Cooking Mama turns Heel, FFVII Remake Reviews Land

TODAY: Sega had to dial down the pride in Streets of Rage 3 — You may not be able to leave home, but you can go to Midgar this Friday — Cheat today and you could end up losing a lucrative Esports career tomorrow

Cooking Mama Goes Rogue

Turns out Cooking Mama: Cookstar could really be Crypto Mama: Minestar

Cooking Mama: Cookstar has suddenly vanished from the Nintendo eShop, and despite – or maybe thanks to – the lack of an official explanation, there are suspicions as to why.

The juiciest rumour claims that Cookstar was using customers’ Switch consoles to mine cryptocurrency, but reverse-engineering efforts seems to disprove the allegations. But there’s a twist: It looks like the game might at some point have contained cryptocurrency mining code.

Official response: “As the developers we can say with certainty there is no cryptocurrency or data collection or blockchain or anything else shady in the code. The Nintendo Switch is a very safe platform, with none of the data and privacy issues associated with some mobile and PC games,” stated developer 1st Playable Productions according to Nintendo Everything.

Battery life issue: Other reports suggest that the game could have been removed because remnants of the crypto-mining code caused the game to drain the Switch battery at an unacceptable rate. If this is true, the game has probably been pulled while the developers clean up their code.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which of the following is a real Cooking Mama spinoff?

  • Birthday Mama
  • Camping Mama
  • Sushi Mama
  • Cultist Mama

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today’s issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Daily Fact

Sega had no choice but to dial down the pride in Streets of Rage 3

Cultural sensibilities can be tricky to navigate, and Streets of Rage 3 would probably have caused a fair bit of outrage if Sega had not cut out some of the game’s more controversial visuals.

Scantily-clad women were dressed up a bit to avoid offending us puritanical Westerners, while a minor boss character named Ash was simply too gay for prime time. Even if his purple vest, green tights and leather leotard could be explained away, his body language and effeminate laughter doomed him to censorship.

To make matters worse (or better, depending on your taste in men), you could also play as Ash if you held down the B button while defeating him. His strong and fast attacks broke game balance a bit, but let’s be fair: it’s not his fault he’s so fabulous.

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Pokemon News and Events

Let’s hope you can enjoy the Pokémon Go Spring Event outside your home

Spring is nearly here, and that means celebratory events in Pokémon Go! Floral Hat Pikachu, anyone? Let’s hope we can enjoy the event outdoors.

Meanwhile, a legendary event has just started in Pokémon Masters and the Korean Pokémon Championship Series has been cancelled. The Japanese event could still proceed as planned.

Pokémon GO

  • Spring 2020 event
    • Starts April 9th @ 08:00 local time
    • Ends April 16th @ 22:00 local time
    • Floral hats for Pikachu, Pichu, Buneary and Togepi
    • Togepi-themed outfits for Trainers
    • Shiny Exeggcute
    • All gift Eggs are 2km eggs, Lucky Eggs last an hour
    • Earn Alolan Exeggutor, Azumarill and Audino from Field Research tasks
  • ‘Spotlight Hour’ every Tuesday between 18:00 to 19:00 local time
    • April 7th: Purrloin: 2x Catch XP
    • April 14th: Magnemite: 2x Catch Candy
    • April 21st: Wobbuffet: 2x Transfer Candy
    • April 28th: Pidgey: 2x Evolution XP

Pokémon Masters

  • Legendary event: The Beast That Devours The Sun
    • Lasts until April 24th @ 06:00 UTC
    • Boosts Sync Pair of Main Character & Solgaleo as well as power ups
  • Bug-type Training boosts Bug-type Sync Pairs

Pokémon Championship Series

The Pokémon Company has cancelled the official Korean League, but the Japan Champships are still going ahead. The Japanese events are scheduled for June 27th and 28th, but this could still change. The final decisions should be made by the middle of May.

This Week In Gaming

Square Enix offers up catastrophic competition for Disaster Report 4 Plus

At a glance, this looks like a pretty boring week in gaming – but that’s before your eyes register that yes, that’s right, Final Fantasy VII Remake is finally landing on PlayStation 4 this very Friday. It is still not clear whether this constitutes a catastrophe for poor Disaster Report 4 Plus.

Tuesday – April 07

  • Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories launches for PC, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch

Friday – April 10

  • Final Fantasy VII Remake launches for PlayStation 4

What Else Happened Today?

Esports Bits

Overwatch Homestands canceled

Blizzard has decided to cancel all Overwatch League Homestand events. The Overwatch League was originally planning to play matches in each team’s home towns, but the COVID-19 pandemic put paid to those plans.

Team Esper drops their Rocket League players after match-fixing controversy

Psyonix has announced on Reddit a full investigation into Team Esper’s last league match. Allegedly, Team Esper deliberately lost their match against Fury in an attempt to stop rival team RNG from progressing through to the playoffs. Team Esper dropped the entire team following the result, though team member SSteve claims he had nothing to do with the match-fixing scandal.

Finnish teenager sues Valve over ban

Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen is suing Valve for €268,092 in damages due to a four year old VAC ban. As a fourteen-year-old, Olkkonen was caught cheating in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and his account was banned.

As a result, Olkkonen is banned from major Counter-Strike tournaments for life. Olkkonen was due to be signed by OG, but his ban prevented the deal from going through. Valve has declined to comment or offer assistance, leading Olkkonen to seek legal advice.

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Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which of the following is a real Cooking Mama spinoff?

Answer: Camping Mama!

In addition to the famous Cooking Mama series, spin-offs like Crafting Mama, Gardening Mama, Babysitting Mama, and Mama went camping in Camping Mama: Outdoors Adventures for the Nintendo DS were released.

Alongside the mini games the series is known for, Camping Mama features an adventure mode where you explore the great outdoors as Mama’s son or daughter. You need to bribe animals with food to reach new locations, which is pretty much what camping is all about.

The critical reception was mixed, even more so than the already divisive main series: Camping Mama is rated 51% on Metacritic, compared to 70% for Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends. Unfair, considering the game encouraged children to attract bears and other carnivorous wildlife to their campsites.

At least we can all enjoy this awkward trailer, complete with a terrible song.

Today’s issue of DailyBits was written by Simon Priest, Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Christian Vaz and Jamie Davey.