The next evolution of virtual pets will come to the Nintendo DS family of handheld systems this holiday season when Activision Publishing releases Wappy Dog, a toy puppy, developed by SEGA TOYS, that interacts with the player through the Nintendo DS.
Wappy Dog teaches young gamers to raise their very own puppy in both the real and virtual worlds and teach it cool tricks, play mini-games together and even converse!
Each pet is a fully personalized experience, enabling players to customize both the in-game version and physical dog with different colors and accessories.[ Also Read: Here Comes Denise, Your Virtual Assistant ]
The player’s interaction with their Wappy Dog determines the pet’s constantly evolving personality, skills, and happiness. Players communicate with Wappy using commands given through the Nintendo DS and he responds both virtually, by wagging its tail among other tricks, and physically, with vocal barks and movements, just like a real pet! One that also sings and dances that is.
“We were excited about Wappy Dog from the moment we saw it,” said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. “This one-of-a-kind toy and video game combines a strong emotional bond and exciting virtual experience with the interaction of a physical pet. Wappy Dog is a truly innovative next generation toy and video game that gives kids an instant companion.”[ Also Read: Digital World Getting Ready for Cats and Dogs ]
Players choose between “Home Mode”, which enables them to engage with Wappy Dog through the Nintendo DS, or “Travel Mode”, which gives on-the-go players a chance to continue caring for and playing with their pet virtually without the physical dog.
When the player returns home, their dog’s progress instantly transfers to the toy as if they’ve never been apart.
Wappy Dog will be available this holiday season on Nintendo DS. This game is not yet rated.
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