Ubisoft and Nintendo teamed up and revealed the Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle for the Nintendo Switch in the Ubisoft E3 2017 conference. This title features a strategy RPG gameplay similar to Firaxis’ XCOM and Nippon Ichi Software’s Disgaea. Here’s what we know about this upcoming title.
As the Ubisoft E3 2017 gameplay video puts it, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle features Mario, who is accompanied by Rabbids dressed in Peach and Luigi’s attire. Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle’s overall plot is still blurry but the main party does fight Rabbids that went berserk. However, the battle system is a gimmicky strategy RPG that requires players to be play smart with their characters. Nintendo is no stranger to turn-based Mario RPGs, but they’ve never tried tactical grid-based strategy yet.
Middle Ground of XCOM and Disgaea
This new Switch exclusive has a nice balance of XCOM and Disgaea’s systems. Its shooting features remind us of the combat mechanics in XCOM combat systems while it has Disgaea‘s movement gimmicks. The Ubisoft E3 2017 gameplay video featured cover shooting and destruction, which are central to XCOM‘s gunplay. Meanwhile, spring boarding characters to give them a boost of movement plays similarly like Disgaea’s character throw systems to help or hamper other characters to make a good attack. Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle’s deeper systems might be revealed in later showcases of this game.
Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be released on August 29 for the Nintendo Switch. The new Nintendo console doesn’t have much grid-based strategy RPG games on its library which makes this a great addition to the platform. However, Nintendo and Ubisoft may have to rival Nippon Ichi Software’s Disgaea 5 Complete on the Switch. The Disgaea series is known as a good game for its genre, but it’s too less-casual friendly especially, in its late-game systems. Disgaea supports systems for unlimited growth but players will have to grind to maximize this system. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be sure to fill that gap for casual players to get in this genre without being afraid of difficult gameplay systems.