Cooking Mama Cookstar is the most recent entry in the long-running Cooking Mama franchise. The series has grown to be an iconic name in the industry after being popularized on the Nintendo DS. This title was to be the series’ first outing on the Nintendo Switch. Cooking Mama Cookstar released last week on the console’s eShop, but was quickly removed only a few hours after launch.
Since then, there have been several rumors as to why such a prominent game would be removed without explanation. The most shocking rumor was that Cookstar used players’ consoles to mine for Bitcoin. The game advertised blockchain-based DRM, which lent this accusation some authenticity. This technology is intended to provide each player “subtly different” gameplay experiences. Allegedly, it would also cause players’ Switch consoles to drastically overheat. Many believed this to be a plausible reason as to why the Cooking Mama game was removed.
The Truth behind the Rumors
The developers issued a response to these allegations today. In an interview with Screenrant, an anonymous developer stated that advertisement regarding blockchain technology was “all buzz words”. They go on to say:
“As for the crashes/overheating. That would be because the game was made in Unity. By many people working on their first game… it’s not the best product but it made it through several rigorous reviews by Nintendo and Sony. There’s no way crypto-mining stuff could get through those tests.”
According to the developer, Cooking Mama Cookstar was removed due to a legal conflict between the game’s publisher (Planet Entertainment) and the Cooking Mama IP holder (Office Create). The developer also stated:
“At one point the japanese official create clients came to oversee development. An argument started and the clients were told to go home if they weren’t being “constructive”. Once they found out that Planet Entertainment released the game, they used their Nintendo contacts to pull it from the e-shop and stop production of cartridges.”
With Planet Entertainment now apparently suing Office Create for removing the title, it is unclear if Cooking Mama Cookstar will ever get a proper release. As the anonymous developer made clear, while the game was not perfect, it represented a passionate effort on the part of its creators.