The year 2022 brought me disappointments like Mario Strikers: Battle League and Gotham Knights, which ended up affecting my excitement about games this year. However, there’s nothing like a title with comedy, charisma and high challenge to bring back that fun spirit. Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope It’s just that and a little more.
True meaning of sequence
Even not requiring the player to have finished Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, its sequel does enough to explain the world of adventure. In a very quick summary, the heroes must face a galactic entity while rescuing star creatures. Of course, the objective is to save the entire galaxy, but this is done one region at a time.
From there, the fruit of the partnership between Ubisoft and Nintendo really solidifies. This game basically takes everything its predecessor did right and evolved it in every aspect. It’s clear that the cost of production was higher, from the formidable soundtrack to the camera moves.
For example, there are moments in exploration where a third-person view appears to occur, but this changes all the time to position the characters in the best possible way. Also, the camera changes to something more isometric in battles, just like in the first game. There are a lot more voices as well, adding to the immersion and ensuring some hilarious moments.
Performance on the Switch is also a highlight, as even pushing the console a little, everything is incredibly well optimized, showing that the hybrid system still has wood to burn.
Much more than references
I am passionate about Super Mario Galaxy, I consider it one of the best plumber’s endeavors. However, I have long since given up on a third title in this series. to my delight, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope ventures into this universe, offering more than welcome “lumas acoelhadas” and special participations.
The whole theme that mixes science fiction with the Mushroom Kingdom works extremely well, as well as the Wii game. In this way, the setting is very charming, something that makes the player excited to explore every corner.
Oh! But if you think this work only focuses on references and “more of the same”, then prepare for a surprise. There are several layers to a strategy, from the characters skill tree to Sparks (the lumas rabbids). Everything can be highly customized, creating opportunities for multi-level builds.
Playing with this customization is a very relevant tool, because the challenges that the game brings are many, requiring planning and experimentation on the part of the player. And that’s exactly what made me fall in love with this journey so quickly.
The galaxy is protected
Before I started playing, I was suffering from extreme fatigue when it comes to gaming. Nothing held me back for more than an hour, I just couldn’t have fun with any title.
However, the charisma and high level of difficulty of some of the game’s missions managed to hook me for dozens of hours. So, I ended up coming across some plot twists in a narrative that would apparently be simple-minded from beginning to end.
I know that this work will not be among the best of the year in the lists of the main awards, but I find it very competent and memorable. This is so true that my enthusiasm for video games simply returned after the first few hours with Mario, Luigi and some crazy bunnies.
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope was released on October 20th exclusively for Nintendo Switch.