Cooking Mama serves up 500,000

Majesco ships more than half a million units of its quirky cooking simulation for the DS in 11 months.

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It's no secret that the past couple of years have not been good for Majesco. After suffering the fallout of several retail bombs in 2005, the publisher spent the latter part of 2005 and most of 2006 in triage mode, canceling projects and selling off game licenses in an effort to shift away from top-tier, big-budget development.

With its sights now set on casual and handheld games, specifically for Nintendo's monstrously popular Nintendo DS and Wii, Majesco seems to have turned a corner, to the point of prompting some industry analysts to upgrade their stock advisement to "Buy" and projecting a return to profitability for the once-thought dead-in-the-water publisher.

Majesco's turnaround in fortunes was further evidenced today, as the New Jersey-based publisher announced it has shipped more than 500,000 units of its chef-in-training simulation Cooking Mama for the Nintendo DS. The milestone comes 11 months after Mama first opened for business last September. Hoping to surpass this success, the publisher announced Cooking Mama 2 last week.

Developed by Office Create, Cooking Mama features more than 75 different dishes that players can slave away in the kitchen creating. Players must serve up high-quality dishes, lest they incur the wrath of the ever-watchful Mama. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

48 comments
taddia
taddia

If GameSpot wasn't so AntiNintendo, the game would have been given certainly an higher score.. Many magazines gave CM a grade btw 7-8 . The stupid 6.9 and 5.5 gave to the two games by Gamespot will not surely helps the next game selling...

EikoAtoride
EikoAtoride

CM is a great game just for fun. It features mainly Japanese receipes but that works for me. I got some very good ideas for dishes and how to make some dishes right (I love to cook Asian style.) Not every game has to be fast-paced and exciting. Sometimes you just want something for breaks, for fun... You can easily end it anytime because you will not miss something.

Ampersan5340
Ampersan5340

the wii game for cooking mama wasn't so great so i hope this game will be better

Princecake
Princecake

u can't compare cooking and driving :D driving is about physical interaction cooking is NOT really about how u hold or stir the pans, it's about the amount of ingredients, timing etc so once u can master some recipe, it'll become much easier to apply IRL :) play that game on ur lunchbreak and surprise ur mother on her birthday :D or make ur spouse pleasantly surprised

greater_bird
greater_bird

Good on Majesco! Cooking Mama never really lived up to the full potential of the idea, but it uses the DS controls incredibly well, and it's appealing to the new audience the Ninendo systems are bringing in, so it deserves to do well. Right game for the times. And as for it not teaching skills applicable to real cooking - do you *really* expect to learn cooking from a game console? I don't expect to learn to drive a car from a racing game, or how to start a business from tycoon games. Come to think of it, I don't really think all those brain training games have made me smarter either. :-)

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

I love te series. If only I could smell the food while in the game! :P

boobush
boobush

Man, I wonder how they sold. Maybe in a bundle. The last couple of years hasn't been good for them because of games like BlowOut.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I just had an idea. How about someone develop a REALISTIC cooking game for the Wii and DS. The storyline is that you are the head chef of a small dingy restaurant and have to cook basic dishes to increase your popularity. As you become more popular, you progress onto posher restaurants and more complex dishes. As a break from cooking you get to shop for ingredients, search for suppliers and keep the place up to hygiene standards. All done with the Wii remote and stylus. Also in the game you actually learn recipes and techniques that you can utilise in real life. I'd buy a cooking game like that.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@Unholy_Smite - Even as woefully inarticulate as you are, you do possess a point. Considering Cooking Mama was a 6.9 on the DS, a lot of the people who bought it were likely dissapointed. Will they jump all over Cooking Mama 2 or Cooking Mama Cookoff (which got a 5.5!)? One-hit wonders are abound in the music industry: are we set to see the same thing happen more often in gaming?

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

Not here. It started at $30 and worked its' way down.

KittyKatLaura12
KittyKatLaura12

It took more than 11 months (and a Gamestop pricecut or two) to reach 500,000? Took long much? New Super Mario Bros., a game which appeals to both casual and hardcore, sold that much in a month. Gamespot never cut the price of Cooking Mama. It launched at 20 bucks. Anyway, of course New Super Mario Bros. is going to sell more. Mario is a very popular title. But as Cooking Mama is a more lesser known niche title, half a million copies sold is really good.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

It took more than 11 months (and a Gamestop pricecut or two) to reach 500,000? Took long much? New Super Mario Bros., a game which appeals to both casual and hardcore, sold that much in a month.

ZeroWil
ZeroWil

Majesco is in NJ?! Hmm....maybe I should pay them a visit. I gotta' say, Cooking Mama was a pretty good game. I tried it on my friend's DS and it was pretty addicting.

reactionsok
reactionsok

anyone else think cooking mama is hot?!?!?!? TAKE THAT!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Yeah, I expected that game to sell well on the Wii and DS.

n_igma_nsider
n_igma_nsider

That's great news. I've bought Cooking Mama for the NDS, and I believe it's not as bad as people use to say; I like this game, actually. It's true the game doesn't teach you how to cook, but it's still a nice game to pick up and play, and the touch controls feel just great. Besides, the game price is inviting. Anyways, I wish Majesco the best, for they are supporting NDS and Wii systems. I hope things will get even better when Nanostray 2 is released. Can't wait to get this awesome game!

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Gamer46: "500,000 isn't really that impressive." --Umm, thats more than most first party SCEA games have sold.

-Ronin-_basic
-Ronin-_basic

There's a shocking turn of events. Positive news is once again met with an onslaught of elitist attitude. Because how DARE a game outside the standard demographics sell reasonably well? Or even particularly well, considering the target was non-gamers. Damn Majesco oughta go out of business. After all, Gears of War (a game for a different system, of a different genre, for a different audience, with a load of promotion and huge budgets) sold WAY better. ^ Sounds kind of dumb, right? Well, so does this: "Wow, to think it took 11 months to sell 1/6 of what Gears of War sold in two weeks! Move over, real games!"

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

If you don't buy the games you can't moan about them, I have cooking mama on the Wii, it's not my cup of tea, but I bought it and have made my conclusions on actually playing the game, not reading about it and following the crowd!!

Sheiko
Sheiko

Most likely Bachelors....

ftjx
ftjx

who are these people!?!?!? girls???

Unholy_Smite
Unholy_Smite

Casual games will only sell once for you, get hardcores or 2008 will be a repeat of 2006.

waleedarshad
waleedarshad

mario dressup should be next tht will sell millions

thug_angel123
thug_angel123

even though its a retarded game but it might save the company from the drain...

hmac777
hmac777

Real cooking is more fun and rewarding than this game, and while your waiting for things to bake, you canplay real video games.

blacktorn
blacktorn

Pretty good for a game like this

Gamer46
Gamer46

Better than what most games sell, but when you put in to perspective how much the DS sells, 500,000 isn't really that impressive. Especially when you compare it to sales of something like New Super Mario Bros. or Mario Kart DS.

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

I love Cooking Mama lol

mars188
mars188

well it is a game that nintendo would fall in love with, my kids got tired of this game real fast it looked boring , wont be buying cooking 2. plus nintendo should grow up give us some great adult fighting games that has the beef, nintendo did so well back in the super nintendo days, now we get this 8 year old games all the time

darthzew
darthzew

This is one of those games where you have to be the right person to play it... I can't see why anybody would play this game... You make food and get no real reward... but in real life, I make food and then... I can EAT IT!!!!

flyer4057
flyer4057

Its a shame that games like these sell so much but some great games don't

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@reactionsok OBJECTION!!!!! There is no evidence to justify that Cooking Mama can help assist with cooking in the real world. (sorry I couldn't resist when I noticed you had Phoenix and I had Edgeworth)

Jebril
Jebril

I bought Cooking Mama the day it was released, it wasn't as good as I thought it was gonna be but it was still really fun first time through does mini games and people (girls) would always want to play the game. Of course my image was destroyed in the process as well.

reactionsok
reactionsok

OBJECTION!!!!! Cooking mama is how i cook my meals at home!!!!!!!!! NJ in the house! miss the pizza! cooking mama should have a mini game to make pizza - oh i'd love that!

jem_gal
jem_gal

im happy for nintendo and for majesco for making a big profit of this one game; but why did it have to be such a sub par game like cooking mama?

dr-venkman
dr-venkman

I'm glad for Nintendo that it sold so well, Im not glad that the game is Cooking Mama.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Stylus gaming is hot. Never picked this one up, but 500,000 units shows stylus based gaming is here to stay.

ScottEFresh
ScottEFresh

Seeing how I cook for a living, this game doesn't appeal to me at all.

latinchemist
latinchemist

Majesco showing that NJ ingenuity. Big games making you no money? Ride the popularity wave of the DS / Wii. I'm not a fan of Mama, but, I am a fan of NJ companies making money.

Raiko101
Raiko101

In all fairness, Cooking Mama is not what the mainstream gamer looks for in a game. For one thing this game lacks guns and gore. However, it's an original title and is appealing to new gamers, and those who want a refreshing experience. And amazingly, it still sits inside the UK Top 10 All Formats chart!

AL13NK1LL3R
AL13NK1LL3R

phhff... this is the worst news for the month

XwarzoneX
XwarzoneX

Wow, to think it took 11 months to sell 1/6 of what Gears of War sold in two weeks! Move over, real games!

Axe_336
Axe_336

Yes! With this and an Elite Beat Agents sequel the DS will rule the world! MWA HA HA HA!!!!

Travis281
Travis281

The game wasn't the best thing ever, but it did grow on me. Good on Nintendo for continuing to expand the idea of gaming to include things that most people think are boring. The DS and Wii are a breeding ground for this kind of thing.