First Impressions: Cooking Mama: Cook Off

CookingMama.jpgSo last night I was in the mood to try out one of the new releases this week, and since both TMNT and Earth Defense Force 2017 were missing, I decided to go with Cooking Mama: Cook Off for the Wii. I had heard a positive thing or two about the title on the DS and thought I would give it a shot since my Wii has been lacking some playtime lately. So today while my wife was getting ready for her haircut I got enough time to write down some initial thoughts, at least on the single player portion.

The first thing I noticed was that the controls were VERY laggy. There was a considerable delay between when I pointed the Wii’s remote at a different part of the screen and when the game’s cursor responded. This made things that required quick cursor movement, especially when peeling vegetables, a daunting task.

Other than that, the game is entertaining the first time you partake in one of the cooking steps, but much like real cooking there’s only so much fun you can get from peeling potatoes or mixing ingredients in a pot. Sure, much like Wario Ware: Smooth Moves it shows off what the Wii’s controller is capable of, but it doesn’t have the same “HOLY CRAP I NEED TO FIGURE THIS OUT AND GET IT FINISHED IN THREE SECOND!” feeling as Wario Ware. Also, “Mama” is rather annoying as she only says about four things and one of them I can’t even understand clearly.

Between today and tomorrow I should have enough time for a full review. I really want to try the two player mode as that will probably be more fun than single player because at least I have more of a goal than just learning new recipes.

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Having over 25 years of gaming experience, Zach knows a thing or two when it comes to one of his favorite entertainment activities. Additionally, he has also written many articles previewing and reviewing titles which can be found in various places around the net, including