Over the past few months, there has been a great deal of confusion surrounding the release of Cooking Mama: Cookstar, the new installment of the popular Cooking Mama series on Switch.
Although the game is now available physically at a few retailers within the US, the digital release remains absent from the Switch eshop, following several instances of the game appearing briefly for purchase and then being swiftly removed.
Despite the publishers and developers remaining oddly silent on the matter, fans have apparently discovered a potential cause; Blockchain.
Due to the odd emphasis on “Blockchain Technology” in early promotional material for the game, many fans began to speculate that the game might be a ploy for its creators to mine Crypto Currency using players’ Nintendo Switch systems or for some other dubious purpose.
These concerns, in turn, led several individuals to hack the game in search of crypto mining or blockchain code, but no traces were found.
PSA FOR COOKING MAMA COOKSTAR pic.twitter.com/2IulAqq5Gp— Jim (@WU22P0PPINJIM) April 5, 2020
Cooking Mama: Cookstar is a big topic today, but we need to look all angles. Via reverse engineering, it has been found that there is no crypto mining code in the game. HOWEVER, battery does drain fast due to shoddy removal of the said code. Get the full story before reacting. https://t.co/S9kAPBq5CG— Direct-Feed Games (@DirectFeedGames) April 5, 2020
UPDATE 2 : we have worked with a user who has a physical copy and can at first appearances confirm the following: thanks @mmofallout— Does it play? (@DoesItPlay1) April 5, 2020
Game works offline
Game works without a linked user acc
Game works on a formatted console
Currency and blockchain appears removed pic.twitter.com/arsXwcaHWl
Currently, the prevailing theory is that Cooking Mama: Cookstar originally did include some kind of cryptomining code, which then resulted in its removal from the eshop once the ploy was discovered.
That said, details and claims are still a bit sketchy, and we will be sure to report back with more details as they come.
What do you think?