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'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' looks like an adorable 'XCOM'

June 12, 2017 8:15 PM
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The insane crossover nobody asked for is totally real, and you'll be able to play it on August 29th.

The game looks exactly as strange as the rumors suggested. It's a turn based RPG starring Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi as well as four Rabbids dressed up as Nintendo's iconic characters. Weirder still? The Japanese company's family-friendly cast of characters are all equipped with guns. Extremely silly guns, with lasers, but projectile weaponry all the same.

The game is turn based, but it's more of a tactical RPG than a Paper Mario-alike. Think of it as a Nintendo-friendly version of XCom: Enemy Unknown -- Mario and Rabbid characters alike take turns on small battlefields where they take cover, launch tactical attacks, and equip different weapons to route the enemy and climb skill trees. All of this is wrapped up in a bizarre, but kind of adorable mix of both franchises humor: the slapstick, absurdist antics of the Rabbids with Mario squeaky clean good nature. It also looks like the game is going to have plenty of references too -- including making Luigi's primary weapon a vacuum cleaner. That's kind of perfect.


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