Cooking Mama: World Kitchen was the centerpiece of the display. This would be the first game in the series developed from the ground up for the Wii and it seems to mark a major improvement over the updated DS conversion that hit shelves last year. There is no more cursor manipulation; the motion controls are all intuitive now and they make sense in the context of the various mini-games. The 3D graphics are cel-shaded, colorful, and so saccharine you'll get cavities. There are some new events that can be triggered in mid-level that allow you to recover from failures and errors, but other than this, fans should know what to expect.
We finished off with the new Wii-exclusive Major Minor's Majestic March, the latest game from rhythm game pioneers NanaOnSha. The title marks the first time the studio has broken from the Sony camp, and it's clearly tailored only for the Wii. Players thrust the Wii-mote up and down to set the tempo for their marching band, and then flick to the left or right to recruit members for the band as you march past. Each of these band-mates will add their own layer of music, and this helps reward players for playing well.
The controls took some serious getting used to, and I failed miserably on my first couple attempts, but after figuring out the proper technique, the game started to come together. Like most of NanaOnSha's output, it's a remarkably simple game that may end up being more than the sum of its parts, thanks to its appealing style.
Majesco's move away from the larger budget, core-targeted games that made us love them is a little disappointing, but we were happy to see them boasting a line-up that included some titles that pack casual appeal without underestimating their audience. We'd still love to see a new Advent Rising or Psychonauts, but Major Minor's seems like a fine consolation prize.
CCC Game Journalist