Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope: Release Date, Gameplay, Trailers & More

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is the upcoming sequel to the most bizarre collaboration in gaming since Kingdom Hearts intertwined Disney and Final Fantasy. Ubisoft’s intentionally annoying Rabbids franchise and Nintendo’s iconic Super Mario series collided in 2017’s Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, and it was met with open arms and much acclaim.

It successfully combined strategic combat, crude humor and Mario’s charming visual style. Now the sequel will take players to space and face a new enemy in different worlds. Here’s everything we know about Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, including info on the release date, gameplay, story, setting and more.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope release date

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope launches on October 20, as revealed during a Nintendo Switch Direct Mini that went live in June. Pre-orders are now live (opens in new tab).

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A tweet from Geoff Keighley confirms that Ubisoft will launch Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, and Skull & Bones between April 2022 and April 2023. And now that we’re in April, we can probably expect some updates to these games. Last month, a massive leak of Ubisoft’s future lineup revealed details about an Immortals Fenyx Rising sequel and new Prince of Persia. Sparks of Hope is also featured on the cover of this month’s Edge Magazine, further bolstering confidence in the game’s release date.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope gameplay

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope lets players control a group of three characters, traversing vibrant worlds with turn-based battle scenarios plotted throughout the journey. To emerge victorious, players must use their ability to attack, make team jumps, and activate special moves. The dash attack allows characters to use their limited movement to run through enemies and deal a certain amount of damage. And with team jump, characters can use each other as trampolines to reach higher ground or bridge gaps.

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Characters like Mario can even deal damage on a team jump by landing on an enemy’s head. Each character gains special moves, where Luigi can automatically shoot an enemy that performs a move action in his line of sight. Mario can also give his party members a boost that increases their damage, assuming they are close enough to him.

Each character can be customized with their own primary and secondary weapons. For example, Mario used both a blaster and a hammer to swat enemies, while Luigi features a long-range sniper and an explosive robot that follows enemies to their doom. Players buy new versions of these weapons with gold coins, and each comes with modifiers that can glue enemies with honey or make them bounce off you.

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In Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, the combat movement changes drastically. Players will no longer select where to go with a cursor, but will have the ability to move them freely on the battlefield. Kingdom Battle had the players walk linear paths with forced encounters plotted alongside them. Sparks of Hope seems to have open areas with enemies around the world who will throw you into an instance battle if they come into contact with you. This is quite exciting, as it encourages exploration and allows the player to avoid combat if they want to.