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DS releases for the week of November 12th


Hmm, with all the games out this week, it seems like there should be something that really gets our hearts pumping. Maybe it's WordJong. After all, we liked it, but nah, that's not really an incomparable thrill ride. Cooking Mama 2? Just doesn't seem like it. We can cross off Baby Pals and all the Petz and Horsez games, too. It's right there, on the tip of the tongue ... what could it be?

Oh yeah: Contra 4. At last, dear friends, it's here!
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  • Contra 4
  • Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Imagination Invaders
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  • Jenga
  • Monster Jam
  • Need for Speed ProStreet
  • Orcs & Elves
  • Petz: Catz 2
  • Petz: Dogz 2
  • Petz: Hamsterz Life 2
  • Petz: Horsez 2
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
  • Strawberry Shortcake: The Four Seasons Cake
  • Super Fruit Fall
  • Ultimate Mortal Kombat
  • WordJong
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Baby Pals creeps the hell out of us

We presume we are supposed to find Crave's new baby-caring sim Baby Pals somehow entrancing, perhaps even -- shudder -- adorable. So why can't we stop thinking about that scene from Trainspotting whenever we see these screens? Angular, polygonal babies, eyes as dead as the night, somehow not ... quite ... right.

If you haven't already guessed, Baby Pals gives players the opportunity to raise a sprog by taking care of the little one's every need. So you get to feed and dress your weird-looking virtual child, teach it how to talk, crawl and walk, and even play games with it, such as peek-a-boo and patty cake.

Even more frightening than all of that is the thought that this, along with Ubisoft's Imagine Babyz, could sell a significant number of copies to pre-pubescent female DS owners. This saddens us. At best, Baby Pals and its kind are vaguely patronising. At worst, they're derivative, lazy examples of gender stereotyping. With damn creepy babies.

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