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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a crazy concept in its premise, yet Nintendo ended up signing off on the project. Creative director Davide Soliani told IGN that the company is actually “quite open-minded” to new ideas. You just need to come up with a concept that can justify its existence.

As many of you know, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto didn’t want Ubisoft to create a platformer. Instead, he wanted them to come up with their own concept. Ubisoft ran wild with the challenge, and created a turn-based strategy game and gave guns to Mario and the rest of the gang.

If you’ve purchased Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, you may have noticed that an update is already available. Ubisoft did indeed prepare a day one update for the game.

Those curious about what the update does can read up on the full patch notes below. Ubisoft made a number of improvements and changes to the game, some of which are more significant than others.

There is going to be a download patch at launch for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, the download will be less than 100mb. There really isn’t any information on it currently, but patch notes may be released later to clarify its purpose.

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System: Switch
Release date: August 29, 2017
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bigger turnabout regarding the reception of a game than I have with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. When the first major leak regarding Ubisoft’s newest Nintendo crossover game happened, the general reaction was one of confusion and general displeasure. That was the case up until Ubisoft’s E3 2017 press conference in June, where Mario + Rabbids was finally unveiled in full with the help of Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto himself. That, compounded with a truly heartwarming moment from the game’s creative director Davide Soliani and the overall presentation of the game, quickly garnered new feelings of excitement and hope that Mario + Rabbids was something to look forward to. So, after months of anticipation, is Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle able to keep that feeling of hope and excitement alive, or does it leave us wishing the Rabbids would have just stayed home?

Ubisoft has now come out with a new Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle trailer specifically focusing on Luigi. Watch it below.

Ubisoft has come out with a new Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle trailer highlighting the accolades it has received thus far. Watch it below.

The review embargo for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has lifted, and plenty of outlets are beginning to share their thoughts about the game. We’ve compiled some of the early verdicts below.

Nintendo Everything – Thumbs Up
IGN – 7.7 / 10
GameSpot – 9 / 10
Game Informer – 8.5 / 10
Nintendo World Report – 9 / 10
Nintendo Life – 9 / 10
Eurogamer – Recommended
Destructoid – 7.5 / 10
GameXplain – Liked-A-Lot
GamesBeat – 85 / 100
Polygon – 8 / 10
TIME – 5 / 5

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has support for amiibo. Mario, Peach, Yoshi and Luigi figures can be used to unlock new weapons in the game.

press X now compiled a listing of the various weapons you’ll unlock by scanning figures. Stats for most of the weapons are included as well. For the full list, continue on below.

Nintendo NY is gearing up for a special Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle launch event. The game’s creative director and composer will be on hand, with other activities planned as well. Those who stop by will also be able to experience a demo.

Here’s an official overview of the event:

Steep was one of the first games confirmed for Switch. Way back in January, Ubisoft announced plans to bring it over to the console along with a slate of additional titles. But we really haven’t heard much since then, aside from speculation here and there regarding its status.

Despite the silence, Steep is apparently still happening on Switch. Ubisoft is said to be working on the game’s frame rate, and it’s in the optimization phase. We just have to hope that it won’t be terribly long until Steep is ready to appear on Switch.

Thanks to Juan MV for the tip.

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