For old "Mama" fans from the DS version and previous wii "Cook-Off" version, this will probably be a bit of a disappointment with the new graphics and such. No more presents, only "New Recipe"s such as Ratatouille and Potato Balls that are supposedly multi-cultural compared to the "normal" cooking fare found in Mama (minus the Nestle Tollhouse product placement). Still absolutely addicting, along with the hilarity that ensues because of the absurd gesticulations that go along with playing this game, and the best new feature are the amazingly weird cut scene/mini-games, definitely make this game a worthwhile play for both young and old players who like to cook imaginary food. The new 3D aspects of cooking mama kind of freak me out still, especially how when things are loading Mama gets a shimmering wreath of colorful strobes around her. Also, when she's in the kitchen with other characters it looks pretty mental. I'm not used to seeing the characters of Cooking Mama snooping around while I'm trying to grill shish-kebabs! Since the backgrounds are all in 3D it's harder to focus just on the pot or the radish or whatever since it doesn't really zoom in, it keeps the kitchen and the cooking area itself in seeing range and is kind of distracting at first. One of the hilarious new features is when you make a mistake, like accidentally miss catching toast that has somehow jettisoned from your toaster faster than the speed of light, Mama will get these pixellated flames in her eyes and you have to flap her little arms in order to catch the toast mid-air before her pet dog eats it! Each time the little cut-scenes come it is unexpected, because only certain actions have the sort of "rescue the food!" option, and other times you make a mistake and it just says "Finished" with spoiled vegetables dropping down onto the screen and you wish you could fixed your meal, but you can't. Another interesting part about this game is that there never really appears to be a rating in between "Well Done" and "Mama Will Fix This". So you think when you steamed the potatoes and dropped half of them on the floor you'll get penalized, and then it says "Well Done!" So you get your hopes up, and then your end score is a 62. With this game some times it is really easy, and then other times you think to yourself, "HOW IS THIS COOKING?!" and chuck your wiimote at the fake burned stir fry you've just concocted. To make the unavoidable food-related pun everyone has been waiting for, Mama's still cookin', and I recommend this game to the youngsters and also the ol' diehard Mama fans (just because her voice is still the best thing since sliced bread, in my opinion). So go out and smell whatever's cookin' (or at least pretend to smell, since it doesn't really exist anyway).
yes: I recommend this product