The original Cooking Mama is an important game. Yes, I’m going there and no, I’m not joking. Though I normally don’t cover casual games, I wanted to take the time out to look back at a game that saved a company from going out of business, a game that spawned a multi-million selling franchise (not including spin-offs) and was a trailblazer in the casual games movement. It also taught me just enough about real-life cooking that when my girlfriend and I cook together (which doesn’t happen often), I can relate my understanding of some of the tasks she assigns me to do back to my time with Cooking Mama. She shakes her head every single time, but I digress, as that isn’t the story I want to tell today.
Kotaku’s Nintendo Channel stat-tracking articles are some of my favourite pieces of gaming enthusiast press content. I applaud Stephen Totilo for going through the effort of digging through the Nintendo Channel stats every month to gather insights on what Wii players are playing.
In this particular case, what they’re not playing. Most recently, Kotaku posted an article called “The 25 Least-Loved Wii Games, Maybe“, which lists off the Wii games with the lowest average time played. There are a number of qualifiers and disclaimers you should know to give you context to this data, so I recommend you check out the original story on Kotaku if you haven’t already. If you have (or don’t want to heed to my warning) hit the jump to see the least-loved Wii games and my analysis of these unfortunate games.