Background and Identification
Nintendogs plush toys are battery-powered, interactive plush dogs by Nintendo based on the Nintendogs franchise. The game Nintendogs was published by Nintendo on April 21st of 2005 for use with the Nintendo DS portable game console. Nintendogs was released first in Japan and later in North America, Europe, Australia, and other locations. In the Nintendogs game, users utilize the device’s touchscreen and microphone to pet and care for their virtual pet. Players can also use the Nintendo DS’s microphone to call to their pet and teach it tricks. The Nintendogs game was well-received and won multiple awards, including the Innovation Award from PC World in 2006.
Nintendogs plush toys were designed to bring the dog characters from the game into the 3D world. Some plush toys were manufactured with an electronic sensor, meaning users could shake the bone toy to get the dog to bark and walk. In addition to plush toy merchandise, the franchise also sold Nintendogs T-shirts.
Nintendogs plush toys are stuffed toys designed after various dog breeds. Many have electronic components for increased user interaction. A common repair need in Nintendogs plush toys is for the battery, which is a moderately difficult but feasible repair.