Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope for Nintendo Switch review: A fantastic strategy game filled with silly moments

When Ubisoft combined Rabbids and Mushroom Kingdom characters for XCOM-like strategic battles in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, the game proved to be just the sort of tactical game I’ve always wanted. Now with the release of Sparks of Hope, Ubisoft builds off of the first spin-off’s successful gameplay and manages to provide an even better experience than before. 

So what’s the story in Sparks of Hope anyway? A powerful being known as Cursa has taken over parts of the galaxy by controlling Sparks — strange Luma and Rabbid hybrids. It’s up to Mario and friends to set the Sparks free and end Cursa’s malevolent dominion. As with the first game, there are Rabbid counterparts for the three main Mushroom Kingdom characters, but the team is also joined by a mysterious Rabbid named Edge, who has black and green hair and wields a large sword. You’ll learn more about this Rabbid’s background and bump into even more characters as you play. 

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
Category Info
Developer Ubisoft
Pusblisher Ubisoft
Genre Strategy
ESRB rating Everyone 10+
Install size 5.7 GB
Players 1 player
Playtime 18-22 hours
Release date Oct 20, 2022
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope: What’s Good

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope: Main characters

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All in all, it took me a little over 20 hours to beat the game on my Nintendo Switch. However, if I was to go back and attempt to 100% it, I’m sure I could play for five to 10 more hours. The game offers five worlds to explore, each filled with several puzzles that Mario and Co. must solve in the overworld to venture further on any given planet. These puzzles grow in complexity as the game goes on, but I never felt they were overly complicated; just challenging enough to be enjoyable. 

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