Archivists have preserved a long-lost McDonald’s Nintendo DS practice game

Digital Detectives got one of the most elusive video games to date. According to at Kotaku, game defenders Forest of Illusion have got eSmart 2.0, a very rare Nintendo DS practice game distributed to Japanese McDonald’s employees in 2010. As a game enthusiast and hunter, Coddy Trentuit Explain, the cartridge appeared in multiple frustrating online auctions and required an alliance of generous contributors (including Forest of Illusion) before it reached people willing to share the title with the community.

You won’t want to light up eSmart 2.0 for the captivating gameplay. As you’d expect, this really is a training exercise with gaming elements. You learn how to fulfill customer orders at the counter and at the wheel, with videos illustrating the intricacies of Big Mac making. and Chicken McNuggets. It’s better than a dry workout video, but you’ll want to run a game like Overcooked if you want a really fun restaurant experience.

We’re not counting on the practice game being readily available for long given that it wasn’t intended for the general public. That it is in the hands of any archivist is always notable. As with the unofficial versions of SimRefinery, PS2 game prototypes, and similar projects, it’s ultimately an attempt to preserve little-known chapters in gaming history that could easily be gone forever.

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