Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a role-playing video game featuring turn-based combat similar to X-COM and elements of exploration.
The game features ten playable characters. Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi from the Mario franchise. Four Rabbids version of the mentioned characters: Rabbid Mario, Rabbid Luigi, Rabbid Peach and Rabbid Yoshi. The two remaining characters, Donkey Kong and Rabbid Cranky Kong, are exclusive to the Donkey Kong Adventure DLC. The characters wield guns that shoot laser beams. Donkey Kong has a new abilities that feature a grab-and-throw skill to propel friends and foes and Rabbid Cranky Kong can shoot enemies in mid-air. The game features two-player local cooperative play.
Development and Release
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was developed by Ubisoft Paris and Ubisoft Milan using Ubisoft's proprietary Snowdrop game engine. Once, there was an idea for a Mario + Rabbids game on the Wii in 2010 developed by Ubisoft Paris.
It seemed to be a platformer game though it never got far. It was suggested Nintendo being strict with their intellectual properties denied them the opportunity to pitch the game
Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto was impressed by the prototype of a Mario and Rabbids crossover game that was presented to him by Ubisoft Milan's creative director Davide Soliani in 2014. That prototype was created in less than a month. Miyamoto felt the concept was easy to understand and that it was refreshing to see Mario placed in a genre of game that he had not anticipated. Development of the game was led under Soliani once their pitch was approved by Nintendo.
On October 16, 2017 it was announced that the game would recieve its first update and DLC as soon as October 17, 2017, this DLC should include new challenges and multiplayer maps.
The Donkey Kong Adventure DLC releases on June 26, 2018 worldwide. The game introduces new skills, zones, battles, and puzzles.
Names in Other Languages
|Names in Other Languages|
|French||Mario + The Lapins Crétins Kingdom Battle||Mario + The Idiot Rabbids: Kingdom Battle|
|Russian||Марио + Rabbids: битва за Царство||Mario + Rabbids: Battle for the Kingdom|
|Simplified Chinese||马力欧+疯狂兔子：王国之战||Mario + Rabbids: Battle of the Kingdom|
|Main article: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle/gallery|
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle received "generally favorable" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic. Many critics favorably compared the gameplay to XCOM: Enemy Unknown.
It received a score of 8 out of 10 from Russ Frushtick of Polygon. He said that the game "offer[s] up a legitimately challenging squad tactics experience without alienating the family-friendly Mario audience", but also stated that "it doesn’t quite have the full layer of spit and polish of a [Nintendo developed] title". Dan Stapleton of IGN gave the game a 7.7 out of 10 (a "Good" rating). He praised the game's difficulty, animation, and "enemy variety", but criticized the rewards for completing puzzles and "the progression system". The game currently averages 85% on Metacritic based on 73 reviews.
It debuted at number two on the UK physical video game sales charts. It was the best-selling physical video in Australia from ending September 3. As of September 22, 2017, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the best-selling Nintendo Switch game not to have been published by Nintendo. Ubisoft revealed that the game sold 2 million copies worldwide as of September 2018.
- Kingdom Battle is the first Rabbids game to:
- Be an RPG as opposed to its usual party genre.
- Use fully orchestrated soundtracks.
- Be released on the Nintendo Switch system.
- First Mario game to be published and developed entirely by a Western third-party company, Ubisoft in its Paris, Milan, and Montpelier officies. However, it is still published by Nintendo in Japan.
- As Grant Kirkhope's first Mario game, this is also his first orchestral role as a freelancer. He has previously implemented orchestral music in the late-2000's Rare games such as Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts and Viva Piñata performed at The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Kingdom Battle's music was performed at the same studio.
- Compared to other Rabbids games, this one has a 'darker' tone.
|Mario RPG series|
|Super Mario RPG series||Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996, SNES)|
|Paper Mario series||Paper Mario (2001, N64) • The Thousand-Year Door (2004, GameCube) • Super Paper Mario (2007, Wii) • Sticker Star (2012, 3DS) • Color Splash (2016, Wii U)|
|Mario & Luigi series||Superstar Saga (2003, GameCube) • Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (2017, 3DS) • Partners in Time (2005, DS) • Bowser's Inside Story (2009, DS) • Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey (2019, 3DS) • Dream Team (2013, 3DS) • Paper Jam (2015, 3DS)|
|Mario + Rabbids series||Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (2017, Switch)|