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Cooking Mama Removed from Nintendo e-Store After Crypto Mining Rumors
Cooking Mama Removed from Nintendo e-Store After Crypto Mining Rumors

Could Cooking Mama Fry your Nintendo Switch for Bitcoin?

Just several days after its official release, the game Cooking Mama Cookstar was removed from Nintendo's e-store. This was the 14th release in the cooking game series and the first for the Nintendo Switch. So far, no official reason was given for its removal, but some users on Reddit & elsewhere have their suspicions.

 

Cooking Mama or Crypto Mama?

 

In a now-removed post on Reddit's r/NintendoSwitch users began to complain of strange phenomenon occurring while playing Cooking Mama. This includes Switchs overheating, batteries draining much faster than usual and other issues. Many redditors began to think that these issues were caused by cryptocurrency mining.

The post received a multitude of responses from users until the post was removed. Several different posts have since replaced it, and the rumor has also reached Twitter. The issue later reached gaming and tech publications.

 

 

Later the developer clarified on Twitter that Cooking Mama Cookstar has no relation to cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin or "anything shady".

Despite that fans have dug up an old press release for the game that was released in 2019. In the now-deleted press release, which can be seen here, Cooking Mama Cookstar was supposed to have several blockchain-related functionalities. This includes blockchain-based DRM (digital rights management) and crypto collectibles.

 

 

At the moment, it seems doubtful that Cooking Mama's developer would implant cryptocurrency mining software into a game aimed mostly at children. While this has occurred with piracy-related websites in the past, it is less likely that a family-friendly game developer would implement the same measures.

While we cannot be certain, the source of the rumor seems to be a combination of bugs in the games code in addition to the 2019 press release.

One way to be certain is to data-mine the games original files. Seeing the popularity of the topic, it seems to be a matter of time until that occurs.

Perhaps the developer is right and we'll see it back in the Nintendo e-store soon.

 

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Written by Jonathan Ganor

Writer & cryptocurrency aficionado

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