Ubisoft's Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle has managed to find its way into the hands of critics, and now it's getting the review treatment. Before you dive in and pick up this new exclusive for Nintendo's hybrid Switch, you might want to find out what the critics are saying first.
The game already has an 85 out of 100 over on Metacritic after 47 reviews were collected by the aggregator. All of the reviews are positive to various degrees, with sites like Time giving the game a 5 out of 5, with an exhaustively written tailspin of a review that glorifies nearly every aspect of Ubisoft's Nintendo Switch exclusive from top to bottom, courting gamers and music lovers alike to Mario + Rabbids with their praise of the turn-based, XCOM-style combat and a lavish set of word-flattery for what they describe as a "Jerry Goldsmith"-esque soundtrack. Time's review rounds out with nothing short of a thumbs-up recommendation for this Ubisoft and Nintendo collaboration...
As for the game, it's a fan service fractal that works both as a gonzo strategy masterpiece and series love letter. It's a studio-publisher (Ubisoft) that's been around nearly as long as Nintendo's been making video games, reflecting all the whimsy and allure of a franchise that's sold half a billion copies worldwide.
Forbes has been taking on a rather interesting approach to reviews, with David M. Ewalt summing up the game in just the span of 50 words... 50 very praise-oriented words.
Here's a seemingly dumb idea: Put the famously frenetic Rabbids in a turn-based tactics game. I thought I'd hate it, and did at first. But I couldn't stop playing. Squad battles are interesting and surprisingly tough. Cut scenes are funny. Exploration is dull, but mercifully short. Surprise! It's actually fun.
This sentiment was shared by a majority of other outlets as well, noting that the game is "gorgeous," "amusing" and the oft-repeated word: "fun."
If there's one thing to take away from just about every single review of Mario + Rabbids -- even the ones that aren't entirely positive -- is that everyone seems to agree that the game is fun. Of course, not everyone had a grand time with Ubisoft's exploration-oriented, turn-based RPG. Some reviewers had trouble getting the movements down due to some interference.
A majority of others, however, had no trouble getting engaged with the bright, and fitfully colorful world that mixes the ravaging ravings of Ubisoft's Rabbids with the joyfully vibrant glee of Nintendo's Super Mario.
USGamer pointed out that despite the game not really reinventing the wheel or adding much of anything new to the overall Super Mario experience (other than the blaster-cannons) it does a great service to Nintendo's brand and expands the fun and adventure in a seamlessly enjoyable way that Nintendo Switch owners might appreciate, writing...
This is a legitimately great strategy experience, tailored toward the sensibilities of Nintendo and the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch. It's a charming adventure for Mario, and the Rabbids don't get in the way, even if they don't necessarily add much either. In the same way that the original Super Mario RPG showed Square Enix using Nintendo's property to create some magic, Mario + Rabbids delivers something close from Ubisoft.
IGN has one of the lower ratings of 7.7, mainly because in order to earn more cash to level up your character you have to revisit old areas, and with leveled-up characters the old areas were too easy, and it made grinding for money practically "free." So yeah, if you don't like games that have easy grinding, or non-annoying grinding you probably won't like Mario + Rabbids. I suppose if you hate that particular setup then you'll love any game with an artificial grind with cash shop currency.
Anyway, Mario + Rabbids is due for release tomorrow, on August 29th, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.