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Rumors are swirling that Ubisoft and Nintendo might be working on a new collaborative title featuring two iconic brands from both developers. The game will supposedly be an exclusive launch game for the Nintendo Switch.
According to Let's Play Video Games, they've managed to talk to various sources close to Ubisoft who revealed that the working title for the game is Mario RPG: Invasion of the Rabbids. The game will apparently star various characters from the Super Mario franchise along with some minor characters from Raving Rabbids. The game's stars, according to the sources, won't be the major characters from either franchise but other secondary characters.
They state in the article that the sources mentioned that one of the main characters will be Yoshi. What role Yoshi plays and how players will be able to utilize Yoshi was not discussed, but apparently, the game will maintain classic RPG mechanics as players attempt to battle through an invasion from the Rabbids into the world of Super Mario.
There will reportedly be a demo available for the game showcased during the January debut of new info for the Nintendo Switch, where Nintendo will give gamers a taste of what the launch title will be like. The report indicates that Nintendo is having Ubisoft do the work but they're monitoring the progress very closely to ensure that their characters and brands are portrayed correctly (which is very important to Nintendo) and that the game meets their quality certification standards (something that Ubisoft has struggled with in recent years, especially when it comes to games like Assassin's Creed: Unity, the most recent issue with Watch Dogs 2's seamless multiplayer missing the game's release date due to bugs).
Nintendo will need a big outing for the Nintendo Switch come this March, so they're likely going to be working overtime to get the game up and finished in time because previous rumors indicated that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would not be making the March release window based on how long it's taking the game to finish the localization process. They won't begin full testing until next month, according to the rumors.
If it's true that this new collaborative Mario title featuring the Raving Rabbids will be a launch game for the Nintendo Switch -- a tag-team tactic that seems to have become a standard between Ubisoft and Nintendo in recent generations -- then we'll likely find out exactly what will make the game Switch-worthy if it's set to be announced during the January showcase next year.
The article doesn't talk about the gameplay features that will be present or how it will make use of the Switch's control scheme, nor does it go into detail as to whether there will be multiplayer, but I'm sure Nintendo will reveal all of this and more come January.
This definitely doesn't seem like the kind of game that would be a killer app for the Nintendo Switch, so hopefully, they have a few more hard-hitting games in the line-up as well to lure in potential buyers. Though who knows, it may surprise us.