Sega Toys in collaboration with Activision are releasing Wappy Dog — what they call the “next evolution” of the virtual pet — for the Nintendo DS, later this year.
Wappy Dog isn’t just a game, though; it’s an actual toy puppy that interacts with an accompanying piece of Nintendo DS software.
You communicate with Wappy using commands given through the Nintendo DS microphone, and he’ll respond by wagging his tail or barking or making movements, which is meant to feel him like a real pet. There are supposedly more than 350 evolving responses.
You’ll also need to keep Wappy happy, or he’ll turn uncooperative. Also, while Sega refer to him as “Wappy,” you’ll be able to give him whatever nickname you please. Wappy will go through five stages of growth, from puppy to adult.
If you need to go on a trip, you can switch Wappy Dog into Travel Mode, which lets you take the Nintendo DS version of the dog with you, without the need for the physical unit. When you return home, you’ll be able to transfer your progress to the physical dog.
Activision say that Wappy will also be customizable, both in the game as well as the physical toy. You’ll be able to customize him with different colours and accessories when Wappy Dog releases this fall.