In a bizarre twist, Cooking Mama is making her return on the blockchain. Cooking Mama: Coming Home to Mama is coming to the Nintendo Switch this fall, and it's said to integrate blockchain technology.
Recently dug up was a press release published by Planet Digital Partners, since deleted but held in the Wayback Machine, for Cooking Mama: Coming Home to Mama. This new version of Cooking Mama will utilize the blockchain for a few things. It boasts that "dual expression" will make every copy of Cooking Mama subtly different and personal to its players, using their private key to alter expression, ingredients, and cooking methods for players. It also looks to crack down on cheating and bolster third-party rewards for playing.
This was first announced back in February but got little fanfare until this last weekend. I imagine some folks might have seen it and not believed it.
Cooking Mama: Coming Home to Mama will also have a Vegetarian Mode, so if you don't want to prepare meat dishes, you can cook alternative meatless recipes. There will also be motion gestures included in the Switch version, so you can recreate all those familiar Cooking Mama moves.
Coming Home to Mama will be the newest mainline entry in the Cooking Mama series since 2014, not counting spin-off title Sweet Shop. There are probably a lot of hardcore cooking fans excited to see a new Cooking Mama, especially on the Switch. I'm still just a little taken aback by how we're getting it. But games have always had a weird relationship with cooking, so I shouldn't be too surprised. We'll see what Cooking Mama cooks up sometime this fall.