During last week’s E3 Majesco announced details on the new spin-off of the Cooking Mama franchise, Babysitting Mama. The game tasks players with caring for a virtual baby by using the Wii remote and Nunchuk controller to perform activities, like rocking the baby, shaking a rattle, playing peek-a-boo, etc. The game will ship with a plush baby doll, but here’s the catch: the plush will appear Caucasian only.
Players will use the plush in gameplay by inserting their Wii remote into the doll. They will then be able to perform actions with the doll which will effect their in-game avatar. Although the game itself will include both genders of infants as well as six different races, the plush being Caucasian only seems like a strange decision. According to UGO.com, franchise manager Pete Rosky explained why the doll would come in only one version: “That’s a lot of manufacturing and hoping everybody wants a different doll. Honestly, I think as long as we have some (other races) in the game, I think it will be okay – I hope.”
Babysitting Mama will launch this holiday season at $39.99 for the doll-and-game bundle. I guess we’ll find out then whether having only one race for the peripheral is an issue, or not.