Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope introduces big changes & new teammates

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope introduces big changes & new teammates

The best Mario series on Switch gets better

During a special presentation last week, Ubisoft showed off some big new chunks of gameplay of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, its upcoming sequel to 2017’s amazing Kingdom Battle. While much of the general theme remains the same — Mario & his rabbid friends use different weapons and engage in situation based turn-based tactical combat — there is now one big, noticeable improvement.

The grid-based positioning is gone, and players are free to move about the battlefield during their turn. In the previous game, the grid put players in specific positions, and made it so that there was a limited set of options of manuevars. It was great for those dipping their toes into tactical play for the first time, even though it was a little confined for veterans of the genre. Going to an open battlefield means that there are now several ways to approach the fights, with obstacles playing a more important role in both defense and offence.

Alongside the new battle gameplay, the game will introduce Bowser as a teammate, and the star-like Lumas as character modifiers.

Ubisoft also announced that Grant Kirkhope is back to score the game, and now joined by Gareth Coker and Yoko Shimomura.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope arrives on October 20th on Nintendo Switch.