Parents need to know that "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" is a turn-based tactical role-playing game (RPG) for the Nintendo Switch. Characters from the "Mario" and "Rabbids" franchises team up to help each other, overcoming obstacles and building friendships along the way. The game features fantasy, cartoon violence with silly weapons like honey blasters and supercharged yo-yos, but it's all presented in a slapstick manner. Although the game is a full standalone experience, additional content will be made available for purchase either a la carte or by buying a Season Pass.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Worlds collide in "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" after a malfunctioning time washing machine brings the misfit miscreants of the hit "Rabbids" series crashing into the Mushroom Kingdom, where Mario and his pals make their home. Thanks to some earlier hi-tech hijinks, the Rabbids are getting merged with creatures and items in the Mushroom Kingdom, while tearing the world apart at the same time. To save the Kingdom, Mario and company will team up with their Rabbid dopplegangers to track down the source of the chaos and put everything back to normal ... or at least as normal as things can get when the Rabbids are involved. Outwit your foes in turn-based combat in both single-player story mode and co-op challenges, solve puzzles, and track down fun collectibles in an epic journey across four unique worlds.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Mario might be the reigning king of video games, but when his franchise gets invaded by an army of raving Rabbids, players get treated to a wonderfully wacky, must-have Switch adventure. Make no mistake about it, "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" is just oozing with personality. It's a blast to watch how the characters interact with each other, not only in cutscenes, but during gameplay as well. They all have distinct behaviors, from Beep-0's sarcastic quips to Mario and Peach's purity and innocence to the Rabbids' almost manic mayhem. And yet, as diverse and strange as it might seem, the story still somehow just seems to perfectly fit both franchises like a certain plumber's hand-stitched gloves.
Still, this is a video game and not a cartoon, and a game needs to be fun to play. Thankfully, "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom" delivers here as well. The game has a surprising amount of depth and strategy built into it, great for fans of turn-based, tactical role-playing games. Each character has certain specialties, skills, and equipment, with real thought going into how best to prepare for certain enemies. But if you've never even touched a tactical RPG title before, the game has you covered, with an intuitive hands-on tutorial at the start, and solid help and info options that explain just about every facet of the gameplay in easy to understand descriptions. As it stands, "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" is one of the most completely entertaining games available on the Nintendo Switch, and a title that belongs in any Nintendo fan's library.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 10 and older
Quality: 5 out of 5
Educational value: 2 out of 5
Positive messages: 4 out of 5
Positive role models: 3 out of 5
Ease of play: 5 out of 5
Violence: 2 out of 5
Sex: 0 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 4 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release date: August 29, 2017
ESRB rating: E10+ for cartoon violence, comic mischief, mild language
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