Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle with XCOM-Style Tactical Gameplay Announced

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Announced for Nintendo Switch

On-stage at E3 Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot and Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto announced they were partnering to create the crossover adventure, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch. Kingdom Battle is a turn-based tactical adventure game featuring an invasion of Rabbids into the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario and friends will partner with several Rabbids to battle through an assortment of worlds and enemies, now wielding powerful firearms unlike anything Mario's seen before.

Gameplay shown included the player taking control of a mix of Nintendo characters from the Mario universe, mixed with a variety of Rabbids sporting Mario costumes. Combat in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle takes place on a third-person tactical grid, where the player can combine characters for unique combat abilities.

In Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, a mysterious vortex has has torn the Mushroom Kingdom apart. Rabbids have invaded, leaving Mario to stave off an army unlike any he and his friends have previously faced. Four Rabbid heroes, luckily, have joined with him to bring about peace. They will venture through four unique worlds, for example an ice world shown in the trailer, and while no "final boss" was shown it's highly likely Bowser and maybe a Bowser-copying Rabbid await.

Ubisoft also revealed some extra info for potential buyers of the new game. Additional features in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle include cooperative or solo gameplay, a bevy of weapons to discover, and on top of the tactical combat there will be more traditional puzzles to solve akin to other Mario games. Also revealed is a special pre-order bonus for Mario + Rabids Kingdom Battle, including 8 unique weapons otherwise unavailable in-game.

With Ubisoft's E3 press conference still in progress, there is undoubtedly a lot more information to be learned about Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. We will update this article as more details are revealed, so watch this space.

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be available starting August 29 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

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