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Just when you thought your kid was content enough with their own imagination, we have Nintendo to thank for Baby and Me Special Edition -- a new Wii game that promises to "bring your baby to life with your Wii remote."

baby and Me for Wii

Vivian Manning Schaffel: How? With a bizarro twist. This anatomically correct baby has a slot in its back for the Wiimote. Targeted at kids 3 and up, it uses motion control to gauge how successfully your kid manages to feed, burp, and do all those mommy-esque things they do with it. It comes complete with 18 play mode games that include a rattle, catching, clapping, and playing with balloons. The fantastical non-plus? A balance board that can be used to rock this child to sleep or teach it to walk.

First off, this doll is kinda creepy. Now that my kid is past the point of making these brain-splitting sounds herself, I've no particular burning desire to secure a device that brings it all back into my house, through a distorted Wii speaker, no less. And what if it breaks and gets stuck on a high-pitched wail? Does the "catch" game involve a window and a dumpster?

The virtual world of Wii was bound to find a way to capitalize on doll play at one point in time or another. And hey -- I'm the first to applaud innovation. But at the same time, I feel it's kind of a shame, because dolls -- even the mildly motorized ones -- require some quotient of your child's imagination. Maybe I'm an old-school purist, but I dig it when my kid has a conversation with her doll that's audibly one-sided. It means her wheels are turning.

What do you guys think? Is this something you'll get your kid, or are you a little skeeved out like I am?


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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
mr pink November 9, 2009, 11:29 AM

I think you are 100% right. That is creepy and just lazy.

Nicole (SAHM Reviews) November 9, 2009, 8:01 PM

OMG. That’s the PERFECT gift for teenage daughters! Or better yet, teenage sons! If it cries, poops and spits up like a real baby, maybe it will cut down on teen pregnancies.

But as for my 5 and 6 year old… not so sure about it. They would probably love it but I would need to wear ear plugs.

Christian Louboutin Sale November 9, 2009, 10:23 PM

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Christian Louboutin Sale November 9, 2009, 10:24 PM

Fashion and food meet in the adorable new boxes that shoe god Christian Louboutin has created forLaduree, the French maker of delicately delicious macaroons. There are three different gift boxes decorated with Louboutin shoes and purses. The lid is designed to have a torn trompe l’oeil effect that gives a hint as to the contents.

Ugg Boots Sale November 30, 2009, 1:35 AM

sdss

My Bambino December 23, 2009, 5:35 AM

What an interesting game and it’s really good

My Bambino January 8, 2010, 10:56 PM

Great Post…..

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