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Nintendogs

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Title Screen

Nintendogs:
Dachshund & Friends
Lab & Friends
Chihuahua & Friends
Best Friends
Dalmatian & Friends

Also known as: Shiba & Friends (JP, "Lab" version)
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo DS
Released in JP: April 21, 2005
Released in US: August 22, 2005
Released in EU: October 7, 2005
Released in AU: September 22, 2005
Released in KR: May 3, 2007
Released in CN: December 12, 2009


CharacterIcon.png This game has unused playable characters.
CodeIcon.png This game has unused code.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
ModelsIcon.png This game has unused models.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


NotesIcon.png This game has a notes page
PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

Nintendogs is a real-time pet simulation video game for the Nintendo DS that was released in a number of versions, mostly named for the starter breed (similarly to Pokémon). Dachshund, Lab/Shiba, and Chihuahua were the first to be released, with Best Friends and Dalmatian added later on.

That said, they all share the exact same files, so all of them have the same unused content.

Hmmm...
To do:
Rip icon_dummy.bncl, which is present in many Item-Icon NARCs.

Subpages

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Unused Graphics
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Unused Models

Breeds

Unused Breeds

Nintendogs unusedDog papillon.pngNintendogs unusedDog contest.png

Two unfinished breeds, Papillon (パピヨン) and Maltese (マルチーズ), exist in Nintendogs' code, but don't have any models and graphics, so they use the placeholder files. Their filenames are pap and mcz and present on IDs 0x0F and 0x10. Both need long hair shampoo like in real life. The Japanese, English, German and Italian translation use the Japanese names while they are blanked out in the French and Spanish translation.

The Golden Retriever was first available in the European and American releases, but left unfinished in the games' files of the Japanese version. Like the Papillon and Maltese, it uses the placeholder files. Its ID is 0x0E. Interestingly, the file Gld_c is missing.

Missing Variants

Several variants were planned, all using the placeholder files

File Breed Variant
Chi_e Chihuahua 5
Mcz_a Maltese 1
Mcz_b Maltese 2
Mdf_d Dachshund 4
Mdf_e Dachshund 5
Pap_a Papillon 1
Pap_b Papillon 2
Pdl_d Toy Poodle 4
Sib_d Shiba Inu 4

Unused Text

Build Dates

US

buildtime.txt buildtimeD.txt buildtimeR.txt
Lab & Friends
Mon Jul  4 12:12:17     2005
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Dachshund & Friends
Mon Jul  4 12:11:43     2005
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Wed Jun 29 11:02:03     2005
Chihuahua & Friends
Mon Jul  4 12:12:00     2005
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Wed Jun 29 11:02:03     2005
Best Friends
Mon Jul  4 12:12:35     2005
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Wed Jun 29 11:02:03     2005
Dalmatian & Friends
Fri Aug 11 16:58:12     2006
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Mon Jul 24 14:37:32     2006

Europe

buildtime.txt buildtimeD.txt buildtimeR.txt
Labrador & Friends
Sat Jul 30 18:05:28     2005
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Fri Jul 29 16:54:57     2005
Dachshund & Friends
Sat Jul 30 18:04:57     2005
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Fri Jul 29 16:54:57     2005
Chihuahua & Friends
Sat Jul 30 18:05:12     2005
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Fri Jul 29 16:54:57     2005
Dalmatian & Friends
Tue Apr  4 20:52:39     2006
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Fri Mar 31 17:48:50     2006

Japan

buildtime.txt buildtimeD.txt buildtimeR.txt
Shiba & Friends
Thu May 26 11:31:15     2005
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Fri May 13 14:39:06     2005
Dachshund & Friends
Thu May 26 11:26:06     2005
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Fri May 13 14:39:06     2005
Chihuahua & Friends
Thu May 26 11:28:42     2005
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Fri May 13 14:39:06     2005

China

buildtime.txt buildtimeD.txt buildtimeR.txt
Rentian GouGou (Trial version)
Wed Nov  2 13:00:44     2005
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Fri Oct  7 16:27:03     2005
DSiWare
Thu Jul 16 19:12:30     2009
Mon Aug  2 16:58:11     2004
Thu Jul  2 15:43:40     2009

stat.bmg

ゴールデン
ゴールデン・レトリーバー
パピヨン
パピヨン
マルチーズ
マルチーズ

Unused breed names present in stat.bmg. They are used by the Golden Retriever (Japanese version only), Papillon and Maltese.

shop.bmg

ゴールデン・R
パピヨン
マルチーズ

Meant for the Golden Retriever, Papillon and Maltese if the player was going to buy one from the kennel. The first line is only present in the Japanese version.

item.bmg

(Doesn't Appear in Shop)
(Does not appear)
(Does not appear in shop)

Every item has an inventory description and one for the shop. The instruction books, Modern Clock and White Record don't use the second description, because they can't be purchased at the shop.

test.bmg / gametitle.bmg

Nintendogs preview phoneButton.jpg

This text file is present in /root/Message/test.bmg/ and /root/Scene/gametitle.bmg/:

Original Translated
Move
Item
Phone
Training
Option
main menu
忠犬度
ビーグル
ミニチュア・ダックスフンド
チワワ
ラブラドール・レトリーバー
柴
トイ・プードル
パグ
ジャーマン・シェパード・ドッグ
キャバリア・キング・チャールズ・スパニエル
ウェルシュ・コーギー・ペンブローク
ミニチュア・ピンシャー
シー・ズー
ヨークシャー・テリア
ミニチュア・シュナウザー
ゴールデン・レトリーバー
パピヨン
マルチーズ
ビーグル
ダックス
チワワ
ラブラドール
柴犬
プードル
パグ
シェパード
キャバリア
コーギー
ミニピン
シーズー
ヨーキー
シュナウザー
ゴールデン
パピヨン
マルチーズ
はい
いいえ
右
左
ぐー
ちょき
ぱーぱー
Move
Item
Phone
Training
Option
Main menu
Loyalty Points
Beagle
Miniature Dachshund
Chihuahua
Labrador Retriever
Shiba
Toy Poodle
Pug
German Shepherd
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Welsh Corgi Pembroke
Miniature Pinscher
Shih Tzu
Yorkshire Terrier
Miniature Schnauzer
Golden Retriever
Papillon
Maltese
Beagle
Miniature Dachshund
Chihuahua
Labrador Retriever
Shiba Inu
Poodle
Pug
Shepherd
Cavalier
Corgi
Min-Pin
Shih Tzu
Yorkie
Schnauzer
Golden
Papillon
Maltese
Yes
No
Right
Left
Rock
Scissors
Paper

In early screenshots of the game there was a phone button which doesn't exist in the final game. Text for Boxer, Siberian Husky, Jack Russell and Dalmatian is missing.

Dummy

ダミー

The Japanese word for Dummy. Present in many text files.

Unused System File

# Game System File

{
	ITMPrint		0
	EBIPrint		0
	OGAPrint		0
	AJIPrint		0
	NAKPrint		0
	KANPrint		0
	GKYPrint		0
}

Present in /root/System/. Changing the values does nothing.

Oddities

Sheltie Oddities

Sty_c_hand is located before Sty_c_all in /root/DogARC/Sty_c.narc/Sty_c.nsbmd/. Normally, all "hand" files are located after the all files. Also, Sty_c_all is called Sty_��_all.

TEST-Notice

Nintendogs test.png
A red test note present in Mdf_c_all.

Regional Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
Any differences in the Chinese version?

Shiba & Friends

The Japanese version of Lab & Friends, although there's some differences beyond the titles.

Well, obviously, the icons are going to be different, seeing as the Japanese cover dog is different than the English one.

Labrador & Friends Shiba Inu & Friends
Nintendogs lab icon.gif Nintendogs shiba icon.gif

Breeds

Lab & Friends Shiba & Friends (Japan) Dachshund & Friends (Japan) Dachshund & Friends Chihuahua & Friends (Japan) Chihuahua & Friends Dalmatian & Friends Best Friends
Labrador-Retriever Shiba Inu Miniature Dachshund Miniature Dachshund Chihuahua Chihuahua Yorkshire-Terrier Miniature Dachshund
Miniature Pinscher Shetland Sheepdog German Shepherd Dog Pug Beagle Yorkshire-Terrier Beagle Labrador Retriever
Toy Poodle Toy Poodle Yorkshire-Terrier Shih Tzu Shih Tzu Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Golden Retriever Yorkshire-Terrier
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Pembroke Welsh Corgi Pug Beagle Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Shetland Sheepdog Boxer Beagle
Shiba Inu Miniature Pinscher Miniature Schnauzer Golden Retriever Labrador Retriever Boxer German Shepherd Dog Golden Retriever
Siberian Husky Siberian Husky German Shepherd Dog Dalmatian German Shepherd Dog

The US release also added four new breeds:

  • Boxer
  • Siberian Husky
  • Golden Retriever
  • Dalmatian

Title

Shiba & Friends Dachshund & Friends (Japan) Chihuahua & Friends (Japan)
Nintendogs-TitleShiba.png Nintendogs-TitleDachshundJ.png Nintendogs-TitleChihuahuaJ.png
Lab & Friends Dachshund & Friends Chihuahua & Friends
Nintendogs-TitleLab.png Nintendogs-TitleDachshund.png Nintendogs-TitleChihuahua.png
Dalmatian & Friends Best Friends
Nintendogs-TitleDalmatian.png Nintendogs untitle4.png