With their surprising success in the crowded casual games genre, Majesco looks poised to continue their winning streak by offering up simple, addictive titles at E3 this year.

Major Minor’s Majestic March (Wii, Holiday Season) turns the Wii Remote into a "magic" baton that bandleader Major Minor uses to keep tempo, recruit new band members, and pick up valuable items. Created by the team that brought us the renowned PaRappa the Rapper franchise, players can add up to 15 different instruments to their dynamic procession—including brass, woodwinds, and percussion—to alter its composition and resulting performance. The band even keeps tempo to more than 25 popular marching band songs from around the world, composed into original medleys for each stage.

In Cooking Mama World Kitchen (Wii, Holiday Season), Mama and friends have a whole new look given the game’s upgrade to full 3D graphics. By utilizing the Wii Remoteas a universal kitchen utensil, players can simulate actual cooking by chopping, grating, slicing, stirring and rolling their way through all new recipes that range from parfait to shrimp au gratin. Best of all, kitchen mistakes during meal preparation result in comedic mini-game surprises; for example, if you flip a burger too high, you can control Mama as she rushes in to save the day by catching it in her apron. Finally, a new game play mechanic integrates traditional Wii Remote utensil play with additional rhythm and motion that makes cooking easier and more enjoyable.

Our House (Wii, Holiday Season) is the only game that lets you build and remodel your home as your own unique customized creation. Players will use their Wii Remote to hammer, saw, paint, tile and much more as they assemble and decorate their family dwelling. Compete with friends in the four-player "build-off" mode while Wii Connect 24 lets players share their creations with others via the literal community-building feature of Neighborhood Mode. If you dream it, you can build it!

Zoo Hospital (Wii, October) is the first game of its kind that lets players experience a veterinarian’s job by using the Wii Remote in surgical procedures to eliminate parasitic pests, perform dentistry, X-ray organs and remove foreign bodies like gallstones to restore the health of 48 ailing zoo animals, including dolphins, gorillas, macaws and camels. Zoo Hospital features a 3D zoo environment and enables up to 2 friends to treat animals together in cooperative multi-player mode. Aspiring vets can also unlock new animals, enclosures, medical mini-games and plaques by successfully performing procedures and raising their "Zoo Rating."

Babysitting Mania (DS, July) puts players in the caregiver’s shoes as they progress through more than 100 levels of fast-paced challenges. Feed, entertain and clean up after rambunctious kids by using the Touch Screen to manage every aspect of the household with speed and precision in 20 chaotic houses. Players also follow the children through the various stages of their lives–from babies to toddlers to teens. Only the ultimate babysitter will survive the frenzy!

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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