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POSTED 31/8/17


MARIO + RABBIDS KINGDOM BATTLE

Ubisoft



Rules can be good, just ask Mario.

He and his friends are kept on an extremely tight leash by his creators. He’s super-serious, incredibly heroic and just gets stuff done. So, what happens when he gets to hang out with some of the most fun loving and seriously anarchic creatures ever created?

Umm, he still has a pole inserted right up his bottom.

It’s impressive that Nintendo let their family have a playdate with Ubisoft’s Rabbids – and even more impressive that they let them get away with what they’ve come up with.

Due to the Rabbids haphazardly commandeering a mixinator kind of doobrie, they’ve landed in the midst of the Mushroom Kingdom via a massive warp. As well as all manner of typically whacked-out Rabbids, Nintendo’s Fantastic Four of Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi also have floppy-eared variants to deal with. Mercifully these characters are unencumbered by rules – and they absolutely revel in it.

As for the game? It’s a turn-based strategy battle, just with cute characters. Defeat bad Rabbids, get to the other side, escort a toad – varied missions and a bunch of gradually unlocked power-ups make for some play variation. There are collectibles aplenty, from weapon-bulging treasure chests to coins and even taking photos of Rabbids in compromising positions.

But ever since hearing of the game we’ve been unable to comprehend why you’d take two of the most kid-loved franchises in history and jam them together in an outing that just isn’t for children. It seems an almost wilfully peculiar decision. We type this with the anguished cries of our six-year-old nephew – who, upon seeing the home screen icon, couldn’t wait to play - still ringing in our ears after he boldly soldiered on through the first handful of levels unaided, before hitting a wall of repeated death.

Don’t get us wrong, while it’s no kids game, M+RKB is a great gift for older strategy-loving types, and Ubisoft have really nailed things visually and sonically. When it comes to creating Nintendo-equivalent look and feel you might even say that they’ve really raised the BWAH!

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