Cooking Mama is a mainstay when it comes to Nintendo DS games. The brand is still rolling, even after it leapt from DS to 3DS (and even mobile devices). Mama is more than a cook, having lent her talents to gardening, babysitting, and outdoor activities. There was once a Science Papa, too, but that game couldn’t hold a candle to Mama’s line of work.
This year, she’s back with a brand new adventure: Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop, which just landed a couple of weeks ago. It’s definitely worth picking up, as there’s a ton of delicious pastries and what-have-you to create. If you’re new to the Cooking Mama series, there’s a whole family of games out there for you to play that are just as delightful.
Here are 3 awesome Cooking Mama treats for you to further explore:
Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetite!
The fifth core Cooking Mama installment is the best of the series by far, with over 60 recipes and activities to complete alongside a whole wealth of new mini games to go with them. …Not to mention use of the Nintendo 3DS’s gyroscope. It’s the most full-featured entry and the most advanced as far as what you can do with the handheld. It’s improved in every sense of the word, so if you want to start somewhere grab this game first!
Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic
Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic was one of the first steps into modern gaming for the series, bringing Cooking Mama into the future by jumping onto the Nintendo 3DS, while all the previous titles were relegated to the original Nintendo DS. It marked a pretty major turning point for the games and an uptick in quality, so if you’re not interested in playing from the beginning, this is another excellent installment with a wide range of recipes to choose from.
This is the game that started it all, launching a whole series of Cooking Mama games to follow. It was the first of its kind for DS players looking for something a little different aside from role-playing games, platformers and other touch-centric games. It invited players to cook all kinds of dishes under the tutelage of Mama, while the touch screen technology was just getting started.
It’s available on the cheap right now since it’s a fairly older title as well, so if you’re interested in going back to where it all began for Mama, this is one game you’ll need to add to your collection. It’s a little touchier than the games that come after it, but it’s worth seeing how things progressed from the very beginning.
If you’ve played all of the Cooking Mama games, which ones would you recommend? Thinking about checking out Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop next…