Whether you’re a huge Cooking Mama aficionado, the type that likes to have some casual games on deck to pass the time without needing to make a huge time-investment, or are just interested in any food-based media, the upcoming Cooking Mama: Cooking Stars should satiate your hunger. There’s no official release date yet for the latest entry in the series, but it is coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Cooking Stars marks the first time the series has made a home console appearance since the days when Nintendo Wii reigned triumphantly. We don’t have a trailer yet, but there are a few screenshots and a ton of new details to go over.
How could developers perfect the simple charm of Cooking Mama more than they already have? For starters, by adding a vegetarian mode. Putting aside the ethical debate about cooking and eating meat digitally, a vegetarian mode does give people all sorts of new dishes to cook both in-game and maybe try themselves. The game totals 90 recipes and includes lots of traditional Japanese dishes, as well as whatever ‘unicorn food’, might be. You might even be able to argue this game as educational if you want to learn more about how to make all those delicious foods only found in Japan.
Cooking Mama: Cooking Stars probably won’t win any game of the year awards. It’s not a triple-A title nor will it probably try to pull off some Nier Automata type narrative hijinks, although I’d be interested if it did. Still, sometimes all you want out of a video game is something fun and not too complex to ruin the experience. It’s why Nintendo has stayed self-sufficient all these years on first-party titles alone, and Cooking Mama definitely has that same energy. Besides, now that Food Wars is over I need something else to whet my appetite.
Cooking Mama: Cooking Stars is set to come out for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 sometime in the future.