Cooking Mama 4 for Nintendo's 3DS handheld system uses the 3D functionality of the platform in moderation, providing a visual reward to players for tasks completed within the game. In this way, fans of all ages can enjoy the latest Mama offering and the amazing 3D benefits of Nintendo's new system. The game also takes advantage of many of the unique features of the Nintendo 3DS, including the wireless function, enabling up to 4 players to play simultaneously.

Cooking Mama 4 has over 200 new culinary minigames and players can also now get domesticated and help Mama in a selection of household based activities, such as doing the washing up or taking out the rubbish. Players can also customize Mama's outfit, accessories and even their own kitchen appliances.