Nintendo leaks new Mario + Rabbids game on its own website

Ubisoft’s Mario and Rabbids crossover turn-based strategy game is getting a sequel, according to Nintendo’s website. The unannounced game is currently listed on its own page as “Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope” together with some key art, three screenshots, and a release date of 2022.

Ubisoft’s E3 press conference is happening at 3PM ET today, Saturday June 12th, and the new game was presumably set to be announced there. The first Mario + Rabbids title, Kingdom Battle, was originally revealed by Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto at Ubisoft’s press conference at E3 2017.

Despite the bizarre nature of its IP mashup, Kingdom Battle was one of the best early Switch games, mixing elements of the Mario and Rabbids characters with solid yet accessible X-COM-style tactical action. We called it “a shockingly good Nintendo Switch strategy game” in our review.

It’s not necessarily surprising that a well-received game would get a sequel a few years later, but this is an uncharacteristic mistake from Nintendo. Here’s how the Sparks of Hope page appears on Nintendo’s website right now:

And here are the three screenshots:

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope could, of course, also be officially announced at Nintendo’s own E3 event. That one’s happening at 12PM ET on Tuesday, June 15th — and here’s our guide to everything else going on at E3 2021.

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