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Nintendogs mobile patent

Headlines and forum posts may have you thinking that Nintendogs is set to appear on mobile following a patent filing. While it’s possible Nintendo has something in development, things aren’t quite what they seem.

We’ve been taking an especially cautious approach to filings and trademarks over the past few years since they’re given way more weight than they should. Essentially, it’s pretty rare that anything substantial actually comes from them.



Nintendogs is one of Nintendo’s most successful DS games having sold over 20 million units. The journey to get there wasn’t easy though. Even within Nintendo’s internally, there were doubts as to whether the game would actually succeed.

David Yarnton, former Nintendo UK general manager, told GamesIndustry that “a lot of the hardcore gamers in our team poo-pooed it.” Once they got some hands-on time though, it didn’t take long for them to be “converted”.

Yarnton said:


Along with today’s screenshot of the 3DS version’s Nintendogs stage, director Masahiro Sakurai posted the following message on Miiverse:

Pic of the day. A bored-looking dog staring at the TV… Occasionally, the Super Smash Bros. series really makes me confused about what I’m creating.

Okay then!

Along with today’s screenshot, Sakurai passed along the following message on Miiverse:

The breed of the Nintendogs Assist Trophy has changed to a French Bulldog. It looks so real! Tell me that doesn’t bring a smile to your face.

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