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YO! Sushi dishes up Cooking Mama 2

Apr 10
// Colette Bennett
Like most DS owners, I carry mine with me for a lot of reasons: having a few games at my disposal during time in the doctor's waiting room or on a bus is a great way to kill time that would otherwise leave me fidgity. I can't...

Destructoid Review: Cooking Mama 2: Cooking with Friends

Nov 19 // Colette Bennett
Cooking Mama 2: Cooking with Friends (DS)Developed by Office CreatePublished by MajescoRelease Date: November 13, 2007Even if you adored the first Cooking Mama, you may be skeptical about the release of a sequel (as I was.) As much fun as I had with the first game, I played it through, got gold medals on all my creations, and promptly traded the game in. While I enjoyed it, I didn't feel it had much replay value. Half the time I was playing it, I would stop to go to the kitchen and make actual food as the game made me hungry. Cooking Mama 2 takes the formula of the original and improves upon it in spades. The original Cooking With Mama game is intact, where you cook as Mama instructs you. The difference in Cooking Mama 2 is that you receive rewards for the dishes you make, depending on how well you have done so. Success at preparing a dish can earn you anything from presents (food and things for Mama to wear) to unlocking new recipes.The Let's Cook option is where the friends come in, allowing you to cook for Mama or for her pals. The game's art style is at its best here, introducing adorable new characters with the same charm as Mama herself. After you complete a dish, the character tastes your food and gives you a review and a score.  Should it go well, you will often unlock a new recipe and sometimes a new friend. Getting a perfect score here is the equivalent of watching puppies dance to an Erasure song -- happiness bordering on paroxyms of joy.Cooking Contest allows you to either compete solo or use the DS WiFi to challenge friends. This is the key to the game's replayability and what can make it really fun. The solo version of this is really challenging -- it took me some time before I could earn any better than a silver medal on any of these. Two player will set you up on a split screen, which you have to be careful with in order to keep your eye on your own food -- it's easy to get distracted! If any of your friends play, I definitely recommend playing with them as it gives the game a lot of extra sparkle. Change Design is a new function I could have lived without, but I'm sure it will appeal to younger players. In this section, you can customize everything from Mama's outfit to the kitchen itself. I don't really care if the kitchen has pink countertops, personally. The feature seems slightly weird and unnecessary, as if Animal Crossing made a brief visit to the kitchen, but once again it doesn't really detract from the overall game as you can ignore it if you wish.One thing that doesn't quite make sense is the bonus system. Sometimes you'll fail at a dish, but you will still get ranked afterwards and get three stars or more, and sometimes a present as well. I'm assuming the reasoning for this is that you did well in several stages of preparation but failed one of them, still garnering some sort of recognition (Mama will sometimes comment "Good effort!") Its to your advantage so it doesn't really distract from the game, but I tell you what, I'm not rewarding any chef that brings me a burnt loaf of bread no matter how good a job he did before burning it. Also, is it just me, or did Mama get a little .... nicer? A little less bipolar? I was definitely less afraid she would stab me while playing this game. Maybe her friends told her she was a bitch. Maybe she's also that type that acts normal in front of her friends and then takes it all out on her husband in private, whipping his ass with a colander. Poor Papa.If you've never played a Cooking Mama title and are interested in doing so, this is the one to play. If you are already a fan of the series, I would definitely recommend checking it out. Still, as much content was added, it still feels like beneath it all, it's more or less the same game: High quality, but eventually, you're going to get over it. I'd say it's a buy it or rent it title based on your love of the series itself. If friends buy it too, I'd lean more towards recommending you buy it as the WiFi playability gives it a lot of extra happy.Score: 7.5

The first Cooking Mama title spawned everything from Mama cosplay to speculation that Mama was actually in direct cahoots with Beelzebub. While no one has actually been able to unmask her true intentions, Cooking Mama 2: Dinn...


Fake game Friday: Cooking Chief: Cook Off

Oct 19
// Anthony Burch
This week's fake game, conceptualized and Photoshopped by forumite ToiletDuck, combines two gaming franchises which -- let's face it -- are more or less made for each other. Cooking Chief: Cook Off, available for the Wii60, c...

Flaming eyes on your phone: Cooking Mama goes mobile

Sep 28
// Dale North
North Americans: You'll just have to take my word on this, but (some) Japanese mobile phone games are incredible. At TGS, we played fully-3D, motion-sensitive titles that had some actual depth and gameplay, and we came away t...

TGS 2007: New Cooking Mama trailer proves Mama is crazier than ever

Sep 21
// Colette Bennett
As some of you hardcores may remember, we've reviewed the topic of Mama's madness before. Apparently the best way to deal with this kind of mental instability is to invite friends over and try to suck them into your madness, ...

Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends announced for DS, new Wii title in the oven

Aug 14
// Nick Chester
While we're still having nightmares about angering Mama because I overcooked a Japanese Hamburg steak, Majesco have gone and announced Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends for the Nintendo DS. In addition to containing a slew ...

Cooking Mama Wiimote peripherals? Not in Mama's kitchen

Jun 28
// Topher Cantler
You've gotta love Cooking Mama. Sure, she's got a dark side, but who doesn't? At her heart, Mama is a good-hearted woman who only wants to help you become the great chef she knows you can be. She invited you into ...

Happy Mother's Day, gamer moms!

May 13
// 8BitBrian
To all the mothers out there who are gamers, or who have birthed many a gamers, we here at Destructoid want to wish you a happy Mother's Day. It's tough being a mom for a gamer -- we'll ignore your cries for help ...

Majesco Cooking Mama: Cook Off informercial

Apr 25
// Faith
Those crazy guys at Majesco Entertainment put together this cute little imformercial for Cooking Mama: Cook off and boy is it ... um, retarded interesting to watch. But wait there's more! Act now and not only will we le...

Recap: Cooking Mama Cook Off Challenge (NYC)

Apr 03
// Analog Pidgin
What's that burning smell? Is it the building? Did the knifeless hibachi chef get bored and start lighting things on fire? Could it be that Majesco's Cooking Mama: Cook Off for the Nintendo Wii is selling like h...

Cooking Mama for the Wii: Hey my Wii still works!

Mar 29
// Robert Summa
If you're like me, and hey, I know you are, then you probably haven't turned on your Wii in a loooooong time (by long time I mean a couple months). Know what got me to turn this white piece of plastic back on? Cooking...

Cooking Mama or Lucifer incarnate? You be the judge

Mar 26
// Colette Bennett
digg_url = ''; Cooking Mama has been quite popular since its debut, and not just with Harajuku types desperate to play unusual sims and b...

Cooking Mama: Cook Off for the Wii: Early impressions

Feb 01 // Robert Summa
Let's get the basic junk out of the way: Cooking Mama on the Wii will ship in April this year and retail for $49.99 -- kind of steep if you ask me for a game like this, but oh well. The game will feature NO online multiplayer whatsoever -- more on that later -- but will have some cool offline multiplayer cook-off modes, including a new challenge mode. There are more than 250 foods to create and 55 real world dishes from 10 different nations: Japan, America, France, India, Russia, England, China, Spain, Germany and Italy. OK, now for the good stuff. The gameplay is pretty much what you'd expect if you played the DS version. It's not a straight port, but it's very similar as far as modes and play styles. If you've played WarioWare for the Wii, you'll actually find a lot of the movements to be very similar on Cooking Mama, except you of course do them with a Wiimote this time.The sad part is though, that like WarioWare, some of the Wiimote gestures are a bit tricky and don't respond as well as you'd like -- this is actually a disturbing trend on the Wii.The happy part is that the game is fun, especially in the two-player challenge mode. It's no Iron Chef, but it is a light and easy game that you could play with your kid sister or aging grandma. In essence, the game is a perfect example of what the Wii is all about: It's casual, it's fun, and it's simple.My biggest bone to pick with the game is the lack of online multiplayer. I spoke with the Majesco rep about it and he talked about how Nintendo was still keeping their online service a secret from developers. Basically saying that Nintendo is not letting devs know how to develop their games for Nintendo's online service.In case you don't think this is a problem, let me tell you, it is. In fact, the rep was telling me that the online question is the #1 thing he is asked all the time about the game. Everyone wants it and everyone wants to know about it. The bottomline is that for now, if a Wii game doesn't have online, don't blame the developer or publisher. It seems that Nintendo is content to keep online on their games only ... for now. Let me finish by saying this: I liked Cooking Mama on the DS and I like this Wii version. While the Wiimote may not have been as accurate as I would have liked for some of the actions, this was an early build and they do have some time to lock things down, so there is hope.  

In my ever exciting life as a gaming journo, I stopped by Majesco today to check out some titles coming out this year, most notably Cooking Mama: Cook Off for the Wii. Not only did I get to see the game in action, but I...


New Cooking Mama video for the Wii

Jan 26
// Dyson
Admit it, deep down inside, you know you really wanted to get Cooking Mama for the DS. You felt the pull of Mama's siren song, enticing you to slice, dice, roll and chop ingredients for her approval. You knew you were alw...

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