Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope – Missions, Weapons, Hero Abilities, Spark Abilities & More Revealed


Following the announcement of its release date yesterday, Ubisoft held a special showcase for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. It featured more gameplay of the different places Mario and his friends would venture, from ice-covered lands to desert planets, as well as combat. Check it out below.

The Sparks of Hope story sees the Sparks captured by Cursa, a malevolent force. Since his campaign threatens the galaxy, it’s up to Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and the Rabbids to help him. Bowser, who wants his army back from Cursa, and Edge, the sword-wielding rabbit, join them. Rabbit Rosalina is also new, billed as the first “jaded” rabbit.

Each hero has a specific weapon that caters to a certain style of play. Rabbid Mario is a melee fighter who fights with powerful gloves while Bowser can launch explosive projectiles. They also have unique techniques with Peach creating a shield on all allies, Rabbid Mario launching counterattacks, and Rabbid Rosalina putting all enemies to sleep. There are also specific traits, like Luigi’s sharp shot abilities allowing him to deal more damage the farther he gets from a target.

Sparks can also aid in combat, triggering elemental attacks. Without grid movement, your team of three can roam freely within a specific area, flanking enemies and creating opportunities (like combos to deal massive damage). Exploration within the worlds themselves is also freer, and you’ll come across various NPCs who hand out missions. Collect blue coins, drop fish in a fountain within the time limit, puzzles and much more await you.

Finally, Grant Kirkhope is confirmed to return as composer, joined by Gareth Coker (Or I series, Infinite Halo) and Yoko Shimomura (Xenoblade Chronicles, Kingdom Hearts series).

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope releases October 20 on Nintendo Switch with pre-orders now available. Stay tuned for more details and gameplay as it launches.


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