Any second now a third party Nintendo Direct mini show will start and it was expected that a Mario + Rabbids game would be revealed. It turns out we don’t have to wait as Ubisoft themselves leaked the game on their Milan store, setting the Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope release date for 20th October 2022.
Update: This has now all been confirmed via the Nintendo Direct Mini with Ubisoft also hosting a special gameplay showcase tomorrow, 29th June, at 5PM UK time.
Mario, Luigi, Peach and all his Mushroom Kingdom chums will be returning, and so will their Rabbids counterparts with a new adventure to save Sparks and the energy that an alien force is trying to steal from them.
The game’s rapid turn-based battles will return, with the newly enhanced ability to move around freely within a character’s movement range lending itself to speedy action. The new trailer showed off how this can allow you to dash through enemies with different characters and then use a combo strike to take out multiple enemies together.
Rabbid Luigi has a multi-hit boomerang, Mario now has twin pistols, while Rabbid Rosalina can jump off allies to helicopter around the map and then take out enemies with the “Kaboomer”. You can also bop Bob-ombs, grab and then throw them at enemies. Also, Bowser’s now on the same side as you (as he often is when there’s a greater rival).
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope will be available in standard and Gold editions with the Gold edition including a season pass and the he “Galactic Prestige Pack”. The title will launch on Switch on October 20th.
Here’s more harvested from Ubisoft’s website, we will throw up the trailer as soon as it is available.
Cursa, a mysterious and malevolent entity seeks out energy to further its nefarious plans, plunging the galaxy into chaos. Twisting the planets with its evil influence, it’s determined to consume all the energy of the Sparks, uncanny creatures formed by the fusion of Lumas and Rabbids, and destroy all who stand in its way. To bring order back to the galaxy and save the Sparks, Mario, and friends team up with Rabbids heroes in a journey through mysterious and ever-surprising planets.
An Extravagant Team Galore! – Meet Mario and the Rabbids Heroes and build your dream team with three Heroes among an eclectic roster of nine, including all-time favorites Rabbid Peach, Luigi, Rabbid Mario, Princess Peach, and some unexpected newcomers. Take advantage of Heroes’ special abilities to outwit even the strongest enemies in battle.
Tactical Meets Action – Use your Heroes’ skills in an innovative combat system, mixing turn-based tactics and real-time action. Take control of your Heroes to dash your enemies, team jump on your allies, hide behind cover… and make the best out of your turn. Specialize your Heroes with the Sparks you choose. Use all the exotic powers and tools at your disposal to craft your own strategies and prevail against all odds.
A Galactic Adventure Like No Other – Embark on an epic journey through the galaxy with your spaceship to help bring order back to the galaxy. Free each planet you cross from Cursa’s evil influence. Explore each one of them, meet their curious inhabitants to uncover mysterious secrets. Face surprising bosses, familiar enemies from the Nintendo universe and exceptional Rabbids enemies in your cosmic quest!
Save the Sparks to Earn Their Help and Powers! – Rescue the uncanny Sparks, born when Lumas and Rabbids merged, before Cursa gets a hold of them! Use their special abilities and powers in battle, ranging from energy barriers to fire rain to gain the upper hand in combat. Each Spark has a distinct power and personality. There are dozens of Sparks throughout the galaxy to locate, save, and join your journey.
Post-Launch Content – Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is only the beginning to your cosmic adventure as more content will come in post-launch.