Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Super Mario Odyssey, Pokken Tournament, and Mario + Rabbids to Get Updates, DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/9ixlz/super-mario-odyssey-pokken-tournament-and-mario-rabbids-to-get-updates-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/9ixlz/super-mario-odyssey-pokken-tournament-and-mario-rabbids-to-get-updates-dlc Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:12:37 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Although Nintendo was busy announcing a bevy of new releases for the Switch this morning at its surprise Mini Direct, the company let fans know it hadn't forgotten about some of its major releases from 2017. Coming as both free and paid DLC, these updates for Super Mario Odyssey, Pokken Tournament DX, and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle look to add longer legs to three titles that already have loads of content. 

To kick things off, Super Mario Odyssey will be getting its first significant DLC since launch with the addition of the Balloon World competitive mini-game. A mix between hide and seek and time trial, Balloon World has two modes. The first has players hiding balloons for other players to find, while the second has players looking for balloons other players have hidden. In both modes, players have 30 seconds to move up the competitive ranks by becoming either expert hiders or expert finders. 

Odyssey's Balloon Mode will release sometime in February and bring with it new outfits, as well as new filters for SnapShot mode. 

Not to be outdone by Super Mario Odyssey, Pokken Tournament DX will also receive new content in the form of a two-wave battle pack. Currently available for $14.99, the battle pack will give players access to new Pokemon and avatar items. Wave 1 will release January 31 and include Aegislash, Mega Rayquaza, and Mimikyu. Wave 2 will release March 23 and include Blastoise, Mew, and Celebi.

Finally, the Ubisoft-developed mashup Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle will get a raucous addition to its cast of already-zany characters in Donkey Kong. Set to release sometime this spring, players will be able to purchase this DLC pack on its own or as part of the game's Season Pass. Those who purchase the Gold Edition of the game will also receive this DLC pack at no additional cost. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Super Mario Odyssey, Pokken Tournament DX, and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle as it develops. 

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2017 - The Year of Mario https://www.gameskinny.com/zjv6e/2017-the-year-of-mario https://www.gameskinny.com/zjv6e/2017-the-year-of-mario Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:49:43 -0500 Rango the Mercenary

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It's-a me!

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So what's next for Mario? 2017 has been a huge year, with perhaps the best major releases for everyone's favorite moustached plumber in quite some time. 

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Mario surely has a bright future ahead of him, but 2017 will be a tough act to follow. If you're gift shopping for someone special this Holiday season, between the mobile game, 3DS titles, and the Switch entries, you won't be disappointed with any of this years Mario games.

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Super Mario Odyssey

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Platform - Nintendo Switch
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Enter Mario's crown jewel of 2017 -- Super Mario Odyssey This is the first mainline Mario platforming adventure since 2015's Super Mario Maker, the first 3D Mario since 2013's Super Mario 3D World, and the first Mario of its kind since 2003's Super Mario Sunshine. Think Super Mario 64 but bigger, more challenging, and with tons more to do!

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Bringing Mario back into a large, open-ended series of worlds, Super Mario Odyssey showcases new worlds of all kinds -- a city, a food kingdom, an ancient castle, and seaside world are just a few of the types of locales that Mario visits.

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The gameplay consists of collecting moons with heavy emphasis on exploration. There are over 800 moons to collect in all, providing the player with many hours of jumping around, solving puzzles, and unlocking new worlds. During the adventure you can collect new costumes using regular coins and world specific purple coins which are hidden around each world.

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A huge aspect of this game is the capture mechanic. During the game's opening, which I won't spoil, Mario comes to meet Cappy, who is floating hat with eyes. Together they are able to 'capture' creatures you meet throughout your journey, allowing you to use their abilities to solve puzzles and get to hard to reach areas. It's a wonderful mechanic that consistently surprises players, almost making some captured creatures feel like they're part of their own little indie games.

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Super Mario Odyssey maintains a score of 97 on Metacritic and with over two million sales from the beginning of November, it became the fastest-selling Mario game of all time. Super Mario Odyssey was a contender for many Game of the Year awards, winning some, and losing out to others -- mostly to Nintendo's other 2017 smash hit, Breath of the Wild.

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So whether you're dancing to music, entering pipes into the 2D world, or playing jump rope in New Donk City, Super Mario Odyssey has a slew of memorable moments, and is rightfully hailed as the best Mario game in a long time.

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Mario Party: The Top 100

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Platform - Nintendo 3DS
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1999 saw the debut of the now prolific, Mario Party franchise. Each game in the series had a set of levels which played out as board games. Players took turns to roll a dice and move just like real-life board games, except you'd stop once per turn for a mini-game. The mini-games were vast and all featured their own mechanics, which made for a consistently fresh experience.

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You and three friends competed in these games over and over, collecting coins and stars until a winner was decided. With ten mainline entries, as well as a few spin-offs across multiple Nintendo consoles, the series has seen nearly 20 years of action, earning the title of the longest running mini-game series in video game history. 

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Mario Party: The Top 100 capitalizes on the series' massive library of mini-games by compiling remakes of, what Nintendo believes to be, the best hundred games. Remember Hexagon Heat, Bumper Balls, or Bounce 'n Trounce? Those are but a few of the titles that make it into this entry. You can also group up with four friends in local multiplayer and battle it out together.

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While this is a fantastic idea, and I love that Mario Party still persists as a popular series, this release was somewhat soured by the fact that it wasn't released on the Switch. We can only hope that it's because Nintendo are hard at work on a new Switch exclusive mainline entry in the Mario Party series. After all, the Switch seems perfect for these types of party games.

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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

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Platform - Nintendo 3DS
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The remake of the 2003 GBA title, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga returns the famous brothers to the Beanbean Kingdom to save Princess Peach's voice. Boasting beautiful visuals reminiscent of more recent 2D Mario outings like Dream Team and Paper Jam, Superstar Saga was rebuilt from the ground up. The Superstar Saga remake is as beautiful now as it was when it originally released.

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Recreating the world of the Beanbean Kingdom, it features new animations, textures, and even an arranged soundtrack by Mario & Luigi series veteran composer, Yoko Shimomura, who also composed the soundtrack for Kingdom Hearts. Fun fact -- Shimomura also composed for Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, the very first in the series.

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The new Bowser's Minions mode revolves around a Goomba who wants to break the mold and become a leader to prove that not all Goombas are weak. To accomplish this, he builds a team of followers in an attempt to rescue Bowser. The battle system is completely different in this mode, where your characters and the enemies will butt heads before you go in for a finisher. Timing your hit is crucial, as it may make or break battles.

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Some of the more recent Mario & Luigi titles have been less popular, largely due to odd gimmicks, fetch quests, overly long tutorials, or pointless padding. Superstar Saga foregoes all that to deliver a faithful recreation of the original title. The Bros. Attacks return, and are easier to master than ever, giving you access to Secret moves. You may also notice some subtle changes, such as NPCs from recent titles or even new pieces of music. For newcomers, Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions is the perfect entry-point into the series and for veterans, this may very well be the best in the series to date. 

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Undoubtedly, Superstar Saga was one of the Game Boy Advance's finest titles, and it's 3DS counterpart only solidifies it's legacy.

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Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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Platform - Nintendo Switch
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What started as rumored crossover idea, became a dream come true. The Rabbids' return from obscurity was a huge surprise, especially since they've joined forces with Mario and friends in an epically insane adventure, filled with laughs and silly escapades. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a turn-based strategy game, not unlike the X-COM games, in which Mario groups up with two companions, choosing from Rabbids and classic Mario characters, to restore their merged worlds back to normal.

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The gameplay is so far away from Mario's usual jumping based platforming, even going so far as giving him a gun. However, the strength of the gameplay is convincing enough that it let us expand our idea of what 'good Mario games' can be. It's a well-polished adventure that looks as gorgeous as it plays. Thankfully, it shipped with enough content to satiate fans until the DLC released in October which included new Ultra Hard challenge maps, new weapons, and some co-op missions. 

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The wonderfully Nintendo score is composed by Grant Kirkhope, a veteran composer behind hits like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64. Kirkhope offers many memorable themes for a strangely memorable video game.

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In what could have been a huge misstep on Nintendo's part, the risk of handing their most beloved property to Ubisoft has been a huge success. I, as well as many fans, am still trying to figure how this wasn't a complete disaster. Rabbids, huh. Who knew?

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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Platform - Nintendo Switch
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The Nintendo Switch's MK 8 Deluxe is the re-release of 2014's Mario Kart 8 which was originally available on the Wii U. Boasting native 1080p and 60 FPS when docked, the game's visuals are only drop in the ocean when it comes to the improvements made to the beloved racing game. 

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Most notably is the addition of a more fleshed out Battle Mode which included a plethora of modes under it's umbrella. While there was a form of Battle Mode in the Wii U version, it wasn't the same type of open-map-balloon-blasting we all know and love. In addition to Balloon Blast, new game-modes have been introduced such as Shine Thief, Bob-omb Blast, Coin Runners and, Renegade Roundup.

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Renegade Roundup, which is a spin on the cops and robbers game-type, is a particularly great addition to the game. One team is on the run, while the other chase them around with Piranha Plants to put them in jail. What makes this mode so fun is that the team on the run can actually release their team-mates from jail if they drive under the jail, which makes for some outrageously rewarding moments.

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All DLC packs from the original Wii U version has also been included, as well as new characters exclusive to the Deluxe version including King Boo, Dry Bones, Inklings from Splatoon, and Bowser Jr. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has also received some balance tweaking. Lightweight karts are now more feasible for in high tier races, an additional level of mini-turbo boosting has been added, and various karts and tires' stats have been tweaked. 

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Given the hefty expansion of content to an already great game, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is considered among the very best of the Mario Kart series.

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Super Mario Run

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Platform - iOS, Android
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Boasting dozens of stages, Super Mario Run's gimmick this time around was that Mario would continuously run through the level, only giving the player control over his jumping. As with traditional 2D Mario titles, you collect power-ups like Mushrooms and Stars along the way, vaulting on and over enemies to clear your path all the way to the top of the flagpole.

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The coins that you collect throughout your time playing are spent on upgrading your Kingdom in the Kingdom Builder mode. This in turn allows you to unlock some of Mario's companions to play as, which is not only a refreshing cosmetic change of pace, but each character also has their own unique traits meaning you can choose the character that best fits your play-style or a certain level.

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Completing levels also awards you with Toad Rally Tickets, which is a new game-mode introduced in Mario Run. In this mode you can race other players' best times on various stages, earning you coins and Toads, allowing you to even further build out your Kingdom.

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Super Mario Run continues to be updated by Nintendo, with a noteworthy update recently being added to the game in September. A new world has been added as well as a new character to unlock. A more significant part of the update, however, is the Remix 10 game-mode. This allows you to listen to your own music while you blast through a random selection of 10 levels at a time. Your character even dons a pair of headphones to signify that you're not listening to the in-game music. Making your way to World 30 unlocks the new character, Daisy, who joins the cast alongside Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Toad, and Toadette.

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While Nintendo's first foray into mobile gaming wasn't the financial success they were hoping for, it was only the beginning of the year of Mario.

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Mario has had many great games in the 30 plus years since we were first introduced to him in Donkey Kong. From 1985's Super Mario Bros, to 2007's Super Mario Galaxy, a year doesn't go by that doesn't feature a Mario game in some shape or form. Be it a classic platformer or one of the plumber's many 3D spin-offs, the Mario series has been a consistent source of quality games since the beginning of the video games phenomenon.

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What makes 2017 so special is the multitude of different Mario games across various genres. These titles re-tell an epic RPG adventure, bring Mario to mobile devices for the first time, and break all new ground in the world of gaming by changing up everything we think we know about the series.

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So let's take a look into Mario's illustrious journey this year, and find out why 2017 may very well be the year of video games for everyone's favourite Italian plumber.

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What We Want to See in Future Mario+Rabbids Updates https://www.gameskinny.com/h831z/what-we-want-to-see-in-future-mariorabbids-updates https://www.gameskinny.com/h831z/what-we-want-to-see-in-future-mariorabbids-updates Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:37:54 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

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More Skills

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One area that seems ripe for additions is the skill system. The existing skill trees provide a lot of fun and cause players to really think about what upgrades they pursue and how to use them. That players can reset their skills at no major cost is another major benefit.

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At the end of the day, though, one Rabbid Yoshi is pretty much the same as the next. Additional skills of each type that allow more control over character development would allow for that kind of customization and add even more depth to the battle system as a whole.

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This could take the form of focusing exclusively on a character's specialties, such as having Luigi only as a long-distance character at the expense of anything else, or taking a character far from their original setup -- like having a completely combat-oriented Rabbid Peach.  The added replay value wouldn't hurt either.

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Image via Polygon

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For the first in what will hopefully be a longer line of tactics games involving the two franchises, Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle provides a healthy balance of what makes both great to begin with. Yet both, especially the Mario universe, have even more to offer, whether it be more characters or even grander boss battles. With luck, the additional DLC will expand on the original in more than just storyline and include even more for players to sink their time into.

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Let us know in the comments what you'd like to see in future updates or if you think the base game is already perfect the way it is!

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More Environments

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The development team created some excellent mechanics and maps for the game.  The four worlds Ubisoft includes cover the major Mario themes very well, and they also utilized terrain and cover in effective ways. But there's always room for more.

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Drawing from New Super Mario Bros. and the Paper Mario series, a jungle world would be a nice fit that presents numerous opportunities for expanded exploration and battle stage obstacles or traps. However, it would be especially good to see themes or additions that provide a whole new set of battlefield options and considerations.

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Stages pulled from the Super Mario Galaxy games, with gravity affecting fields and movement, stages with an added underground component to deal with, or underwater maps that also alter movement and cause characters to lose health for time spent underwater are just some of the possibilities the developers should consider.

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Image via Anthony Pigeot

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More Villains

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More characters naturally has to mean more villains as well. The jumbled Rabbid enemies fit perfectly with the game's story and make for some charming foes. Yet there is plenty of room for the more traditional Mario foes like Koopa Troopas and Shy Guys, alongside Rabbid forms of the same.

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The same may be said of boss characters, too. The Koopa Kids are made for a tactical game like this, since they each have their own combat style and personality to begin with -- plus, as an added bonus, it would make for a longer story (or at least one with even more major fights).

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This is probably venturing into dream territory, but Rabbid Cackletta or Rabbid Popple would be rather fun to see as well.

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Image via GameSkinny

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More Characters

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This one probably comes as no surprise, but we definitely want to see more characters. Ubisoft's presentation of the game's eight playable characters is excellent; however, the Mario universe has a wide array of quirky characters to draw from, and it seems a shame to leave them untapped.

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A Rabbid version of the usually mysterious Rosalina would be a particular highlight. It would also be nice to see an expanded role for Bwario, cast as a hero this time, as well as the real Wario. But there could be more in keeping with Mario Kart's inspiration for the developers -- including Princess Daisy and the normal version of Donkey Kong, along with the surprisingly absent Toad.

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Sure, a large part of this is fanservice. After all, who wouldn't want to see what skills and movesets Ubisoft dreams up for Wario? At the same time, though, it offers expanded playability and provide as wide variety of ways for players to build their teams -- which lets players create their own unique methods of approaching each scenario.

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Image via Ranker

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Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is the game no one thought they really wanted -- until they actually saw it in action. Ubisoft carried out an amazing feat by combining their irreverent Rabbids with Nintendo's most revered franchise and creating something completely new (in more ways than one). The end result is well-balanced and has greater strategic depth than it appears to at first sight, though its main draw is the charming world the developers created.

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As good as the game is, though, there is always room for improvement. Ubisoft previously announced plans for expanded DLC -- and after reflecting on the game's strengths and what it could do even better, we've put together a list of four things we'd like to see in future updates. Let's dive in!

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Ubisoft Announces DLC for Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle https://www.gameskinny.com/uscvj/ubisoft-announces-dlc-for-mariorabbids-kingdom-battle https://www.gameskinny.com/uscvj/ubisoft-announces-dlc-for-mariorabbids-kingdom-battle Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:48:08 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Ubisoft announced in a press release today that the first set of DLC for Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle will be available at the game's launch on August 29. The second piece of DLC will be available sometime this fall, while the third will launch sometime in 2018. Players can purchase a Season Pass for Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle for $19.99.

The DLC will include eight steampunk-themed weapons, each with their own characteristics and statistics. These weapons are exclusive to Season Pass holders. The second piece of DLC will expand the game even further by providing challenge missions for solo players and co-op maps for multiplayer mayhem. The last piece of DLC will follow the pattern set by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and will provide "brand new story content", according to the press release from Ubisoft. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle news and information as it develops. 

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E3 Ubisoft Conference Recap https://www.gameskinny.com/onffu/e3-ubisoft-conference-recap https://www.gameskinny.com/onffu/e3-ubisoft-conference-recap Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:54:19 -0400 Robert Kazmierczak

Ubisoft's live stream at E3 showcased some impressive titles. With 11 games and one expansion, Ubisoft had quite a lot going on. They unveiled a few new games with a lot of promise, and took a look at some of their more long-standing franchises as well. 

You can watch (or rewatch) the Ubisoft conference on YouTube, or keep reading below for a brief recap. 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 

Starting off strong, Ubisoft introduced Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, confirming the Rabbids crossover leak that happened a few weeks ago. In a team up with Nintendo, Ubisoft has stepped up to make a Mario game unlike anything else. The brief gameplay teaser showed off the game's exploration aspect, as well as its turn-based tactical combat. The combat included some fun mechanics -- like the ability to perform combo moves and use pipes to move around the battle area. With classic Mario concepts mixed with the silly Rabbid-esque style of humor, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle should appeal to a number of different fan bases when it releases in August this year. 

 

Assassin's Creed: Origins 

An Assassin's Creed game might have been an expected reveal from Ubisoft, but that doesn't diminish the hype that Assassin's Creed: Origins is bound to generate. With a drastic change in location and time period, I'm particularly excited to see how this one turns out.  

Ubisoft set up a 30 minute live stream after the conference to show off Origins' features. A lot of the same gameplay that AC fans have come to love are still around, but the reconnaissance eagle feels like a nice addition to the player's arsenal. 

 

The Crew 2 

The Crew 2 is a new racing game that has truly embraced a variety of motor sports. The trailer shows cars and planes racing through city streets and forested off-road tracks, and even boats navigating rivers and the open ocean. Beautiful environments and the expansive race options are making The Crew 2 out to be a brand new experience for the racing world.

On top of everything, beta access is available for those who can't wait until the early 2018 release. 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole 

The classiest title from Ubisoft this year, South Park: The Fractured But Whole has a focus on the cast of South Park playing as superheroes. Fans of the previous South Park games, as well as the show, will be sure to get a kick out of this one as well.

Unfortunately, only a trailer for the game was shown, but a demo was accessible at Ubisoft's booth. 

 

Transference 

One of the most interesting titles that Ubisoft talked about was Transference, with a planned release date of Spring 2018. With a mini-movie to show off, Ubisoft and SpectreVision (a partner on this project) took some time to tease a bit about a possible future VR game.

The video spends some time discussing how VR can fit into making players "feel like [they] are in a movie," but it's unclear as to how this is going to be incorporated into the game. There is a creepy vibe throughout the whole video, which makes it seem like a horror or psychological thriller. But until more information comes along, we're stuck with speculation. 

 

Skull and Bones 

Skull and Bones was one of the most impressive titles from Ubisoft's lineup. Based on the naval combat from Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, players take on the role of a pirate, and can join up with other friends in a multiplayer mode to pit their ships against an enemy team's and see who really rules the open seas. This team-based game mode boasted different classes of ships, with each type specializing in some aspect of combat -- like ramming, long range shooting, and more.

A sign-up for beta access for Skull and Bones is available on the official website. But be warned...Ubisoft says this is a dynamic world that will react to you as much as you react to it. And there are far more dangerous enemies than pirates lurking in the open waters -- like the mysterious kraken, which makes a short appearance as the video comes to a close. 

 

Just Dance 2018 

The new Just Dance 2018 was announced, with an interesting song compilation to boot. Colorful lights, some fun dance moves, and an appearance by singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha were about all that was shown during the announcement of this newest installment.

A release date of October was announced, but Ubisoft didn't spend much time on this one.  

 

South Park: Phone Destroyer 

Another addition to the South Park games, South Park: Phone Destroyer is a new mobile game. In a play on the classic kid's game, Cowboys and Indians, the cast of South Park adds in all sorts of other groups to battle against each other -- with knights, clerics, buccaneers, princesses, and choir boys joining the fray (just to name a few). No substantial gameplay was revealed during the trailer, but glimpses of scenes imply that it is some kind of battle game. 

 

Starlink: Battle for Atlas 

Coming in Fall of 2018, Starlink: Battle for Atlas appears to be a science fiction, ship-based game. The game looks like it allows for on-the-fly component swaps, to allow players to tackle challenges no matter what their current equipment load out. Components can be gathered in game, but they can also be collected as figurines that attach to your console controller and can just as easily influence your options in game.

Coming to all consoles, Starlink promises freedom to play your way, hopefully providing enough options for all manner of people to find something to enjoy. 

 

Steep 

Last year, Ubisoft announced Steep, the open world extreme sports game. This year the company is giving us an expansion for it with the "Race to the Olympics" DLC that takes place in PyeongChang 2018. With a winter Olympics theme, the footage displayed a lot of races -- hinting at a more competitive style of play coming with its release on December 5th.  

  

Far Cry 5 

Far Cry 5 was no real surprise, but there was still plenty of new information to dazzle everyone. The gameplay looked similar to other Far Cry games -- but judging by some of the scenes shown, it looks like the player might be getting a little help from friends. It seems that companions will play a much more pointed role this go round, with the player having the ability to position them specifically and use them for other purposes -- whether it's having Nick Rye drop bombs from his plane, or having your dog Boomer attack enemies and fetch guns for you.  

So far, these companions look like a fun addition to an already enjoyable franchise.  

Beyond Good and Evil 2 

14 years after Beyond Good and Evil's original release, a sequel has finally been announced. Technically a prequel, the trailer debuted by Ubisoft shows off a cast of wild characters -- including a mob boss style pig man and a British monkey with a robotic arm attachment. While there was no gameplay footage for Beyond Good and Evil 2, this teaser was a fun ride, and will certainly hype fans of the original as well as new players to the series.  

That wraps up everything we saw at Ubisoft's E3 conference this year. What was your favorite reveal from the show? Let us know down in the comments!

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A Rabbid Disaster: Why Mario's Latest Crossover is a Bad Sign https://www.gameskinny.com/eseak/a-rabbid-disaster-why-marios-latest-crossover-is-a-bad-sign https://www.gameskinny.com/eseak/a-rabbid-disaster-why-marios-latest-crossover-is-a-bad-sign Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:33:09 -0400 Zantallion

Mario is one of the forefathers of gaming; he's been bashing blocks and stomping Goombas for more 30 years now. And despite some missteps early in his career (Hotel Mario anyone?), the reliability of everyone's favorite plumber has ensured the quality of his franchise. He has likewise been very picky about who he shares screen space with.

At least, until now. In a few short days at E3 in Los Angeles, we're about to see him share a screen with these guys.

The Rabbids: squealing, deformed rabbit monstrosities that are basically the videogame equivalent of a juvenile fart joke. Proto-Minions, as many refer to them, referencing the equally horrid walking tic-tacs from the Despicable Me films, these guys are just ... eh.

For some unspeakable reason, Nintendo has not only given Ubisoft the reigns to the most prominent and beloved videogame character of all time but also allowed him to co-star with these horribly unfunny bunnies.

Mario x Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is one of the worst kept secrets of E3 at this point. We have official artwork, screenshots, and even slides from an internal pitch on the game. All Nintendo can really do to surprise us at this point is to show us video of the game in action -- and even that I doubt that will be enough to turn this game around for me.

Before this game, Mario's series crossovers have only been with the best the gaming world has to offer: Sonic, Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Megaman. While the quality of each of these crossover games may vary, the point still stands that Mario's prior crossovers have been with franchises that can hold a candle to his prestigious position in gaming history. But where Sonic can also claim to be one of the grandfathers of gaming and is a member of a long-beloved franchise, Rabbids aren't even allowed into the family reunion; they're turned away at the door.

The Rabbids' peak of popularity basically coincided with their debut. The little monstrosities were originally planned to be the villains for a then-new 3D Rayman title, but the game was retooled entirely into a minigame collection by the time of it's release. There, the Rabbids' pretty paltry first outing enjoyed some success as one of the few games available at the Wii's launch, providing a quick party game to first-time buyers. However, the sales of the series' later installments have been in a constant decline, with their last console outings being 2012's dual release of Rabbids Land and Rabbids Rumble, both sales disasters.

Aside from some throwaway mobile titles and a tie-in app to go along with the equally terribly received Rabbids TV show, the franchise has been mercifully dormant. Yet now it's reared its ugly head and has gotten its tiny malformed hands on the Mario label with this new title. And the fact that Nintendo is allowing it to happen speaks volumes about the possible future of Nintendo's franchises.

Minions are popular, sure. I despise them, and so do many online, but there's no denying the popularity of those insufferable little pills. Ubisoft's revival of the Rabbids now, when Minions are all over all kinds of merchandise, from T-shirts to even condoms of all things, I think is no mere coincidence. To me, it seems obvious that Ubisoft wants to try and capitalize on the Minions mania by getting their own screaming miscreants out into the market -- again. That doesn't bother me because they have the perfect vehicle with which to try and do so.

But Nintendo helping them does rub me the wrong way.

Nintendo's always taken good care of their franchises, rarely handing off their titles to outside studios, preferring to keep most development internal. In recent years, we've seen Nintendo relax on this front a bit, with titles like Hyrule Warriors seeing great success as an outsourced entry in one of their beloved series. But this title has me worried that Nintendo has slipped too far to the other side of this spectrum -- and isn't being careful enough.

In this game alone, they've not only paired up their most iconic brand with a nobody, but they've also signed it off to someone who appears to have very little reverence for or knowledge of the monumental franchise they've been handed.

Image Source: Nintendo World Report

In this one slide alone (seen above), whoever pitched this game shows they have very little knowledge of the Mario franchise past the most basic description. The implication that the Mario franchise is exempt from humor and self-mockery, especially when games like the excellent and hilarious Mario RPGs exist, is laughable in of itself. And the idea that Peach is only a damsel in distress has been outdated for decades, especially with the releases of Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart on every Nintendo console.

But what really sets in stone Ubisoft's blindness is the inclusion of weapons. Adding guns to franchises they have no business being in is a groan-worthy joke in gaming communities, one akin to quoting "the cake is a lie" in a modern setting. Not only has Ubisoft done exactly that without a hint of irony, but they also seem to genuinely think it's a good selling point for this game. They're creating a crossover game where the genre makes no sense for either of the two franchises involved, seemingly so that they could shoehorn guns into the mix. And Nintendo allowed them to do it!

The point I'm trying to make here is, if Nintendo is allowing Ubisoft to make tripe like this with their franchises, what won't they allow their series to become in the future? Mario X Rabbids is a sign that Nintendo is becoming a little too lax in who they let get their hands on their characters, and I think this game's existence is a bad omen for crossovers in the future.

The fact that instead of this, we could've gotten a Mario x Rayman platformer, using the beautiful visuals from Rayman Origins or Legends, is a bitter pill to swallow. I hope I'm wrong and this is just a fluke in Nintendo's otherwise stellar crossover resume, but if Metroid x Mighty Number 9 or Kirby x Minions: Dreamland Snowboarding shows up in the future, you'll at least know where Nintendo's quality control started its fall down the stairs.

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