Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope: Release date, trailers & everything we know

Andrew Highton
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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope represents the second game in one of Nintendo’s newest and most surprising franchises, so here’s everything we know including a release date and new gameplay features.

A Mario game mixed with Rabbids that incorporates strategy elements and weapons sounds like a bizarre concept, but Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was an overwhelming success for Nintendo.

As a result, a sequel is on its way and fans of the original title are keen to jump back into the chaotic action.

From what we’ve seen already, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope features more battles, more weapons, and more chaotic variables that will inevitably play havoc with the battlefield.

To get you up to scratch, we’ve compiled all the information on this new Mario game for the Nintendo Switch.


spark character smiling in mario + rabbids sparks of hope
They’re small, cute, and helpful… but also dangerous.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope release date?

A year after the game was first announced, Nintendo has now finally confirmed that Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will be released on October 20, 2022.

You can pre-order the game now on the Nintendo eShop. A limited-time trial for the first game, Kingdom Battle, is also available to download.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope gameplay

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope looks like it will follow a similar format to the original game, Kingdom Battle, which took the successful formula of RTS games like XCOM to create some compelling gameplay.

To make it feel like a Mario game, Nintendo gave its iconic characters like Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach weapons personalized for them. We’ve already seen that a bunch of new, wacky gadgets will be in play for the new game.

Instead of characters traveling through different areas all connected by one big hub, like in Kingdom Battle, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope players will be embarking on a journey across different planets to “bring back order to the universe.”

There will be new characters such as Rabbid Rosalina and Bowser, and part of the goal will be to rescue powerful ‘Sparks’ that will possess incredible special abilities that can be used to turn the tide of a battle.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope trailers

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope was first revealed on June 12, 2021, with a three-minute-plus cinematic trailer that teased what would happen in the sequel.

A release date announcement trailer was shared on June 28, 2022, which gave fans a closer look at the new gameplay features as well as a brand new character: Bowser!

What characters are in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope?

The following characters have been confirmed for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope:

Playable characters in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hopes

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Princess Peach
  • Bowser
  • Rabbid Mario
  • Rabbid Luigi
  • Rabbid Peach
  • Rabbid Rosalina
  • Edge

Playable enemies in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hopes

There are a fair few enemies coming into the game, some with their own Mario and Rabbids crossover design.

  • Cursa
  • Goombas
  • Bob-ombs
  • Hooded Rabbids with skull masks
  • Tiger-Rabbid hybrids
  • Pig-Rabbid hybrids with Thwomps on their backs
  • Ghost Rabbids
  • Block Rabbids
  • Wolf Rabbids

We’ll keep this page updated as soon as any new information gets announced, so check back soon.

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