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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle | Nintendo Switch | Out Now

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:16 pm
by Super Dragon 64
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Mario plus Rabbids? Are you feeling alright?

Don't worry, eveything is fine. This is the result of a collaboration between Nintendo and Ubisoft. The premise may sound strange but the result is truly spectacular. Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Peach join Ubisoft's Rabbis in a turn-based strategy game. The gameplay is very much like X-Com in that you'll use cover to protect your team and outflank the enemy, take charge of different weapons to get the advantage over various foes and play to save the world Mushroom Kingdom.

Tell me more...

The developers have put a lot of effort into making this game shine with the usual Nintendo charm that accompanies the Mario franchise. The levels are colourful and vibrant (though you'll see some darker ones that still pop); secrets that are hidden around the world are waiting to be discovered; and there are cool touches like plants that hoot along to the soundtrack to really flesh out the world. Speaking of the soundtrack, it is composed by the legendary Grant Kirkhope who worked on classics like Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark. It's not hard to hear his influence as the music is reminiscent of Banjo-Kazooie but still delivers a fresh take on classic Mushroom Kingdom tracks. This really is a game that is a delight to see, hear and play.

Ok, you've got me. Is there anything more for the non-believers?

Check out this gameplay footage from Gamescom 2017. You can also see the first part of my playthrough in the video below the Gamescom one. If you'd like to see more of my gameplay, follow the video through to the GRcade YouTube channel.





I'm excited! :toot:

You should be! :toot:

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:07 pm
by NickSCFC

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:22 am
by jawafour
Well... it seems that I am getting this. I'd thought I'd cancelled my pre-order but it's in the post now.

I'm not sure about it. It's Mario (yay!) but with those remarkably unattractive Rabbids (uh-oh). Previews appear to have been positive - albeit I've barely watched anything beyond the E3 reveal - and I'm hoping that the tactical gameplay will be something different for the Switch.

GR seems to be very quiet about the game, though... is anyone else gonna grab it?

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:24 am
by HSH28
My copy is also on the way, looking forward to it quite a lot.

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:50 am
by jawafour
...wow! The game has just landed on my door mat!

Just a few nerdy aspects to share:

> It's the first Ubi game I've had that sports their new all-white logo
> The inside cover features little pictures of Mario, Peach and Rabbids... a nice touch
> It's the first Switch game I've had that has paper slips in the case; one advertises the Rabbids figurines (I wonder why they're not amiibo?) and Rayman, whilst the other is just a customer service contact sheet

So, rather unexpectedly, I shall be Rabbid-ing this weekend :toot: .

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:28 am
by jawafour


The presentation is excellent; Ubi seems to have taken great care with the Nintendo characters and the colourful design really pops on the Switch display.

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:31 am
by Super Dragon 64
Who sent your copy, jawa? I'm excitedly waiting for mine :toot:

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:12 am
by jawafour
Super Dragon 64 wrote:Who sent your copy, jawa?...

ShopTo, Dragon - it wasn't dispatched until 1920 last night but it arrived this morning :o .

Super Dragon 64 wrote:...I'm excitedly waiting for mine :toot:

I've just played it for an hour and it is brilliant fun! The presentation is excellent and, although it's obviously very early stages in the game, I'm already impressed by the strategic gameplay. You can use one of your team to throw a character longer distances, and the dash attack (barge into an enemy whilst on the move) is really neat. The controls are simple even with these movement options - I've only used the A button so far!

I am excited about how good the game seems... I hadn't looked that closely at previews and so this has come as a pleasant surprise.

Edit: Are you back from the USA now, dude? I'm hoping we may see some Nintendo Store photos :toot: .

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:24 am
by Super Dragon 64
Ah. Mine was sent by Simply Games. Hopefully it shows up soon.

Yep, I'm back so I'll post them later today. :toot:

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:38 pm
by Rog
jawafour wrote:
Super Dragon 64 wrote:Who sent your copy, jawa?...

ShopTo, Dragon - it wasn't dispatched until 1920 last night but it arrived this morning :o .

Super Dragon 64 wrote:...I'm excitedly waiting for mine :toot:

I've just played it for an hour and it is brilliant fun! The presentation is excellent and, although it's obviously very early stages in the game, I'm already impressed by the strategic gameplay. You can use one of your team to throw a character longer distances, and the dash attack (barge into an enemy whilst on the move) is really neat. The controls are simple even with these movement options - I've only used the A button so far!

I am excited about how good the game seems... I hadn't looked that closely at previews and so this has come as a pleasant surprise.

Edit: Are you back from the USA now, dude? I'm hoping we may see some Nintendo Store photos :toot: .


Shopto sometimes get backed up and send out the dispatch emails a lot later than they were sent.

Mine came today too. Still on world one but it's ok so far. A very simple Xcom at the minute. I know it won't go as deep as Xcom but it definitely needs a little more.

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:01 pm
by Super Dragon 64
I'm live now with Mario + Rabbids :toot:

https://www.twitch.tv/grcadeuk

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:13 pm
by Floex
How have you got it so early!?>

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:13 pm
by PatSharpsMullet
Managed to get a copy in Sainsbury's today as the one I work are selling it early. It scans though the till so other Sainsburys may have it on the shelf too. It's £42.99 but I got 15% off making it £36.55. :toot:

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:12 pm
by Rog
Floex wrote:How have you got it so early!?>


Shopto usually send Tuesday releases early plus it's a bank holiday on Monday so they had no choice really.

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:25 pm
by Yoshimi
Grr. My copy from thegamecollection.net was dispatched, but didn't turn up in the post today. That'll mean I won't see it til tuesday now, with the bank holiday.

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:43 pm
by Super Dragon 64
When did you get the dispatch email? Its Twitter account said that the games were being sent today so I cancelled my order there and kept my Simply Games on which arrived today :toot:

I've just played a couple of hours and beaten thee first midboss. It really is Mario x X-Com and it works really well. It looks great and the music is fantastic, as you'd expect from Grant Kirkhope. Features like dashing to attack enemies before firing your weapon and effects like pushing them off a ledge into the abyss are cool tweaks to the formula. My only real complaint is that the framerate drops a little at times.

You can check out my footage in the archive of the GRcade Twitch channel.

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:55 pm
by OrangeRKN
My copy of the collector's edition arrived today. God bless you ubisoft store!

Yes it's basically xcom - in the best of ways. I'm about two and a half hours into it and it's really good so far, and easily living up to my expectations. Combat is fun, quick and strategically deep. Presentation is top notch, definitely living up to the Mario name. It's clear this was made by Mario fans with tons of detail and references. The review embargo is yet to lift, but from my first impressions I expect this to review really well.

I got the collector's edition, which comes in a gigantic box thanks to the 16cm mario rabbid figure. It is actually pretty weighty and well painted, I'm happy with it. Perhaps more excitingly it also comes with the soundtrack, which is composed by Grant Kirkhope (of classic Rare fame, amongst other things).

Gonna be playing this all weekend I think!

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:17 pm
by jawafour
I've noticed that the box states that the game is amiibo compatible... I wonder with what ones and when you get to use them?

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:44 pm
by jawafour
I love the textures of the brown hill-type things in the first levels... they look sumptuous; almost like lumps of Magdalena cake.

Re: Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Switch) - out 29/08/2018

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:45 pm
by Jam-Master Jay
I thought this was coming out next month for some reason.

I've just spent £40 on PC games for myself so will have to wait a couple of weeks before feeling comfortable getting anything else. Hope you guys are enjoying it, it looks great fun.