As a fan of competitive eating, and first sideline reporter to ESPN's coverage of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, I'm proud to let you know that, as of today, competitive eating can be downloaded on your Wii.
Yes, you can now experience the delight of shoving your face without the calories thanks to the folks at Mastiff Games, who have created "Major League Eating: The Game."
Choose to be whatever famous eater you want--the game features Takeru Kobayashi, Joey Chestnut Rich Lefevre, Patrick Bertoletti, Tim "Eater X" Janus, "Crazy Legs" Conti, Erik "The Red" Denmark, Sonya Thomas and Juliet Lee.
"If you want to be a rock star, there's 'Guitar Hero' and you want to be an Italian plumber, there's 'Super Mario Brothers,'" said MLE president Rich Shea. "But if you want to be a pro athlete, there's 'MLE: The Game."
From the publisher's web site: "Built much like a fighting game, MLE: The Game requires players to show brilliant on-screen eating; a mastery of offensive and defensive weapons including burps, belches, and mustard gas; and of course the technical mastery necessary to avoid emptying one's stomach in a vividly colored reversal of fortune."
To find out how good this game is, I called up someone who has actually played it: Tim "Eater X" Janus, who went out to San Francisco a couple months ago to promote his appearance in the game at a Nintendo conference. Janus played the game after setting a new record for sushi (he ate an amazing 141 pieces in six minutes).
"The game is good," said Janus, who while not eating is actually a trader. "You can chose how you want to flip the food into your mouth, but you have to monitor how you chew, how many pieces you can fit in your mouth and how full your stomach is."
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