Joysticks: Nintendogs fetches two awards

Those cutesy little muts trot away with The Sun Family Game and Bliss Girls Choice awards

Nintendogs, the game that crops up every time Nintendo brags about how successful the DS is, has snagged two awards at the prestigious Golden Joysticks.

Taking home The Sun Family Game of the Year and bliss Girl's Choice awards, Nintendo's innovative pet simulator has been recognised for expanding the appeal of videogames to those elusive female types that usually avoid control pads like bad smells.

Nintendogs and Nintendo's mainstream-targeting Touch Generation games have worked wonders for the DS, which has seen soaring worldwide sales. And now the ladies are on board, us videogame-obsessed guys might actually be able to speak to real girls without having to leave our Mario T-shirt at home.