GoNintendo Video: Enjoying a sweet treat with Cooking Mama: Cookstar

Am I better than Mama?

Cooking Mama: Cookstar is apparently available for Switch right now, so long as you're snagging a retail copy. The roll-out for this game has been really weird, but at least we can finally see what it plays like! Let's make a couple meals with mama and see how they turn out.

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Cooking Mama: Cookstar physical copies available in North America, eShop release coming soon

Your order is ready

It's not often that we see a Switch game hit retail without the eShop version already being available, but that's the case with Cooking Mama: Cookstar. We have confirmation from the PR team that Cooking Mama: Cookstar's physical release is indeed available now, and you should be able to grab it from a number of online retailers.

If you're looking to snag the eShop version, you'll have to wait a bit. We did get confirmation that the eShop release "should be coming soon," but a specific date was not shared. Hopefully we get a more clear-cut answer on the eShop side of things in the near future.

Cooking Mama: Cookstar was available to download for a short time today, but has since mysteriously vanished

Up in smoke

No one knows what the hell is up with Cooking Mama: Cookstar when it comes to a release date. Multiple retailers have had numerous placeholders that come and go, and the publisher doesn't seem to have any plans on announcing a launch date. Even Nintendo themselves appear clueless, which lead to a rather interesting circumstance earlier today.

Redditor OutworldEmperor hopped on the eShop after today's Nintendo Direct mini to grab Panzer Dragoon: Remake, and he noticed that Cooking Mama: Cookstar was in the recent releases section. He downloaded the game and went on about his business. Little did he know that he managed to snag a game before it was set to release.

When OutworldEmperor told a friend that Cooking Mama: Cookstar was up for grabs, she went to the eShop and couldn't find it. Not only had the game been removed from the recent releases section, but it was also completely gone from the eShop in general. A search for Cooking Mama brings up zero results as of right now.

How did Cooking Mama: Cookstar sneak onto the Switch eShop for a matter of minutes, only to get yanked shortly thereafter? If only publisher Planet Entertainment would come forward and explain the situation!

Have a look at more screens from Cooking Mama Cookstar

Mama mia!

If you can’t stand the heat, get into Mama’s kitchen! Cooking Mama is back with her most fantastic and fun video game adventure ever!!! Introducing Cooking Mama: Cookstar. A brand-new Cooking Mama experience created specifically for Nintendo Switch™. Cooking Mama: Cookstar features over 90 incredible new recipes for players to master. Cook everything from classic Japanese recipes to today’s most tasty comfort foods. Cooking Mama Switch truly has a taste of everything. Not a carnivore? Not a problem! For the first time ever Cooking Mama will feature both a traditional cooking mode and a vegetarian cooking mode. Burritos, Bibimbap, Bubble Tea, Baked Alaska, Pokebowls and so much more. Explore the diverse menu to find what suits your taste. Don’t think you have the skills to become a master chef? Don’t worry, Mama will fix that! Just follow Mama’s instructions and create delicious and decadent treats that you can share with your friends. Chop, mince, slice, dice and roll! Precision motion controls immerse players right into the action. With Mama’s help, you will become the world’s greatest culinary artist.

Another tentative release date for Cooking Mama: Cookstar has popped up

Where there's smoke...

I really cannot understand what's going on with Cooking Mama: Cookstar. How is there so much confusion about the game's release date? Why are the dev/pub not trumpeting the return of this franchise to consoles? It seems like the whole thing is some big secret. Hopefully those involved will start officially spreading the word soon.

For example, we don't even know when the game's release date is! Multiple retailers have listed their best guesses, and now GameStop is in the mix. Their listing shows the game as coming out March 31st, 2020, which might seem like a placeholder at first, but it's actually a Tuesday. Tuesday is a big day for game releases, so this could turn out to be the real deal.

Cooking Mama: Cookstar may be bumped from March to April 2020

A bit more time in the oven

Retail listings for Cooking Mama: Cookstar originally showed the game as launching sometime in March 2020. Today we see that might be changing.

GameFly originally had a March 2020 placeholder date for the game, but now they've added in something much more specific. According to their listing, the game is now going to launch on April 28th, 2020, which seems much more official. Hopefully we get a press release confirming this news in the near future.

Cooking Mama: Cookstar receives an award from PETA for offering vegetarian options

Whoa Mama!

Cincinnati — A Proggy Award ("Proggy" is for "progress") is on its way from PETA to Planet Digital Partners in honor of its upcoming Cooking Mama: Cookstar game, which will include a "vegetarian mode" featuring 90 different meat-free recipes.

The vegetarian option is a first for the Cooking Mama series. Previous Cooking Mama games required players to "cook" digital animal flesh—prompting a 2008 PETA parody game called Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals, which garnered 10 million page views (and led to 2 million views of video footage of turkeys being abused and killed in the meat industry).

"Cooking Mama's 'vegetarian mode' is sure to be a hit with the huge population of gamers who are committed to choosing kindness over cruelty," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "PETA is honoring Planet Digital Partners for showing other game publishers how to create great games that align with players' values."

First official Cooking Mama: CookStar screens and details released

Cooking up some fun

Looks like the cat's officially out of the bag. Amazon Germany and the Koch Media Shop have put up all sorts of screens and information on Cooking Mama: CookStar for Switch. Check out the gallery of screens above, and full game details below.

Cooking Mama is back with their awesomest and funniest video game adventure ever. Cooking Mama: CookStar is a brand new Cooking Mama experience designed specifically for console. Cooking Mama: CookStar offers over 90 incredible new recipes for players to master. The menu ranges from classic Japanese recipes to the most delicious home cooking and the culinary soul comforts of today. Cooking Mama offers something for every taste. Not a carnivore? No problem! For the first time, Cooking Mama offers both traditional and vegetarian recipes: Burritos, Bibimbap, Bubble Tea, Baked Alaska, Poke Bowls, and much more. Explore the diverse menu to find out what suits your taste. Don’t think you have what it takes to to become a master chef? Don’t worry, Mama will take care of it! Just follow Mama’s instructions to create delicious and decadent treats that you can share with your friends. Chop, mince, cut, and dice! With Mama’s help, you can become the greatest cook in the world.

Key Features

Brand new Cooking Mama game designed specifically for console.
Completely new Vegetarian mode.
A total of 90 recipes in traditional and vegetarian mode.
Classic and fun new recipes like unicorn food.
Mix of traditional and motion control.
Multiplayer and co-op party games.
Up to two players.
Challenge Mode for experienced chefs.
Share your great creations with friends on Facebook and Twitter.


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