First unveiled at the E3 show the latest Mario instalment developed by Ubisoft and Nintendo created quite a stir for fans around the globe. It’s always something to get excited about when a new Mario game is being released because let’s face it, who doesn’t love the famous Italian plumber? For many of us, Mario was our first ever encounter with video games and yet 27 years later the franchise is still evolving and producing a multitude of games across a number of platforms from Mobile gaming to classic remakes.
The story opens in the lab of a Nintendo mega fan who has invented a customized VR headset that can merge random objects and combine them into one. It’s not long before the scene is taken over by wild Rabbids who are on a dimension-hopping adventure in a time travelling washing machine, as you do. The Rabbids don’t hang around for too long but before they leave they end up swiping the SupaMerge (the VR headset) and crashing into the Mushroom Kingdom as well as littering it with giant random objects from the human dimension they just trashed.
The gameplay is based on typical turn based strategy which most gamers will be familiar with if you’ve played games such as Final Fantasy or Advance wars. The Mushroom Kingdom is made up of four beautifully coloured worlds that look great on in full HD when the Switch is docked. The first few puzzles encountered are extremely easy but don’t let this deter you, as the game progresses they become more difficult and require a more strategic approach to complete.
The team is made up of three characters which can be customized throughout the game as added characters become available. Each character takes a turn to perform a number of actions from inducing damage to using team mates to climb over obstacles and access higher ground. The main objective here is to cause as much damage possible within your turn while avoiding the enemy Rabbids by shielding your characters from damage. As the game progresses the difficulty level increases however you will have plenty of chances to upgrade your weapons and skills which are available for purchase using the in-game currency you accumulate as you defeat each level.
Overall, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is an incredible addictive game with beautiful graphics, an amusing storyline with well thought out strategic elements that will keep you glued to the screen for hours. If you were to judge a book by its cover, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle may look cute and fluffy exterior may have you think this is an amateur game that requires no strategic thinking but it’s anything but that. From a challenging Single-player mode to a fun co-op two player local battle Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a must have if you’re a Nintendo Switch owner