Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop

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Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop
Cooking Mama 3 Shop & Chop Cover.jpg
Developer(s)Cooking Mama Limited
SeriesCooking Mama
Platform(s)Nintendo DS
  • NA: October 20, 2009
  • AU: November 12, 2009
  • EU: November 13, 2009
  • JP: November 26, 2009
Genre(s)Simulation, minigame
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop[a] released as Cooking Mama 3 in Japan, Europe and Australia, is the sequel to the Nintendo DS video game Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends and is the third installment to the Cooking Mama series on the Nintendo DS. Developed by 505 Games, Majesco Entertainment, and Taito, Shop & Chop features five different game modes, including two new ones, over 80 different recipes, 200 unique mini-games, four-player multiplayer, and the classic gameplay.

The sequel to this game, Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic for the Nintendo 3DS, was released on November 16, 2011.[1]


Following the style of the Cooking Mama series, this game is loosely based on a cooking simulation, though more focused on the mini-games. For those that have never played the series: Recipes are divided into mini-games, the number of which varies by how complex the meal is, and by successfully completing the mini-games, a tasty meal is created. Shop & Chop introduces a different background, different-looking medals, and Cooking Mama actually talks instead of using speech bubbles. Many aspects of the game are now customizable, such as the colors of the pots and pans, to the countertop and background, to even Mama herself. Mama can be dressed up with new outfits, which also include accessories such as bunny ears or even bows. Graphics have also slightly been enhanced, the familiar tasks of dicing, mixing, etc. have been made different so as to add variety, and there is an added feature of importing the vegetables you have grown in Gardening Mama.

This installment includes recipes such as Marshmallow, Candy Apples, Pickles, French Cruller, Korean Barbecue, Baukuchen, Vongole Bianco, Fried Shrimp, Cabbage Rolls, Tepura, Dried Squid, Cheese Risotto Potato Wedges, Sushi and many more. Even more hidden recipes can be unlocked after obtaining the initial 64. You are also able to grow your own ingredients, or buy them in the new grocery store mode, Let's Shop.

Game modes[edit]

Let's Shop is the biggest feature added to Shop & Chop. This mode features five different levels, each of which is progressively harder than the last. Instead of cooking with Mama, the player is sent to the grocery store to pick up supplies. The player controls Ichigo (Mama's daughter[2]) with the stylus in the bottom half of the DS screen and run her around the store to obtain the supplies while racing against the clock. However, running into other customers, such as mothers with babies or store employees, causes the player to play mini-games that also count against the clock. The mini-games are generated at random and no instructions are given. If the player fails to win the mini-game, Ichigo loses a heart and after she loses three, she goes home. By successfully completing the shopping trip, the player is awarded items to customize the kitchen or outfits/accessories to dress up Mama.


Aggregate score
Review scores
Game Informer6.5/10[5]
GamePro2.5/5 stars[6]
Nintendo Power6/10[10]
Nintendo World Report8/10[11]

The game received "mixed or average reviews" according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[3]


  1. ^ Cooking Mama 3 (クッキング ママ3, Kukkingu Mama 3)


  1. ^ "Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic". Nintendo. 4 February 2013.
  2. ^ "About Mama". Everything Mama. Majesco Entertainment. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  4. ^ Kraus, Jade (20 October 2009). "Cooking Mama 3 [Shop & Chop] Review". Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  5. ^ Turi, Tim (December 2009). "Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop". Game Informer (200): 134. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  6. ^ Koehn, Aaron (24 November 2009). "Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop". GamePro. Archived from the original on 27 November 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop Review". GameTrailers. 2 November 2009. Archived from the original on September 16, 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  8. ^ Sandoval, Angelina (4 November 2009). "Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop - NDS - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 8 November 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  9. ^ Steimer, Kristine (23 October 2009). "Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop Review". IGN. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop". Nintendo Power. Vol. 248. December 2009. p. 87.
  11. ^ Ronaghan, Lauren (30 November 2009). "Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  12. ^ Scullion, Chris (14 November 2009). "Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop Review". Official Nintendo Magazine. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  13. ^ Toastfarmer (13 January 2010). "Cooking Mama 3 Review". PALGN. Archived from the original on 15 September 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2015.

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