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Ubisoft Announces 'Dogz'

by Karl Castaneda - October 10, 2005, 1:44 pm PDT
Total comments: 23 Source: Press Release

"Woof woof! Look at me! I'm money!"

UBISOFT TO PUBLISH DOGZ VIDEO GAME EXCLUSIVELY FOR NINTENDO GAME BOY ADVANCE IN NOVEMBER

First Puppy Simulation Game Available for Game Boy Advance Owners

SAN FRANCISCO - October 10, 2005 - Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest

video game publishers, announced that it has signed an exclusive licensing

agreement with MTO Co., Ltd. to distribute Dogz, the first puppy simulation

game to be available exclusively for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance. Ubisoft

will distribute Dogz worldwide, with the exception of Japan, in November of

this year.

Dogz is a pet simulation game that lets owners name, train and play with a

realistic puppy. Players create and control a main character and choose one

of 49 different dogs from 18 different breeds. As characters in the game,

owners can take their puppies everywhere within the virtual environment,

from through the house to around the neighborhood to visit friends.

Gamers will earn their puppy's love and loyalty by remembering to feed and

groom it and reward it when it does things correctly. Owners can train the

puppy to lie down, shake, fetch and perform many other tricks.

"Ubisoft is pleased to bring such a unique puppy simulation game to the

millions of Game Boy Advance owners around the world," said Tony Kee, vice

president of marketing at Ubisoft. "We are confident that players will enjoy

caring for and watching their puppies grow, and we have a significant

television campaign in place to get the word out about this extremely fun

and rewarding game."

Key Features:

  • Three Mini-games Available: Run Puppy Run!, Puppy Reversi and Puppy Quiz

    with a cuddly new companion.

  • Visiting Mode: By linking two Game Boy Advance systems, players can send

    their puppy off to a friend's house.

  • Always Together Mode: After players complete the game, up to three puppies'

    data are saved through an included backup feature. When players go to Always

    Together Mode, they will be able to load one of their previous puppies' data

    and play with it anytime.

    Dogz carries an ESRB rating of "E" (everyone). For more information and

    updates about Dogz, please visit www.ubi.com.

  • Talkback

    Hostile CreationOctober 10, 2005

    Good lord Christ. Talk about blatant, cheap rip-offs.

    KnowsNothingOctober 10, 2005

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    gallyOctober 10, 2005

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    "Ubisoft is pleased to bring such a unique puppy simulation game to the millions of Game Boy Advance owners around the world,"

    Unique?

    Many of the features named can already be done in Nintendogs. Furthermore, who wants to bet that many of Nintendogs' unique features aren't in Dogz? And who also wants to bet that the realistic animation of the dogs' playful nature isn't in Dogz either?

    kirby_killer_dededeOctober 10, 2005

    Some other dev announced a doggy sim for GBA last week too...it was on GCA, idk if it was here...

    If you're talking about Pocket Dogs, I remember hearing about that as far back as E3.

    Avinash_TyagiOctober 10, 2005

    Attack of the clone games!

    Still, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    Sir_StabbalotOctober 10, 2005

    So, any chance Ninty will sue?

    NotRimmerOctober 10, 2005

    It's hilarious how you people think Ubisoft is the one doing the ripping off here

    gallyOctober 10, 2005

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    Originally posted by: NotRimmer
    It's hilarious how you people think Ubisoft is the one doing the ripping off here

    Good point. I do remember "Dogz" and "Catz" being announced - and made - some time back. I guess they didn't come out in the US, but rather in Europe? They were apparently based on some toy line.

    Which makes this two of the things I hate about "creative" industries:

    1) tie-ins
    2) ripoffs

    The "ripoff" here is that once Nintendogs became extremely popular, THEN they decided to announce this game for the US.

    IceColdOctober 10, 2005

    As edgeblade said in that other thread, what will you use to interact with your dog? Buttons, as compared to a touchscreen?

    Infernal MonkeyOctober 10, 2005

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    Visiting Mode: By linking two Game Boy Advance systems, players can send their puppy off to a friend's house.


    "Here, you take him, I think I played too much PUPPY QUIZ"
    "Man, he's got flies all around him, and looks kinda dead. Kinda REAL dead"
    "Shutup, I've got my ancient GBA link cable out, no turning back now!"

    KDR_11kOctober 10, 2005

    Catz and Dogz were PC games. Nothing interesting, rather crappy and nowhere near as interactive as Nintendogs. Sure, they were first but they are like Space Invaders to R-Type Final.

    kirby_killer_dededeOctober 10, 2005

    Judging by the screens it's going to be a much different game than Nintendogs...

    Infernal MonkeyOctober 11, 2005

    It sure is, for starters this game is called Dogz!

    NotRimmerOctober 11, 2005

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    Originally posted by: KDR_11k
    Catz and Dogz were PC games. Nothing interesting, rather crappy and nowhere near as interactive as Nintendogs. Sure, they were first but they are like Space Invaders to R-Type Final.


    There's also an almost-six-year-old Game Boy Color version. I can't comment to how it played. Just sayin', Nintendo is far from the first to develop a dog sim.

    Avinash_TyagiOctober 11, 2005

    fine...they were the first to get it right.face-icon-small-happy.gif

    ShyGuyOctober 11, 2005

    Nintendo is the Christopher Columbus of Dog sims. They weren't the first there, but they were the first to make people take notice.

    RABicleOctober 11, 2005

    DOGZ? WTF I WONTED RABBITZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh man I'm so angry now.

    KDR_11kOctober 12, 2005

    But a Rabbitz game would be AO!

    mantidorOctober 12, 2005

    I want oddballz, catz and dogz were kind of boring, oddballz was great.

    Infernal MonkeyOctober 12, 2005

    Now I'm reminded of that horrible Ballz fighting game on Mega Drive.

    mantidorOctober 12, 2005

    now that I think about it, it will suck on the GBA, this are PC games that need a mouse, or of course, a touchscreen.

    NephilimOctober 12, 2005

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    Originally posted by: Infernal Monkey
    Now I'm reminded of that horrible Ballz fighting game on Mega Drive.


    It was decent on 3DO
    porting a 3D engine game to megadrive was a stupid idea thu

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