NAMCO BANDAI and Food Network Announce Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked for Wii

April 29, 2009

NAMCO BANDAI and Food Network
Announce Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked for Wii

Channel Your Inner Chef with the
First Food Network Wii Game

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and
Food Network, the first and only cable channel dedicated to connecting viewers
to the power and joy of food, today announced they will deliver a new way of
experiencing the world of cooking with the Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked game
for Wii. With inviting introductory lessons for the novice cook or for “foodies”
who want to put their gastronomic skills to the test, Food Network: Cook or Be
Cooked will provide players with the proper instructions and techniques to
become a star chef no matter the experience level.

“Food Network is one of the most
successful networks on television and we are excited to be collaborating with
them to bring an enjoyable interactive experience that can help players become
better cooks,” said Todd Thorson, director of marketing and public relations,
NAMCO BANDAI Games America. “With bona fide real-world step-by-step
instructions, Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked is the best companion to create
delicious meals for beginners and experts alike.”

“Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked is
an exciting new way for us to bring our brand to life for viewers and fans. Our
network is one of the few that can entertain, inspire and teach in such a wide
variety of ways, so we are thrilled to partner with NAMCO BANDAI Games America
to bring food fans an entirely new cooking game for the Wii platform,” said
Sergei Kuharsky, General Manager, Scripps Enterprises (a division of Scripps
Networks Interactive, parent company of Food Network).

Designed in collaboration with the
chefs of the Food Network Kitchens to ensure authenticity, Food Network: Cook or
Be Cooked is a fun and entertaining game that can improve a player’s cooking
skills with real-world training. Providing an engaging realistic experience,
challenges explain not only how to perform tasks, but also why they are executed
a specific way. The Wii Remote and Nunchuk’s motion-based controls will teach
players how to use a wide assortment of kitchen utensils and appliances needed
to create numerous delicious Food Network recipes.

Having too many cooks in the kitchen
will hardly be an issue as Food Network Cook or Be Cooked offers multiplayer
options where friends and family can cook side-by-side in cooperative mode or
face each other in a cook-off with up to two players. Aspiring chefs can also
tackle different themed Chef Challenges to unlock new recipes. These events
occur in a variety of real-life situations which involve applying the techniques
learned to cook an entire meal rather than just one dish.

Developed by Red Fly Studio, Food
Network: Cook or Be Cooked is slated for release on Wii this fall.