Little Friends Dogs and Cats: Is it Nintendogs?

Little Friends Dogs and Cats: Is it Nintendogs?

The latest Switch exclusive bares more than a passing resemblance to another Nintendo pet game. But with all of its similarities, is Little Friends a Nintendogs game?

If you’ve been paying attention to the lineup of Switch games coming in 2019, you’ll no doubt have come across Little Friends Dogs and Cats. It’s a pet-sim, in which you adopt dogs and cats and level them up by training and caring for them. There’s a ton of customization, and some pretty great competitions to win, making it a must-play for any animal lovers out there. Some Nintendo fans have noted that Little Friends is more than a bit similar to another pet-loving franchise: Nintendogs. Let’s take a look at why this is the case.

Little Friends Dogs and Cats: Is it a Nintendogs Game?

Little Friends is sure to scratch an itch for fans of the Nintendogs series, but it is very much its own game. For one, it is not developed by Nintendo, and has been a Japan-only exclusive for a while now. The basic mechanics are the same, however, and given that there’s no news on a new Nintendogs game for Switch, it looks to be filling a hole in the market. Little Friends is being touted as a spiritual successor to Nintendogs, so it’s safe to say that the devs are fans of the series.

Is Little Friends Dogs and Cats Coming to 3DS?

One main difference between Little Friends and Nintendogs is that it is very much a Nintendo Switch exclusive. For now, if you want to play a pet-sim on your 3DS, you’ll need to stick with Nintendogs Selects.

Jake Green

Guides Editor

Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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