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Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle vinyl soundtrack now shipping on iam8bit

Earlier this month, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle won the 2018 British Academy Children's Awards for "Game of the Year." In partnership with Ubisoft and Nintendo, iam8bit has brought the soundtrack of the award-winning title to life on vinyl. The Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 2-LP vinyl soundtrack is now available and can be purchased for $40 USD on iam8bit.com.

The set comes playfully packaged in a fuzzy "Rabbid Mario Mustache" jacket and includes a paper doll playset featuring Rabbids, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and more. The Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle soundtrack, composed by Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Pinata, Goldeneye), spans across two translucent vinyl records. A digital download is also included with purchase.

Walmart offering Switch & Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle combo for $300

Not an official bundle, but a pairing from Walmart that makes for a great deal. Walmart's official website is now offering the combination of a Switch and Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle for $300. The Switch itself is $300, so we're talking a free game here! If you're interested, snatch up the deal here.

Join the Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Community Competition

Note: this competition only requires the main game and does not include any additional content.

Heroes,

After fighting fiercely for over a year, it’s not quite time to surrender and put the blasters away yet.

Fearless, reckless and a bit crazy, you never shied away from the toughest enemies and you know that the recipe for a good strategy is not just a pinch of Dash and a lot of selfies – no offense to our Rabbid Princess.

It’s your time to shine: we are inviting you to join our worldwide Community Competition. From December 2018 and throughout 2019, we will invite you to join our Winter Games, Spring Games and Summer Games – three seasons through which we will challenge you to dive one more time into some of the game’s battles and beat them under specific conditions. Complete the challenges for each season and get a chance to compete against the most skillful players in a Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Versus tournament at the development studio in Paris and Milan.

There’s no challenge you won’t accept, right? Even if it means facing a boss without firing shots, entering and surviving a fight with a defined team or defeating all enemies on the field using only secondary weapons? Then, buckle up and get ready because you might be one of the heroes we are looking for.

Registration opens December 13th, 2018.

Full details here

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle takes home the BAFTA Children's Award

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle isn't done taking home awards yet! The title just scooped up a victory for best game at the BAFTA Children's Awards. It was going up against Frantics, Everbody's Golf, and Knack 2.

Rabbid Peach to be a Spirit in Smash Bros. Ultimate


Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle director Davide Soliani must be on cloud 9 right now. Today Ubisoft announced that Rabbid Peach is going to be included in Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Spirit. I wonder if any of the other Rabbids gang will be in there!

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

BAFTA announces nominees for Children's Awards, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle included

The nominees for this year's BAFTA Children's Awards have been revealed, and a Nintendo heavy-hitter has made the cut. The 4 nominees are...

- Knack 2
- Frantics
- Everybody's Golf
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

I would say Mario + Rabbids is the strong favorite here, but I guess we'll just have to hang tight and wait for the BAFTAs to find out!

Starlink: Battle for Atlas devs credit Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle for paving the way to deeper Nintendo/Ubisoft collabs

Ubisoft and Nintendo had partnered up in the past for collaborations, but there was nothing on as grand a scale as Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. That was a collaboration on a completely different level, and certainly helped the two companies to grow closer. In an interview with Variety, Starlink: Battle for Atlas producer Matt Rose thinks it was that marrying of brands that helped Nintendo trust Ubisoft to work with the StarFox series.

"I think it was turning that corner of Nintendo saying, ‘OK, I think this relationship is established enough that we are going to trust you with our brands.’”

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - new patch available, full notes

Direct access to challenges:

Completing a world now automatically unlocks all the Challenges of this world. Newly unlocked challenges can be accessed directly from the Time Machine Rabbolatory in Peach’s Castle.

Of course, players are still encouraged to go back to the world through the World Cannon to collect chests, find secret areas and encounter Challenges while they’re exploring.

UI Improvements

1. Reworked Heroes presentation:
We reworked the pop-up screens for unlocking new heroes. This will help players quickly understand the specifics of the newly unlocked hero and what they can bring to the team.

Before:

After:

Various Bug fixes and stability improvements

Ubisoft talks about sticking with Nintendo through thick and thin, working with the StarFox license, and tiptoes around Mario + Rabbids 2 questions

Fans of Nintendo know that the Big N and Ubisoft have been pretty friendly with one another for years now, and that appreciation only seems to grow. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot sat down with GameSpot to talk about their relationship with Nintendo, working with the StarFox brand, and dodge questions about Mario + Rabbids getting a sequel.

On the Nintendo/Ubisoft relationship

It's a long-term relationship, so we've been working with them on all the machines they launched, and so from the beginning of the Wii to the Wii U, Switch, we were always there with them, and so we have been working closely while it was going out, when it was more difficult, so we are real partners that are happy to work together, and that helps a lot. We like what they do also. We are big fans of what Mr. Miyamoto and his team is creating, so that helps the creators at Ubisoft to work with the Nintendo teams because they learn so much.

On working with the StarFox brand

It's never ... it's always ... you know, when you work with the brands of another publisher, it's never easy, because you really have to understand the spirit of it, you have to really bring something that can help that to continue to grow. So it's not easy, but as we know each other well, they are confident that we can really bring high quality experiences, so that helps.

On the potential for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 2

[Laughs] I can't give you an answer yet.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle might have hit 2 million sold

There's some unique evidence pointing to a major success for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Ubisoft's Davide Soliani once said that if Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle hit 2 million sold, he would shave his beard. After Ubisoft shared their infographic filled with Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle stats today, a Twitter user got in touch with Soliani to bring up his beard-shaving comment. While the infographic doesn't talk about total sales, Soliani did confirm that he's shaved his beard. Seems like this is a roundabout way of confirming the game has hit 2 million sold, without actually coming out and sharing specific sales figures.