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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has spoken on the performance of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, and believes the company should have hold off on releasing the game until Switch’s successor launched.

Speaking with GamesIndustry, Guillemot mentioned how Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was already available on Switch, and the sequel resulted in “two similar experiences on one machine.” He further mentioned “Nintendo [has advised] that it’s better to do one iteration on each machine.”

Guillemot’s full words:

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently stopped by the IGN Unfiltered podcast to talk about his career, the company and its various games, and more. For a few minutes, the crossover Switch game Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was discussed.

Guillemot first shared the following about the origins of the project:

With Ubisoft’s Starlink: Battle for Atlas releasing next month on Switch, many previews of the space adventure title are garnering attention on the internet today. As part of a new interview with GameSpot, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has shared some interesting tidbits about his company’s close and growing relationship with Nintendo, how Star Fox found its way into Starlink, and even the possibility of a sequel for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

We’ve highlighted the sections of the interview that feature Nintendo below. You can enjoy the full piece on GameSpot here

Ubisoft has surprised us with two Nintendo collaborations in consecutive years. The Mario and Rabbids crossover happened last year, followed by Star Fox in Starlink: Battle for Atlas this year.

Will we see those collaborations continue in the future? Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has indicated as such.

Ubisoft’s relationship with Nintendo seems to be closer than ever. For two consecutive years, the company has announced major partnerships. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was first last year, followed by Star Fox in Starlink: Battle for Atlas at this year’s show.

Yves Guillemot spoke about collaborating with Nintendo and specifically working with Shigeru Miyamoto in a new interview. Guillemot told Geoff Keighley the following during YouTube Live at E3 last week:


Earlier today, Ubisoft shared its latest financial results. In doing so, the company declared itself as the leading third-party publisher on Switch. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is currently the top-selling title on the platform for third-party releases.

Ubisoft spoke further about Switch during its financial call. CEO Yves Guillemot stated:

Ubisoft has come out with a few Switch games thus far. The publisher got things started several months ago with Just Dance 2017. That was followed up with the big release Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Rayman Legends Definitive Edition, Just Dance 2018, and this week’s digital title Uno.

Ubisoft commented on the status of Switch during its financial call this past week. CEO Yves Guillemot said that the company is “very happy” with sales on the console and said that more games are on the way. Guillemot didn’t specify if his comment referred to the calendar year or fiscal year, but regardless, we can expect more stuff soon.


The toys-to-life market currently isn’t where it used to be a few years ago. It’s been on the decline, as is evident by the lack of a new Skylanders game this year and the slowdown of LEGO Dimensions.

Given the market, it came as a surprise to many when Ubisoft announced Starlink: Battle for Atlas at E3. Players can buy and attach physical starships to controllers. The concept is risky, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has admitted, but the company believes “that there are lots of people who want this type of game.”

Guillemot told GamesIndustry:

“We thought that bringing 2.0 of that model was potentially very interesting. We’ll see. It’s a risk, but we feel that there are lots of people who want this type of game. Maybe they don’t want to say it, but they do want to buy it.”


Ubisoft had plenty to show at E3 2017 last month, and CEO Yves Guillemot spoke about the publisher’s slate in the video below. Guillemot talked Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Starlink, and more.

IGN is the latest outlet to have published an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot about Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. It admittedly covers the same kinds of topics we’ve heard between the Ubisoft E3 presentation and subsequent interviews, but there are a few small extras here and there. The latest comments from the two are in the video and source link below.


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