|Dev: Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Milan|
|Release: August 29, 2017|
|Players: 1-2 Player|
|Screen Resolution: 720p-1080p||Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Language|
Of course, there can also be an occasional visual issue. First, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a gorgeous game. It is bright and colorful with multiple environments. The Mushroom Kingdom’s various regions are well-represented here. As you run between maps, you will see points of interest, where Beep-0 can comment on silly situations. There are hilarious incidental animations, such as Luigi giving a steely glare to Rabbid Peach as he tries to see the photos on her cell phone or Rabbid Kong pawing at a closed banana grate in the same way a dog would at a bag of treats. But there are some moments on especially plentiful maps where it did feel like animations occasionally slowed down with the flurry of activity.
I also appreciate all of the additional opportunities to return to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Even as you near the end, you’ll find plenty to do. There are Challenge levels to find in each area and play through. You can go back and replay completed chapters with your new, fuller party. Every single world has so many secrets that you might not see the first time due to camera perspectives or missing Beep-0 abilities. Even the local multiplayer is lovely, as it lets you work with a friend, each of you controlling two characters, to get through campaigns. It only grows by completing story mode campaigns, with five total being eventually available. It’s very enjoyable.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a game that will surprise people. The level of quality and depth here is absolutely extraordinary. There are some very well thought out levels that involve doing more than just fighting one or two foes. The character movesets mean you’ll have favorites you rely on often and others you find yourself needing for specialized situations. The campaign and hub are structured in a way that encourages you to return to retry levels or access new areas with recently acquired Beep-0 skills. It is one of the most charming and detailed games I have played in 2017 and I suspect it will go on to become one of the Switch’s most memorable titles.