Talking about all this about the plays and cooking contest reminds me of Romeo and Juliet, which is pretty much the only play in III I ever played more than a couple times...which makes me ask if some of the plot of V was based on Romeo and Juliet. Just the fact of the Two families (Barrows and Godwin, I believe) who are enemies, are fighting, and the Prince has to fix it. I wouldn't be suprised if the Prince's official name turns out to be "Escalus". X_X Just a thought.
But back on topic, it would be nice if they ranged away from the ordinary coin/card/dice games, and included other old minigames, but they will add new ones. I thought Rita-pon from IV was fun, but I hated the top-spinning game. There will probably be other games in the upcoming Suikoden that are based on other well known games (as Rita-pon is based on Mah-jongg). I doubt Konami will ut in old minigames just because people liked them. They will probably always try to top themselves with the minigames, always trying to make new and fun games.
"And as for the the end of the World, you need not worry. No one should worry about such a thing right now..."
-Leknaat, Suikoden IV