This may sound like an April’s Fools joke but I can assure you it’s not. Journalist Laura Dale is reporting that Ubisoft has teamed up with Nintendo to develop a Rabbids and Mario crossover video game that will be ready for the launch of the Nintendo Switch in March. The game is currently being developed under the working title “Mario RPG: Invasion of the Rabbids”and is being developed under the watchful monitoring of Nintendo. Let’s hope it turns out to be fun! Here’s the details you need to know:
The title will focus on the Mario universe being invaded by Ubisoft’s Rabbids characters, some friend and some foe, and will feature a new Bowser form based around the design of the Rabbids as a recurring boss enemy. While there will be numerous cameo appearances from the Mario series’ best known characters, the core party will feature numerous, more minor characters. There is a particular focus on Yoshi as a primary party member, alongside a playable Rabbid.
The title will have a playable demo ready for press to experience in January, and will feature a quicksave system to ensure that saving is possible on short notice if the battery on the Switch handheld is running low. Part of the planned press demo includes the JoyCons vibrating to imply a Rabbid jumping into and out of them from the TV or handheld screen. The idea is to imply your system is infested with Rabbids, and that they could at any time jump out of your controller and interfere with gameplay.