First there was Cooking Mama for the Wii, where players can prepare and cook a variety of international dishes. It always left me a little unfulfilled, since you never actually got to virtually eat anything you virtually cooked. But the world of virtual (professional) eating is near.
Soon you'll be able to channel your inner Joey Chestnut or Takeru Kobayashi by playing Major League Eating: The Game for the Nintendo Wii. Mastiff, the game's publisher, has announced that it will be released on the Wii on May 12 in North America as a downloadable WiiWare title, for one or two players, with the killer feature of online play and leaderboards.
The game will make "extensive" use of the Wii Remote to "simulate a variety of eating techniques including the cram, toss, and 'typewriter.' Burp-offs and Hot Potato challenges during the contests keep the competition intense and eaters on their toes."
It will play "like a fighting game," requiring players to "master a smorgasbord of offensive and defensive weapons including bites, burps, belches, mustard gas and jalapeño flames while cramming and chewing food at a world-class pace."
This virtual gluttony is officially sanctioned by Major League Eating, the sports franchise that oversees all professional competitive eating events, including the Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. The game will "simulate the fast and furious action of a professional eating competition" and feature "the world's greatest gurgitory athletes." Although it looks like you won't be able to play as your Mii, at least you'll be able to play as your favorite professional eater.