Ubisoft has announced a sequel to its Nintendo Switch exclusive, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, though the game was leaked before the official announcement. The game is called Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, and takes the story and gameplay set out in that first title to an entirely new level.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope gives players control over a combination of well-known characters from the Mario universe, as well as a few Rabbids who have been dimensionally altered to look like those characters and gain some of their abilities. There are new enemy types to take on as well. The game is still a tactical turn-based shooter at heart, but new characters and features open each encounter for more dynamic combat.
New characters based on the Mario franchise are being incorporated. For example, in the E3 trailer for the game, we got a glimpse of the Rabbid version of Rosalina. She’s lazy and likes nothing more than to read bedtime stories but reluctantly pulls herself from her cozy chair when Mario forces her into helping him save the galaxy from a colossal, tentacled evil.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch in 2022. The exact release date is not known yet.