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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope launches in October, gameplay showcase tomorrow

This afternoon, Nintendo went live as planned with a new Nintendo Direct stream filled with new game announcements. Atlus is bringing over a trio of Persona games to the Switch and soon, Ubisoft will also be releasing the highly anticipated sequel to Mario + Rabbids. 

When Mario + Rabbids was first rumoured back in 2017, none of us thought the game would turn out as well as it did. However, the combination of characters, levels and XCOM style strategy ended up being a joy to play through. Ubisoft has been quietly working away on a sequel ever since, and we'll finally get our hands on it this October.

Assuming the delay bug doesn't plague Ubisoft once again, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope should release on the 20th of October this year – a release date that Ubisoft mistakenly leaked earlier this morning ahead of Nintendo's reveal. Here is the official description for the game:

“The motley team of Mario, his friends and the heroic Rabbids – now joined by Bowser – blast off for a galactic adventure in the latest Mario + Rabbids game! The galaxy is in a universe of trouble when a dark entity, Cursa, wants to absorb all its energy. In doing so, it will try to capture the Sparks, creatures born from the merging of Lumas and Rabbids, and drain them of their energy, too. Now, the team must travel the cosmos to save the Sparks from Cursa’s grasp and fight back in tactical, dynamic battles.”

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope will add shades of Super Mario Galaxy to the formula, with the story focused on Mario and his friends' quest to stop Cursa from absorbing all the energy in the universe. As you would expect, there are multiple editions of the game available to pre-order starting today, including a base edition and a Gold edition that includes the season pass – just like the first game.

We'll be getting a deeper look at Sparks of Hope in action tomorrow, during Ubisoft's own Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope showcase.

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KitGuru Says: Mario + Rabbids was one of my most played games in the early days of the Switch and I have high hopes for the sequel. Will any of you be returning for the sequel later this year? 

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