Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope leaked ahead of Ubisoft Forward


Shawn Farner

Writer and Storywriter


Nintendo is typically pretty good at keeping secrets, but today it faceplanted pretty hard. As The Verge reports, the company went ahead and published a page on its website for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope — a sequel to 2017’s Kingdom Battle — hours before it was likely to be announced at Ubisoft Forward.

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope leaked ahead of Ubisoft Forward

The super spoiler of a page has since been taken down, with Nintendo now presenting a “Whoops” 404 page in its place. Sadly, there’s no putting this leak genie back in the bottle, as the news has already been reported on by a few other outlets.

As a fan first and foremost, this isn’t the way I wanted to find out that Kingdom Battle was getting a follow-up. With that said, I’m very happy it is! That sort of XCOM meets Super Mario experience is something I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy, but I did — greatly. It’s probably one of my favorite games on the Switch, particularly because it is so well-suited to being played on the go.


If Sparks of Hope can capture the same magic the first one had, and heck, add some versus multiplayer to the mix, I would be over the moon.

The since-removed page for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope had the game targeting a 2022 release. It’s unclear when in 2022 the game might come out, though perhaps Ubisoft will narrow in on a more specific time period during today’s Forward event.

In any event, I’m happy to see that Mario + Rabbids is now a full-on franchise, and that we’ll once again see Mario characters teaming up with those pesky little Rabbids for a little turn-based strategy. We’ll probably be back later today to fill you in on more details about the game.

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