The Nintendo DS ended the year with a bang.
After a slow start, the handheld gradually gained traction, arguably starting with the release of the ever-so-unique
in August. The puppy sim was highly recognized by the likes of
The New York Times, USA Today, Time magazine
and has recieved the following awards:
* PC World
: 2006 Innovation Award
: Best Game of 2005
featured on Best Products
* Entertainment Weekly
featured on The Must List
* Chicago Sun Times
featured on the Game Of The Year list
#1 on the Annual Video Game Toy TestNintendogs
has surpassed sales
of 1.5 million units since its U.S. launch in August. For those that have played the sim, you probably know: The
premise of a dog simulation is nothing new, but the presentation, interfacing, and life-like dog personalities of the
game are an achievement for any kind of software. Let's get one thing straight though, awards don't mean a thing unless
they influence the public (e.g.
ads that don't sell product). But if you can match innovative
awards with customer demand as a company you'll be on to something. Nintendogs
appears to have done that.