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Turn-based strategy isn’t for everyone—but if that’s what you love, and you’d like to introduce that genre to your kids, you should consider Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle. It’s one of the best Nintendo Switch games to incorporate turn-based strategy, Super Mario, and Ubisoft’s Rabbids in a very goofy and fun package. If you’re looking for more great games, read our top-rated video games list.
Super Mario games usually don’t venture into turn based strategy games often—but when it does, you get something like Mario Rabbids Kingdom, where Mario meets Ubisoft’s Rabbids.
Jumping into Rabbids Kingdom Battle Mario wielding a laser was jarring at first, but give it a few tries and you’ll settle into its rather complex turn-based combat. This isn’t the Mario that runs around freely, taking on goombas and what not; you control a squad of three characters, trekking through various environments of the Mushroom Kingdom to take on Ubisoft’s Rabbids. It’s really easy to get into, especially for kids, but after a few levels, you’ll start to uncover the increasingly complex style of play. That easy to learn, hard to master mentality is familiar and present in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Find out what the fuss is all about with our Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 review.
As for design, Mario Rabbids Kingdom Battle is aesthetically pleasing in that bubbly style that Mario is known for, and rather cute. You’ll see Rabbids clash with Nintendo’s beloved characters in ways such as Rabbid Luigi, Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Donkey Kong, and more. Animations are very distinct, reactionary, and sometimes very flashy. We preferred the animation in Ni No Kuni more, just because of its unique artstyle. It’s still neat running around the Mushroom Kingdom, taking out Rabbids in strategic fashion. And if you’re worried about blood—there is none! It was intentionally designed to appeal to children, and even holds an Everyone 10+ rating, unlike the Witcher 3 Wild Hunt being Mature 17+.
Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle makes a lot of good choices, from design to performance. It does, however, make a few mistakes. For starters, it supports two-player co-op. That’s great—but you’ll need to beat World 1.5 before multiplayer opens up. And by extensive, online multiplayer is non-existent. Thankfully, the game is just as fun playing single-player as it is playing with a friend. Additionally, there’s a tonne of replay value, considering each level gives you a score, which you can play again for a better score. Read our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review to play a game with even more friends.
Mario and Rabbids Kingdom is a tonne of goofy fun for kids and adults alike. It’s simple enough that kids can get into it, without feeling overwhelmed, but complex enough for an adult to feel challenged, if they want it to be. It’s enjoyable single-player or with two-player co-op. It was easy to forgive its lack of online multiplayer.