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

Digital sleuths have got one of the most elusive video games to date. According to at Kotaku, the ecologists of Forest of Illusion have got eSmart 2.0, a very rare Nintendo DS training game distributed to Japanese McDonald’s employees in 2010. As an amateur and game hunter Coddy Trentuit Explain, the cartridge has appeared in several frustrating online auctions and required an alliance of generous backers (including Forest of Illusion) before reaching those keen to share the title with the community.

You won’t want to light up eSmart 2.0 for the captivating gameplay. As you might expect, this is really a training exercise with play elements. You learn to complete customer orders at the counter and behind the wheel, with videos showing 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.

You wouldn’t expect the practice game to be readily available for long as it wasn’t intended for the general public. That it is in the hands of any archivist is still notable. As with the unofficial versions of SimRefinery, prototypes of PS2 games and similar projects, it is ultimately an attempt to preserve little-known chapters in gaming history that could easily disappear forever.

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