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Puppies & Kittens is here to fill the Nintendog-shaped hole in our lives

Puppies & Kittens game
(Image credit: Microids / It Matters Games)

Nintendogs-inspired game Puppies & Kittens is heading to the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PC on October 28, 2021.

Part of the My Universe series of games, publisher Microids unveiled three new games heading to consoles soon with one of them being a new pet simulation game which looks as if it was heavily inspired by the likes of Nintendogs or Little Friends: Dogs & Cats. 

Puppies & Kittens is just one of the new games being developed by It Matters Games which will all fall under the Microids Life label. In the game, players will adopt a dog or cat, of which they can choose from 20 different breeds, play mini-games in order to care for their new pet, teach them tricks, and take them on walks to meet other pets. 

If this sounds like a familiar formula to you, that’s because it is. During the golden age of the Nintendo DS era simulation games based on pet care, aspiring careers, or life management were a huge hit due to the Nintendo DS appealing to younger children and its touch screen capabilities. 

Puppies & Kittens was very clearly based on Nintendo’s mega-popular pet care series Nintendogs which we haven’t received anything from since Nintendogs + Cats was released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2011. Hey, if Nintendo isn’t planning on making any more Nintendogs games, someone’s gotta do it. 

The only thing left to do is decide what you're going to call your good boys or girls...

For more pet-focused games to try, take a look at our best dog games list. 

Hope Bellingham
News Writer

After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at university, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became a Trainee News Writer at GamesRadar+ before being promoted to a fully-fledged News Writer after a year and a half of training.  My expertise lies in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, cozy indies, and The Last of Us, but especially in the Kingdom Hearts series. I'm also known to write about the odd Korean drama for the Entertainment team every now and then.