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Tamagotchi no Pika Pika Daitoutyou!

Japan Import: Tamagotchi for president? Well, we've seen worse

Clearly bent on taking over the world, the Tamagotchi critters are using a Wii multiplayer board game to decide on a President to lead them into battle. Up to four people can play, with the AI filling in if you (surely inexplicably) find yourself playing Tamagotchi on your own.

Start by shaking the remote to throw a die, and move around the board to land on a square where: a) you're rewarded for doing nothing at all, b) you're penalised for doing nothing at all, c) you'll get richer after watching a cutscene of your character mugging someone (like real politicians) or, d) you trigger a minigame.

Election cam-pain
More tedious than a party political broadcast and about as interactive, the minigames are distressingly awful. Compared to something like WarioWare, having to play a mundane Paper, Scissors, Stone game which is solved by pressing the right, left or top side of the D-pad is just embarrassing. There are some better minigames, which involve aiming, shaking or twisting the remote, but these are very short and mostly laboured, repetitive PR stunts like kissing babies.

Tamagotchi are cute. The pastel cel-shaded 2D is handled a little bit like 3D, with a ground-level camera angle that feels like running through a primary school play, passing bits of cheerfully painted cardboard cutouts. But cuteness doesn't make up for the lack of an enjoyable game - we hope this only serves a short term in office.

The verdict

A Tamagotchi would likely be an improvement on George Bush, but we can't bear going round this colourful board game long enough to find out.

4.5
Format
Nintendo Wii
Developer
Unknown
Publisher
Namco Bandai
Genre
Mini Games

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