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This article is about the type of dog. For information about the microgame from WarioWare: Smooth Moves, see Nintendogs (WarioWare: Smooth Moves). For the microgame from WarioWare Gold, see Nintendogs (WarioWare Gold).
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Artwork of a Toy Poodle Nintendog from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
General information
Species Dog
First appearance Nintendogs (2005, Nintendogs series)
WarioWare: Smooth Moves (2006, Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)

Nintendog is the name of any puppy character from Nintendo's Nintendogs game series. Nintendogs are named after their debut game, which in turn is a portmanteau of "Nintendo" and "dog". Nintendogs have appeared in a few games related to the Mario franchise.


WarioWare series

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A Nintendog in WarioWare: Smooth Moves
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A Nintendog in WarioWare Gold

Nintendogs appear in the microgame Nintendogs in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, where the player has to high-five the puppies. They also appear in a similarly named microgame in WarioWare Gold, where the player must rub them.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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A white Labrador Nintendog in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

A white Labrador Retriever Nintendog became an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. When it is activated, it will distract the players by covering most of the screen and start clawing and barking, although it only works on actual players. Occasionally, pausing the game while the Nintendog is on the screen instantly causes it to leave. Nintendogs also appear as stickers and a trophy.

According to Masahiro Sakurai, Nintendogs were briefly considered to be a playable character in Brawl, but were ultimately dropped as Sakurai did not consider such a character to be suited for battle and would work better as an Assist Trophy instead.[1]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

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A Nintendog appearing as a French Bulldog in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Nintendog returns as an Assist Trophy, though in this game it is a French Bulldog. A number of Nintendogs also appear on the Living Room stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

If the game is paused while the Nintendog is on-screen, while it still appears in front of the screen, moving the camera causes it to be missing at every angle and zoom.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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A Toy Poodle Nintendog in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Nintendog returns as an Assist Trophy, though in this game it is a Toy Poodle. As the Living Room from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS returns, a number of Nintendogs also appear. All three Nintendogs that have appeared as Assist Trophies in the series appear as spirits, tying with Andross, Waluigi, and Zero for having the most spirits for an Assist Trophy.

The series name "Nintendogs" is not capitalized in this game, matching the stylization of the series' name.

Super Mario Odyssey

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A Shibaken Nintendog wearing a fedora in Super Mario Odyssey

In Super Mario Odyssey, a Nintendog, specifically a Shibaken wearing a fedora, is a recurring character.[2] Its model is taken directly from Nintendogs. Mario can play fetch with the dog by throwing Cappy, whom the Nintendog will then retrieve. It shows up in various kingdoms after the kingdom's boss has been defeated. The Nintendog appears in the Sand Kingdom, Seaside Kingdom, Metro Kingdom, Moon Kingdom (wearing a space helmet), and Mushroom Kingdom, where it leads players to buried coins and Power Moons. Furthermore, in the other kingdoms left, the Nintendog appears inside the Odyssey after finishing the game at least once. A Toad in the Mushroom Kingdom claims to be the Nintendog's owner. Also, if Mario falls asleep, the Nintendog will fall asleep next to him. The Nintendog is also seen in attendance at the wedding of Bowser and Peach. The Nintendog's fedora cannot be removed, possibly to prevent Mario from potentially capturing it.

Profiles and statistics

Super Smash Bros. Brawl


Name Image Game Description
Nintendog File:BrawlTrophy294.png DS Nintendogs A puppy for you to train on your Nintendo DS. They come in a wide variety of breeds, colors, coat styles, and personalities. You can train them, use dog toys to play with them, and feed them treats to establish a real link with your virtual pet. Other features include the ability to enter your dog in disc-catching contests and agility trials on obstacle courses.


Name Image Game Effect
Chihuahua File:Chihuahua Sticker.png Nintendogs [Tail] - Attack +12
Usable by: Yoshi, Diddy Kong, Pikachu, Pokémon Trainer
Miniature Dachshund File:Miniature Dachshund Sticker.png Nintendogs [Tail] - Attack +28
Usable by: Fox McCloud, Falco Lombardi, Wolf O'Donnell
Shiba Inu File:Shiba Inu Sticker.png Nintendogs Launch Power +12
Welsh Corgi File:Welsh Corgi Sticker.png Nintendogs Food Effect +6

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophies

Name Image Appears in
(Wii U version only)
Nintendog (3DS)
nintendog (Wii U)
File:NintendogTrophyWiiU.png DS nintendogs (08/2005)
3DS nintendogs + cats (03/2011)
This is one of the many adorable dogs you can care for in nintendogs + cats. It's hard for them to wag their little tails, but they make up for it with that cute face. In Smash Bros., they want to get right up in your face, blocking your view of the battle. They just want to be loved!
Toy Poodle File:ToyPoodleTrophy3DS.png N/A Those adorable eyes and curly hair may remind people of teddy bears more easily than dogs. But unlike a stuffed animal, these dogs are active and love to play. One reason the dogs are so popular is that they are quite easy to train. They appear in Toy Poodle & New Friends.
Shiba Inu File:ShibaInuTrophy3DS.png N/A The Shiba is one of the oldest breeds in the world. These Japanese dogs can be very loyal, and in the past their agility and active nature proved useful to their owners on hunting trips. You can look after and train one of these dogs in Golden Retriever & New Friends.
Beagle File:BeagleTrophy3DS.png N/A Hunting wild rabbits used to be a popular sport in England, and the beagle, an active and playful breed, was a popular companion for it. Perhaps sleeping beagles nowadays dream of chasing rabbits like their ancestors. You can choose this breed in Golden Retriever & New Friends.
Jack Russell Terrier File:JackRussellTerrierTrophy3DS.png N/A This breed originated in England and is especially good at chasing foxes. With no foxes in the living room, though, it'll chase toys instead. Terriers are tough, athletic, and curious–a perfect fit for someone who is the same! You can choose this breed in Toy Poodle & New Friends.
Golden Retriever File:GoldenRetrieverTrophy3DS.png N/A This large breed was originally from Scotland and was used to hunt waterfowl. They're smart but way to friendly to make good guard dogs. They come in a variety of shades, but all members of the breed share the same golden color. This breed is included in Golden Retriever & New Friends.

Red indicates exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirits

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effects How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Toy Poodle File:SSBU Toy Poodle Spirit.png Nintendogs Series Support (1) Advanced Stats ↑ after Eating Spirit Board Wolf ×3

Rule: Assist Trophy Enemies (Nintendog)

  • Join forces with a CPU ally (Duck Hunt)
  • Hostile assist trophies will appear
  • The enemy has increased move speed
Living Room Bathtime Theme
French Bulldog File:SSBU French Bulldog Spirit.png Nintendogs Series Support (1) Advanced Undamaged Attack ↑ Spirit Board Duck Hunt

Rule: Assist Trophy Enemies (Nintendog)

  • Hostile assist trophies will appear
Living Room Bathtime Theme
Labrador Retriever File:SSBU Labrador Spirit.png Nintendogs Series Support (1) Advanced Physical Attack ↑ Beedle's Tent N/A N/A N/A N/A


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ニンテンドッグス
Chinese 任天狗狗[3][4]
Rèntiān Gǒugǒu
From "任天堂" (Rèntiāntáng, Nintendo) and "狗狗" (gǒugǒu, dog)


  • There are many Mario references in the Nintendogs series. The player can find hats that are the same as Mario's and Luigi's, as well as various toys. These include Mario, Princess Peach, and Bowser karts in the first game (designed with their Mario Kart DS kart style), which can be driven around the room while they play music from courses in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, as well as Mushroom and ? Block toys to throw around. In the second game, the Mario and Peach karts return, while the Bowser kart is replaced by a Yoshi kart.