Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the newest collaborative effort between Nintendo and Ubisoft. The game was announced before E3, but the Ubisoft press conference shared plenty of new details.
The central plot is that Rabbids teleported into the Mushroom Kingdom, destabilizing the region and causing massive amounts of chaos. The Mario team and their Rabbids don’t know each other at first, but will form a dream team by the end. It will also feature a 2 player local co-op mode.
The games development is centered in Europe. Miyamoto told developers “Whatever you do, don’t make a jump game or a Mario platformer, make a Mario game that has never been made before.” Consequently, Mario + Rabbids has a unique flavor with a focus on strategy and tactics. The game is split into exploration regions and battle zones. Combat is turn based. Movement is limited but can be extended by jumping onto teammates or going through Rabbid pipes. Cover is available for defense, while a variety of weapon types give players all kinds of combat strategies. Each character has their own special ability that provides either defensive or offensive capabilities.
Figurines are currently available and the game itself comes out on August 29th exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Pre-orders for the game are open, however the Collector’s Edition is only available at Gamestop. The Collector’s Edition retails for $99.99 while the standard edition costs $59.99. The Collector’s Edition comes with 12 collector’s cards, the official soundtrack, the collectors box, and a Rabbid Mario figurine. All four new figurines can be purchased separately.