Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope was originally planned for the Switch’s successor, which Nintendo recommended to Ubisoft.
Since Ubisoft “had already released a Mario Rabbids game [on Switch], so by doing another we had two similar experiences on one machine,” CEO Yves Guillemot explained to GameIndustry.biz “(via VGC)” why the company was having trouble. Such titles live on in perpetuity on Nintendo systems. Switch is home to 25 Mario titles. According to Nintendo’s recommendations, only one revision per machine is necessary. Perhaps we should have waited for [the subsequent console].
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Video: The First Downloadable Content Trailer for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
Because you have the potential to play an excellent game,” Guillemot elaborated. And because we want to upgrade it for the next generation of machinery, we expect it to last for at least ten years. It’s also worth noting that Ubisoft was taken aback when the game didn’t perform as well in sales as they had hoped, despite receiving generally excellent reviews.
As far as Guillemot is concerned, the lacklustre sales of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope can be attributed to gamers’ preference for more established franchises. According to Guillemot, “the market is suffering a little bit with the inflation situation.” As a result, every studio had “more pressure” to be “more careful.” Guillemot said that Ubisoft had received feedback from a first party that it had “also seen the influence of the economic conditions on how much people are buying.”
Steve Watts said, “Put simply, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is an absolute delight” in our review of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope. This is an unlikely pairing that not only works, but shines. The popularity of Ubisoft’s Kingdom Battle was unexpected given how ridiculous the game’s premise initially looked.
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