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Nintendogs 3rd Million+ Seller For DS 19

TotalVideoGames reports that Nintendogs has passed the millions-sold mark, making it the third game for the DS to do so. From the article: "Additional titles set to break through the milestone shortly include Mario Kart DS, Yawaraka Atamajuku (Gentle Brain Exercises) and Motto Nou wo Kitaeru Otona no DS Training (Prof. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? 2), whilst Bandai's hugely popular Tamagotchi no Puchi Puchi Omisetchi (yes Tamagotchi) has also passed the mark making it the first 3rd party title to do so." We've previously reported on the DS's domination of sales charts in Japan.
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Nintendogs 3rd Million+ Seller For DS

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  • by Strell ( 877448 ) on Friday January 13, 2006 @05:54PM (#14467388)
    That everyone who got the game got 2 puppies, and that probably half of the buyers don't play the game anymore, I'm going to assume that means Nintendo is a large proponent of digital doggie homicide, as that is roughly 1 million pixel-laden souls dead in the digital confines of a two-screened portable.

    At least, I'm a contributor to that figure.
    • Re:If you average (Score:2, Interesting)

      by ArwynH ( 883499 )

      You killed your dog? How?

      I've had my copy since July and I've ended up putting it through months of neglect, attacked it with frisbies and tenis balls. I even found out that if you are careful with the stylus you can raise it's paw in such a fassion that it perfoms a half loop and falls over! But I've yet to kill it! The worst that has happend is that it developed fleas...

  • by MaWeiTao ( 908546 ) on Friday January 13, 2006 @07:17PM (#14468093)
    "Instead of this, why not get a real dog?"

    Well, I think most people are playing the game because it's fun, not because it's any kind of replacement for a real dog.
  • I wonder why they don't mention Animal Crossing: Wild World? It's gone over 1.5 million [] in Japan alone and, unlike the non-Nintendogs titles in the article, AC is available in the US as well (apparently, despite the fact that I've visted AC towns in the UK, AC won't be officially released in the EU until March).
  • Nitpick: The "Yawaraka" in "Yawaraka Atama Juku" doesn't mean "gentle" in that context. It means "soft" or "flexible", referring to maintaining brain plasticity through regular use. Anyone who's played the game can tell you that it's not particularly gentle.

    A more literal translation of the title's meaning would be "School for Flexible Brains". ("juku" refers to the famous Japanese cram schools, which are known for being far from gentle as well...)

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