Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope for Nintendo Switch officially announced, first trailer

Following this morning’s leak, we now have the official announcement. Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope has been confirmed for Nintendo Switch tonight. Here’s the announcement trailer released (and you can find the gameplay trailer here):

It is the official sequel to the first game that is on its way to the hybrid console. According to what was shared, the game will be coming to Nintendo Switch in 2022. A specific release date has not been confirmed at this time, so we’ll keep an eye out for more details.

In the meantime, you can find the premise and trailer for the title below, which appears to be space-centric with stellar appearances from Rabbid Estela and Rabbid Flash:

Today at Ubisoft Forward, Ubisoft announced that Mario, Rabbid Peach and friends are back in a cosmic adventure in Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope. Players will embark on an epic journey to restore order as Cursa, a mysterious and malevolent entity, twists planets with his evil influence. They will explore incredible worlds and battle enemies in innovative combat that mixes turn-based tactics and real-time movement with their quirky team of heroes. Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope will be available worldwide on Nintendo Switch in 2022.

Join Mario and the Rabbids Heroes as they take on Cursa and his dangerous minions. Cursa is wreaking havoc on the planets and their quirky inhabitants as he seeks to consume all the energy of the Sparks, strange creatures formed by the fusion of Lumas and Rabbids.

On your adventure, travel and explore various planets filled with strange inhabitants and fun secrets. Outwit enemies along the way in an innovative combat system that combines turn-based tactics and real-time action. Take control of your heroes to take down enemies, team-jump on allies, hide behind cover… and make the most of every turn in dynamic, tactical battles.

Players will create their dream team of three heroes from an eclectic roster of nine to take on amazing bosses, familiar enemies from the Mario universe, and exceptional Rabbids foes on their cosmic mission! There are dozens of Sparks across the galaxy to locate, rescue and join the journey. Each Sparks has a distinct power and personality, and the heroes can use their special abilities in battle to gain the upper hand in combat. When this unlikely team combines forces with the immense energy of the Sparks, anything is possible… for better or worse!

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope builds on the fantasy of the critically and publically acclaimed Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle to deliver a new gameplay experience and an epic journey through an endangered galaxy. As of today, more than 7.5 million players have had the opportunity to play Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle worldwide.

Join Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi and their friends on a galactic journey to defeat a malevolent entity and save your Spark buddies. Explore planets across the galaxy as you uncover mysterious secrets and fascinating quests!

Create your dream team with three heroes from an eclectic roster of nine.
Defeat all new bosses, along with some familiar foes across the galaxy.
Rescue the adorable Sparks across the galaxy, who give you various powers to aid you in battle.
Unleash the abilities of your heroes, but be strategic as you engage enemies, organise allies and hide tactically.