Random: How On Earth Did We Miss Bandai Namco’s “Cooking Action Battle Game” Tabe-O-Ja?

Given how many games are released on the Nintendo Switch on a weekly basis, we hope you can forgive us for not bringing Bandai Namco’s Japan-exclusive “cooking action battle game” Tabe-O-Ja to your attention.

Released at the close of 2020, the game sees you in the role of titular chef, and your job is to prepare dishes that cover Japanese, western and Chinese cuisine. Success means you can summon the “Tabe-Gami” – beings that dwell within each dish – and using your team, you can try to create the “World’s Strongest Dish.”

One of the coolest aspects of the game is the optional ‘Ouja Gear’ device, which bolts onto your Joy-Con. You can even add the ‘Extract Potion Pepper Ripper’ into the Ouji Gear. As you can see from the trailer above, there’s a lot of motion-controlled silliness going on here.

Here’s some more info (thanks, Gematsu):

Tabe-Gami dwell within tasty dishes. You can summon these Tabe-Gami by using the Joy-Cons as the game indicates to complete your dish.

Joy-Con cooking actions have various patterns based on the dish, including “stir-fry,” “stacking ingredients,” “simmer,” and more. For example: stir-frying with good rhythm or stacking ingredients without them falling.

By completing a dish, you can summon a Tabe-Gami.

Each Tabe-Gami is themed after a dish, and their fighting ability differs depending on the performance of your cooking actions and the Tabe-Gami.

At launch, Tabe-O-Ja will feature a charming lineup of over 69 unique characters.

Furthermore, you can form a team with your summoned Tabe-Gami and battle against rival chefs.

You can summon Tabe-Gami onto the battlefield by selecting the Tabe-Gami you want to summon and performing the Joy-Con cooking actions. In battle, Tabe-Gami can use special moves by meeting certain conditions. The battle is decided when the opponent’s kitchen is destroyed.

Were you aware of Tabe-O-Ja when it was originally released in Japan? Let us know if you’ve had a chance to play it by posting a comment below.

Thanks to Slope’s Game Room for bringing this to our attention!

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