In today's Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase Ubisoft has revealed that Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is launching on Switch on 20th October. The segment in today's Nintendo Direct Mini also highlighted a new battle system with free movement rather than a grid for turn-based battle.

More information is scheduled to be revealed tomorrow, Wednesday 29th June, with a dedicated Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Showcase to be broadcast at 9:30 PT / 12:30 ET / 17:30 BST / 18:30 CET.

The sequel to 2017's Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, a Ubisoft-developed crossover between the French company's Rabbids characters (as spun off from the Rayman series) and Nintendo's Mushroom Kingdom crew, Sparks of Hope sees the return of Mario and co. to the comedic, strategic XCOM-style turn-based battling that debuted in the Switch's first year.

It seems that the plumber will be teaming up with his archnemesis Bowser this time, too. We say archnemesis, but let's face it, more often than not Bowser ends up chilling with the Mario Bros., right? Games of tennis, golf, kickabouts, kart-racing — they're basically BBFs at this point. Regardless, it's good to see King Koopa taking up arms against a bigger bad this time 'round.

Here's what Nintendo has to say in its press release followed by some screenshots:

The motley team of Mario, his friends and the heroic Rabbids – now joined by Bowser – blast off for a galactic adventure in the latest Mario + Rabbids game! The galaxy is in a universe of trouble when a dark entity, Cursa, wants to absorb all its energy. In doing so, it will try to capture the Sparks, creatures born from the merging of Lumas and Rabbids, and drain them of their energy, too. Now, the team must travel the cosmos to save the Sparks from Cursa’s grasp and fight back in tactical, dynamic battles. Lead a team of three heroes and use a variety of tools to navigate the battlefield, flank your foes and find opportunities to thwart them. Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope rockets onto the Nintendo Switch system on Oct. 20. Pre-orders begin today in Nintendo eShop and in the My Nintendo Store on

The release date was leaked earlier today when it appeared early on Ubisoft's store.

Excited for this space-based follow-up? Let us know if you'll be blasting off with Sparks of Hope come October.