Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2022. The announcement appears to have leaked early ahead of Ubisoft’s E3 Forward livestream after a website for the game went live.
The game is the sequel to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, which was released in 2017 for the Nintendo Switch. While the game website doesn’t confirm the the exact details, Sparks of Hope presumably is another turn-based tactics game in the vein of XCOM.
The game’s website offers a few details about the game. It’ll feature nine characters, including Mario, Rabbid Peach, and Luigi. It also appears that Rabbid Rosalina is joining the roster, and it seems like Bowser may be playable as well. There’s what also appears to be a brand-new Rabbid featured in the key art who has green hair and a sword.
Super Mario Galaxy appears to be somewhat of an inspiration behind the game. The website provides a light plot description, which sets the stage for a sci-fi adventure: “Rescue the adorable Sparks throughout the galaxy, who provide distinct powers that will help you in battle.”
Players will explore space and hop from planet to planet. Screenshots for the game show Mario and his crew exploring a beachside town and some sort of ancient ruins. The plot description notes that players will take down new bosses and familiar enemies.
The game is expected to make its debut at the Ubisoft Forward live stream later today. We’ll provide updates with official details and a trailer at that time.