Aug 28
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Initial word of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle’s greatness came not from critics but from those who pre-ordered this unlikely crossover.

Being a bank holiday in the UK, many gamers received the Switch’s latest big hit a few days early, leading to a waft of positive first impressions on the likes of Twitter.

The review embargo has now ended, and critics are almost entirely in agreement that this turn-based tactical shooter is surprisingly great.

Ubisoft, with a little help from Nintendo, has managed to make a wonderfully goofy adventure. It isn’t quite as polished as a first party title, hence the majority of review scores clocking in at 8/10, but it’s mighty close.

See for yourself:

Recommended – Eurogamer: “This wonky crossover is the unlikely source of a superbly designed tactical combat challenge as well as a charmingly silly adventure”

5/5 – Time: “It’s wacky, boisterous and absolutely gorgeous”

9/10 – Pocket Gamer: “Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is a gorgeous, amusing, and challenging turn-based strategy that’s easily the best exclusive on Nintendo Switch so far. I’m just as surprised as you are”

4.5/5 – Slant Magazine: “More than an attempt to cash in on the Super Mario Bros. and Raving Rabbids franchises, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is one of the most creative turn-based tactical games in years”

4.5/5 – US Gamer: “This is a legitimately great strategy experience, tailored toward the sensibilities of Nintendo and the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch. It’s a charming adventure for Mario, and the Rabbids don’t get in the way, even if they don’t necessarily add much either”

9/10 – Nintendo Life: “It’s perfectly acceptable to be surprised by Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, as many have been since its E3 reveal. The end result delivers on all of the potential that we could suddenly see back in June; even if you don’t actually like the Rabbids, this game – and its familiar Mario cast and setting – is so good that Ubisoft’s mascots are likeable. Well, almost”

9/10 – GameSpot: “It’s a consistent delight, no matter how challenging the road becomes, because Kingdom Battle’s unique turn-based tactics system is in every way a pleasure to engage with”

85/100 – VentureBeat: “The Switch has “had a great debut year, and Mario + Rabbids is another excellent, if unexpected, addition to its software library

8.5 – GameInformer: “I was as skeptical as anyone when I heard the words “Mario” and “XCOM” uttered in the same sentence, but Kingdom Battle didn’t just prove me wrong – it ended up being my favorite Mario game in recent years”

4/5 – GamesRadar: “Mario + Rabbids gives you the action and strategy of XCOM in a way that does justice both to Mario and to the Rabbid’s kooky style. Ubi’s big E3 surprise is an unmissable Switch game”

8.0 – Polygon: “While it doesn’t quite have the full layer of spit and polish of an in-house title, Ubisoft comes damn close to capturing that Nintendo magic”

7.7 – IGN: “Mario + Rabbids’ turn-based tactics gameplay has some great ideas that distinguish it from its inspiration”

7.5 – Destructoid: “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle’s guts are impressive, but its main event feels like a [good] expansion for a fleshed-out strategy RPG that has more to offer than a great combat system”

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is out tomorrow (29th August) on Switch.

Published Monday 28th August 2017 by Games Asylum

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