Mama's Cooking at sushi bars

UK restaurant chain Yo! Sushi is going to be letting gamers play with virtual Japanese food while they eat the real thing. The eateries will have Nintendo DS portables loaded with 505 Games' Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends placed around the sushi-delivering conveyor belts for the amusement of...

UK restaurant chain Yo! Sushi is going to be letting gamers play with virtual Japanese food while they eat the real thing.

The eateries will have Nintendo DS portables loaded with 505 Games' Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends placed around the sushi-delivering conveyor belts for the amusement of diners.

The Yo! Sushi branches in London's Farringdon Road and Poland Street will be the first to get the game on April 14, and the rest of the restaurants will be getting theirs "over the coming months." Sushi lovers will be able to play solo, or against other diners by challenging them to a cook-off.

The Cooking Mama franchise is a series of quirky Japanese games in which players prepare a variety of dishes by doing things like stirring broth, peeling vegetables, and dicing meat using the DS stylus.

The first game, Cooking Mama, proved to be a surprise hit in the West, with over a million units sold as of December in Europe alone. There is also a Wii version, Cooking Mama: Cook Off.

Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends for the DS was released in Europe on February 15 and features new recipes, minigames, and a multiplayer mode.

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necronaux
necronaux

Is "cooking" really the right name for a sushi game?

dannyodwyer
dannyodwyer staff

Im not sure i could....stomach that....(boom! boom!) :P im with lew on this one. Hopefully we'll get Pro Ev at football matches and Viva Pinata for all those Pinata farmers.

Anabub
Anabub

LOL my G/F loves cooking mama this is an awesome idea now if only womens clothes shops had consoles to use/ play whilst your Girfiriend was trying on clothes that would be great ... it doesn't help that nearly all changing rooms are near the lingere section ... so your hanging round there like some dirty old man waiting!!!

_em_
_em_

That sounds like a pretty neat idea! A good way to waste time if you were waiting for food or something. Someone mentioned earlier that the Yo!Sushi resturants are a bit more on the pricey side, so perhaps the DSs won't get as damaged as some might think since its on a higher scale then say, McDonalds.

cooldude03
cooldude03

Great idea, that would get me to eat at a sushi bar.

midnight_rpger
midnight_rpger

Poland Street?! wtf?! why does the UK have a street named after poland? and yes i'm polish. I agree with everyone else, the DSes would get ruined too fast. If its not yours then chances are you won't take proper care of it, just look at any public spot/ place >___> But the idea in theory is pretty cool :D

Heromoua
Heromoua

if i were there...oooo a ds on the counter, yoink!

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

I think this is a great idea, but I am not sure I will get to try this very much as Yo! Sushi can be a little expensive.

Pulfasonic
Pulfasonic

Those DSs will get pretty dirty pretty fast.

Dualmask
Dualmask

lew_0911: Now that was funny. :)

lew_0911
lew_0911

Wow. What's next, Trauma Center on a clinic?

jjdomo
jjdomo

i don't about over there, but here in the US that idea would last about a week and would a complete disaster. curua02 is right--they'd be stolen immediately, and/or be completely wrecked in no time.

War-Tex
War-Tex

Lol thats funny. But it won't stay for long.

cckcmain
cckcmain

Ewww... DS covered in sushi! I love my sushi, but I wouldn't want to touch those things after some grubby handed person has it.

werc96
werc96

Only in the UK would something this cool happen. If this happened here in the states it would either A- Get Stolen.....or B-All scratched up. After eating tho...wouldnt the last thing ud want to do is make more food? Put contra up in that ds for dessert :) lol

curua02
curua02

I don't know too much about Japanese society, but if they tried this in the States, those DS's would be stolen within a day.

curua02
curua02

If the DS's are on a conveyor belt, they couldn't possibly be tethered down. I don't know too much about UK society, but if they tried this in the States, those machines would be stolen within a day.

Pyro77
Pyro77

Ha, funny stuff. The customers will see how hard it is to run a restaurant.

Ricksterlau
Ricksterlau

Those DS' they are going provide for customers to play wont be hygienic for sure. Have you seen the McDonalds in Oxford Street which let their customers play on their PS2s? Those controllers are full of grease and filth. Individually, fast food or gaming is one's joy. But together, in public? Doesn't work I'm afraid.

Extra_Life
Extra_Life

Lovely! Bits of rice smudged over the touch screen, greasy units, a stylus somehow making its way into the food :P

Emma_UK
Emma_UK

UK restaurant chain Yo! Sushi is going to be letting gamers play with virtual Japanese food while they eat the real thing.

The eateries will have Nintendo DS portables loaded with 505 Games' Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends placed around the sushi-delivering conveyor belts for the amusement of diners.

The Yo! Sushi branches in London's Farringdon Road and Poland Street will be the first to get the game on April 14, and the rest of the restaurants will be getting theirs "over the coming months." Sushi lovers will be able to play solo, or against other diners by challenging them to a cook-off.

The Cooking Mama franchise is a series of quirky Japanese games where players prepare a variety of dishes by doing things like stirring broth, peeling vegetables, and dicing meat using the DS stylus.

The first game, Cooking Mama, proved to be a surprise hit in the West, with over a million units sold as of December in Europe alone. There is also a Wii version, Cooking Mama: Cook Off.

Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends for the DS was released in Europe on February 15 and featured new recipes, minigames, and a multiplayer mode.

Emma_UK
Emma_UK

UK restaurant chain Yo! Sushi is going to be letting gamers play with virtual Japanese food while they eat the real thing.

The eateries will have Nintendo DS portables loaded with 505 Games' Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends placed around the sushi-delivering conveyor belts for the amusement of diners.

The Yo! Sushi branches in London's Farringdon Road and Poland Street will be the first to get the game on April 14, and the rest of the restaurants will be getting theirs "over the coming months." Sushi lovers will be able to play solo, or against other diners by challenging them to a cook-off.

The Cooking Mama franchise is a series of quirky Japanese games in which players prepare a variety of dishes by doing things like stirring broth, peeling vegetables, and dicing meat using the DS stylus.

The first game, Cooking Mama, proved to be a surprise hit in the West, with over a million units sold as of December in Europe alone. There is also a Wii version, Cooking Mama: Cook Off.

Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends for the DS was released in Europe on February 15 and features new recipes, minigames, and a multiplayer mode.