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Nintendogs is an enjoyable and charming game that has players take care of virtual pets. This provides players a chance to become virtual pet owners if they were on the fence about owning one in real life. It allows you to choose from a variety of different dog breeds from Shiba Inus to Pugs. Future installments would introduce new pets like Cats into the foray too. Hopefully, Nintendo makes a new installment for this series on the Nintendo Switch or any future devices they have planned to create. 

If you’ve finished playing Nintendogs and are looking for alternatives – fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top 10 picks.

Of course, for all the games we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link, so you can check out our full thoughts on that and see if it’s something you want to invest your time in.

So without further ado, we present 10 games to check out if you’re looking for a game like Nintendogs.

Little Friends: Dogs + Cats

Little Friends: Dogs + Cats is a fabulous animal simulation game with similar concepts and gameplay as Nintendogs. Both games task players with raising and looking after cute virtual pets. In Little Friends, you can choose from multiple breeds of dogs and cats, just like in Nintendog’s future installments.

This game allows you to interact with virtual critters on multiple levels too. From teaching them new tricks to taking them for walks, this is a great game to play with your children. This will teach them important skills they’ll need to learn if they ever want to own a real pet in the future. Anyway, Little Friends: Dogs + Cats utilizes the Nintendo Switch’s motion controls effectively to enhance players’ immersion in its gameplay. From petting ani,also to dressing them up, you’re bound to have a swell time with this Nintendogs clone. 

My Pet Puppy 3D

My Pet Puppy 3D is a nice Nintendogs alternative for players who own a Nintendo 3DS system. This is a simulation game where you play as a novice trainer and teach several dogs how to sit, beg, roll over, and do other useful tricks. The game contains eight adorable dog breeds for you to care for and train throughout the game.

Like Nintendogs, you’ll become enamored by the dogs over time and will grow a loving connection with them. However, many of these dogs air from owners who’ll request you to teach them specific tricks. However, you’ll have the chance of caring for one of your own puppies and teaching him tricks through this game’s challenging rhythm-based mini-games.

If you’re looking for a simple simulation title about animal care, My Pet Puppy 3D should entertain you.

I Love My Pets

I Love My Pets sounds like a weird name for a game, but it’s sure to warm your hearts as well as Nintendogs. In it, players must look after virtual pets ranging from dogs, cats, and rabbits. You must feed, groom, and play with your virtual critters to keep them happy and healthy like your creatures in Nintendogs.

Both games excel at helping you establish tight connections with your animals and they each utilize the system’s capabilities to the fullest degree. In I Love My Pets, for example, players can use the system’s touchscreen to feed, bathe, and pet their animals. This makes the gameplay feel more immersive and realistic.

On top of having a cutesy art style that brings out the animal’s adorable features, I Love My Pets is a great simulation game for Nintendogs lovers. 

Puppies 3D

At one point in time, Ubisoft wanted to get in on the Nintendogs craze. Thus, Puppies 3D was born. It’s another game about raising and caring for virtual dogs. Like Nintendogs, players must feed, bathe, and take their dogs out for walks to grow a healthy and happy connection with them. This game provides players with numerous mini-games to help them achieve such a bond too. 

Both games utilize the Nintendo 3DS’s touchscreen effectively to make your obvious chores feel more enjoyable. Players can even use the Nintendo 3DS microphone to train their puppies vocally.

Together with its delightful gameplay loop and splendid graphics, Puppies 3D will likely appeal to fans who loved Nintendogs. 

Viva Pinata

Viva Pinata is a great simulation title developed by Rare. In it, players must create and maintain a garden to attract and care for pinata creatures. While the creatures in this game aren’t realistic dogs, they display enough personality and charm to urge Nintendogs fanatics to give it a shot.

Both games involve caring for virtual creatures. In Viva Pinata, you must help the Pinatas connect with each other and send them to parties. This will assist players in becoming more responsible and knowledgeable about raising life inside and outside the game like Nintendogs. Although you won’t send your virtual dogs and cats to get abused by humans in Nintendogs, the same notion of caretaking applies to both games.

If you’re looking for a simulation title that feels more exotic but carries the same sense of responsibility as Nintendogs, check out Viva Pinata. 

Animal Shelter

Animal Shelter is a game where you’ll raise all sorts of virtual creatures. You’ll pet them, feed them, and play with them. After getting to know them for a while, you’ll be responsible for sending them off to loving families.

Like Nintendogs, this is another cutesy and immersive title that will help you develop or strengthen your appreciation for animals. In this game, you can take care of animals ranging from dogs to horses. You must attend to each animal’s needs and some will obviously require different care than others. Nevertheless, the core focus of nurturing and developing a bond with these creatures is central to Nintendogs and Animal Shelter’s gameplay. The graphics are a bit better than Nintendogs visuals too. I

f you ever wanted to work at an incredible shelter and spend time with different animals, this is the simulation title that’ll help you experience that. 

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life

Despite being different from Nintendogs regarding genre and gameplay mechanics, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life shares similar aspects with it. Firstly, A Wonderful Life will help players become more responsible and successful caretakers. In the game, you must help your farmer character manage the business by tending to crops, raising livestock, and building relationships with residents.

The way you care for livestock in A Wonderful Life echoes the responsibilities you have in Nintendogs. Essentially, you’ll need to invest a lot of time and effort into developing the player’s characters’ bonds with all the living organisms in this game.

On top of having rich customization features that’ll appeal to those who want to forge different experiences with the game, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is a great alternative to play if you’re looking for a grander version of Nintendogs. 

Best Friend Forever

Best Friends Forever is a unique visual novel dating sim game that combines pet care and dating. While it has its differences with Nintendogs, both games share core elements of raising and nurturing animals. Each title also tasks players with feeding, grooming, training, and forming connections with their virtual animals. 

Best Frend Forever gives players access to different dog breeds to choose from, like the diverse selection of puppies you can acquire in Nintendogs. This allows players to forge journeys that are slightly different from other players’ endeavors. Further, Best Friend Forever’s developers promise that each pup has its own backstory, personality, and set of strengths and weaknesses.

If you’re okay with the game’s visual novel and dating aspects, then you’ll likely enjoy what this particular game delivers. 

Tiny Bird Garden Deluxe

Tiny Bird Garden Deluxe is a fascinating simulation title that focuses more on birdkeeping and garden management than caring for and training virtual dogs. Despite their differences, Tiny Bird Garden Deluxe shares many aspects with Nintendogs. For instance, both games tackle animal care extremely well.

In Tiny Bird Garden Deluxe, you’ll provide birds with water, food, toys, and a proper habitat that’ll keep them pleased and healthy. This echoes the same ideas brought up in Nintendogs’s gameplay. Both games give players nice customization and personalization options too. Gamers will enjoy decorating their gardens with various items and like birdhouses and foliage to help them stand out.

If you’re okay with a game that only allows you to care for birds instead of dogs, then you’re in for a treat with this one. 


Ooblets is an outstanding simulation game for Nintendogs fans to put hundreds of hours into. This game involves players raising and nurturing adorable creatures called Ooblets, similar to how players care for the needs of dogs in Nintendogs. You must feed, groom, and train the Oobelts and engage in other activities with them.

Both games incorporate elements of collection and customization too. Players will enjoy collecting different Ooblet types. They all have different abilities and personalities, just like the different dog breeds found in the Nintendogs series. You can also personalize your Ooblet’s character and give them an outfit that best reflects your personality in the game.

On top of having a glorious art style that wreaks wholesomeness and comfort, Ooblets is a great game that’ll leave you satisfied. 

So there we have it, our 10 video game picks to keep you busy after playing Nintendogs.

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