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In Cooking Mama 4: Kitchen Magic, due to the innovations of the 3DS system, this game provides new ways to play besides using the stylus. Some of the steps may include a magnifying glass on the top left corner that indicates that there is another way to play that step. Besides completing all recipes with a gold medal, finding all the ways by inputting new actions onto the steps is also available as an achievement option. The actions that are used in this game are moving the Circle Pad, moving the screen in a certain direction, pressing the L and/or R Button, and blowing on the Microphone. Some of these new ways to play are efficient and can help you reduce the time it takes to finish a step.

Once you find a new way to play, a blue icon that say "New!" will show that you have completed the task and will only save once you have fully completed a recipe. It is possible to switch back to the stylus once the "New!" icon appears if you are not comfortable with the controls.

If you manage to only find some ways to play in a recipe, a gray magnifying glass will appear on the icon. Finding all the ways to play in one recipe will change it to a golden magnifying glass. Getting a golden magnifying glass on all recipes will net you a trophy.

Steps Edit

Grind the meat! Edit

Recipes: Salisbury Steak, Shumai Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad down to push the meat into the grinder.
  • Rotate the Circle Pad clockwise to grind the meat.

Stir fry it! Edit

Recipes: Salisbury Steak, Squid Ink Spaghetti, Boston Clam Chowder, Curry, Beef Bourguignon Edit
  • While frying, move the Circle Pad up and down to shake the frying pan.

Mix it! Edit

Recipes: Salisbury Steak, Pizza, Lemon Mousse, Chocolate Doughnut Edit
  • Rotate the Circle Pad in either direction to mix the ingredients.

Grate it! (grater) Edit

Recipes: Salisbury Steak, Curry, Tamagoyaki Edit
  • Move the screen left and right to grate the ingredient.
  • Move the screen up and down to unclog the grater.

Knead it Edit

Recipes: Salisbury Steak, Avocado Gratin, Shumai, Cookies Edit
  • Move and rotate the Circle Pad as indicated to knead the ingredients.

Shape it! Edit

Recipes: Salisbury Steak Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad down to pick up a portion of meat.
  • Move the screen left and right to shape the meat.

Cook it! Edit

Recipes: Salisbury Steak, Steak Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down to shake the frying pan. You can do this for both the shake and flip steps.

Skewer the sausages! Edit

Recipes: Corn Dog Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up to push the skewer forward.

Mix it up! Edit

Recipes: Corn Dog, Tamagoyaki, Tempura Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad back and forth in the indicated direction to whisk the ingredients.

Fry the corndogs! (part 1) Edit

Recipes: Corn Dog Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up to clip the corndogs into the fryer.

Fry the corndogs! (part 2) Edit

Recipes: Corn Dog Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad down to dip the fryer into the oil. You can then move the Circle Pad up once the corndogs are done to take them out.

Add the condiment! Edit

Recipes: Corn Dog, Takoyaki, Hot Dog Edit
  • Press and hold the L Button to add the condiment on the left. Release the button once the desired amount is reached.
  • Press and hold the R Button to add the condiment on the right. Release the button once the desired amount is reached.

Additionally, press and hold both the L and R Button at the same time to add both condiments on the food.

Grate it! (strainer) Edit

Recipes: Abalone Steak, Pizza Edit
  • Once you finish straining the ingredient, move the Circle Pad down to unclog the strainer with the rubber spatula.

Flip it and cook it! Edit

Recipes: Abalone Steak, Salmon Meuniere Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down to shake the pan until they are ready to be flipped.

Dip it in the sauce! Edit

Recipes: Grilled Shrimp, Sushi, Yakitori Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up to take out the ingredient when it is completely covered in sauce.

Grill it! (outdoor) Edit

Recipes: Grilled Shrimp, Yakitori, Grilled Corn, Squid Grilled in Butter Edit
  • Blow on the Microphone to heat up all the coals quickly with one big fan. This will cook the food faster, but only blow in short, timed breaths to avoid burning the food.

Remove the scum! Edit

Recipes: Marron Glace, Natto Edit
  • If too much scum fills up the edge of the pot, it will slowly overflow the pot. Blow on the Microphone to prevent it from billowing, giving you time to remove them.

Put it in the strainer! Edit

Recipes: Marron Glace, Natto, Squid Ink Spaghetti, Boston Clam Chowder, Soba Edit
  • Tilt the screen to the left to pour out the contents.

Stir it! Edit

Recipes: Marron Glace, Toast with Jam, Cherry Pie, Azuki Bean Soup Edit
  • Rotate the Circle Pad in either direction to mix the contents.

Fill the jar! Edit

Recipes: Marron Glace Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad left and right to move the jar.

Wash it! Edit

Recipes: Umeboshi, Cherry Pie, Strawberry Shortcake Edit
  • Rotate the Circle Pad in either direction to wash the ingredients.

Add salt! Edit

Recipes: Umeboshi, Popcorn Edit
  • Press the L Button to add the shaker on the left and the R Button to add the shaker on the right.

Dry the plums! Edit

Recipes: Umeboshi Edit
  • Rotate the Circle Pad counterclockwise to close the canopy and clockwise to open the canopy.

Peel the persimmon! Edit

Recipes: Dried Persimmon Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad right to rotate the persimmon after slipping the knife into the peel.

Peel the skin! (orange) Edit

Recipes: Toast with Jam Edit
  • Rotate the Circle Pad in either direction to remove the stem.

Juice it! (orange) Edit

Recipes: Toast with Jam Edit
  • Press and hold both the L and R Button at the same time to squeeze the orange.

Peel the skin! (peeler) Edit

Recipes: Popsicle, French Beef Stew, Curry, Beef Bourguignon Edit
  • After peeling one side, move the Circle Pad left to rotate the ingredient.

Cut slices! Edit

Recipes: Popsicle, Sandwich, Strawberry Shortcake Edit
  • Press the L Button to cut the ingredient with the slicer on the left.
  • Press the R Button to cut the ingredient with the slicer on the right.

Take it out! Edit

Recipes: Popsicle Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad left to open the freezer door.

Break an egg! Edit

Recipes: Pancakes, Chocolate Cornet, Takoyaki, Tamagoyaki, Castella Edit
  • Shake the screen diagonally downward to crack the egg.
  • Press both the L and R Button at the same time to open the egg.

Pour the wheat flour! Edit

Recipes: Pancakes Edit
  • Shake the screen to the left to pour the flour. Be careful not to shake too fast.

Pour while mixing! Edit

Recipes: Pancakes, Pizza, Baked Apple, Gourmet Cupcakes Edit
  • Rotate the Circle Pad in either direction to mix the ingredients.

Wash the soybeans! Edit

Recipes: Natto Edit
  • Press the R Button turn on the faucet and add water to the bowl.
  • Rotate the Circle Pad in either direction to wash the soybeans.
  • Tilt the screen to the left to drain the water out.

Use the mixer! Edit

Recipes: Chocolate Cornet, Crab Rangoon, Sweet Potato Jelly, Walnut Bread Edit
  • When the lid starts shaking, press either the L and R Button to stop the lid immediately.

Knead the dough! Edit

Recipes: Chocolate Cornet, Pizza, Walnut Bread Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down to knead the dough before dropping it.

Wrap it! (cornet) Edit

Recipes: Chocolate Cornet Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad left repeatedly to wrap the dough around the spire.

Remove the poles! Edit

Recipes: Chocolate Cornet Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad left and right to remove the pole.
  • Blow on the Microphone before your hand gets too hot to cool the cornet down.

Squeeze it! Edit

Recipes: Chocolate Cornet, Gourmet Cupcakes, Chocolate Doughnut Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad down and hold it to inject the contents inside into the food or pan. Release your hold to stop filling the item.

Remove the pit! Edit

Recipes: Cherry Pie Edit
  • Press the R Button to clamp down and use the cherry pitter when the cherry aligns itself with the device.

Bake in the oven! Edit

Recipes: Cherry Pie, Avocado Gratin, Baked Apple, Cookies, Potato Gratin Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad down to open the oven lid. You can then move the Circle Pad up to close it.

Shave the ice! Edit

Recipes: Snowball Edit
  • Rotate the Circle Pad clockwise to shave the ice.

Open the wine! Edit

Recipes: Squid Ink Spaghetti, Beef Bourguignon, Steak Edit
  • After inserting the wine corkscrew, move the Circle Pad up and down to pull the cork out.

Stir fry it lightly! Edit

Recipes: Squid Ink Spaghetti Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down to shake the frying pan.

Scrape off the corn! Edit

Recipes: Popcorn Edit
  • After scraping off the kernels from one side of the corn, move the Circle Pad down to rotate it to the other side.

Make popcorn! Edit

Recipes: Popcorn Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down to shake the pot, keeping the gauge marker within the blue area.

Use the slicer! Edit

Recipes: Scallop Carpaccio, Tempura, Potato Gratin Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad repeatedly in the indicated direction to slice the ingredient with the mandoline.

Chop up the herbs! Edit

Recipes: Lamb Chops Edit
  • Tap the L and R Button in rapid succession to move the mezzaluna and chop up the herbs.

Bake it in the Dutch oven! Edit

Recipes: Lamb Chops Edit
  • Blow on the Microphone to keep the fire going and raise up the temperature. Make sure to keep the the temperature within the gauge.

Dry it off! Edit

Recipes: Sandwich Edit
  • Rotate the Circle Pad clockwise to turn the handle of the salad spinner and dry off the lettuce.

Make sushi rice! Edit

Recipes: Sushi Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down to wave the fan, using your stylus to separate the grains of the rice.

Wash the rice! Edit

Recipes: Rice Edit
  • Press the R Button turn on the faucet and add water to the bowl.
  • Rotate the Circle Pad in either direction to wash the rice.
  • Tilt the screen to the left to drain the water out.

Sift it! Edit

Recipes: Gyoza, Pizza, Gourmet Cupcakes, Cookies Edit
  • Tap the L and R Button to shake the sieve and sift the flour.

Tear up the dough! Edit

Recipes: Gyoza, Walnut Bread Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down to pull apart the dough.

Cook the gyoza! Edit

Recipes: Gyoza Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad down to close the frying pan with the lid. You can then move the Circle Pad up to remove the lid once the gyoza are done cooking.

Wrap it! (plastic wrap) Edit

Recipes: Pizza, Cookies Edit
  • Press the R Button to stretch out the plastic wrap until it matches the right size.
  • Press the L Button to cut the plastic wrap off.

Open the can! Edit

Recipes: Pizza, Azuki Bean Soup, Beef Bourguignon Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down to use the can opener.
  • Move the Circle Pad right to open the can.

Cook it in the wood oven! Edit

Recipes: Pizza Edit
  • Shake the screen up to down to move the pizza into the wood oven. Be careful not to do it too fast or slow.

Knead with your feet! Edit

Recipes: Udon Edit
  • Press the L Button to stomp with your left foot.
  • Press the R Button to stomp with your right foot.

Additionally, press both the L and R Button at the same time to stomp with both your feet.

Strain it ! (liquid) Edit

Recipes: Udon Edit
  • Carefully tilt the screen to the left to pour out the contents.

Boil it! Edit

Recipes: Udon, Boston Clam Chowder, Curry, Beef Bourguignon Edit
  • When instructed, rotate the Circle Pad clockwise to stir the pot as much as the hint requests.

Serve it up! Edit

Recipes: Udon, French Beef Stew, Boston Clam Chowder, Azuki Bean Soup, Curry Edit
  • Carefully move the Circle Pad down to dip the ladle into the pot, then move the Circle Pad up after you scooped the right amount.
  • Move the Circle Pad left to pour the the contents into the bowl.

Strain it ! (noodle) Edit

Recipes: Udon Edit
  • Shake the screen diagonally downward to shake the water off the noodle.
  • Move the Circle Pad left to pour the noodle into the bowl.

Put them on a skewer! Edit

Recipes: Yakitori Edit
  • Press the L Button to skewer the ingredient on the left and the R button to skewer the ingredient on the right. Press both the L Button and the R Button at the same time to skewer the ingredient on the center.

Clean the boiled octopus! Edit

Recipes: Takoyaki Edit
  • Rotate the Circle Pad in either direction to spin the octopus and cut the tentacles one by one.

Peel the skin! (spoon) Edit

Recipes: Boston Clam Chowder, Sweet Potato Jelly, Potato Gratin Edit
  • After peeling one side, move the Circle Pad left to rotate the ingredient.

Wrap it in foil! Edit

Recipes: Boston Clam Chowder Edit
  • Press the R Button to stretch out the tin foil until it matches the right size.
  • Press the L Button to cut the tin foil off.

Wash the sticky rice! Edit

Recipes: Azuki Bean Soup, Shumai Edit
  • Press the R Button turn on the faucet and add water to the bowl.
  • Rotate the Circle Pad in either direction to wash the sticky rice.
  • Tilt the screen to the left to drain the water out.

Pound the mochi! Edit

Recipes: Azuki Bean Soup Edit
  • Press the R Button to pound the mochi with the mallet.

Tear up the mochi! Edit

Recipes: Azuki Bean Soup Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down to squeeze the mochi into the right size.

Grind the buckwheat! Edit

Recipes: Soba Edit
  • Rotate the Circle Pad clockwise to grind the buckwheat after putting the buckwheat inside the grinder.

Roll it into a ball! Edit

Recipes: Shumai, Walnut Bread Edit
  • After taking a piece of the mixture, rotate the Circle Pad to roll it into a ball.

Remove the apple core! Edit

Recipes: Baked Apple Edit
  • After inserting the corer into the apple, move the Circle Pad up and down to pull the core out.

Pour it! Edit

Recipes: Baked Apple, Castella, Sweet Potato Jelly, Lemon Mousse, Cereal Edit
  • Tilt the screen to the left to pour the contents into the food or pan.

Make hot dogs! Edit

Recipes: Hot Dog Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad left and right to move the hot dog bun.

Peel the skin! (corn) Edit

Recipes: Grilled Corn Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down until the gauge is filled to peel the corn husk off completely.

Use the hand mixer! Edit

Recipes: Gourmet Cupcakes, Castella Edit
  • Press the L Button to turn on the blue switch, setting the mixing speed to low.
  • Rotate the Circle Pad in either direction to mix the ingredients.
  • Press the R Button to turn on the red switch, setting the mixing speed to high.

Peel the apple! Edit

Recipes: Curry Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad right to rotate the apple after slipping the knife into the peel.

Cook it on the grill! Edit

Recipes: Grilled Clams Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad left and right to wave the fan and heat up the fire.
  • Blow on the Microphone to heat up all the coals quickly with one big fan. This will cook the food faster, but using it too often may blow away the shichirin, ending the step.

Juice it! (lemon) Edit

Recipes: Lemon Mousse Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad right to insert the stem juicer into the lemon.
  • Press and hold both the L and R Button at the same time to squeeze the lemon.

Remove from the mold! Edit

Recipes: Lemon Mousse Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down to shake the mold until the mousse loosens up.

Fry the egg! Edit

Recipes: Fried Egg Edit
  • Once the egg is done cooking, move the Circle Pad up to remove the lid.

Descale the fish! Edit

Recipes: Tempura Edit
  • After descaling one side of the fish, move the Circle Pad left to flip the fish over to the other side.

Dip it in the batter! Edit

Recipes: Tempura Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up to take out the ingredient when it is completely covered in batter.

Skewer it! Edit

Recipes: Chocolate Strawberries Edit
  • Press the L Button and the R button to move the skewer to the left and right respectively respectively.

Dip it in the chocolate! Edit

Recipes: Chocolate Strawberries Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad right to take out the ingredient when it is completely covered in chocolate.

Grill it! (indoor) Edit

Recipes: Yakiniku Edit
  • Once you place the requested ingredients on the grill, blow on the Microphone to heat up all the coals quickly with one big fan. This will cook the food faster, but be careful not to blow for too long or the food will burn.

Separate the yolk! Edit

Recipes: Cookies Edit
  • Press the L Button and the R Button to maneuver the egg between the egg shells.

Cover it! Edit

Recipes: Tonkatsu Edit
  • After coating the food in flour, rotate the Circle Pad in either direction to cover it in the beaten egg.

Pour the cereal! Edit

Recipes: Cereal Edit
  • Shake the screen to the left to pour the cereal. Be careful not to shake too fast.

Crack the walnut! Edit

Recipes: Walnut Bread Edit
  • Press the R Button to use the nutcracker to crack the walnut shell when the walnut aligns itself with the device.

Dress the ingredients! Edit

Recipes: Tuna and Avocado Salad Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down to toss the ingredients together.

Make ramen! Edit

Recipes: Instant Ramen Edit
  • Move the Circle Pad up and down to peel the lid off the cup of instant ramen.

Add pepper and parsley! Edit

Recipes: Potato Gratin Edit
  • Press the L Button to add the shaker on the left and the R Button to add the shaker on the right.

Add salt and pepper! Edit

Recipes: Salmon Meuniere Edit
  • Press the L Button to add the shaker on the left and the R Button to add the shaker on the right.

Unregistered Steps Edit

These are steps that has a different way to playing, but are not part of completing any objective or achievement.

Spread the butter! Edit

Recipes: Salisbury Steak, Salmon Meuniere Edit
  • Move and rotate the screen to cover the pan with butter.

Cover with batter! Edit

Recipes: Corn Dog Edit
  • Tilt the screen left and right to coat the ingredients.

Balance the pancakes! Edit

Recipes: Pancakes Edit
  • Carefully tilt the screen left and right to move the plate.

Grind the buckwheat! Edit

Recipes: Soba Edit
  • Move and rotate the screen to move the buckwheat into the grinder.

Cover with sticky rice! Edit

Recipes: Shumai Edit
  • Tilt the screen left and right to coat the ingredients.

Cook the sausage! Edit

Recipes: Hot Dog Edit
  • Tilt the screen left and right to move the sausage around the pan as it grills.

Spread the lard! Edit

Recipes: Steak Edit
  • Move and rotate the screen to cover the pan with lard.

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