August 23rd, 2005, 22:08 Posted By: wraggster
In a recent interview by Eurogamer, Kideki Konno hinted that they may be looking at a cat version of Nintendogs. It seems that cats were originally one of the prime choices for the first release, but they went with dogs. Cats are not out of the picture yet however:
Eurogamer: You mentioned there that you were looking at other types of animals... Why did you pick puppies in the end?
Hideki Konno: We narrowed down the candidates into dogs and cats - after all, they are the two main types of companion animals loved by people all around the world. Why dogs instead of cats? Well, one of the things we really wanted to do was to let players teach tricks by utilising their own voices.
Cats are at a disadvantage when it comes to learning tricks, and also we wanted to have animals with much more fun-loving natures - we wanted the animals to be able to take part in contests, such as agility competitions, and we wanted people to be able to take their pets for a walk. So we decided that dogs were more preferable than cats when it came to realising those elements.
Eurogamer: Hmm... So does that mean you have no plans to do another version of the game which features cats?
Hideki Konno: Actually we are not excluding the possibility of developing games based on other animals. Now, with the success of Nintendogs in Japan, we are considering other options.
Eurogamer: So, er, Nintencats is a real possibility then?
Hideki Konno: To tell the truth, we were already starting to develop a cat-based game at the outset of this project. So we already have the cat models, voice data and so on.
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