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Add Cooking Mama 2 to your sushi-eating experience

We can only assume that 505 Games' bank balance fell below the danger level of ten billion dollars, because the European publisher of Cooking Mama and Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends has now started marketing the latter at franchise sushi bars in the UK.

From next Monday, sushi-scoffing Brits will have a chance to play the cooking sim while failing to successfully use chopsticks at two London branches of YO! Sushi (located on Poland Street and Farringdon Road). Shortly thereafter, the other 30-odd UK-based YO! Sushi restaurants will follow suit. This kind of reminds us of the marketing push given to Yume Neko in Tokyo's Cat Cafe Calico, except with a game we're not bothered about and a less interesting venue.

Gallery: Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends

[Via press release]

Princess on Ice not as sinister as it sounds

For some reason, the phrase Princess on Ice made us think of some kind of Mafia situation, a game about putting a princess on ice. We don't even watch that much Sopranos. Anyway, as the more well-adjusted among you can gather, it's actually an ice-skating thing. Well, you might find that sinister as well.

European publisher 505 Games is co-developing Princess on Ice with Arc System Works, to be released in Europe in April. Presumably this will also be released by Arc in Japan.

It's no surprise that 505 is so actively seeking content that is designed for girls. 505 got lucky when they agreed to be the European publisher for Cooking Mama, which brought in real money.

Gallery: Princess on Ice

[Via GamesPress]

Draglade to launch in Europe in March

If you thought 505 Games and feeble DS shovelware went hand in hand, you'd be absolutely correct. Seriously, it's hard to argue the case for the likes of My Pet Dolphin, Fashion Designer: Style Icon, and I Did It Mum! This patchy track record makes it all the stranger that 505 Games is bringing Draglade, the musical fighter that we slapped an encouraging eight out of ten on, to Europe.

It launches on the continent in March, a month which appears to be filling out very nicely for us Euro folk.

[Via press release]

Cooking Mama serves up one million in Europe

Mama's been busy in the kitchen, not only cooking up tasty virtual treats, but also fat stacks of cash. 505 Games has announced that the franchise has sold over a million copies, becoming 505 Games' most successful franchise to day. Releasing first for the DS, another entry was later released on the Wii, cementing Mama as one of the region's most marketable mugs. Good for her!

Any of our European readers pick up any of her games on the DS or Wii?

[Via Games Press]

Kira Kira Pop Princess gets groovy in Europe

Since the DS is known to have some good rhythm games, we tend to keep our eyes peeled when it comes to the genre. The most recent addition to the DS rhythm family comes packaged with bubblegum, glitter, and unicorn stickers. At least, that's what the title Kira Kira Pop Princess would lead us to believe.

The game, which is known as Pinky Street Kira Kira Music Hour in Japan, is slated for a European release in February 2008. The story revolves around a girl named Gaby, who competes in dance-offs in an attempt to become the Rainbow City "Dance Queen." As you've probably guessed by now, these dance-offs are where they stylus tapping and rhythm action take place.

If you can get past the adolescent aura of it all, this game looks pretty fun. Then again, maybe we're just easy-to-please, rhythm-game-loving whores (status: confirmed).

[Via Press Release]

Taito takes Cooking Mama too far

You know, sometimes we just don't get Japanese marketing. Probably most times.

The latest one to leave us baffled is this Cooking Mama flyer, put out by Taito to promote the next game in the series. For some unknown reason, the Japanese publisher felt that Cooking Mama 2 would sell more copies with a scary cosplayer representing the game.

We hope that Majesco, the game's North American publisher, won't resort to such unsettling tactics here in the States. There's only a 0.01% chance that they would, but we still might have a nightmare or two about it. We think we even prefer "Cheerleader Mama" over this.

Go beyond the jump to see another flyer of Mama in her cosplay glory.

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Baby brain training on its way to the U.S.

Yesterday we saw brain training for nonexistent puppies, and today it's for real toddlers. Companies are really struggling to find unexplored niches now! Next week: brain training for inanimate objects!

505 Games' preschool-age brain training game I Did It Mum! is, implausibly, coming to the U.S. It comes in separate "boy" and "girl" versions, and allows a parent to record encouraging messages, presumably to ensure that the child bonds to his or her DS. It also gives kids a happy message on their birthdays.

I Did It Mum comes from Starfish, who are gaining prominence for their Wii games Kiki Kai World and Monkey King: The Legend Begins. This is about as far as one could get from those two shooters, however.

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