The Luncheon Kingdom (料理の国 , lit. Cooking Country?) also known as the Popular Destination for the Hungry, is a location that appears in Super Mario Odyssey. It is a vast realm in the form of a metropolis of food. Its most notable city is Mount Volbono, which serves as the kingdom's main playable area in the game.
The Luncheon Kingdom is primarily based on the real world location of Mount Vesuvius (Mount Volbono) as well as (to a lesser extent) France.
Cooking with a Volcano
Surrounded by strange pink lava, Mount Volbono is colorful and vibrant, a vision straight from a picture book. It is famous for its cuisine, with dishes simmered over the volcano, and chock-full of the local produce that grows to enormous size thanks to the volcanic climate.
The Historic "Old Town"
On your way to Mount Volbono, you'll pass through the Old Town, ringed by the ruined wall that once enclosed the town. These sturdy, cut-stone walls even now suggest the prosperity of those times. Atop the walls are little mounds of salt, carried by the wind and piled up naturally. Visitors can walk along the tops of the walls—do so if you get a chance. The sights here are very different from the colorful scenery of Peronza Plaza, but equally breathtaking.
The highlight of Mount Volbono's year is the Cooking Carnival, where visitors from all over the world come to sample the famous Stupendous Stew. While cooking on a volcano is of course a grand spectacle, the dish itself has a surprisingly delicate flavor, described most frequently in reviews as a "melty deliciousity."
A Resting Place for Meat
The giant slab of meat used in the Stupendous Stew is crusted generously in salt and left to rest on a high perch near the volcano. Aging the meat high above the lava, cooled by the wind, is essential to creating the core flavor. If you arrived before the Cooking Carnival, be sure to take the opportunity to visit the platform and see the meat resting soundly before its long journey.
Be sure to visit the centrally located Peronza Plaza for a friendly welcome. Once among the colorful heaps of giant ingredients and succulent smells, you many find it hard to leave.
Cheese as Hard as Rock
The cheese in Mount Volbono is quite hard, likely because it is left near the lava and dries out completely. The locals chisel it with hammers—you're welcome to join!
Three Keys to the Kingdom
- Sample the famous dish Stupendous Stew. It's what the locals eat.
- Gape at exotic ingredients like gigantic vegetables and rock-hard cheeses.
- Marvel at the preserved architecture, the best-kept secret in tourism.
- Chef Goombas
- Goomba Towers
- Chef Fire Bros
- Chef Hammer Bros
- 8-bit Hammer Bros
- Lava Bubbles
- 8-bit Lava Bubbles
- Fire Piranha Plants
- Spewart (boss)
- Cookatiel (boss)
There are two paintings in this kingdom. One is located at the back of the Remote Island in the Lava. It takes the player to Yoshi's House in the Mushroom Kingdom, and it can be accessed after collecting the "Under the Cheese Rocks" Power Moon.
There are a total of 72 Power Moons (66 regular Power Moons and 2 Multi Moons) in this Kingdom. During the player's first visit to this kingdom, they can collect 45 Power Moons and the 2 Multi Moons, including one from the kingdom's Hint Art. The player can also collect a Power Moon if they travel to this kingdom using a painting found in a previous kingdom (either the Lake Kingdom or Wooded Kingdom). One additional Power Moon can also be found when the player encounters the Tostarenan tourist in the kingdom (after he has visited all other locations). After the player defeats Bowser in the Moon Kingdom, 7 more Power Moons become available to collect. The Moon Rock will also be available, causing 12 additional Power Moons to be accessible.