We’re just seven days away from Nintendo’s official unveiling of its Nintendo Switch handheld, including its launch line-up, pricing and date of release. But that isn’t stopping speculation on some of the titles we’re expecting to see for the system.
Liam Robertson, an insider who goes under the nickname Doctor Cupcakes on Twitter, revealed details on a strange crossover title that could be in the works for the system, combining the platforming skills of Mario with the sheer looniness of Ubisoft’s Rabbids characters. The two are reportedly working close together on the project, with Nintendo overseeing Ubisoft’s development.
Robertson has noted that the crossover was initially named Mushroom Kingdom Battle, but that title hasn’t been finalized yet. Currently, the game’s development is coming to a close, and localization is underway, indicating that the game could very well make the launch period for the Switch. But, again, that’s not confirmed.
As for what players can expect from the Mario/Rabbids game, it’s not your typical platforming affair. Robertson notes that the game is a strategy based title, with gameplay similar to that of 2K’s XCOM series, but obviously not as serious. The “evil/warped” Rabbids are invading Mario’s world, and it’s up to him and his allies to keep them from taking over. The game will feature team battles, as well as weapons that each character would be known for using (like, for instance, Mario’s hammer from Paper Mario, etc.)
What’s interesting is that the Rabbids themed characters could be dressed similarly to Mario and his friends, but that’s not finalized yet.
Neither Nintendo nor Ubisoft had comment on the game just yet (they’re probably waiting until next week), so take it with a grain of salt for now. At the very least, though, it could be an interesting crossover, if it does end up seeing the light of day.