Nintendo‘s upcoming 3DS game Nintendogs + Cats, a sequel to the popular Nintendogs series for Nintendo DS, will include an augmented reality feature. Players will be able to take one of the six augmented reality cards the system ships with and attune the card to the virtual puppy or kitten the player is raising in the game. Then users can visualize their virtual pet in the real world by placing the card in front of the 3DS’s built-in camera. The feature can make a user’s virtual dog or cat appear in 3D on a desk or in the palm of their hand.
Since the augmented reality cards are being packed in with the system, then it seems likely that other Nintendo-developed 3DS games will use them. Nintendogs + Cats will launch in Japan alongside the 3DS system itself on February 26th. The 3DS is scheduled for release in North America in March. It is not known if the North American 3DS will ship with all six augmented reality cards, though Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says that it will ship with at least one.