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Cooking Mama: Cookstar
Developer(s)1st Playable Productions
Publisher(s)Planet Entertainment
SeriesCooking Mama
Platform(s)Nintendo Switch
  • NA: March 31, 2020[3]
  • EU/AU: April 28, 2020[1][2]
Genre(s)Simulation, minigame

Cooking Mama: Cookstar is a cookerysimulation-styled minigame compilation video game, and the sixth main installment in the Cooking Mama series of video games. The game was briefly released before its official release date on the Nintendo Switch eShop on March 26, 2020,[4] but was taken down just a few hours later due to legal issues between the publisher, Planet Entertainment, and the owner of the Cooking Mamaintellectual property (IP), Office Create. The game was then officially released on March 31 in the United States despite legal concerns, but the European and Australian releases were delayed to April 28.[1] Office Create publicly issued a statement condemning the breach of contract on April 15, 2020. However, the European and Australian releases were not impacted and released as normal.

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The game is the first main entry in the Cooking Mama series since 2014's Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appétit!, and the first Cooking Mama game on console since 2008's Cooking Mama: World Kitchen. A PlayStation 4 version was also announced with the game's initial announcement in August 2019 with a planned April 28, 2020 release, but has not released or been advertised by Planet Entertainment since.


Cooking Mama: Cookstar plays similarly to previous entries in the series. New in Cookstar is the introduction of a vegetarian mode, as well as the ability to share photos of completed recipes on social media.


Cookstar was initially revealed as Cooking Mama: Coming Home to Mama in August 2019, with an estimated release date for Q3 of that year. Its publisher claimed that it was the first implementation of blockchain technology on a major video game console, using the technology to implement a form of digital rights management.[5] The game was developed by American[6] studio 1st Playable Productions, but the company later removed all mentions of the game from its website.[7]



Cookstar ostensibly released on March 31, 2020. The game was briefly made available on the Nintendo Switch eShop, but pulled shortly after its release.[8] Additionally, the PlayStation 4 version was never released despite being listed on several storefronts. Unconfirmed rumors that the game acted as a cryptocurrency miner emerged shortly after its release.[9] 1st Playable responded that the implementation of blockchain technology was only 'hypothetical' and explained that the game's removal from Nintendo eShop was due to an ongoing legal dispute between the publisher Planet Entertainment and IP rights holder Office Create.[10] Office Create stated it has started taking legal action against Planet as they had terminated their license to use Cooking Mama on March 30, 2020, after which Planet had started selling the game.[11]


Aggregate score
Review scores
Nintendo Life[14]
Nintendo World Report4.5/10[15]

Cooking Mama: Cookstar received mixed reviews from critics.

Travis Northup of IGN gave the game 3 out of 10, praising the detailed recipes featured in the game, but criticizing the monotonous gameplay, poor motion controls, 'nightmarish' voice acting, and lack of meaningful progression. He also noted that the game does not offer anything new compared to past entries, which combined with the flaws, make Cookstar a 'tedious game that does almost nothing well.'[13]

Conversely, TheGamer's Bella Blondeau gave Cookstar a 4 out of 5. She praised the game's variety and amount of content, as well as the 'nuance' to mastering the mechanics. In addition, she praised the game's photo mode and Yoko Nishino's 'charming' performance as Mama, stating that the character felt 'like a tangible, adorable dork of a mother.'[16]

PETA, the American animal rights organization, praised the game for including a vegetarian mode. [17]


  1. ^ abNinFan (February 24, 2020). 'Cooking Mama: Cookstar could have been delayed until April'. iGamesNewsl. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  2. ^'Cooking Mama: Cookstar – Release Details'. GameFAQs. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  3. ^Smith, Alex (April 13, 2020). 'Where to buy the elusive new Cooking Mama: Cookstar game for Nintendo Switch'. Android Central. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  4. ^rawmeatcowboy (March 26, 2020). 'Cooking Mama: Cookstar was available to download for a short time today, but has since mysteriously vanished'. GoNintendo. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  5. ^O'Connor, James (August 11, 2019). 'Cooking Mama: Cookstar Brings Both Vegetarian Meals And Blockchain Technology To Nintendo Switch'. GameSpot. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  6. ^'Contact Us'. 1st Playable. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  7. ^Skrebels, Joe (April 3, 2020). 'The Cooking Mama Game for Switch That Came Out, and Then Disappeared'. IGN. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  8. ^Doolan, Liam (April 4, 2020). 'Cooking Mama's New Game Has Been Pulled From The Switch eShop And Nobody Knows Why'. Nintendo Life. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  9. ^Teuton, Christopher (April 5, 2020). 'Cooking Mama Cookstar Rumored To Mine Cryptocurrency, Pulled From eShop'. Screen Rant. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  10. ^Doolan, Liam (April 4, 2020). 'Cooking Mama: Cookstar Cryptocurrency Saga Takes Yet Another Turn As Publisher Blames Coronavirus'. Nintendo Life. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  11. ^O'Conner, James (April 14, 2020). 'Cooking Mama Owners Is Pursuing Legal Action Against Cookstar Developer'. GameSpot. Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  12. ^'Cooking Mama: Cookstar'. Metacritic. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  13. ^ abNorthup, Travis (April 15, 2020). 'Cooking Mama: Cookstar Review'. IGN. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  14. ^Vogel, Mitch (April 9, 2020). 'Cooking Mama: Cookstar Review'. Nintendo Life. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  15. ^Green, Steven (April 13, 2020). 'Cooking Mama: Cookstar (Switch) Review'. Nintendo World Report. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  16. ^Blondeau, Bella (April 15, 2020). 'Cooking Mama: Cookstar Review: Millennial Mama'. TheGamer. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  17. ^Doolan, Liam (August 23, 2019). 'Random: Cooking Mama: Cookstar Receives Award From PETA For Including Vegetarian Mode'. Nintendo Life. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
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Chase De Jong
Pittsburgh Pirates
Born:December 29, 1993 (age 27)
Long Beach, California
Bats: LeftThrows: Right
MLB debut
April 5, 2017, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Win–loss record1–5
Earned run average7.12
  • Seattle Mariners (2017)
  • Minnesota Twins (2018–2019)
  • Houston Astros (2020)

Chase Louis De Jong (born December 29, 1993) is an American professional baseballpitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. De Jong was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2nd round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his MLB debut in 2017. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros. He throws a fastball, cut fastball, slider, curve, and change-up.[1]


Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

De Jong was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays out of Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California in the 2nd round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] After signing for a bonus of $620,300,[3] De Jong was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays and made 6 relief appearances for the team, posting a 1–0 record with a 1.50 earned run average and 15 strikeouts over 12 innings, with only 1 walk.[4] He was promoted to the Bluefield Blue Jays prior to the start of the 2013 season, and made 13 appearances for the team, 10 of which were starts. In 2013, De Jong posted a 2–3 record with an ERA of 3.05 and 66 strikeouts over 56 innings pitched.[4] In 2014, he was promoted to the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts.[3] De Jong made 23 appearances for Lansing in 2014, 21 of which were starts, and compiled a record of 1–6 with a 4.82 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 97 innings pitched.[4] De Jong started the 2015 season in Lansing, making 14 starts and posting a 7–4 record, 3.13 ERA, and 77 strikeouts in ​8613 innings.[4]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

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DeJong was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 2, 2015, for cash.[5] In 11 appearances (10 starts) for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes he was 4–3 with a 4.86 ERA.[4] He struck out six in six innings for the Quakes in the opening game of the California League championship series.[6] The Dodgers invited him to major league spring training in 2016.[7] To start the 2016 season, he was promoted to the Double-A Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League,[8] where he was selected to the mid-season all-star team.[9] In Tulsa, he developed a cut fastball under the tutelage of pitching coatch Bill Simas.[1] After the season, he was named to the postseason all-star team and honored as the Texas League Pitcher of the Year.[10] In 25 starts for the Drillers he was 14–5 with a 2.86 ERA, earning him a late season promotion to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers, where he allowed one run in ​513 innings in his one start.[11] The Dodgers added him to their 40-man roster after the season.[12]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On March 1, 2017, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor leaguers Drew Jackson and Aneurys Zabala.[13] The Mariners added him to the major league roster on April 3, 2017.[14] He made his major league debut against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston on April 5, 2017, gaining the loss by giving up a three-run home run to George Springer in bottom of the 13th inning in the Astros' 5–3 victory over the Mariners.[15] After the game, De Jong was optioned to the Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League after the Mariners activated Dillon Overton from the paternity list.[16]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On July 30, 2018, De Jong was traded to the Minnesota Twins along with infielder for Ryan Costello for pitcher Zach Duke.[17] He was called up in September of that year.[18] On January 30, 2019, De Jong was designated for assignment after the signing of Martin Perez was made official. He was outrighted on February 6. DeJong had his contract selected on April 6, 2019.[19] After a game against the Mets where he gave up 4 earned runs, 1 home run, and 3 walks in 1 inning pitched,[20] he was sent back down to Triple-A Rochester.[21] DeJong was outrighted off the roster on April 26, 2019.

Sugar Land Skeeters[edit]

On July 22, 2019, De Jong signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He became a free agent following the season. On April 1, 2020, De Jong re-signed with the Skeeters for the 2020 season.

Houston Astros[edit]

On August 3, 2020, the Houston Astros acquired the rights to De Jong from the Sugar Land Skeeters. On August 23, 2020, De Jong was selected to the active roster.[22] On October 30, De Jong elected free agency.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On January 5, 2021, De Jong signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.[23]

Personal life[edit]

He is the cousin of former Blue Jays pitcher Jordan De Jong.[3]


  1. ^ ab'After the initial shock of being traded, right-hander Chase De Jong is excited to join the Mariners'. The Seattle Times. 2017-03-02. Retrieved 2017-03-13.
  2. ^Dakers, Tom (June 5, 2012). 'Blue Jays 6th Pick in the 2012 Draft: Chase DeJong'. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  3. ^ abcElliott, Bob (May 14, 2014). 'Blue Jays prospect Chase De Jong following cousin's path'. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  4. ^ abcde'Chase De Jong Minor League Statistics & History'. Baseball-Reference. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  5. ^Weisman, Jon (July 2, 2015). 'Dodgers acquire minor-leaguers Chase DeJong and Tim Locastro'. Dodgers Insider. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  6. ^Norris, Bill (September 17, 2015). 'Quakes rout San Jose Giants in Game 1 of Cal League finals'. Inland Empire Daily Bulletin. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  7. ^Gurnick, Ken (February 1, 2016). 'Dodgers invite 3 RHPs to Spring Training'. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  8. ^Lewis, Barry (April 4, 2016). 'Drillers' roster set for season opener'. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  9. ^Stephen, Eric (June 14, 2016). 'Alex Verdugo, Willie Calhoun among 9 Texas League All-Stars for Double-A Tulsa'. SB Nation. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  10. ^Stephen, Eric (August 31, 2016). 'Chase De Jong named Texas League Pitcher of the Year'. SB Nation. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  11. ^'Chase De Jong Register statistics & history'. Baseball Reference.
  12. ^Gurnick, Ken (November 18, 2016). 'De Jong among 3 added to Dodgers' 40-man roster'. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  13. ^Osborne, Cary (March 1, 2017). 'Dodgers acquire two promising prospects from Seattle and clear a spot on 40-man'. Dodgers Insider. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  14. ^Fiddler, JJ (April 3, 2017). 'LB In MLB: Chase De Jong On Seattle Mariners Opening Day Roster'. Gazette's Sports. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  15. ^'Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros Box Score, April 5, 2017'. Baseball Reference. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  16. ^Johns, Greg. 'Mariners activate Overton from paternity list'. Seattle Mariners. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  17. ^'Mariners Acquire LHP Zach Duke from Minnesota'. MarinersPR. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
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  19. ^Zencka, TC (April 6, 2019). 'Twins Select Contract Of Chase De Jong, DFA Tyler Austin'. MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  20. ^'Chase De Jong Stats'. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  21. ^'Twins call up Andrew Vasquez, send Chase De Jong to minors'. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
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