhorse title targeted towards European markets. They even considered a Nintendolphin game! How kickass would that be? However, Miyamoto pointed towards all the discoveries players could make in a world where dogs and cats live together with his infinite wisdom - and Nintendogs + Cats was born.

Nintendogs + Cats is scheduled to release on February 26 in Japan. In the meantime, check out our hands-on preview on the three dimensional pet sim.

[Source: 4gamer via Andriasang]

Jan 11, 2011


  • Andyjoe - March 1, 2011 5:44 p.m.

    Miyamoto, you got to love that crazy genius.
  • WickedSid - January 12, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    Mr. Nagata, you have just gotten infinitely more awesome. Super-awesome Cat person High-five, Yeah!
  • Japanaman - January 12, 2011 3:42 p.m.

    Nintendogs is catchy. Every other title fails. That's why you can't have a Nintencats game. It doesn't make sense or sound right.
  • jmcgrotty - January 12, 2011 7:35 a.m.

    Little known fact: In Super Mario Bros., Mario was trying to rescue an actual toadstool/mushroom until Shigeru Miyamoto got a girlfriend.
  • Robusken - January 12, 2011 7:30 a.m.

    Yes a cat in the background. I want to play this game, for like an hour maybe, and then never play it again. But knowing how good these games sell it most likely won't drop to a price where I won't feel stupid about buying it.
  • JLThatshilarious - January 12, 2011 3:48 a.m.

    I'm not gonna get this. Because I play with them for a long time, then forget about them, and I feel incredibly bad. Face-recognition isn't gonna help. :(
  • RamenChimera - January 12, 2011 3:47 a.m.

    @Sleepingdragon How about a Nintenwifepossesedrobotarm game?! Bit of a long title, but everyone would love it
  • Sleepingdragon - January 12, 2011 3:43 a.m.

    how long until a nintenwife? With face recognition facilitating nagging the longer the player doesnt use the game, or the longer the player is in the pub
  • 510BrotherPanda - January 12, 2011 12:48 a.m.

    I wouldn't play it unless there was a Ninten-Rabbits version. The Petz games are vastly inferior...
  • BadWobot - January 12, 2011 12:39 a.m.

    Reading the title of this article, I figgered "Miyamoto got a cat." I was not disappoint.
  • AdonisX82 - January 12, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    ummm, first?!?!

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