It’s not every day that an entire game just goes missing inexplicably. Sometimes games can be delisted from a digital storefront due to a serious bug or security hole. Similarly, a physical release can be temporarily recalled due to an issue. Regardless, these sudden changes, of course, are at least backed up with a reason. But, that doesn’t seem to be the case with the new Cooking Mama: Cookstar.
Announced a few weeks ago, it was set to be released on Switch towards the end of March. That did happen…and then it disappeared. Yes—the game has literally disappeared. Cooking Mama: Cookstar has made like a pot of boiling water left on for too long and has apparently evaporated into the air.
As IGN reports, the game has been yanked from the Switch eShop, and physical copies are a bit hit and miss. Cookstar’s official website shows that the game is available to buy right now. Clicking that button lists Amazon, Walmart, and the eShop as the currently open options. Target and Best Buy are also listed but have “Coming Soon” labels underneath. The situation gets real weird when you click on the three open links.
Amazon only has third-party sellers as available options. As stated before, the eShop listing is gone entirely. Walmart.com is, for some reason, the only seemingly normal product page, showing the game can be picked up for $39.99.
Cooking Mama: Cookstar has an official Twitter account, and the last time it posted was on March 26. It tells players that the game can be ordered, but since then, nothing has been said.
There’s nothing much to say about this situation other than it being incredibly strange. While Cooking Mama is not a high-profile IP, it is a very recognizable one, at least. The franchise was all-the-rage in the DS era mostly among casual gamers. So, the announcement of a new Switch version did garner some attention. Admittedly, a fellow colleague and eye were actually both semi-competing to see who would get to review this—so even I’m interested in it. Yet, it looks like only a chosen few will ever get to play it, at least for now. Here’s hoping the game decides to materialize once again soon.