Nintendo Announces New Breed of Dog

Described by maker Nintendo as the "next evolution of virtual pets,” Wappy Dog will work on the popular Nintendo DS family of handheld systems.

Arriving in stores later this year, Wappy Dog will allow young gamers to raise their very own puppy in both the real and virtual worlds. Kids can teach Wappy Dog cool tricks, play games and even “converse” with the play pooch. Each Wappy is a fully personalized experience, enabling players to customize both the in-game version and physical dog with different colors and accessories.

Players communicate with Wappy using commands given through the Nintendo DS. Wappy responds both virtually, by wagging its tail among other tricks, and physically, with vocal barks and movements.

Players choose between “Home Mode,” which enables them to engage with Wappy Dog through the Nintendo DS, or “Travel Mode,” which gives on-the-go players a chance to continue caring for and playing with their pet virtually without the physical dog. When the player returns home, their dog’s progress instantly transfers to the toy as if they’ve never been apart.

“We were excited about Wappy Dog from the moment we saw it,” says David Oxford of Activision Publishing, the maker of Nintendo. “This one-of-a-kind toy and video game combines a strong emotional bond and exciting virtual experience with the interaction of a physical pet. Wappy Dog is a truly innovative next-generation toy and video game that gives kids an instant companion.”

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