Ahead of tomorrow’s Nintendo Partner Direct, which very likely was going to feature the newest Mario + Rabbids title, Ubisoft continues their grand tradition of accidentally leaking these games like a ship made of swiss cheese. It appears, absent of official confirmation through a press release, that Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is releasing on Switch on October 20. And we got a host of new details, as well.
The news comes courtesy of, well, Ubisoft. An early store page for the game went up and, like all things on the internet, was immediately found and spread around. It’s the definition of not being able to put the genie back in the bottle, since Twitter accounts just started posting the screenshots around everywhere.
In this case, we immediately got the most pertinent information, a release date. Beyond that, we also got confirmation of more playable characters. Unlike the original Mario + Rabbids, wherein he was both the villain and the final boss, Bowser is a playable character on Mario’s side according to the new screenshots.
In addition to the previously-shown Rosalina Rabbid, it looks like there’s about three new characters to Sparks of Hope: Rabbid, a gothy-punk Rabbid, and Bowser. Presumably there will also be a Bowser Rabbid, but they haven’t been shown in any of the new media.
The store listing also mentions a season pass, that will include “new story content,” which itself features “new heroes, quests. and battles.” The Gold Edition of the game lists a Galactic Prestige Pack, which has new weapon skins for your team unlockable right away.
The original Mario + Rabbids is one of my favorite games on Switch, so I’m pretty excited for the sequel coming over five years after the original game’s release. We’re likely going to see more of the title from this week’s Nintendo Partner Direct, but even if we don’t, it does not seem long until we get there.