The Nintendog (ニンテンドッグ, Nintendog) appears in the Nintendogs series of games. The franchise was originally conceived by Shigeru Miyamoto, and is now one of the most successful series of games on the Nintendo DS handheld system. In this simulation title, the player takes the role of a dog owner and uses the various capabilities of the DS to look after their chosen puppies. They can walk them to several different locations, buy them different types of essentials and train them for competitions.
The Nintendog first appeared in the DS game Nintendogs. This breed of Nintendog is from the Labrador & Friends version of Nintendogs. Nintendogs is a real-time simulation on taking care and playing with puppies. When a player turns on the game, the puppies that the player bought will "greet" the person by jumping in front of the camera and barking. The Nintendogs also do this when the player pushes the "Call Dogs" button, or by calling or whistling for the Nintendog in the DS microphone. In Brawl and SSB4, a Nintendog appears on the stage for a short period of time. The Nintendog then jumps in front of the camera in a similar fashion to how they did in the Nintendogs games. The SSB4 version of the Nintendog is more in line with its design used in nintendogs + cats.
The Nintendog appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It was first seen in the trailer at E3 2006 and was believed to be an item of its own. However, much later it was confirmed to be an Assist Trophy. Upon being summoned, the Nintendog comes up to the screen and prevents players from easily viewing the battlefield and their own characters; in addition to potentially staying still and staring at the player, the Nintendog can also paw at the screen, dynamically altering visibility of gameplay. Names and other tags are also disabled and CPU characters that are covered by the Nintendog do not do anything until the incursion subsides. The puppy will always bark twice at the bottom left corner of the screen before leaving.
The Nintendog featured in Brawl is a Labrador Retriever. Game director Masahiro Sakurai stated in the update on the Smash Bros DOJO!! that he chose the breed because of its popularity in many regions of the world.
Several species of Nintendogs appear in the background of the Living Room in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. They are a Toy Poodle, a Shiba Inu, a Beagle, a Jack Russel, and a Golden Retrievers.
As an Assist Trophy
The Nintendog needs to land on the ground before it can block the screen. Otherwise, it will despawn upon crossing a blast line.
Trophies of other Nintendog breeds appear exclusively in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
The Nintendog returns as an Assist Trophy yet again. This time, the dog is a Toy Poodle. Each breed that had been used for the Assist Trophy appear as Spirits. Additionally, the other breeds reprise their roles for the Living Room.
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