Kotaku’s Jason Schreier confirmed that a Mario x Rabbids RPG crossover is coming to the Nintendo Switch this August or September.
Kotaku received art assets of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle from an anonymous source who told them not to share them. The assets confirm not only that the game exists but a number of details about the game. The game is being developed by Ubisoft on their proprietary Snowdrop engine. The game will include turn-based combat, two-player local co-op, and “a goofy sense of humor” which sees Mario and co wielding laser guns. The playable characters include Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, and four rabbids dressed as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Peach.
Schreier previously leaked the existence of Fallout 4. Schreier also reported on the second delay of No Man’s Sky before it was announced and received death threats for doing so.
The game was first reported by French website GameBlog, calling it “a Yoshi/Rabbid Rabbits crossover.”
Games Journalist Laura Kate Dale also contributed a number of info from sources about the game back in January, including that the game is supposedly going to be made by legendary Composer Grant Kirkhope. Sources also told her that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is going to be a timed exclusive on the Switch.
A number of Dale’s reports on rumors turned out to be true, including a long list of info for the Switch. She also reviewed the PS4 Slim well in advance of the console’s reveal and leaked Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.
The image below of a Rabbid dressed as Peach was leaked on Twitter. According to GameXplain, it’s part of a much larger photo from a discord channel and they’ve seen the photo and can confirm that the game is real and coming.
Laura Kate Dale later tweeted the full image.
The Raving Rabbids appeared in games on a number of Nintendo systems along with other platforms starting with Rayman Raving Rabbids on the Nintendo Wii in 2006. Rayman Raving Rabbids was going to be a more traditional 3D Rayman game in the same vein as the cancelled Rayman 4 before being turned into a minigame collection as a spin-off series for Rayman. Rabbids Land was a launch title on the Wii U.
For now, we’ll have to wait for E3 2017 or earlier for Ubisoft to officially confirm it.