Mario is undoubtedly a well-loved franchise, even by those who doesn’t own any Nintendo consoles, and a collaboration with Rabbids seems like a disastrous move. That was the general sentiment shared by netizens, and all it took for them to have a turnaround is the appearance of Nintendo supremo Shigeru Miyamoto, before Ubisoft showcased a very convincing gameplay trailer.
The general exploration seemed standard for a game mixing Mario and Rabbids, but it’s the tactical combat that showed why we shouldn’t cast early judgment before looking at the final product. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle employs a fluid tactical gameplay, instead of the typical grid system in games like the Final Fantasy Tactics and Disgaea franchise. I was pretty much sold on the XCOM-like combat, even though I can’t see myself getting a Nintendo Switch just to play the game.
And early responses were clearly on the positive side as well:
This showcase will be a perfect case study on how to change gamers’ perception, and surprisingly, it came from Ubisoft. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle launches on August 29, exclusively for Nintendo Switch.