Cooking Mama serves up 1 million

Quirky cooking game feeds over a million hungry gamers in Europe alone.

First released in September 2006, Cooking Mama on the Nintendo DS lets gamers virtually prepare recipes by using the stylus to do cooking tasks such as chopping vegetables, tenderising steak, and stirring soup. A Wii version, Cooking Mama: Cook Off, followed in May 2007 and added a multiplayer mode. Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends is due to be released in early 2008.

Originally the game was not set for release outside of Japan, but since being launched in North America and Europe, it seems to be one of those quirky Japanese games that successfully make it overseas.

In August, the franchise scored 500,000 copies, and now--months later--505 Games has announced that it has sold over one million units in Europe alone. 505 Games marketing director Ian Howe comments, "Now we're all keen to see how quickly we can get Cooking Mama 2 to one million!"

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greater_bird
greater_bird

Only kids and nerds worry about other people thinking gaming is for kids and nerds... :-) And frankly, games like this, which appeal strongly to those outside the standard gaming demographic, are exactly the sorts of games which make "real people" believe that gaming is for everyone, not just spotty-faced losers. So please get over the idea that any game that isn't a hardcore FPS is somehow "bringing down gaming". Personally, I hope the success of this game will encourage publishers to bring across other weirdo titles that they're not sure will succeed outside of Japan. It's always fun to see some of the oddities that don't fall into the standard categories, and sometimes they open up entirely new play mechanics, like rhythm games or katamari-rolling.

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

to nintendo stop bringing down gaming. gaming finally moved from being considered kiddies toys but you are pushing it back into that catagory. please dont make gaming look like it did years ago ie it was for kids and nerds only

yoyoman10
yoyoman10

people will buy anything these days i guess. i myself dont like "gimmick" games, but whatever

matty_sen
matty_sen

itsnt it funny how nintendo still things were all 10yrs old

sgadvani
sgadvani

I'm hoping the second helping of Cooking Mama is "good, good"!

Ungdi
Ungdi

I thought this game was gonna be one of those games that nobody cares about! Maybe its worth checking out, after all the mario galaxy and mass effect I've been playing, it's time to relax and do some cooking!

JangoWuzHere
JangoWuzHere

ppl in europe might wanna cook in the fun way i guess...

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Y'know, I really thought, despite all odds, I'd like this game... but I just couldn't. I ended up trading it in a month or so after purchase. It's just the same repetitive tasks via unresponsive controls.

natt39
natt39

Nintendo seems to be in to games like this.... I really thought that this game wouldn't sell at all....

-Ronin-_basic
-Ronin-_basic

I've gotta say, that's very surprising. Impressive, but still surprising. I figured that at best, it would have a small cult following; there's always a market - even a small one - for the unusual stuff. But a million in Europe alone? Love or hate casual gaming, that's not bad at all. I probably wouldn't pick this one up, but it's nice to see that gaming isn't just an elitist hobby filled with multi-million dollar budgeted games; there's something for everyone.

gifteddie
gifteddie

this reached one million?!!!?? Wow I thought it was one of those games that nbody buys it justs sits on the shelf

smfes
smfes

I want that game for my DS now, i love my ds and Zelda! Go Nintendo and Microsoft!

prioritymail
prioritymail

I guess nintendo is doing their part to enlarge the alternative game genre

diablusx
diablusx

This is a neat game that fills a gap in what game consumers buy. There will always be a demand for quarkey games as long as people buy them.

Gaara79
Gaara79

One of those million is mine. I got this game for my mom and she loves it.

mashom
mashom

Cooking MAMA is gone, not bring COOKING BABY.

BadSushi
BadSushi

Does it count if someone sells a game back, and then its bought by somebody, thats technically only 1 game sold... cause I sold mine after a few months, don't get me wrong it was an okay game... just one that I won't play again...

kori911
kori911

It's a neat little game, really user friendly, and fun to play. Expect it it sell much more than 1 million.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

MacDonald's serves over 1 billion. You don't see me praising them.

longhair72
longhair72

Godd God....please save us from the crap casual gaming is going to bring to this community

teknicz
teknicz

This is a mixed bag. The game was fun and even useful, in a way, but it's so short and the gameplay is so limited that I can't imagine this selling over a million copies. I guess it did have that appeal to non-gamers though.

teknicz
teknicz

This is a mixed bag. The game was fun and even useful, in a way, but it's so short and the gameplay is so limited that I can't imagine this selling over a million copies. I guess it did have that appeal to non-gamers though.

jmartinez1983
jmartinez1983

Yay. Why cook in a kitchen when you can just cook on a DS... Mostly I'm just upset that Majesco got out of publishing some really great games like Psychonauts and Phantom Dust to concentrate on stuff like this.

GawNawRaw
GawNawRaw

@ TongLong: Your statement is made of an epic win.

TongLong
TongLong

Awesome! It's so nice to see that a game doesn't need to promise 60+ hours of gameplay with multiple online capabilities, and a 20 million dollar + development budget to be appealing to gamers. Maybe there is hope for us all yet! ^__^ PS: The game is a blast. I've kind of neglected Halo 3 since I picked this one up. :)

DraginHikari
DraginHikari

We've actually sold quite a few of this at the store I work at, it's one of thos e games that heavily appeals to the casual as just a goofy little entertaining game, not real deep or epic... but if it makes sales, it's worht it to someone XD

Thing2
Thing2

Loucetios, Mario Galaxy has been out for all of 24 days, Cooking Mama has been out for 450 days, that probly has something to do with it....

LINKloco
LINKloco

No surprise here. Mass appeal type game. Good to see all types of games succeed.

death_burnout
death_burnout

i cant wait for number 2, shame its next year

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Well, congratulations. It looks like a fun game, just not my cup of tea.

miiiguel
miiiguel

LOL! Halo is talked in about, like... every single thread. Those Bungie/MS PR's do deserve some kinda award, damn! It's crazy!

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

I'm not too surprised that Cooking Mama sold a million copies. It's a very accessible game with an interesting premise that instantly appeals to a lot of people, even non-gamers. I'm hoping Cooking Mama 2 improves on the formula enough to be more entertaining though. As much fun as the first one was, I found it a bit limited, and found myself wishing that there was more breadth to the game world and more things to do with more characters and recipes.

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

How about people learn to cook for real? Or maybe a game that teaches people how to cook for real?

jangojay
jangojay

Kinda like halo huh? Supbar game gets lots of sales

Burning_Sun
Burning_Sun

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Loucetios
Loucetios

rofl, cooking mama outsold super mario galaxy, aahhh what a world

Madmangamer364
Madmangamer364

Don't know why so many people are disappointed with this. I'm actually glad to hear that the series has become this successful. From a quality/critical standpoint, there are obviously worse games/franchises out there that could and probably will sell the same amount of games for some crazy reason or another. I think the Cooking Mama name and Nintendo's two systems, the DS and Wii, are a good fit. Maybe this will prove to developers that their games can sell on those two platforms if they work at it. Heck, everytime video games are brought up in my house, this is one of the games my sister mentions in terms of wanting to have. This might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it obvioiusly has a place in some people's homes. Therefore, I can't complain about the series reaching this milestone. I can only hope that this is the beginning of something really good.

zeke2040
zeke2040

wow that's great, but i need a real cook , not a game about it... glad the game is making good cook's out of kids...lol

bdbogart
bdbogart

To everyone who says it's a stupid game... There's 1 million people out there that disagree with you. Just because you don't like it doesn't make it bad.

XBASX
XBASX

Many casual gamers in Europe are housewifie's so it makes sence.

XBASX
XBASX

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pandaramaster
pandaramaster

I'm European and I haven't played this crap. I have the Orange Box, Okami, you know... PROPER GAMES. Oh well, we European have disgusting taste in crap. Apart from me and a few others.

KRYPTON1TE
KRYPTON1TE

News like this is depressing. What the hell is up with people? Lets go buy cooking mama instead of good games like Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, and Uncharted! I feel like getting rich. I think I'm going to start my own game development studio where we make bad games. It's ok though. People will buy them.

waleedarshad
waleedarshad

really sad that 1 million people actually bought this game

swyg
swyg

Quirky cooking game feeds over a million hungry gamers in Europe alone. Didn't realize they were starving though.