Ubisoft says they're the Switch's leading 3rd party publisher

I mean, yes...technically this is true. Ubisoft had some help from Mario and the gang to make that happen, though. I'd like to know who the top third party publisher on Switch is as far as games without Mario go!

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - behind-the-scenes orchestra featurette

Always cool to get a look behind-the-scenes when it comes to music recording for games. I think it's very clear Grant Kirkhope was super-stoked to work on this project. It's hard not to feel his excitement watching him in this video!

Ubisoft kicks off Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle "Challenge" contest

I am very tempted to take a picture that would never actually win. Something super strange or offensive. I'd love to see what Ubisoft would do with that entry!

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - more info on Japan's first week of sales

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

- 67,000 units sold
- sell-through rate of 78.26%
- pre-orders for the game were initially rather sluggish
- pre-orders increased noticeably during the launch week to over 30,000 units

Nintendo LINE account - update for Jan. 18th, 2018

- celebrates the Japanese release of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
- artwork of Rabbid Mario, Rabbid Peach and Rabbid Yoshi
- Kinopio-kun drawing of Rabbid Luigi

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Donkey Kong DLC Japanese trailer

While Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle only just launched in Japan today, Nintendo has confirmed that the upcoming Donkey Kong DLC will be launching in Spring. When there's a more specific date, we'll be sure to share it with you.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Famitsu print ad

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is finally available in Japan as of today. Famitsu is reminding readers of that fact with the full-page ad seen above. It'll be interesting to see where this game lands on the weekly sales charts. Let's hope for another Switch hit!

XCOM creative director says seeing Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was "one of the most surreal experiences" of his professional life

The following comes from Jake Solomon, creative director and design lead for XCOM.

The first time I heard about Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, I was hunkered in my hotel room in Los Angeles during the E3 expo in June. I was feverishly preparing a presentation of my own game, XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, while half-listening to the Nintendo press conference in the background. I didn’t pay much attention. It seemed a vague stream of soothing words like “amiibo” and “Yoshi.”

And then I began to hear something else: familiar phrases, to me at least, like “turn-based tactics” and “half cover.” I paused, turned up the volume, and watched.

It was one of the most surreal experiences of my professional life. There was Luigi, sliding into cover, his gun at the ready. There was Mario, unloading a volley of blaster fire from his overwatch position. And there was Princess Peach, weighing a 50 percent shot on an enemy.

Full feature here

Donkey Kong Comes to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle DLC

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle introduces a new playable hero, Donkey Kong, in upcoming downloadable content. Donkey Kong will be featured in an original story, taking place in a new world. Donkey Kong will be exclusive to this brand new adventure, planned for release in Spring 2018.

The DLC will available as part of the Season Pass or can be purchased as stand-alone content.