If we were to design a Nintendogs + Cats demo, it would go something like this: you walk into a virtual pet store to meet a new puppy, wearing an adorable bow. The proprietor lets the pup out of its cage to play with you, and the dog can't hide its excitement to run and play with all the toys in the room. It barks happily and licks the screen to simulate licking your face.

Its barks sound just enough like your name, but just different enough, that you question what you heard.

Then, after you choose to exit the demo, the virtual puppy goes back into its cage, whimpering. The last thing you see before you close the 3DS lid is your puppy's paw up against the screen. Occasionally you'll receive a note via SpotPass telling you that the little scamp still looks out the window whenever a car the same model as yours drives by.

We didn't design the real demo.

WiiWare
  • 2 Fast 4 Gnomz (QubicGames, 1 player, 500 Wii Points): It's an auto-running platformer, starring gnomes gnomz.
3DS eShop DSiWare
  • Box Pusher (cosmigo, 1-2 players, $4.99/500 DSi Points): Box-pushing/sokoban puzzles with a fairly nice polygonal presentation.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.