Let the speculation run wild on this one. The picture, married with Ancel's comment of, "Everyday's life ... Got to fix the plumbery and felt a bit rabbitified..." has people talking. Do you think it's a tease, or just a passing Rabbids reference mixed with real life plumbing problems? Thanks to Rif for the heads up!
There's a chance we might not see the Rabbids game this week. It's been given more development time. Nintendo and Ubi pushed it back.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 11, 2017
For the record, I do think we will see it. Just saying that they're back to working on it now. https://t.co/hHIoYiaQuo— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 11, 2017
For all the talk about this rumored game, it would be a real shame to not see something for it during the presentation. Even if it is pushed back in terms of released, I'd imagine there's some sort of teaser trailer ready to be shared.
The following info comes from Liam Robertson, who has proven himself to be in the know with multiple games/leaks before.
I want to talk about everything I've heard about this Mario/Rabbids crossover game so far to give people an idea of what it might be like.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
I haven't played it myself, but I hear it is closer to a strategy RPG style thing like X-Com than a conventional RPG.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
I don't know what the title is. There was a rumoured name a little while back that had "Mushroom Kingdom Battle" in the title, I think.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
It's set in the Mushroom Kingdom and the rabbids dimension is sort of invading it. Most of the enemies are evil/warped rabbids.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
It does feature Mario and various other main series characters. Nintendo has apparently been very controlling of how they are used.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
There are also rabbids themed around various Mario characters like Mario and Luigi (costumed rabbids, that sorta thing).— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
It was Ubisoft who pitched the game to Nintendo a while ago. Nintendo gave them the thumbs up and was happy to do it and closely oversee.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
Gameplay is largely strategy based. There are many weapons and there is a focus on equipping your characters with the appropriate weaponry.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
There are a lot of in-game stats to take into account as you strategise. Different weapons have different properties like poison.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
The game is content complete and localised, ready to ship. Has been since late last year.— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
Don't assume it's a launch game though. I think they're holding it back. https://t.co/4xMOt7nVdI— 🐝am Robertson (@Doctor_Cupcakes) January 5, 2017
I'm leaving the big stuff for surprises on the 12th, but that was a little something that got me much more interested in Rabbids RPG.— Laura Kate Dale (@LaurakBuzz) December 31, 2016
I know I was taking a break from leaks but screw it, I'm calling this. Grant Kirkhope is composer on the Switch Mario Rabbids RPG. https://t.co/n745etLUFk— Laura Kate Dale (@LaurakBuzz) December 31, 2016
Well that would be another lovely surprise for the game. When this sucker actually gets revealed, it's going to have a lot to live up to!
This comes from a LetsPlayVideoGames report...
- according to sources at Ubisoft and Nintendo
- Switch will launch alongside a new Ubisoft-developed turn based RPG, with the name suggesting it will be a crossover of the Raving Rabbids and Mario series
- currently under the working title ''Mario RPG: Invasion of the Rabbids'', is being developed under the watchful monitoring of Nintendo
- ensuring that it both hits launch day and that it conforms to Nintendo’s own internal specifications for how Mario characters and iconography should be presented
- title will focus on the Mario universe being invaded by Ubisoft’s Rabbids characters, some friend and some foe
- will feature a new Bowser form based around the design of the Rabbids as a recurring boss enemy
- numerous cameo appearances from the Mario series’ best known characters
- core party will feature numerous, more minor characters
- is a particular focus on Yoshi as a primary party member, alongside a playable Rabbid
- title will have a playable demo ready for press to experience in January
- will feature a quicksave system to ensure that saving is possible on short notice if the battery on the Switch handheld is running low
- part of the planned press demo includes the JoyCons vibrating to imply a Rabbid jumping into and out of them from the TV or handheld screen
- idea is to imply your system is infested with Rabbids, and that they could at any time jump out of your controller and interfere with gameplay
- title is going to be one of the cornerstone trailers shown when Nintendo details the system further in January
- Nintendo intends to pitch the project to consumers as a Mario RPG project in collaboration with Ubisoft, in spite of Ubisoft doing most of the work on development
- kicks off Monday, February 3rd at 4:30pm
- show will air daily
- runs for 26 episodes
- each episode lasts a half hour
- dedicated page for the show will go live at the Nicktoons website on January 20th
- this will feature games and a quiz
- show will be featured in the Nick App
- this includes a sneak-peak from the show starting January 27th
Bwaaaah! You’ll be hearing a lot more of that if you’ve been enjoying the CG-animated Rabbids Invasion show on Nickelodeon. Season one premiered on August 3 this year and since then it’s become a smash hit among fans of the series and newcomers alike. It’s become so popular, in fact, that Rabbids Invasion has been renewed for a new season. The Rabbids’ zany antics make for the perfect Saturday morning cartoon. Like the first season, the second season will include 26 half-hour blocks, with three episodes in each block.
Ancel sees himself as an apprentice and Miyamoto as the master, explains Rayman/Rabbids franchise approach
On his talent
"It's very kind of you to have me with such talented people, but I really consider myself to be an apprentice, where Miyamoto is a master. Well, maybe an advanced apprentice!"
On why Rayman and the Rabbids split into two franchises
"Rayman as a character and a type of game became a bit muddled, so we split the franchises (Rayman and Rabbids). We must be careful not to lose the soul of the franchise. Now we're really aiming to make Rayman a reference to fun and social platforming."