...at least that's what the game's publisher, Ubisoft, is claiming. It's a little disheartening to see that the first Ubi game specifically for the DSi is a cooking sim but I wasn't really expecting any different. What annoys me are the game's DSi-specific features. Sure, My Healthy Cooking Coach
lets you customize your profile with pictures taken with the DSi's cameras, but the only other bonus is ten recipes that aren't available if you play it on a regular DS. DSi exclusive features should pertain to its hardware, things you couldn't do on a DS Lite, not arbitrary bonuses that reward you for buying Nintendo's latest piece of overpriced hardware. I already think the DSi is (for now) a waste of time and money, and if developers are going to be shallow about using its features then it will be a self fulfilling prophecy: a shallow casual-audience toy that wastes its true potential. I hope some crafty developers really push the DSi with hardcore games and do creative things with its cameras, SD card and online store, but if this is the example Ubisoft and Nintendo are setting then I'm not holding my breath.
UBISOFT® SUPPORTS THE NINTENDO DSi(TM) WITH
MY HEALTHY COOKING COACH
SAN FRANCISCO – April 6, 2009 – Today Ubisoft announced My Healthy Cooking
Coach for the new Nintendo DSi(TM) and the Nintendo DS(TM) system. Already a
worldwide leader on Nintendo DS, Ubisoft is one of the first independent
publishers to develop a game that takes advantage of the new functionality
of the Nintendo DSi. My Healthy Cooking Coach is an easy-to-use, fun game
for anybody who wants to eat well-balanced and healthy meals. My Healthy
Cooking Coach is available in June 2009.
With more than 200 recipes created by a culinary school and in collaboration
with a renowned nutritionist, My Healthy Cooking Coach offers players tips
and tricks to create healthy and delicious meals that will delight friends
Thanks to the new functionality of the Nintendo DSi, My Healthy Cooking
Coach offers enhanced content and gameplay experiences. Ten recipes will be
exclusively available on the DSi version, and budding chefs can use the
system's camera to personalize users' profiles.
In addition to My Healthy Cooking Coach, Ubisoft will soon launch several
other new games specifically created for the Nintendo DSi.
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive
entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong
and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has teams in
28 countries and distributes games in more than 55 countries around the
globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game
titles to consumers. For the 2007–08 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of
928 million euros. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com
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Ubisoft logo are registered trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S.
and/or other countries. Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi are trademark of
Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo.