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Virtual cooking with a Wii

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Cooking Mama Cook OffThere have always been food, cooking and restaurant related video games available. Cake Mania is a very popular computer game where you run your own bakery. The (terrifying) Burger King King stars in a series and, several years back, I had a restaurant tycoon game that allowed you to digitally become a top restaurateur. Most foodie games are entertaining, but none really have all that much more going on than non-foodie games, with the exception of tasty looking graphics. There is a new game out for Nintento Wii that is worth mentioning, however, as it takes gaming for foodies to a whole new level.

Cooking Mama Cook Off is a game that takes advantage of the Wii’s unique controller to simulate cooking far more realistically than any game up until now. You can chop, fry and stir – amongst other general kitchen actions – with the controller in-hand and the game’s screen will mimic your work. It somehow makes gaming a bit more satisfying, although if you play it enough it will leave you feeling a little hungry when you’re done.

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  • JEP
    January 3, 2008

    Thanks—great gift for my co-worker!

  • Stephanie
    January 3, 2008

    This is my favorite Wii game! I can’t wait for Cooking Mama 2 to come out! Though you feel like your arm will fall off everytime you “stir! It definitely does make you hungry there are so many recipes to choose from!

  • Bernice
    January 3, 2008

    I’m addicted to this game on my nintendo DS lite! And yes, every time I’m playing the game, I feel hungry!

  • Sophia
    January 3, 2008

    This sounds cool! I was wondering if I could link your recipes onto my baking blog?

  • Nicole
    January 3, 2008

    I wonder if they could come up with some dieting scheme that incorporated playing the game. Something along the lines of “all the satisfaction of cooking and none of the calories”. I don’t think it would be a hard sell!

  • Kip
    January 4, 2008

    I played Cooking Mama at a friend’s house last year and it’s so much fun it’s made me consider buying a wii!

  • Joan
    January 4, 2008

    I know many people enjoy this game, but I couldn’t get past the annoying “Mama” character. Her voice and lilt drove me nuts. But y’all have fun with it! 🙂

  • Pumpkin
    January 6, 2008

    I have this game for the DS, and enjoyed it so much I bought it for my Wii. Both are fun, but between the two, I far prefer the DS version. The Wii version is a little trickier to play, as sometimes the movements don’t always register.

  • peabody
    January 6, 2008

    I own this. It is much fun but I am horrible at it.

  • hey
    November 15, 2009

    this game is cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cooking ma ma

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