This is a partnered post with Nintendo.
The Nintendo Switch is an innovative gaming console that combines being a home console, a portable console, a multiplayer console, and a motion-sensitive console into one. Thanks to the unique design of the handset and data storage systems, It is a must-have for kids and adults who love games. The next questions after getting a Nintendo Switch is what games do you get?
So far, we have gone over, Legend of Zelda, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Mario Odyssey. Legend of Zelda, went back to their roots, taking advantage of the new system for a more immersive game, whereas others, like the Mario franchise, are exploring the range of new possibilities which have opened up. One of the best games released for the Switch so far is Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. This game is one of the craziest games to come out in ages, mashing together the Mario franchise and the Rabbids franchise to form an amazing universe full of challenges, and exploration.
Combining Mario and Rabbids is a bit of a wild card from Nintendo. I would not have expected them to work together. I always figured Mario was more for nostalgia and smaller kids, and Rabbids was more for teenagers and twenty somethings. The mash up of cute and traditional gaming with kind of strange and quirky gaming shouldn’t work. But it really does.
In this game a malfunctioning time washing machine brings the Rabbids into Mushroom Kingdom. Which, as you can probably guess, causes more than a little chaos. The Rabbids start merging with the creatures of Mushroom Kingdom, creating some bizarre and revolting monsters, and both Rabbids and monsters start tearing apart the Mushroom Kingdom, in the way they usually do.
In an unexpected turn of events, there happen to be a Mario Rabbid, as well as doppelgangers for pretty much everyone in his world. And these Rabbids and the usual cast of Mario agree that it is better to put the world to rights and split their universes again. This is where the player is involved. You can choose between single player story mode or a series of co-op challenges to take you through the steps until everything is fixed. The players solve all sorts of puzzles, explore the world, and track down necessary items as they march through four distinct Mario worlds to help the cast solve their Rabbid problem.
The game is a joy to play, not just an enjoyable story. There is plenty of strategy and opportunities to use your wit and gaming skills to get what you need. The role-playing element is linked in, but not too much of a driver for the story. And your choice of character really impacts your gameplay, as every character is unique in terms of special skills, equipment, and personality, meaning that especially in multiplayer mode you need to pay special attention to your strategy.
But don’t worry if your kids aren’t familiar with this level of tactical gaming yet. Like most new installments to the Mario franchise, this game includes a step by step tutorial where players can practice new codes, moves, and concepts, letting them explore and discover this new universe before being set free to follow the adventure. All in all, this game is great for most older kids and all teenagers, but also quite fun for younger kids if they get a little support.
The only bad news here is that there seems to be no intention of making this game into a series. However, Nintendo have announced they have plenty of plans for downloadable extras and packages, which will hopefully keep all players happy until they see the error of their ways and agree to release a sequel game.