If you cast your mind back to 2020, you may remember the sworded release of a little game called Cooking Mama: Cookstar. Controversy surrounded the game after the mild-mannered cooking sim was abruptly pulled from the Switch eShop shortly after its release, leading to rumours of built-in cryptocurrency mining, unlawful use of copyrighted music, and disputes between the game's developer and publisher, Planet Entertainment, and the owners of the Cooking Mama series, Office Create.
Now distanced from the flame-eyed matriarch who has dominated Nintendo cooking titles since the mid-2000s, Planet Entertainment has announced its next chef-sim, Yum Yum Cookstar, will be coming to the Switch on October 4th, 2022.
No longer associated with the Cooking Mama franchise (apart from in form, it seems), the game will see you cooking up a range of dishes for a trio of judges who are scripted, strangely, by National Lampoon writers.
Stranger still, your cooking playlist has been composed by no other than Nile Rodgers himself. That's right, the Chic frontman who was the genius behind the disco and funk classics such as 'Everybody Dance' and 'Le Freak', has contributed the soundtrack to a Switch cooking sim. Never thought we'd be writing that sentence, but here we are.
For the full menu of features that will be appearing on Yum Yum Cookstar, check out the following list:
- Master dozens of cooking techniques to unlock over 70 unique recipes!
- Control it your way with Touch, Motion or controller
- Rhythm based minigames and energetic soundtrack by Nile Rodgers will make you want to dance!
- Share comedic judge reactions on social media!
- Customize your kitchen and appliances
- 4 difficulty modes: Relaxed, Casual, Pro, Cookstar
- Curated Invitational Tournaments
- Daily Cooking Challenges
- Writing by National Lampoon
It's out on 4th October in both physical and digital forms for $39.99. Cooking Mama: Cookstar may have proved the age-old saying that too many cooks spoil the broth, so perhaps Yum Yum Cookstar will be able to add a pretty garnish and get the genre plated up nicely for a return to Nintendo.
And if nothing else, a dash of Nile Rodgers is never a bad thing.
What do you make of this upcoming game? And what's Nile Rodgers doing there? Did the devs just get lucky? Freak out down in the comments.