This game has the most options to choose from on the main page. The modes are limited to 5 different things:
- Cook with Mama: The main, basic mode where one practices or completes dishes.
- Let's Cook: This mode is the same as previous, the player picks a character to cook for and has to complete the dish without any help from Mama. A harder mode can also be played
- Let's Match: This lets the player pick two ingredients to make a new dish. There are a total of 15 dishes to make.
- Let's Shop: The newest mode put into the game! Playing as Ichigo the player must guide her around picking up the items on Mama's list. For more info, see the Let's Shop page!
- Cooking Contest: Here the player can either perform a Solo Challange or against their friends.
Besides these, the player can also check options, write in the diary, change Mama's appearance, or Change the kitchens design.
- Candy Apples
- French Crullers
- Korean Barbecue
- Vongole Bianco
- Fried Shrimp
- 'Fried Egg on Toast'
- Smoked Rainbow Trout
- Nagashi Somen Noodles
- Tofu Hamburger
- Salt-Roasted Sweetfish
- Tortoiseshell Candy
- Instant Stir-Fried Noodles
- Cabbage Rolls
- Mochi with Edamame Paste
- Cheese Risotto
- Serrano Ham and Melon
- Raw Oysters
- Pickled Radish
- Trout Sushi
- Banana Muffins
- Chicken Tulips
- Dried Squid
- Fortune Cookies
- Matcha Green Tea
- Potato Wedges
- Pumpkin Gnocchi
- Salt-Baked Sea Bream
- Instant ramen
- Creme Brulee
- Lemon Pie
- Crab Cream Croquette
- Vegetable Terrine
- Octopus Dumplings
- Simmered Vegetables
- Tofu Skin
- Mapo Tofu
- Strawberry Bavarois
- Egg Tofu
- Soba Noodles
- Chili Con Carne
- Turban Cooked in its Shell
- Fruit Punch
- Mama Bread
- Tofu Pancakes
- Sardine Escabeche
- Barbecue Skewer
- Fish and Chips
- Chop Suey
- Fish and Mushrooms in Foil
- German Mushroom Potatoes
- Stewed Vegetable Rice Bowl
- Matsutake Mushroom Rice
- Beef Bowl
- Rice-Stuffed Squid
- Savory Egg Custard
- Salisbury Steak
- Potato Salad
- Mushroom Quiche
- Mama: Yellow, soft blue, red, green, black
- T-shirt and overalls: yellow and blue, pale blue and pink, red and yellow, black and green, yellow and black
- Cute Dress: Yellow and blue, red and black, black and pink, green and purple, pink and red
- Pretty Dress: Pink and red, green and blue, orange-yellow and pink, blue and green, brown and orange
- Chinese Dress: Red and green, blue and yellow, yellow and red, Green and blue, purple and blue
- Dutch: White and red with green, pale pink and blue with pink, pale yellow and green with blue, white and pink with yellow, pale blue and orange with blue
- Winter Dress: Blue and gray, red and black, yellow and gray, green and black, purple and gray
- Chef: Blue and green, pink and red, white and yellow, white and blue, white and purple
- Kimono: Red, yellow, blue, green, black
- Meido/Maid: Black and red, blue and orange, green and pink, red and green, yellow and black
- Santa: Red, yellow, green, blue, pink
- Glasses: Frameless, red horn-rim, round green, sunglasses, yellow oval, yellow sunglasses, blue stars, librarian, swirly
- Earrings: Cresent moons, green flowers, teardrops, black gems with gold border
- Head: Maid, kitty, crown, bunny, Chef, lovely headband/tiara, red bow on headband, flower chain, heart headband,dog ears
- Ribbons: double green bows, red tropical flower, sunglasses with pink lenses, crown
- Bandana: Pink, yellow, blue, red, green
Like in the previous game, kitchen tools and what-not can be altered by color. They do not need to be unlocked.
- Frying Pan - Yellow, red, green, blue, pink
- Pot - Same as above
- Knife - Blue, red, orange, yellow, green
- Cutting Board - Blue, pink, yellow, green, gray/white
- Grinder - Yellow and blue, red and teal, blue and yellow, gold and purple, green and neon pink
- Peeler - Blue, pink, red, yellow, green
- Oven - Blue and yellow, red and purple, orange and blue, yellow and purple, green and pink
- Mixer - Blue, red, yellow, green, orange
- Meat slicer - Blue, Red, orange, yellow, green
- Blender - Blue, red, orange, yellow, green
- Counter - yellow, pink, blue, green, gray/white
- Stove Top - Blue, pink, green, orange, yellow
- Sink - Blue, pink, yellow, green, gray/white
- Background - Roses, blue floral, pink sparkles, daisies green grass, evening sparkles with pink and purple border, garden window, winter, chinese, building, beach, Christmas
- Clock - Blue heart plate, orange slice, plate, kiwi, cookie
- Scale - Yellow, pink, blue, green, purple
Like in the last game, a Diary feature can be used to save favored recipes and what-not. Many more pages of entry can be used and like previously they can be deleted to make more room or if the diary page is no longer desired. An update on features was added also. On each Diary page the player can place a character on the page, go back to the main page, add stickers, move them, and use the magnifying glass to animate them.
There are a total of 189 stickers one can collect in all. They are as followed:
- Border: Wood frame, curtains, hearts, clouds, gems, flowers, roses, stripe frame, diary page
- Messages: Happy Birthday, New Year, Christmas, Very good, Love and peace
- Weather: Smiley sun, gloomy clouds, storm cloud, angry cloud, peaceful cloud
- Eyes: Shock, Anger, Sleepy/annoyed, > <, Angry, cat, Love, teary, girly, swirly
- Lips: Lipstick, Happy, Grrr, Fangs, tongue, dog, kitty, pig, wide, big grin
- Facial: kitty whiskers, Santa, mustache, curly mustache, beard
- Ears/Head: Kitty ears, puppy, bunny, horns, red bow, ribbon headband, antennae, maid, headphones, earmuffs
- Character Heads: All characters in game except Ichigo, an Angry Mama
- Foods: Pudding, ice cream, cake, snow cone, candy, lollipop, plain ice cream, cheese, donut, chocolate
- Drinks: Orange juice, Wine, tropical, tea, Chinese tea
- Fruits and Vegetables: Tomato, eggplant, potato, pepper, carrot, melon, apple, orange, grape, strawberry
- Glasses: glasses, sunglasses, swirly, mask, flying, funny, scuba, lovely, green half frames, small
- Hats: green hat, top hat, chef, sun hat, wizard/witch, fancy red, cowboy, takoyaki server, cone, queen/king
- Holidays: Balloon, popper, ball, ghost, jack-o-lantern, pumpkin, present, decoration, egg, dinosaur egg
- Emoticons: Happy, sad, alert, calm, angry
- Animals: Puppy, kitty, bunny, hamster, bat, frog, butterfly, bee, caterpillar, fish
- Christmas: Christmas tree, snowman, Santa hat, mini cake, decorative beads/pearls
- Decorative: flowery, Christmas lights, stars, ribbons, jewelry
- Random: Clock, umbrella, light bulb, grandfather clock, thermometer, pinwheel, paper fan, rain ghost, toothbrush and cup, rattle
- Cooking tools: Pot, blender, teapot, toaster, knife and fork
- Emotes: Sweatdrop, hearts, music note, question mark, exclamation mark
- Hands: Puppy paws, kitty paws, peace, double wave, thumbs up
- Shiny: Heart, Diamond, Moon, Star, gems
- Flowers: Tulip, rose, daisy, sunflower, carnation, potted, group, pink, wild, beautiful bunch
- Neck Wear: Scarf, necklace, tie, cravat/napkin, neckerchief
- Toys: Toy car, doll, boat, air balloon, teddy bear
- Crayons: Red (flower), Yellow (star), Blue (fish), Green (Leaf), Pink (Heart)
A total of four trophies could be unlocked in this game:
- One for receiving gold on all Cook with Mama
- Unlocking all items
- Unlocking all of Mama's friends
- Receiving gold for both the normal AND hard on Let's Cook
- This was the first handheld game that Ichigo appears in.
- Natasha is one of the few characters not to appear after their first appearance.
- Cameo Items found in Game: A Yoshi egg, Haruhi's headband with bows, a DS system.
- While the previous game included a cute Christmas theme automatically in the system during December, this feature is removed. Instead the player can get the theme and use it whenever.
- Players can link others Garden Mama games to this one in order to use items collected in it for recipes, like the giant strawberry, gold apple, star potato, etc.
- This is the only game with an additional content feature from linking two games.
- This game is the last game where Mama sounded as she did. Starting with the games following she would receive a cleaner english voice for American releases and a slightly modified Japanese voice for the Asian versions.
- If you are on the results and you leave the game, the game will be saved.
- The game is bug-free, which means it has no bugs and cannot have any glitches performed.