'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle': Everything to know about the leaked Nintendo Switch game

Source: Polygon
Source: Polygon

Ubisoft is reportedly working on a Nintendo Switch game that brings together two very unlikely groups: Your favorite Mario characters and those zany Rabbids from Ubisoft. According to Nintendo World Report, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is set to launch as early as this August. 

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle: Rumors and confirmation

Previously, this game came up as a result of some very questionable sources, including a "leak" as part of Nintendo's Switch announcements that didn't come to fruition just yet (read: a guess). Now Ubisoft has provided outlets like Comic Book actual key art, lending credence to the previous rumblings. 

A breakdown from the presentation
Source: 
Nintendo World Report

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is apparently a role-playing game with turn-based combat. The game is due out later this summer, specifically August. According to leaked images from what looks like a presentation meant for E3 2017, an estimated 35% of the game is comprised of exploration with 65% reserved for combat. 

Gotta watch out for those turtle shelves.
Source: 
Nintendo World Report

On the exploration side, there will be four "twisted" Mario worlds sprinkled with Mario-related Easter eggs throughout the game. Combat is meant to be weapon-based with unique controls and special weapons for each character to use while facing their enemies. Multiplayer and cooperative play are both touted as features as well.  

The presentation slides are rife with misspellings and oddly phrased lines, as well as phrases uncharacteristic of the Mario universe like "kickass" and "badass," which are a little risque for Nintendo's usually clean image. "Turtle shelves" are referenced instead of "turtle shells." All the telltale signs of a leak created by someone looking for attention are here, and despite the fact that Ubisoft reportedly confirmed the game's existence, it seems possible that some of these leaked slides might still be fake.

Is 'epic' really the world you'd use here?
Source: 
Nintendo World Report

The game is being published by Ubisoft and developed by Ubisoft Paris and Milan, who most recently worked on Rabbids Land for Wii U. It's reportedly using Ubisoft's Snowdrop engine as well. It looks like it could be a fun twist on the Mario universe, even though its announcement seems to have been spoiled ahead of a planned "surprise" announcement for E3 in June.

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Brittany Vincent has been covering video games, anime and tech for over a decade for publications like Otaku USA, G4, Maxim, Engadget, Playboy and more. Fueled by horror, rainbow-sugar-pixel-rushes, and video games, she's a freelancer who survives on surrealism and ultraviolence. When she's not writing, watching anime or gaming, she's searching for the perfect successor to visual novel Saya no Uta. Follow her on Twitter at @MolotovCupcake.

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