Babysitting Mama E3 preview
Reviewed by Didi Cardoso
Review Date Platform Genre Rating Production
2010-06-26 Wii Mini-games E (Everyone) Majesco

Ok, I will admit it... when I walked in the room I was a bit creeped out by the Baby Mama (no, it's not a pun!) dolls. They look like plush Mama clones, only in baby form. Basically, to play Babysitting Mama you stick the Wii remote in the back of the doll, up the baby's diaper. I was offered the baby doll to play the demo, but I'd rather not. If you know me a little, you know I'm not a baby person, real or otherwise, so I let my PR guide do the hard work - and actually had a blast watching him play with the doll.

Babysitting Mama has Mama starring in a daycare kind of situation. There are different babies with different personalities, each offering different activities and mini-games. You get to do all the "real" baby stuff, like bathing, changing diapers and feeding. But there are other activities, like entertaining the baby by raising him (or her) up in the air, rocking the baby in your arms, playing in the see-saw and even racing (haha, baby races, is this legal?). The activities go from the mundane baby stuff to wacky and unusual games!

The Wii-mote speaker will make sounds on occasion as you do certain things, and if you wonder why the doll, well, there is actually a simple explanation for that: it eliminates the need of pointing the Wii-mote at the screen. You hold the doll like you would a baby, and sometimes you will use the Nunchuk for some activities (the baby race actually uses it).

I admit, this didn't look like my kind of game at all - I've been through my share of virtual babies and didn't enjoy any of the experiences - but I might actually give it a try when it's out sometime this holiday season (November or December). Each copy of the game will be bundled with the life-size baby doll, but don't expect this to raise the cost, since the game will retail for $39.99. And you just know little girls all over will want this for Christmas!