The novelty of Nintendo DS training software has almost worn out its welcome with me. If I want to really learn yoga I’m content with taking classes or reading a book to brush up on my JR train knowledge. However, Katan! Tanoshii! Okashi Navi DS (Easy! Pleasant! Sweets Navi DS) from Koei caught my attention.
I blame it on the mascot, Mitten-kun, a happy oven mitt that teaches users how to bake cakes from a library of 110 recipes. Something else neat about the software is it’s designed with parents in mind. On top of having recipes it has suggestions on how to divvy up the work with children. Unfortunately, Mitten-kun's (only?) game is quite language heavy, which won’t put it high on the must import list when it comes out in March 2008. Perhaps, if Japan buys enough copies of Katan! Tanoshii! Okashi Navi DS Koei will make Mitten-kun Warriors in the future where you use kitchen tools to battle an endless army of cake ingredients. I'll won't hold my breath for it, but I'll be first in line for Mitten-kun Warriors if it ever matriculates.