Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Ubisoft CEO Says They Should Have Waited To Release Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope For Nintendo’s Next Console

Nintendo advise the publisher "that it's better to do one iteration on each machine"

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot admits the publisher was early releasing Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope last year which performed under Ubisoft’s expectations. Guillemot says that they regret not taking Nintendo’s advice of holding off launching the Mario + Rabbids sequel on the same platform as the original 2017 title and instead waiting for Nintendo’s next console to launch the game, according to an interview with GameIndustry.biz.

“We had already released a Mario Rabbids game [on Switch], so by doing another, we had two similar experiences on one machine. On Nintendo, games like this never die. There are 25 Mario games on Switch. Nintendo [has advised] that doing one iteration on each machine is better. We were a bit too early; we should have waited for [the next console],” Guillemot said in an interview with GameIndustry.biz.

The Ubisoft head adds or at least alludes that the publisher plans to release an updated native version of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope for Nintendo’s next console. I think we can see that Ubisoft is hoping to see an increase in sale numbers on a new platform for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, but probably on a much smaller scale than compared to Mario Kart 8, having sold well on the Wii U and inevitably blew up on the success of the Nintendo Switch.

It is shocking to hear the first confirmation in the most casual indirect way that a game we know about is coming to the Nintendo Switch successor, which is still unconfirmed. Back in May, a report from a quarterly financial result said Nintendo was expecting to see a sale slowdown of the Switch and confirmed it has no plans to release new hardware before April 2024.

Now what happens after is the exciting part as Nintendo could make the announcement similar to the Switch, which was officially announced months before its March 2017 release. It’s been rumoured for a long time that the assumed upcoming console would be in line with the Switch with 4K capability, which would be an upgrade to the Nintendo Switch’s current 720p (handheld) / 1080p (docked) resolution plus the hope that current Nintendo Switch games will be backward compatible with the new console similar to PS5 and XBox Series X|S. We’ll have to wait and see if that’s the case or not if/when Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope releases on this new Nintendo console.

In our review, Patricks says, “Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is an excellent game that takes the franchise to an even better level than its predecessor. Not ignoring the elements that it brought before, Ubisoft instead decided to improve what people liked to make it even more fun to play. Honestly, I didn’t think it would have been possible to do better than the first one, and I mostly expected this one to be a straightforward sequel without much improvement, but thankfully Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope plays like a full-fledged sequel.”