I was supposed to feature today’s bento, a filling affair full of lovely leftovers, but a livejournal post from ksolaris derailed all thoughts of bento. It’s slightly off tangent, but it’s food related, so indulge me as I fangirl because…
Majesco has picked up COOKING MAMA 2: Dinner with Friends!
After a sojourn to the Nintendo Wii with Cooking Mama: Cook-Off, Mama’s back on the Nintendo DS with Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends! A game that’s based on cooking, Cooking Mama allows you to use the stylus to perform various cooking tasks like chopping, frying, kneading and mixing, to be able to cook a wide assortment of dishes, “just like Mama.” The new version features 80 new recipes, a wireless cook-off mode against up to four friends, a customization mode that lets you dress up your kitchen, Mama included! And the friends part? After you cook, nine of “your” picky friends taste and judge your cooking! It has the makings of a Food Network reality TV show, don’t you think?
Despite the weird premise, the first Cooking Mama was a hit. Everyone, from gamers who couldn’t cook to cooks who have never played a video game, loved it. Everyone was playing and enjoying themselves. I said goodbye to dignity and blew into my DS’s microphone even while I commuted, just because Mamaâ€”I feared her burning wrathâ€”insisted I do so! The great thing about it is that the cooking techniques and recipes are realistic. Mama’s Tonkatsu cooking procedure is almost identical to mine, and her korokke (croquette) technique? I learned to make korokke from Mama!
A release date hasn’t been given yet, but Majesco has also dropped hints that a new version for the Wii is also in the works. If you’d like to read more, the official press release is here.
A Handy Dandy Cooking Guide Anyone?
And while we’re at it, let me mention something that caught my eye a few months ago, Shaberu! DS O-Ryouri Navi (Talking DS Cooking Navi). Another DS non-game, this is actually a talking cooking guide that runs on the DS! It has recipes, step-by-step procedures and a built-in timer that tells you when your dish is cooked. It’s even voice activated so you just have to tell it to turn the page, useful if your hands are gummy with flour, eggs and breadcrumbs (which can be minimized if you to try this tip!).
The ultimate bento accessory?
Silly? Well, silly or not, it is a hit in Japan, spawning Shaberu! DS O-Ryouri Navi Marugoto Teikoku Hotel (Talking DS Cooking Navi Marugoto Teikoku Hotel), a follow-up title that features recipes from top hotel chefs!
I honestly don’t think I need itâ€”but I definitely want it! Right now, it’s only in Japanese but there are news of it being localized in Europe. As long as I get my hands on an English version, I’ll be happy.
See? Gaming doesn’t have to be all hack and slash. Or at least, you can be hacking away at some onions and slashing away at some pork tendons. Tomorrow, I promise to get back to regular programming. But for now, let’s bask in the virtual cooking fun as I need to get back to my Trauma Center game. 😛