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Cooking Mama - Nintendo DS

by Majesco
Nintendo DS
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews) 4 answered questions 67 / 100

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  • Create 76 real dishes or combine recipes to create more advanced meals
  • Use the stylus as your master kitchen tool to chop, slice, pan fry, knead, grate, mash and more!
  • 1-4 Player
  • Cool down hot food by blowing into the Nintendo DS microphone

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Cooking Mama - Nintendo DS + Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop - Nintendo DS + Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends - Nintendo DS
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  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 19, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,915 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Let's get cookin', Mama! Now you can learn how to cook on your Nintendo DS! Prepare foods, combine raw ingredients, cook the meal and present your culinary masterpiece to Mama for your final score.

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157 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking, cooking! September 14, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a very cute game for the DS. A good one if you've just purchased a DS and want a game that really shows you what a stylus can do. ;) Some recipes are kinda easy, while others proove more challenging. I'm still working on peeling potatoes fast enough. The graphics are very amuzing. I laughed out loud as I spilled water all over the place while trying to drain some pasta. The meals are japanese based...and make you want to go out and make your own gyoza! This is very fun for an adult who likes DS mini games, and it doesn't seem too 'kiddish' as I had feared. I'm so glad this unique japanese game made it to the states. Two thumbs up for Cooking Mama!
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise Family Favorite! March 5, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Having recently purchased a DS lite for my seven year old we let him choose his games. Being like most boys he picked a Mario title and a Sonic title. I jokingly commented to my husband I wanted to try Cooking Mama. The game is mine! Or so I thought when he brought it home for me a few days later.

I started playing right away and was quite amused by the cute little graphics, annoyingly catchy music and Mama's firey eyes when I messed up on my Fried Octopus Balls. The mini-game style and chances to practice each technique before making them kept me entertained to the point of taking the DS with me so I could play at random places outside my home. Until of course I laid it down one night (my thumbs were sore from hours of perfecting my Miso Soup) and my husband picked it up. Hearing him curse at the cheery little Mama and his over-cooked chicken was more amusing than watching him throwing his console controllers. Next my son got his hands on the game, it is HIS DS afterall. Soon it was his favorite, Mario and Sonic long forgotten.

I never thought this game would become a family favorite. I expected it to wind up lost somewhere in the stacks of other games. Instead everyone in our family takes turns preparing all these odd Japanese dishes and earning new ones. While very repetative and at times frustrating we've all really enjoyed it. If you're looking for a family friendly game for all ages I would reccomend this game a thousand times over.
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195 of 211 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kitchen Madness September 22, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I won't say that Cooking Mama is the best game I've played in recent months. Surely, there's something more important than cooking - like, killing zombies on the X360, for example. However, it's certainly the most innovative, especially when you consider how much you can do on the limited dimensions of a Nintendo DS touch screen.

In Cooking Mama, you're an apprentice in the fine art of cuisine management. Your master, a certain Mama, will put you through a series of saliva-inducing recipes, and will grill you through the preparation of each as if it's the only thing you live for. You can choose to practise before hand, but when you go into the actual process of making a particular food, you'll find that there's no room for error. A wrong move, and Mama will not hesitate to show you her wrath.

Making a food involves several steps. Some are short, while some may take forever. For example, when preparing a pan-fried fish, you'll have to go through the coating of the fish slices, the melting of the butter, the actual pan-frying and the arranging of the plate. Each process in turn involves different ways of doing things. Coating the fish slices, for example, requires you to drag your stylus in a left-right manner while touching the fish. Melting the butter requires you to rapidly drag the butter in a circular motion when it's on a hot plate. Pan-frying involves a "following the command on-screen" mini-game that requires you to perform whatever Mama tells you to, and so on.

The impressive thing here is that, even though you're just stroking your stylus throughout the game's 70+ recipes, you're essentially doing different things. It's a bit like Trauma Centre from last year, but instead of seeing body parts, you're looking at food.
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun new innovative cooking game September 14, 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I got this for my girl along with one of the new pink DS Lite and she is loving both the machine and the game. I think anybody that enjoys cooking will probably enjoy this game.

It is basically simple stylus controlled fun little minigames (200+) through which you make 76 real world food items.

It has a great progression so it is easy to learn even if you don't know cooking or don't know how to play games. For example first you learn to make boiled rice which is as simple as adding the right about of water to the pot with a simple minigame... and then if you do that successfully then next you can try making fried rice.

I really like the low price of the game. It should appeal to anybody that enjoys Warioware, Feel the Magic, etc type games.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love to cook but hate messes try this fun game! March 10, 2007
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a fun game. You can cook many different recipes and unlock many more as well. There are probably a lot of recipes you have never heard of. If you aren't allowed to cook you can play this game without getting hurt or burned.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun, no matter your age May 4, 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I work at a Japanese restaurant and not only are the recipes in this game very accurate, it's tremendously fun for all of us. Whether it's 30 year old me, my 40 year old boss, or their 10 and 6 year old kids, all of us enjoy it. It's easy enough for the 6 year to do most of it, but hard enough that even I haven't gotten 100s on every single recipe yet. I'd recommend this game whole heartedly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid game but somewhat difficult to play.
My girls (ages 8 and 10) like playing this game. It is difficult to complete all the tasks in the exact way it requires.
Published 20 days ago by Joanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a Christmas present requested by my grand daughrter.
Published 27 days ago by O. Riutort
1.0 out of 5 stars It frustrates me easily when the time runs out too quick if you ...
Time limits are punishingly strenuous. It frustrates me easily when the time runs out too quick if you "mess up" on a recipe during the game.
Published 28 days ago by Brittany M. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful cooking game. Highly recommended for anyone with decent...
Wonderful. Certainly the pioneer to fantastic cooking games for Nintendo DS.
Lovely mini games to play for each stage of the recipe you're working on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bethany
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
The game is not as fun as I thought it would be and my daughter barely plays it because she says it is boring.
Published 2 months ago by Jamie Gangwer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Bought as a gift
Published 2 months ago by ray buckingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I bought this game in 2008 for my kids and they STILL play with it. Very addicting.
Published 2 months ago by S. Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 3 months ago by Johanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great condition and works great
Published 4 months ago by Sofia Orozco
3.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy to play game
Game is fairly difficult for my 7yr old. Was not expecting it to be so hard.
Published 4 months ago by whdolle
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