Babysitting Mama, a spin-off title of Majesco's successful Cooking Mama franchise, has players putting their Wii remotes inside a plush baby doll -- but they're only offering the plush in one color.
Though there will be six avatars of "different races" and both genders in the game, the company will only offer a single Caucasian-looking doll for all players.
"No matter what baby you choose on the screen, there's going to be one plush," explained franchise product manager Pete Rosky at a demonstration during last week's E3.
When asked why there wouldn't be other versions to match the in-game avatars, Rosky said, "That's a lot of manufacturing and hoping everybody wants a different doll. Honestly, I think as along as we have some (other races) in the game, I think it will be okay -- I hope."
The game works like this: the Wii remote fits inside the back of the plush baby, and the Nunchuk controller is used for various activities as well as navigating the menus. Each of the six babies has different activities for the player, such as rocking the baby, taking photos, shaking the rattle, playing peek-a-boo, etc. Do well, and the baby coos from the Wii remote. Do poorly and -- natch -- it will cry.
Whether they be twisted adults or careless children, we wondered what happens when players shake the baby too hard. Rosky said there will be a warning included, and the game simply just won't work if you're too vigorous while caretaking.
"We want you to treat (the doll) as if it was a real child; the game is definitely designed for a gentle use of the baby," Rosky said. "Not only is it not encouraged, it's also not going to be useful. Players will want to actually win the mini-game, and they'll stop doing what they're doing. I hope that parents will play it with (their kids), and encourage them to treat the baby with respect. Doll or not, it's representative."
Though the game doesn't make use of the ultra-sensitive Wii MotionPlus technology, according to Rosky, it will be able to pick up subtle movements players have when interacting with the Wii remote inside the plush doll.
"We've actually been working closely with Nintendo about how the doll works," Rosky added. "We've all been passionate about making it very gentle."
Babysitting Mama will be available this holiday as a doll-and-game bundle for $39.99.
Yeah, who cares if the physical doll you're handling is the wrong color! White's the default, so it's all we need!
Ugh, I want someone to send that dude the clips of the little black girls still choosing the white dolls as the "good" and "pretty" ones, and ask him if he still thinks it's OK to only offer one race.