Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will offer Nintendo Switch owners a new way to experience two of gaming’s most interesting franchises with one purchase later this summer.
Ubisoft and Nintendo worked together to create a game that’s unlike anything players of the Mario or Rabbid franchises have seen before. A vortex has mixed each world together. Mario, Princess Peach and Luigi find that their kingdom is suddenly full of Rabbids. They team up with these Rabbids to shut down the vortex and put things back to normal.
Trailers revealing the Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle release date show players solving puzzles and exploring the game’s worlds to find what created the vortex. Kingdom Battle’s tone is very different from other Mario games. The Rabbids are sarcastic and have personalities of their own. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has turn-based combat and local multiplayer. Those are two things Mario platforming games don’t have.
Nintendo Switch owners can buy Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle this summer. Ubisoft has revealed pre-order extras, Amiibo compatibility and new gameplay videos ahead of the game’s release.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Release Date, Details & Features
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Release Date
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gameplay
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Features
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Pre-Orders
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Amiibo
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Release Date
The Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle release date is August 29th. The game launches worldwide on that day, Nintendo and Ubisoft won’t restrict it to certain territories. This game is only for the Nintendo Switch.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gameplay
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle takes gamers around the Mushroom Kingdom. They don’t explore on their own. Instead, they have a party of other characters that travel with them. There are four different areas in the game’s open-world, Ubisoft says. When not exploring, gamers use new weapons to defend themselves.
Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi join Mario in the game. Rabbid Mario, Rabbid Luigi, Rabbid Peach and Rabbid Yoshi each have personalities that add some color to the game, Ubisoft says. Rabbid Mario likes to boast. Rabbid Luigi is afraid of everything. Rabbid Peach is sassy, and Rabbid Yoshi is crazy. These Rabbids travel with the player’s party and battle beside the heroes from Mario. The game has 250 weapons to choose from. Finding the best weapon for each character is important.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Features
The Nintendo Switch lets gamers play their favorite titles on their television and away from home. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle players can begin a session at home and continue to play with the Joy-Cons docked to the side of their console.
In both modes, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle lets two users enjoy the co-operative play. Each gamer gets a Joy-Con of their own to control two characters with and half of the display. The co-operative play also works with two Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers. Three difficulty levels let teams make co-operative play more challenging.
Mario + Rabbids doesn’t have any multiplayer features that rely on Switch Online Service.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Pre-Orders
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle pre-orders are available at Best Buy, GameStop and Amazon. Everyone that pre-orders the game gets the Pixel Pack. This pack unlocks 8 different weapons for all characters in the game to use.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Standard Edition costs $59.99. Nintendo will sell a digital Standard Edition in the Nintendo Switch eShop on release day.
The Collector’s Edition is only available at GameStop. Buyers get a physical copy of the game, an 8-inch Rabbid Mario figure, the game’s soundtrack and a 12-pack of collectible cards. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Collector’s Edition costs $99.99.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Amiibo
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle works with Amiibo. Amiibo figures let gamers add new weapons, characters and power-ups in most Nintendo-made titles. We’re not sure which figures will unlock items in the game.
We don’t know if Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has its own set of Amiibo figures on the way either. Typically, the company announces a few new figures with every exclusive title. For example, Splatoon 2 has a set of Amiibo figures launching with it. There aren’t any confirmed Kingdom Battle Amiibo.
Ubisoft could have more of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle to show off before the game’s August 29th release date. Nintendo will want to highlight any exclusive games arriving this summer to lure over new console buyers. Splatoon 2, another Nintendo Switch exclusive game, launches in July.
Play Games on the Nintendo Switch in the Living Room
When docked, the Nintendo Switch allows anyone to play their video games on a high-definition television. In that way, the device is every bit the replacement for the Nintendo Wii U that we were expecting. Nintendo even describes it as a home entertainment console in its marketing materials.
At first glance, the Nintendo Switch almost looks like a tablet with controller surfaces at the end – sort of like the current Wii U GamePad. Things can change quickly, though.
Nintendo calls the attachments at each end of the device Joy Cons, short for Joy Controller. Each Joy Con has four sets of face buttons, a bumper and a joystick. Gamers can leave the Joy Cons attached to their Nintendo Switch or detach them later on.
In this mode, you can remove the Joy-Con Controllers from the sides of the console and dock them with the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Grip. You can also pick up the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for this mode and leave your Joy-Cons in place.