Whenever we see mashups of various Nintendo franchises, it is usually done by Nintendo themselves and with existing Nintendo properties, such as in the case of Mario Kart and the Super Smash Bros. franchises. However this year Nintendo will be attempting something different with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.
Announced by Ubisoft at E3 2017, it seems that the rumors have come true as this game is essentially a mix of characters from the Mario universe and Ubisoft’s Rabbids characters. Its description reads, “The Mushroom Kingdom has been torn apart by a mysterious vortex, transporting the chaotic Rabbids into this once peaceful land. To restore order, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi must team up with a whole new crew: four Rabbids heroes! Together, they will battle with weapons through four worlds filled with combat, puzzles, and unpredictable enemies.”
It is something of a tactical RPG and given Nintendo’s play style, it appears to be a rather lighthearted and somewhat silly game that looks like it could be a lot of fun. It will involve players duking it out on small battlefields where they can hide, launch attacks, and so on, which some have likened to games such as XCom.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has been designed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch and is expected to be released on the 29th of August later this year.