Nintendo Reveals Secret Ubisoft Game ‘Mario + Rabbids’ Ahead of E3 2021 Show

Ubisoft games leak in all sorts of ways, but I have to say, I didn’t see it coming.

Nintendo leaked what was supposed to be a secret Ubisoft game, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, revealed during their E3 2021 show later today, #UbisoftForward, by simply listing the entire online game during an extended period.

The list for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, has been live for hours now, complete with cover art, screenshots and a description of the new collab, which you can see below:

Team up with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi and their friends on a galactic journey to defeat a malevolent entity and save your fellow Sparks. Explore planets across the galaxy while uncovering mysterious secrets and captivating quests!

  • Build your dream team with three heroes from an eclectic roster of nine.
  • Take down all new bosses, as well as familiar enemies across the galaxy.
  • Rescue adorable Sparks across the galaxy, who provide distinct powers to aid you in battle.
  • Unleash your heroes’ skills but be strategic as you smash your enemies, team jump on your allies, and hide behind cover.

The only thing Nintendo has not leaked here is a teaser trailer, but they probably would have if this asset was already live. Ubisoft’s show is just six hours away, and this page has already been live for about that long, so the cat is completely out of the bag at this point.

The latest combo game, Kingdom Battle, was well reviewed and apparently sold well enough to warrant this sequel. It’s a rare case where Nintendo lends its IP key to other studios, implying a high degree of trust on their part, and they apparently think it paid off the first time, enough for another round.

The store listing page only says that the game will release sometime in 2022, which isn’t a huge surprise, as it seems like something that might be smothered with a holiday 2021 release date. We’ll see in a few hours details we’ll have at the show itself, but while I’m sure Ubisoft isn’t very amused by this leak, how mad can they really get at their essential partner Nintendo for that ? I find it funny that literally anybody at Nintendo thought of deleting this list after hours, and we’ll see how long it sticks around. Maybe forever.

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