Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Review
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Cover Art
System: Switch
Dev: Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Milan
Pub: Ubisoft
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.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Screenshot

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.

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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.

Jenni Lada
Site Editor
Date: 08/29/2017

Things are bright and colorful, but there are some segments where you’ll see some jagged edges or a little less polish.
You have full control on the battlefield, being able to see from multiple viewpoints and understand which attacks can and can’t be used.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
While the voice acting is familiar and some tunes call to mind iconic Mario tracks, the music in general ranges from amazing to adequate.
Play Value
There is a lot to do in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, either alone or with a friend, and there are plenty of reasons to revisit past areas.
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Mario & Rabbids universes collide in this new adventure that combines the best of these two worlds!
  • Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi join forces with four Rabbids heroes with their own unique personalities.
  • Easy to play, difficult to master. Solo and co-op turn-based combat is a fresh gameplay experience.
  • Battle with an arsenal of weapons through four new worlds filled with enemies, puzzles, and humorous fun!

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