Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 2 is Called Sparks of Hope

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 2 is happening, and it looks out of this world.

Nintendo and Ubisoft announced Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope for Nintendo Switch during the Ubisoft Forward E3 2021 event. Sparks of Hope is a sequel to 2017's Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle that sees Mario and eight other companions travel across the galaxy to rescue Sparks and restore order to the planets, and it's slated for a 2022 release date.

If it wasn't already apparent, Sparks of Hope draws heavily on Super Mario Galaxy, including planet hopping and even Rabbid Lumas, which will probably end up being as horrifying as they sound.

The Sparks power up Mario and friends during battle. They appear to draw on elements such as ice and fire and hopefully add something similar to classic Mario power-ups that were noticeably missing in Kingdom Battle. The grid-based system is gone in favor of 

Mario's traveling buddies are a bit different this time too. The key art Nintendo provided and the trailer show Luigi, Peach, and Rabbid Peach returning, but they're accompanied by Rabbid Rosalina and a big-haired Rabbid that looks like he jumped out of an anime series. Mario is dual-wielding pistols, and Rabbid Peach has an assault rifle, while Luigi wields a bow instead of his sniper weapon from the original.

Stay tuned for more on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 2 Sparks of Hope as we learn it. 

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Jun. 12th 2021

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