While we’re on the topic of off beat DS software, did you know you can improve your parenting skills with the dual screen handheld? Marvelous Interactive (i.e. the company who publishes Harvest Moon and No More Heroes) wants to help neophyte parents with Sukusuku Kosodate DS (Sukusuku Parenting DS).
The software is based on a TV show and it contains tips on how to play with a young child with a 176 suggestions. Some of them are pretty obvious like peek-a-boo, but Sukusuku Kosodate DS has a frightful twist on it. Instead of covering your face, you can pretend to be a ghost, scare your child (as hilariously illustrated in the picture), then comfort him afterwards. Got it!
On top of game lessons there is a database of children’s songs and a touch screen picture book. See, Sukusuku Kosodate DS isn’t just for parents. There are mini-games designed for parents and kids. Probably the most interesting part about Sukusuku Kosodate DS is it includes a journal where you can jot memories about the joys of parenthood. This last feature is actually kind of neat even though it’s arguably easier to make a scrapbook.
Imagining a family huddling around a DS Lite flipping through the memories is an amusing thought.