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Food Network's New Wii Video Game

Food Network is releasing a new video game, Cook or Be Cooked, which will hit stores on November 3. With more than 30 recipes developed by the expert chefs of the Food Network Kitchens, the game delivers a truly authentic food experience from prep to plate. Throughout the game, players receive tips, feedback and reviews from Food Network's Vice President of Marketing and The Next Food Network Star judge, Susie Fogelson, and Food Network Kitchens chef Mory Thomas. Personally, my favorite video game cuisine is still the red-and-white-spotted mushroom power-ups in Mario Brothers. Watch a preview of the video game, after the jump.... More

Video: Cooking Mama 3 Trailer

Cooking Mama, everyone's favorite spatula-wielding virtual lady, is back with more. Cooking Mama 3 Shop & Chop for Nintendo DS is scheduled to hit stores in November. It will feature a new grocery shopping element since, you know, it was a little odd before how pixelated ramen would just appear in the kitchen. Now you can buy the ingredients first! Ah, much more rational. The new edition will feature 80 "fresh" recipes including Korean barbecue, mochi with edamame paste, and lemon pie. The trailer, after the jump.... More

Japanese Gamers Can Now Order Food on Wii Demae (Catering) Channel

Why do the Japanese always get all the cool stuff? Awesome vending machines, monkey waiters, and now the Nintendo Wii Demae (Catering) Channel, which allows gamers to order pizza and other food with a flick of the wrist. According to the blog Destructoid, the channel works in tandem with an existing food-delivery service. You still have to pay cash money at the door—the Demae Channel doesn't take Nintendo Points. Related Top 10 Crazy Asian Pizzas Mobile Street Food in Tokyo, Japan... More

Jamie Oliver's Interactive Video Game Cookbook

"The Naked Chef" has a new video game called What’s Cooking? and it offers something Cooking Mama lacks—100 real recipes. Each one is by Oliver, and comes with an image of the completed dish, an ingredient list, step-by-step instructions, and Oliver's additional comments. Related: 'Cooking Mama: World Kitchen' Preview... More

Nintendo + Toaster = Nintoaster

Some people just have too much time on their hands. They see a toaster and the next thing you know, they're ripping out the guts and filling it with a Nintendo system. The folks over at Engadget spotted this, and even though you can't actually toast bread with it, we have to admit it's pretty darn cool.... More

'Iron Chef America' Video Game Featuring Batali and Morimoto

ign.com Mario Batali and Masaharu Morimoto will be in the upcoming video game Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine for Nintendo Wii and DS. Eater has the full press release from the video game developer Destineer with quotes from the soon-to-be-digitized star chefs: "I’m delighted to be involved with Iron Chef America: Supreme Cuisine," said Chef Batali. "My video game counterpart is as passionate and competitive in the virtual Kitchen Stadium as I am in real life, and I think the participation of Chef Morimoto and I adds a great level of authenticity to the game.Adds Chef Morimoto: "Having been an Iron Chef in both Japan and America, I am pleased to partake in another exciting frontier – video games! Hopefully... More

Mega Man 'E' Energy Tanks Are Now Real: In Energy Drink Form

Image from news.dengeki.com To help promote the video game Mega Man 9 (or Rockman 9 in Japan)—the latest edition in the Mega Man series—a special energy drink will be released this month in Japan. The Rockman E-Tank Sports Drink pays homage to the E-Tanks used to refill your energy bar in the game. The drink will retail for 137 yen (or $1.25 in U.S. dollars). The new game, in all its retro 8-bit glory, will be released on Playstation 3 (on the Playstation network), Xbox 360 (on Xbox Live Arcade), and Nintendo Wii (on WiiWare). Watch the game trailer after the jump. [via Kotaku]... More

How to Make an NES Lunchbox

With the help of two small hinges and a Sasquatch action figure, one hungry gamer turned his broken Nintendo into a lunchbox. This might be the first time any sober person above the age of nine has put an NES into a refrigerator. Thanks to his handy instructions, now you can do the same.... More

'Major League Eating: The Game' Has Secret, Unlockable Kodiak Bear Character

Major League Eating: The Game for Nintendo's WiiWare has an awesome unlockable character: the Alaskan Crusher, a Kodiak bear. The bear is based on a 2003 Fox special where major league eating champ Takeru Kobayashi was soundly defeated by a Kodiak bear in a televised head-to-head eating competition. Here's video footage of the virtual bear. [Via Eatfeats] Previously 'Major League Eating: The Game' Released on Nintendo's Wii Ware Photo Gallery: Competitive Eating Stars Battling at Nintendo World Store... More

Photo of the Day: Super Mario Kart Wedding Cake

Photograph by M.A.L. on Flickr Of all the videogame lovebirds, Mario and Princess Peach make a pretty cute couple. If my little brother grew up and married someone equally as obsessed with Mario Kart, this might be a cake contender. Here's a close-up of the cake topper, which sits on an elaborate castle, sitting on a planet, sitting on a mushroom forest. Mario's nose overwhelms his face so much his Princess can't help but smooch it. Hers, in comparison, looks pretty delicate—perhaps even cosmetically altered. I'll be curious to see what kind of nose the little ones inherit.... More

Nintendo DS Cooking Guide Will Help You Make Dinner

Forget lugging around your cookbooks: now the Nintendo DS can help you cook your meals. Nintendo will release Cooking Guide: Can't Decide What to Eat? in the U.S. this fall. Unlike Cooking Mama, where you play a series of mini-games like slicing carrots or separating egg yolks to make a virtual dish, Cooking Guide provides real, step-by-step recipes with helpful photos so that you can actually cook along in the kitchen. It even provides a glossary to explain terminology and ingredients for those who feel completely clueless. Perfect for the foodie gamer.... More

'Cooking Mama: World Kitchen' Preview

Judging from the video after the jump below, it looks like Cooking Mama: World Kitchen for the Nintendo Wii, is going to be a much-improved version of the original game, Cooking Mama: Cook Off. The video is a developer walk-through, and it seems like the game's creators were very much aware of the difficulties of the original Cooking Mama's game-play mechanics, which made it so frustrating as to be almost unplayable. The new version features three-dimensional characters instead of disembodied hands, fun-looking mini games, and a super-cute feature where Cooking Mama grabs your character to prevent you from adding the wrong ingredient at the wrong time. Video after the jump.... More

An Open Challenge to Food Blogs on 'Major League Eating: The Game'

Major League Eating: The Game is out! And we're making an open call, a challenge to other food blogs out there—we're looking specifically at group endeavors like you, Grub Street, Eater (and your regional variants), Slashfood, and The Kitchn. We dare you to throw down against the virtual eating skills of the Serious Eats crew, so bring it! Your place or ours—or even online. Stick a fork in it—you're done! Lack of response will be seen as cession of the Scarf Scepter to us.... More

'Major League Eating: The Game' Released on Nintendo's Wii Ware

Today, July 14, 2008, marks a momentous occasion in the history of virtual gluttony: the release of Major League Eating: The Game on Nintendo's Wii Ware service, a game which we've tracked extensively. The game is for one or two players, with the killer feature of online play and leaderboards. 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," the game is officially sanctioned by Major League Eating, the sporting league 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... More

WiiWare 'Beer Pong' Game, Now Minus the Beer

Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal didn't think minors should play WiiWare's soon-to-be-released Beer Pong, even if the beer was just virtual. Inspired by the popular frat drinking sport, the video game originally earned a T-rating (for teens), regardless of blatant alcohol references. In response to Blumenthal, the game's publisher JV Games cut the booze and will instead release Pong Toss, a "cleaner" E-rated version (for everyone). Presumably, water fills these red plastic cups, not Natty Light, and the players launching virtual ping-pong balls aren't actually pledging a Dartmouth frat (where the tradition allegedly started). With or without the "beer" preface, "pong" still gets the point across. Should Pong Toss still get an E-rating? (Won't someone think of the children?)... More

Wii Cooking Mama Back, Now With 3D Graphics

Mama will no longer cut her lemons and slice her steak on a flat plate. She's getting 3D-ified, not to mention a cuter canine sous chef. According to WiiFanBoy, Cooking Mama: World Tour, the updated version of Cooking Mama: Cook Off, will be released this holiday season with new recipes, a Wii remote feature with cooking and chopping simulations and, most exciting of all, mistake-induced "minigames." That's right: Ma's rewarding you for kitchen faux pas. Flip a burger too high, for example, and she'll rush over to save the patty in her apron pouch. More in this Majesco Entertainment press release. Related Introducing Cooking Mama on Nintendo DS... More

Still Waiting on 'Major League Eating: The Game'

WiiWare games get released Monday mornings, and every Monday, like a good boy, I check to see if Major League Eating: The Game is going to be available to download. And every week, I'm disappointed. Rumor had it that the game was going to be released in time for the Annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4th, but this week only Magnetica Twist was released. Here's hoping that next week, on July 7th, we'll be able to get our virtual gluttony on. Previously: Serious Eats' coverage of Major League Eating: The Game... More

'Hell's Kitchen,' The Game: A Review

In the game, you're put in charge of Hell's Kitchen restaurant. You progress through five weeks as you rank up from dishwasher to senior chef. You are both cooking in the kitchen and serving people in the dining area. This leads to a hectic experience, as cooking gets more complicated and more and more people eat at the restaurant. More

Photo of the Day: Mario Cake

After two weeks of brainstorming and three days of intense, detailed cake-making, Su-Yin of The Journal of a Girl who Loves To Cook created this epically awesome Mario cake. [via neatorama] Related Super Mario Cupcakes Xbox-Ilicious... More

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