A quirky, offbeat Adventure Game with the guts of a platformer, Chibi-Robo tells the story of the Sandersons, a seemingly average suburban family. For her birthday, 8-year-old Jenny Sanderson receives a "Chibi-Robo," a tiny, 4-inch tall Robot Maid with a hyperspace head, a neurotic flying sidekick, and the ability to turn just about anything into a useful tool. By design, Chibi-Robo is supposed to perform simple household tasks: Cleaning up, entertaining children, cooking—the basics. But this particular Chibi-Robo doesn't have it so easy, as he becomes a kind of Armchair Psychiatrist to the Sandersons and all of their severely messed up toys.What? Did we forget to mention that all of the toys in their house are alive? Silly us.Released in 2005 for the GameCube, Chibi Robo is considered something of a cult hit. It was critically praised, but sold poorly—partially due to its odd nature and partially due to the overall bad sales of the system it was on. Despite this, it managed to spawn a very cute sequel on the Nintendo DS, this time with a Green Aesop thrown in, but due to Executive Meddling, it was a Wal*Mart exclusive until fairly recently, destroying the sales. If you have a Wii (or still have a GameCube kicking around), check this out—it's incredibly cheap, quite fun, cute as a button, and unexpectedly moving.Nintendo's actually about to give it a second chance, including it as one of their "New Play Control!" Updated Rereleases for Wii. A third entry, Welcome Home, Chibi-Robo! Happy Rich Big Sweep was released in Japan for the Nintendo DS in Fall 2009, but passed most of the country by due to lack of advertising. An AR game for the 3Ds has been announced recently.
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