We've come a long ways since the days of the iDog. Wappy Dog is controlled via a Nintendo DS game with its purpose being that you actually raise a puppy to a grown dog. After naming, you teach it with games and tricks and speak to it through the game. He responds by barking and moving.
Here comes the hitch. The owner/trainer must pet the dog to accumulate points and must keep at it to develop it fully. So kids/adults who ignore their pet will end up with a very unhappy and underdeveloped Wappy. A Travel Mode is included so that you can keep training on the fly. Look for this to be a hot one this holiday season if the price is right.