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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Snowdrop experience

We recently chatted with Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope producer Xavier Manzanares, and one of the things we asked about is whether the team has been able to do more with the game from a graphical standpoint. After all, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle came out in 2017, so Ubisoft Milan and Ubisoft Paris have been working with Switch for quite some time now.

Manzanares mentioned that the experience gained with both Switch and the Snowdrop engine has allowed for an increase hope. There are some aspects that may not have been possible a few years ago.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Bowser

Ubisoft has worked with Mario on two games now as part of its Mario + Rabbids series, but we’ve been wondering if the team would have interest in playing around with another Nintendo franchise. This is something that we posed to producer Xavier Manzanares in a recent interview.

Manzanares said the studio has “tons of dreams”, and thought about “a lot of other characters” when it was initially moving towards working with Nintendo in 2014. On the topic of wishes being fulfilled, he said having Bowser playable in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is “already a dream come true for us”.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Nintendo

In an interview with Nintendo Everything, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope producer Xavier Manzanares spoke about the team’s relationship with Big N.

Just like with the first game and Donkey Kong Adventure DLC, the company has an “advisory role” and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto “is testing the builds”. Manzanares also noted that the bonds between the two sides are “stronger” now. That’s what allowed for elements like the hybrid between Lumas and Rabbids as well as having Bowser playable.

mario rabbids sparks of hope yoshi characters

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope producer Xavier Manzanares has commented on the game’s characters, and the decision to leave out Yoshi.

Mario, Peach, and Luigi are all playable just like in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Yoshi is absent, however, and Manzanares has commented on how the roster was ultimately set.

Five years after the launch of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Ubisoft is returning with another mashup exclusive on Switch with Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, and with the game due out in a matter of months, we’re starting up a pre-order guide that will include any retailer bonuses. The title now takes Mario and the rest of the gang to space to put an end to Cursa, a mysterious and malevolent entity who seeks out energy to further its nefarious plans and is looking to consume all the energy of the Sparks, creatures formed by the fusion of Lumas and Rabbids.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope retains the tactics gameplay of the original, but now features real-time action in battle. The game is also promising a more open-ended adventure. New characters will be playable, including Bowser, Rabbid Rosalina, and the mysterious Rabbid known as Edge.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Ubisoft has sent out a bunch of character art for the Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope roster. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser, Rabbid Rosalina, Rabbid Mario, Rabbid Luigi, Rabbid, Peach, and Edge are all shown.

Most of these characters should be immediately recognizable for Mario fans. Edge is an entirely new creation, however. Ubisoft hasn’t had much to say about her so far, but we’ll presumably be learning more in the months to come.

mario rabbids sparks of hope origins surprising

Speaking with Nintendo Everything, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope producer Xavier Manzanares has discussed the origins of the project and how it came to be.

According to Manzanares, the team first sat down around Summer 2018 and discussed what the future could be. Having a follow-up be “surprising” was key, and making it stand out from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was important in order to move forward. That led to a change in how Sparks of Hope handles battles as well as expanding the scope to allow for more exploration and gameplay features.

mario rabbids sparks hope trailers

Ubisoft has issued a pair of new trailers for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. These videos follow the official showcase for the game that just wrapped up a few minutes ago.

Here’s an overview of the game:

Mario Rabbids Sparks of Hope Gareth Coker Yoko Shimomura

Gareth Coker and Yoko Shimomura are now confirmed as two of the composers on Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Ubisoft has revealed. Creative director Davide Soliani shared the news during a presentation today, but didn’t elaborate on how the work is being broken up. 

Grant Kirkhope, who provided music for the first entry in the series, was already confirmed to be returning. However, this is the first time we’ve heard about Coker and Shimomura being involved. Both will be bringing a high level of talent to the project.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Showcase

The Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Showcase is set to begin not too long from now, and we’ve got a live stream ready to go for the event. It will cover the game’s “unique and epic tactical gameplay, and uncover a few surprises”. As a reminder, the stream begins at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM in the UK / 6 PM in Europe.

Catch up on Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope with the following overview:

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