In the works is a sequel to Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, the most bizarre video game collaboration since Kingdom Hearts fused Disney and Final Fantasy. The Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle video game, which pitted Ubisoft’s purposefully annoying Rabbids franchise against Nintendo’s iconic Super Mario series, was met with a resounding ovation and widespread critical acclaim in 2017.
In it, Mario’s charming visual style was combined with strategic combat, crass humor, and a sense of humor. As a result, the sequel will transport players to space and pit them against a new adversary across a variety of different worlds. Listed below is every piece of information we currently know about Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, including its release date, gameplay, story, setting, and other details.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Release Date
The release date for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope has been set for 2022. Although no specific release dates have been announced, a 2022 release date seems reasonable given that the original game was released five years earlier. Ubisoft’s first quarter of 2022 will be occupied by Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Extraction and the remake of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, so Sparks of Hope is unlikely to be released before the end of the calendar year.
There are several Forward events held throughout the year, so it’s possible that we’ll see more footage of Mario + Rabbids in the near future. This could also be the time when a specific release date will be announced. Sparks of Hope was not showcased at the most recent Game Awards, so keep an eye on this page to find out when we’ll finally get some new information on the title.
This week, Nintendo will host a 40-minute Direct, which will take place on February 9 at 2 p.m. PST or 5 p.m. EST. Considering that Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is scheduled to release sometime this year, we could see some new information on the game.
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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Gameplay
In Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, players will take control of a party of three characters as they travel through vibrant worlds, engaging in turn-based combat scenarios that are strategically placed throughout the game. In order to come out on top, players will need to make use of their dash attack, team jump, and special move abilities. When characters use the dash attack, they can take advantage of their limited movement to run through enemies and deal a predetermined amount of damage. Furthermore, with team jump, characters can use one another as trampolines to reach higher ground or to cross gaps between them.
Characters such as Mario, for example, can deal damage to an opponent by landing on his or her head during a team jump. Each character has their own set of special moves, with Luigi having the ability to autoshoot an enemy who performs a move action while in his line of sight. In addition, if his party members are close enough to him, Mario can grant them a buff that increases their damage.
Each character has their own primary and secondary weapons that can be customized to their liking. In Mario 64, for example, enemies were smacked with a blaster and hammer, whereas Luigi has a long-range sniper and an explosive robot that pursues and destroys enemies until they are destroyed. In exchange for gold coins, players can purchase new versions of these weapons, and each one comes equipped with modifiers that can either glue enemies to the ground with honey or cause them to bounce away from you.
The combat movement in Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope has been drastically changed from the previous games. With the removal of the cursor, players will be able to freely move around the battlefield instead of being restricted to certain areas as they were previously. Kingdom Battle required the players to move along linear paths with forced encounters strategically placed along the way. Sparks of Hope appears to have open areas with enemies strategically placed throughout the world who, if they come into contact with you, will force you into an instanced fight. Because it will encourage exploration while also allowing the player to avoid fights if they so choose, this is extremely exciting.
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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Trailer
Two trailers for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope have been released. The first is a pre-rendered cinematic that demonstrates how the DNA of Luma and Rabbids has crossed in some way, resulting in the creation of the titular Sparks. Suddenly, the boney hands of an enigmatic figure crush some Sparks in a projected image of themselves. Our heroes then proceed to the armory, where they equip themselves with their weapons and prepare to save the universe.
Shortly after, Rabbid Rosalina is revealed, and as our heroes step out of their ship onto a mysterious planet, we notice that they are each accompanied by an elemental Spark floating above their heads. This year’s Spark colors are icy blue for Rabbid Rosalina and fiery red for Rabbid Peach, with yellow dust glittering in the center of Mario’s Spark. An army of bad guys surrounds our heroes, and it is at this point that they all come together for a final battle and the title screen is displayed.
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