Recently we were invited down to Nintendo's UK headquarters by Ubisoft – we can only assume they got permission first – to have a bash at the upcoming strategy bwaaah-athon that is Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope.

We sat down and were able to play around three hours of the turn-based tactical crossover sequel, and despite one somewhat embarrassing oversight in the game's mechanics in one part of one of the planets we visited, we had rather a good time with it, to say the least.

They say a picture paints a thousand words, but a video includes thousands of those pictures, all assembled one after the other to create the illusion of movement, and you get a bunch of words, too. Everyone's a winner!

So, if you're looking for our hands-on impressions of the opening hours, treat those eyes and ears of yours to the video above to find out more about how we got on — and whilst you're at it, why not drop a comment below letting us know how you feel about the game? It'd be just lovely if you would.

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