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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle director discusses how hands-on Nintendo were with the game

While the bulk of the work on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle might have been handled by Ubisoft, Nintendo was indeed deeply involved with developer. Director Davide Soliani sat down to discuss just how much input Nintendo had on the project.

"We established a very good relationship to the point where when we went to Japan for several days on a holiday, we would meet with the guys we work with from Nintendo, because we had become friends. But when it was about work, Nintendo were super picky. They wanted to know everything, and play everything. This was good, because it gives you a feeling that you are safe. They have over 125 years of lifetime, and they're giving you feedback with the expectation of a certain level fo quality. So for me, Nintendo is a shield. It means we know we'll hit a certain level."

Ubisoft looking for your input on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Did you pick up Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle? If so, how did you feel about it? Ubisoft would like to know, and they're asking for your input over on Reddit!

Hello guys! You may have heard of it, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle released end of August earlier this year, the team was delighted to see everyone support the game! Thank you very much for that. :) We would love to hear your feedback, what would you like to report to us from your experience? Any issue, technical or not, that you encountered and that you'd like us to be aware of? If you have any questoin, please ask, I'll try to do my best to answer. Cheers, Kit

If you have anything to add to the conversation, head over to this Reddit thread and let Ubisoft know!

TIME picks their top 10 games of 2017

10. Destiny 2
9. Horizon Zero Dawn
8. Mario + Rabbids : Kingdom Battle
7. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
6. Cuphead
5. Persona 5
4. Wolfenstein 2 : The New Colossus
3. What Remains of Edith Finch
2. Super Mario Odyssey
1. The Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild

Some great Nintendo representation on that list. I've yet to play a few of these games, but it looks like a solid rundown of the year to me. Any games you think should be cut or added?

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold Edition available now on eShop, teases "exclusive world & hero" for 2018

Gold Edition includes game and season pass:

8 new solo challenges + 5 co-op maps
16 new weapons.
An exclusive world featuring a new hero, coming in early 2018.

The Mushroom Kingdom has been torn apart by a mysterious vortex, transporting the chaotic Rabbids into this once-peaceful land. To restore order, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi must team up with a whole new crew: four Rabbids heroes!

Together, they will battle with weapons through four worlds filled with combat, puzzles, and unpredictable enemies. Developed exclusively for the Nintendo Switch™ system, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the best of the Mario and Rabbids franchises, combining all that you love about Mario's iconic universe with the side-splitting antics of the Rabbids.

Full hub page here

Ubisoft talks Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle sales success, future Switch support, and more

The following information comes from Ubisoft's recent earnings call

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

- outperformed its own forecasts
- again confirmed to be the best-selling third party title on Switch
- expected to have a longer than usual sales curve due to great Switch sales and momentum
- attach rate with Switch varies between 10 and 20 percent depending on the number of consoles that are out there
- Ubisoft expects this to get a big boost during the holidays

Just Dance 2018

- Switch version is the top-selling version

Switch comments in general from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot

“We are very happy with the sales. We feel that the machine is going to be selling in big volumes during Christmas, so we expect to continue to invest on the machine and we expect big sales of Just Dance 18 at the end of the year also, and for sure Mario and Rayman.”

Switch responsible for 19% of Ubisoft's Q2 revenue, thanks to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle & more


Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was a hit with gamers and critics alike, which means it was a hit for Ubisoft as well. The game generated 19% of Ubisoft's Q2 results. There were certainly other games on the Switch from Ubisoft in Q2, but it was Mario and Rabbids who did the heavy lifting.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - issue with Ultra Challenge Pack downloads

It looks like there's a bit of a hiccup with the Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Ultra Challenge Pack for some people. If you purchased the Season Pass, you should automatically get the content, but for some people, the content isn't downloading. Nintendo is aware of the issue, and while they work on a fix, they say you might have to go to the eShop and re-download the Season Pass to get things to work. Thanks to Alias79 for the heads up!