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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Nintendo Switch

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2587 out of 2718)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Ubisoft Paris
    • Publisher: Ubisoft
    • Platform: Nintendo Switch
    • Genre: Action and Adventure|Turn Based Strategy
    • Release Date: 08/29/2017

    Synopsis


    Worlds collide in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle!

    The Mushroom Kingdom has been torn apart by a mysterious vortex, transporting the chaotic Rabbids into this once-peaceful land. To restore order, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi must team up with a whole new crew made up of four Rabbids heroes! Together, they will battle with weapons through four worlds filled with combat, puzzles, and unpredictable enemies.

    Developed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the best of the Mario and Rabbids franchises, combining all that you love about Mario iconic universe with the side-splitting antics of the Rabbids.

    Features


    Winner of over 50 E3 awards and nominations, including Best Strategy Game

    Mario and Rabbids universes collide in this new adventure, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch system!

    Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi join forces with four Rabbids heroes, each with their own unique personality.

    Choose to play solo or co-op in this turn-based combat adventure, or put your skills to the test in local versus mode.

    Battle with an arsenal of weapons through four new worlds filled with enemies, puzzles, and humorous fun!



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 2718 reviews

    95%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Mario XCOM

      Posted
      ZeldaFanReview
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      Probably the most common comparison made for this game. In case you are not familiar with XCOM or its gameplay style, essentially it's a turn based strategy game. Usually two teams, either controlled by two players, or in story mode - one player controlled team versus AI controlled team. The player can control his/her team selecting one character at a time, pointing where to move in the map (viewed from a high camera angle), choosing to then attack an enemy, or use character specific abilities - heal, increase defense, increase attack, or some other character unique power. Typically, the flow of the game is slow due to the individual team control and strategic approach, which makes this genre not as popular as shooter or action games. For those of us who enjoy thinking about our next move (like in chess), or risk possibilities of waiting a turn instead of moving ahead so a charged ability (usually charged by turns instead of real time) can be used for greater effect later, it is quite an addicting fun experience. In this layout, Ubisoft and Nintendo created a great xcom style adventure, making the most unlikely mix of Mario and Rabbids (the pre-minion minions like rabbits). Without spoiling the story (yes story in a Mario game), Rabbids get in the Mushroom Kingdom, naturally make a mess in fabric of Mario's reality, and things keep getting interesting and crazy from there. Story progresses in a linear open world style. Players can revisit the worlds and replay chapters for better scores. In between actual battle segments, the player can explore parts of the open world, solve basic puzzles to unlock collectible art or points currency for upgrades. Aside from strategic components, characters use megaman like arm-cannons to attack enemies. Family friendly animated violence. They can be acquired with in-game currency. Characters for the team can be chosen and upgraded, each with their unique abilities, such as Luigi being a sniper, Rabbid Peach a healer, and Rabbid Luigi a tech character. The roaster inspires strategy and experimentation that extends the replay value. Visuals are cartoon style like most Mario games, but in HD, and unique artistic approach from Ubisoft's team. Soundtrack is fantastic with epic and goofy orchestrated soundtrack that perfectly fits either exploration or battles. The game is a great addition to anyone with a nintendo switch who likes strategy games. It is fun and family friendly, offering versus and cooperative mode with options that allow for playing with kids, all the way to technically challenging settings for experienced players. Minor negatives for this near perfect game are that teams can only have 3 characters max, and that occasionally enemies are able to shoot your team from angles that are not physically possible (shot is clearly seen going through a wall). Though that happened only twice and didn't distract much from overall fun experience.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Strange Mix That Somehow Works

      Posted
      Greg
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      Like many people, I thought that the idea of a Mario and Rabbids crossover game would be bad. Then they revealed it would be an Xcom-esque tactical game and things changed pretty quickly. What was more or less considered a joke ended up turning into the best Switch exclusive so far in my opinion. I'm going to start with the elephant in the room. The rabbids are here in full force. The minions of gaming can be annoying at times. But I felt they were handled well here. Having a comedic straight man in Mario and Beep-O helps a lot, and the humor isn't quite as 'LOLRANDOM' as I was worried about outside of the beginning. Beyond that the story is pretty simple overall. Save mushroom kingdom from a thing. There are some great parts (a certain boss comes to mind), a solid amount of fun humor, and general a relaxed and fun atmosphere. I want to give special note to the music. I absolutely adored it. It was done by Grant Kirkhope. So if you, like me, grew up on Banjo Kazooie, expect a nice hit in the nostalgia there. The music help keeps the worlds alive and fun. The gameplay itself really is 'baby's first Xcom.' And honestly, I think that's great. It's a very much simplified version of Xcom where there are only three chances to hit (0, 50, 100), which makes a lot less feel bad moments of missing off an 80% hit. The gameplay does have depth as well though. The simpler style makes it feel a bit more puzzle like than a typical strategy game. Which, in my opinion, is a good thing. It's much less dependent on RNG and you're given a good amount of customization for your characters in terms of skills and weapons. For the amount of content, I had original felt it was kind of light. It took me about 30 hours to finish the game at 100% with nothing below perfect and a lot of backtracking and exploring. Realistically you could likely finish the story in 10-15 hours if you wanted. But you'd be missing out on a good amount of content. Beyond the story, there are 10 challenges per world and some more beyond that. They can be fairly tough. Some of them I had to revisit later in the game when I had better weapons, and the final challenges offered a good amount of challenge. Overall, it's a fun strategy game of a genre we haven't had quite yet from Nintendo. Big props to Ubisoft for this one. They knocked this game out of the park.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent strategy game!

      Posted
      ultrabiome
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      Although many were worried about the mashup between Nintendo's Mario and Ubisofts' Rabbids, the latter which have qualities that make many adults cringe, the actual product finely balances the line between keeping the Nintendo faithful happy while allowing the Rabbids' crazy and zany antics, all within a surprisingly deep and entertaining turn-based strategy game, along the likes of the new XCOM. Some of the game's best moments are the interactions between the main cast, a mix of Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi, along with Rabbid counterparts, Rabbid Mario, Rabbid Luigi, Rabbid Peach and Rabbid Yoshi - who are all imbued with their namesakes personality, amped to 11 and twisted. In classic strategy RPG fashion, battles get increasingly harder as new abilities, heroes, and enemies are introduced. It isn't as hard as XCOM, with a simplified cover system (no sight, 0%, 50%, 100%), no permadeath, and teams of 3 (Mario required always), but crazy random abilities like fire (cause running around randomly), bounce (extra damage for "ring out"), vamp (heal on hit), and abilities like dash hits, team jumps/stomps, fear/attract, etc. keep things interesting - along with analogs to overwatch, shields, explosives/area weapons (with splash, friendly-fire damage), critical hits and other familiar elements. In classic XCOM fashion, it feels so good to plan out a strategic attack that executes better than you expected, but the RNG can hurt you as much as it can help, as occasionally the enemies, who can use many of the same abilities, will get lucky, destroy your cover and critical with multiple bounce hits and overwatches to knock out one of your heroes in 1 turn. Weapons can't be changed, each hero has their own primary and secondary (gun with explosive or melee), and upgrades can be bought, with usually 2 secondary types per character. For example, Mario has a "blaster" and hammer with choice of honey or bounce effects, while Luigi has a sniper and a exploding drone with bounce or oil effects. The main quest has upwards of 40 main levels, each or each pair with a Gold Medal awarded if none of the heroes are knocked out, as well as challenges once each world is competed, keeping even experienced players occupied for a few dozen hours completing challenges and trying out all of the combinations of heroes.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Unexpected fun and quality game

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      Benjamin
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      Rabbids and Mario never entered my mind as a game, let alone a fun game, yet here it is made. I entered the game with middle of the road expectations and am happy to say they were met and more. I'd give this game a 4.5 out of 5, honestly. Since this isn't a half star system I'll give it the extra half in favor rather than against, since the developers put alot of heart and soul into it and it shows. It's a fantastic game but not perfect. The graphics for the switch are great, the gamplay solid (xcom-lite I'd describe it) and the story while simple, filled with chuckle worthy moments and nods to Nintendo fans. The music composed by Grant Kirkhope at times reaching moments that will surprise and probably make you smile. One chapter boss probably now known quite well being a highlight. While there are far more positives then negatives it should be noted that I experienced three instances in my total experience with the game getting 100% at 30+ hours, the game hiccuping and quitting out of the blue. Lucky for me I save often so this never impeded the experience for me beyond an annoying glitch, though I felt it important to at least mention. In an otherwise fantastic game, this was it's more glaring negative, though not at all game breaking or detrimental. If your curious and like action strategy games, I'd recommend and give this a go!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Best Mario crossover since Puzzles + Dragons

      Posted
      JohnSmithinspace
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      The last thing I expected from this game was for it to actually be challenging and require me to think carefully about every single action I took lest I wanted to get wiped out. I haven't had that in a strategy game in a long time (big Fire Emblem and Super Robot Wars fan here), at this point most of them are really more about grinding your way to success than anything else (looking at you, Disgaea). That said I quickly realized that Mario + Rabbid Peach + Rabbid Luigi + skill resetting just about every time I got more orbs in order to min/max allowed me to cheese my way to victory with only the slightest of care given even without having to rely on "easy mode" and the thrill was gone. Having to solve stupid switch/block/fetch puzzles just to get from one battle to the next got pretty stale by the end too... but I found the graphics surprisingly good, all the Mario easter eggs revealed the depth of Ubisoft's admiration for the franchise, and blasting Rabbids remained satisfying all the way to the completion of the "Ultimate" post-game challenges. I didn't love the game enough to actually shell out more money for the Donkey Kong DLC, though, and woe be to anyone who got the season pass when this game came out considering how long it took them to release that... but when they inevitably release a gold/complete/GOTY/value/whatever edition that bundles the game and DLC I'd say that would probably be a pretty good proposition.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Unexpected Change of Pace

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      TrueAppleJay
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      Upon seeing the leaks, I was very skeptical and almost disappointed in what we were getting out of the Mario franchise. I was never a fan of Rabbids and I didn't like the idea of an Ubisoft Mario game. After getting my hands on this game and seeing the wondrous world it creates, filled with surprising charm and genuine humor, I feel like I should eat my words. This is a super entry to the Mario series and if you are at all a fan, I would give this the fair shake it deserves. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle ditches the familiar platform focus of the Mario series in favor of an X-COM style tactics based combat system. Leap behind cover, fire away on raving rabbids as you fight to not only regain control of the Toadstool Kingdom, but also rescue the rabbids from their misfortune. It is a surprisingly fun and in-depth take on both tactics combat and the Mario series, that I fully recommend to anyone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A solid SRPG/XCOM experience, great for beginners

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      Spinal
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      In all my years, I'd never think I would see Mario and Ubisoft's Rabbids clashing together, even with some of the spinoffs I've seen Nintendo do over the years (like Hyrule Warriors, blending Dynasty Warriors and The Legend of Zelda). In this game, players take control of Mario and two other characters as they try to restore the balance of the Mushroom Kingdom after an invention in progress goes terribly wrong. The two characters that follow Mario can be swapped out, and you can have one character from Mario's side of the family and one Rabbid, each with their own unique stances but are otherwise combined into categories of four, making the total amount of playable characters eight. The gameplay revolves around turns and moving pieces into strategic points to complete the objectives the game sets, such as taking out all the enemies (who are raving rabbids, by the way!), to getting to the end of the map while avoiding the onslaught of enemies that will get in your way. The difficulty can range from simple to occasionally frustrating. I found that some of the earlier maps were harder than the last world (there are four in total, by the way), and sometimes the randomness of strategy games can really wreck a good plan, such as status ailments that can affect your team's performance. I enjoyed the game, but eventually found it tedious towards the end. I still enjoyed it, and my younger brothers were able to do the same. I put about 25 or so hours into finishing the game, and I highly recommend a game like this if you want to play a game on the fly. It's light on story, but there are plenty of challenges to do, as well as a coop mode (sadly only for additional challenges).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Goofy, Simple XCOM

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      Pazer
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      Mario + Rabbids allows players to experience gameplay similar to the XCOM series without having to deal with the base building and menu juggling that happens outside of the tactical maps. Weapon Upgrades are straight forward and your ability progression doesn't require a great deal of thought. So what the game ends up boiling down to is picking your units and using them effectively on the map. Will you bring Luigi, a sniper into a map with close quarters scenarios? How will you deal with the area of effect of Rabbid Mario's shotgun? These along with the different abilities each fighter carries adds just enough depth to keep you on your toes as your enemies spread out and do their best to exploit your bad plays. Mario + Rabbids is a very fair game throughout but once you start getting into a groove it is quick to remind you when you are too confident. Ignoring the cover system and/or the effects and abilities of various enemies on the map will often lead you to losing at least one character. I lost count of the times I forgot that activating skills that cause you to shoot an enemy when it moves can have dire consequences when a melee berserker type unit comes into view (they get free movement whenever they take damage). It's a fun game that can satisfy the tactical itch without having to get bogged down worrying about what is going to happen 3-4 maps down the line. Sometimes you want that extra strategic depth, but after rolling through so many strategy games it was refreshing to just let myself enjoy the moment to moment actions.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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