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Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom Battle - Review

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One of the most unexpected releases for the Nintendo Switch this year teams Nintendo's popular video game icon Mario with the crazy and irreverent Rabbids.

To bring order back to a splintered Mushroom Kingdom, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi team up with Rabbids heroes.

 

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The object is to bring order back to a splintered Mushroom Kingdom using Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi to team up with the Rabbids characters in a journey through four different worlds.

The game achieves this in turn based strategy game similar in style to X-COM series. When first announced it was hard to believe they could pull off such a complex system for a family friendly console like the switch but the Ubisoft team have done it and made it so much fun.

Each character can only move a fairly limited distance during their turn, but they can take cover behind the various obstacles. From there they can fire their weapon at the enemies. teammates meet up, they can perform a “team jump” to send one of them flying into a better tactical position. Using the warp pipes located around the battlefield, Mario and the Rabbids can even flank enemies and catch them off-guard. Though it’s not

If teammates happen to meet up in battle they can perform what is known as a “team jump” which will send one of them flying increasing the tactical advantage of that character. Using the warp pipes located around the battlefield, Mario and the Rabbids can even flank enemies and catch them off-guard. Though it’s not to common

It wouldn't be a Mario game without using the warp pipes located around the battlefield allowing the characters to flank the bad guys. 

 

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It's not normal to see Mario holding a gun but you get used to it pretty quickly and the weapons in the game are certainly on brand for the friendly Nintendo experience, in fact, there are 250 weapons all with “unique statistics.” So you'll be going out of your way to collect them all and use the various combinations. 

 

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Mario and Rabbids is a great move for the two companies, and they have spoken a lot about what each of the characters brings to the table. It's a bit more than that though, the creators themselves have brought two very different styles of humour and game styles together and learnt from each other to blend into a great fun game that you can spend hours playing or play on the go, something the Nintendo Switch has proven to achieve to perfection.

Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a 4 and a half out of 5.

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