Twitter Buzz

Namco Bandai Games and Food Network Cook Up Sweepstakes Around Landmark Video Game


NEW YORK, NY (January 27, 2009) – NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and Food Network, the first cable network dedicated to the power and joy of food, announced today that fans of the top-selling video game, Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked, will now have the opportunity to win a delectable prize pack in conjunction with the most realistic cooking game on Wii™.

The interactive video game, which simulates cooking methods and techniques, has been a hit with Wii players since its launch in December and is sold at major retailers throughout North America. Sales for Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked have been robust and continue to be a top-seller as well as customer favorite at

Hot on the heels of the video game’s release, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and Food Network have cooked up an appetizing sweepstakes in which participants can win an ultimate prize pack, exclusively through Food Network Store. Now through February 28, 2010, participants can register to win one of five grand prizes which include a Wii, a copy of the Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked video game, a Food Network apron, and two Food Network reusable shopping bags. Sweepstakes entry form and rules can be found at the Food Network Store website:

“We are delighted over the excitement around Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked,” said Amanda Melnick, Director, New Business Marketing at Food Network. “The game has been well-received and we are thrilled to bring Food Network into people’s homes in a fresh, interactive way.”

“With the collaborative effort of the Food Network, we have been able to produce the most realistic culinary video game simulation ever created,” said Todd Thorson director of marketing and public relations for NAMCO BANDAI Games. “As an extension of our relationship, we are thrilled to offer everyone the chance to test their gastronomic skills and tantalize their taste buds.”

The agreement between Food Network and NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. was facilitated by Brandgenuity LLC. Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked for Wii trains players in the proper methods required to become an accomplished chef. Using the motion control capabilities, players can master an array of culinary techniques as they progress through more than 30 fun and delicious Food Network recipes. Designed to take the cooking experience from practice to practical, the game gives players the cooking “chops” they need to create each dish in their real kitchen with ease. For those looking for company in the kitchen, or a little friendly competition, the game lets up to four players cook side-by-side in cooperative Hot Potato multiplayer mode, or face-off in a two-player split screen competitive mode.

For more information on the game, please visit or Additional information regarding the sweepstakes can be found at

About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a part of the NAMCO BANDAI group of companies known for creating and publishing many of the industry's top video game franchises including the PAC-MAN®, SOULCALIBUR®, and Tekken® brands. For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., and our products log onto

About Food Network

FOOD NETWORK ( is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring and empowering through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 98 million U.S. households and averages more than 9 million unique web users monthly. In its first year Food Network Magazine doubled its rate base and passed the one million circulation mark. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24 hour networks in Great Britain, India, Asia and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates HGTV (, DIY Network (, Great American Country ( and Cooking Channel, is the manager and general partner. Wii and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo

Food Network™, the Food Network logo and Food Network: Cook or be Cooked™ are trademarks and service marks of Television Food Network, G.P. All rights reserved. Game © 2009 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. NAMCO BANDAI Games Logo is a trademark of NAMCO BANDAI. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

Press Release © 2010 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.


Rachel Humiston
Brandgenuity LLC
(212) 925-0730