News Grant Kirkhope Appears To Have Completed His Work On Mario + Rabbids
"8 years writing music for Mario is at an end"
Legendary video game composer Grant Kirkhope, known for hits like GoldenEye 007 and Donkey Kong 64, appears to have completed his work on Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. In a brief message on social media at the start of this month, Kirkhope mentioned how he thought his time writing music for Mario was...
News Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope 'The Last Spark Hunter' DLC Teased
Get ready for a new adventure
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope made its debut exclusively on the Switch in October last year and since then Ubisoft has announced three DLC packs. In an update, the development team behind the game have now teased the second DLC - The Last Spark Hunter. As shown in the brief clip below, it appears to take place in the...
News Ubisoft Paris Workers Allege Crunch Culture And Workload Issues
"This is morally and physically exhausting for the employees"
A recent investigation by NME has found reports of crunch culture and poor working conditions in game development at Ubisoft Paris following a similar allegation by the French trade union Solidaires Informatique last week alleging high rates of sick leave and developer 'burn out'. The...
News Ubisoft Has Decided To Skip E3 2023, Will Now Host Its Own 'Ubisoft Forward' Event
The French publisher will "move in a different direction"
Ubisoft has announced it will no longer be attending E3 2023. In an update, the French video game company revealed it would instead be hosting its own separate event this June. In a statement to our friends at VGC, Ubisoft explained how it had decided to move in a "different direction", with...
News Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Updated With Spooky 'Tower Of Doooom' DLC
A Season Pass exclusive
The award-winning title Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope today receives its very first DLC offering, officially titled the 'Tower of Doooom'. As part of this Ubisoft and Nintendo have now rolled out a new update for the game. The patch notes at the moment are only available in Japanese. Below is a rough translation (via...
News Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope 'Tower Of Doooom' DLC Will Spook Next Week
Exclusive to the Season Pass
Ubisoft has finally revealed when the first expansion for hit strategy game Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope releases. The Tower of Doooom, which is exclusive to Season Pass owners, will be dropping on 2nd March. Getting just a short teaser on Twitter, we know very little about the upcoming update. Ubisoft has previously...
News Ubisoft Bringing Reboot Of Classic RTS 'The Settlers' To Switch Next Month
Reimagined for a new generation
Late last year, Ubisoft surprised RTS city-building fanatics when it announced The Settlers would be returning in 2023. The new title The Settlers: New Allies is out today on other platforms, and as part of this, Ubisoft has now confirmed the Switch release date - with the game now locked in for 23rd March 2023...
News Ubisoft CEO Apologises For Internal Comments After Weak Software Sales
"I heard your feedback and I'm sorry"
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has reportedly apologised to staff for a recent comment in which he stated that "the ball is in your court" regarding getting the major publisher back on track. As reported by Kotaku, Guillemot took part in a company-wide Q&A session with Ubisoft staff and opened the meeting by...
News Ubisoft Share Price Tumbles After Dire Sales Report
Three more games cancelled
Ubisoft appears to be in a spot of financial trouble, according to its latest financial report on January 11th, 2023. In a three-page press release, the company admits to being "disappointed" in the sales of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Just Dance 2023, despite "excellent ratings" and "an ambitious marketing plan"...
News Never Played Mario + Rabbids? Nintendo's Video Guide Is Here To Help
Sparks of inspiration
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope came out a little over a month ago now and was instantly met by high praise indeed (scoring 8/10 in our review). If the first game in the series is anything to go by, then we can see this sequel being something of a sleeper hit thanks to some nice eShop discounts in the coming years. If, however,...
News Ubisoft Is Rebooting A Classic RTS Series On Nintendo Switch In 2023
The Settlers return
Ubisoft is rebooting the classic RTS city-building series The Settlers in 2023 with the launch of The Settlers: New Allies. While the French publisher has already been sharing regular updates, in the latest development video, it was revealed the game would also be coming to the Nintendo Switch and other console platforms...
PSA The Physical Copy Of Just Dance 2023 Isn't Quite As 'Physical' As Expected
Code in box strikes again
It is with a sad irony that Ubisoft uses the word "Physical" in all of its publicity for Just Dance 2023. A reference to the hit Dua Lipa song (so we are told) which takes one of title's the top billings, it seems that there is nothing "physical" about the game at all - even down to its boxed copies. Yep, the infamous...
News Here Are The First Details For Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope's Season Pass
The Tower of Dooom! Rayman! And More!
The fabulous Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope might have only just come out a few weeks ago, but Ubisoft is already looking to the future. Today, the company has lined out what to expect from the game's Season Pass, with three DLC packs — including one Pass-exclusive one — coming to Switch in 2023. It looks...
News Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Update Available, Here Are The Patch Notes
It's a big one!
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope launched last Friday to significant positive reception, garnering a solid score of 8/10 in our own review. A day one patch was made available for the title, as is seemingly the norm these days, but its contents are so exhaustive, it's probably worth while checking it out for all the lowdown. Ubisoft...
News Two Konami Castlevania Characters Join The Fight In Brawlhalla
Simon Belmont and Alucard are ready for battle
Update [Thu 20th Oct, 2022 05:00 BST]: Simon Belmont and Alucard from the Castlevania series have officially joined Brawlhalla today. This includes the new map Dracula's Castle and an inverted version of the same level. Original story [Sun 11th Sep, 2022 02:30 BST]:
Video Digital Foundry's Technical Analysis Of Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope
Sequel falls short of matching Kingdom Battle's visuals
Digital Foundry is back with another Switch technical analysis, and this time the focus is on Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. From a visual standpoint, DF's Oliver Mackenzie feels Sparks of Hope isn't a technical evolution of its five-year-old predecessor, which is a "totally fair trade-off"...
News Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Frame Rate And Resolution Detailed
How does it hold up?
The release of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is just around the corner, and while we've already seen a lot of reviews, one detail that's not yet been properly looked at is the new game's frame rate and resolution on the Switch. Fortunately, a new video by YouTube channel ElAnalistaDeBits has decided to take a closer look at...
Feature Behind The Scenes With Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope, "A Tactical Game For All"
A trip to Milan with Mario and friends
There are a lot of things we’re beginning to associate with Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope; surprise, joy, freedom. But perhaps the most important one is ‘change’. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was a huge success for creative director Davide Soliani's team at Ubisoft, with the game reaching 10 million...
Deals Get Up To 75% Off Scott Pilgrim, Assassin's Creed In Ubisoft's Switch eShop Sale (North America)
Rabbids and family games too
Halloween is a good excuse for lots of different things — getting dressed up, overindulging in chocolate, and drinking some very nice warm (or cold) beverages. But also, sales! And Ubisoft is taking advantage of the spooky season by offering up to 75% off of multiple digital titles on the North American eShop. From...
News Assassin's Creed Anniversary 'Mega Bundle' Includes Six Games, Out Now On Switch
Plus all solo DLC packs
Ubisoft has launched a brand new Assassin's Creed Anniversary Edition Mega Bundle, giving you the chance to pick up six full games plus lots of DLC in one handy package. Available now on Switch, the bundle includes Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed...
News Wait, Is Rosalina Evil In Mario + Rabbids? The Internet Sure Seems To Think So
Making lunch of the Lumas
Yesterday, the Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope story trailer dropped and gave us a bunch more footage of all the characters we are going to be able to see when the game releases for Switch on October 20th. On top of the classic team, the Rabbid Lumas and the newly-introduced
News Meet "The Galaxy's Greatest Heroes" In Gorgeous Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Trailer
It'll have you raving
Ubisoft's Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is out very, very soon — it's nearly October, after all! And in preparation, we've got a brand new trailer that shows off some of the game's gorgeous visuals, but in cutscenes and in gameplay. Who are "the galaxy's greatest heroes" though? Well, it's Mario, Luigi, Peach, and their...
News Ubisoft Unveils Two Adorable Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Figurines
Each comes with a code for an in-game weapon skin
In the run up to the launch of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope on October 20th, Ubisoft has unveiled two new 'Ubicollectible' figurines based on the game. Depicting the Rabbids versions of Mario and Peach respectively, each will come with a code for an in-game weapon skin. We should also mention...
News Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Won't Include Multiplayer
The team wanted to focus on the "solo experience"
If you were hoping for some more multiplayer action in the upcoming Switch release Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, we're sorry to say but there won't be any options like this on offer. Speaking to Screenrant, producer Xavier Manzanares clarified how the team decided to focus exclusively on the "solo...
News Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope For Nintendo Switch Has Gone Gold
Ready for release
Next month is shaping up to be something special with quite a number of exciting Nintendo Switch releases. One of these games happens to be the Ubisoft title Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. If you're looking forward to this, you'll be pleased to hear the game has now officially "gone gold". It means the main development of the...
Feature Rayman Is Back In 'Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope' - So Is He Actually Cool Now?
It'll take an arm and a leg
The '90s gave us a ton of platforming mascots — Sonic, Gex, Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, Aero the Acro-Bat, James Pond, and the list goes on. Plenty of fun, cute animals who can do all sorts of fun things like run fast, glide around, spin rapidly, and trap enemies in bubbles. And then there's Rayman. So what is Rayman? He's...
News Ubisoft Announces Just Dance 2023 Edition, Out On Switch This November
Pre-orders are now live
At today's Ubisoft Forward event, the French company announced Just Dance 2023 Edition, the latest entry in the long-running rhythm game series. Pre-orders are now live on the Ubisoft Store. This new one is coming to the Nintendo Switch on 22nd November this year and will include a new art direction, new user interface,...
Video Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Showcases Wiggler Boss Battle Gameplay
The angry caterpillar
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope launches October 20th exclusively on the Switch, and at the latest Ubisoft Forward event, fans of Mario and the Rabbids got a look the new "Wiggler Boss Battle Gameplay". Apart from the battle itself, it showed a new planet, some additional gameplay such as puzzles to solve, places to visit, and...
News Rayman Returns In Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope DLC
Ubisoft's classic mascot is back!
Ubisoft Forward kicked off its 'Ubisoft Forward' event this year with a "first look" at a quest in its upcoming Switch exclusive Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. As exciting as all of this was, the highlight of this segment was arguably the reveal of Rayman at the very end. During the show, game
News Tencent Acquires 49.9% "Minority Passive Stake" In Ubisoft Founder's Company
Gets 5% voting rights in Guillemot Bros. Ltd
In the latest round of video game firm acquisition news, Ubisoft has announced that Tencent has acquired "a 49.9% economic stake with 5% voting rights in Guillemot Brothers Limited", Ubisoft's largest shareholder and a company formed by Ubisoft's CEO and founder Yves Guillemot and his family. In a press...
News Get Ready For A Mario + Rabbids Update At Ubisoft Forward Later This Week
Broadcast will take place September 10th
If you're eager to get an update on the upcoming Switch game Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Ubisoft has now confirmed it will be featuring the game at its upcoming 'Ubisoft Forward' event. Yes, following on from the news of the broadcast's September 10th return, the company has now provided some additional...
News Ubisoft Will Now Close Online Services For Three Wii U Titles In October
Shut down was originally planned for this month
Back in July, Ubisoft announced it would be shutting down multiple online services for a selection of its older games on 1st September. This included the Wii U versions of Assassin's Creed 3, Rayman Legends and ZombiU. Well, we're now past that date - and Ubisoft
News Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Has Been Played By Over 10 Million Switch Users
Creative director thanks fans on fifth anniversary
Ahead of the release of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, Ubisoft has announced the original game, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, has now been played by over 10 million people. Today actually marks the fifth anniversary since its release in 2017, and yes - it's now been played by that many Switch...
News Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Announces Season Pass And Gold Edition
A gold star for you
In just two months, Mario and friends — both old and new — will be returning to space in the sequel to Ubisoft's surprise strategy hit, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. And Nintendo has revealed that the upcoming game will be getting a Season Pass! This probably isn't too much of a surprise, as Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle...
News Tencent Is Seeking A Bigger Stake In 'Mario + Rabbids' Publisher Ubisoft
Chinese firm reportedly wants to be Ubisoft's biggest shareholder
Tencent Holdings Ltd is looking to raise its skate in Assassin's Creed and Mario + Rabbids publisher Ubisoft Entertainment SA, it's been reported. From Reuters.com, the Chinese gaming giant purchased a 5% stake in Ubisoft back in 2018, but is now looking to raise this and effectively...
News Bowser, New Planets Take Centre Stage In Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Interview
New characters, stages, and weapons!
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is set to release on 20th October, and while that still seems like a long way away, Ubisoft is making sure it doesn't feel light-years away. Today, the developer published a video interview with the game's lead producer, Xavier Manzanares, which gives more details about some of the...
News Roller Champions "Isn't Getting Cancelled", Says Ubisoft
Rumours suggested that it was on the way out
[Update: Mon 25th Jul, 2022 20:30 BST] Ubisoft has posted a statement, saying that the game "isn't getting cancelled" and that "Ubisoft fully supports it", with the development team "making sure we focus on what our players have told us needs improvement". The team have said that they will be extending...
Rumour Immortals Fenyx Rising Spin-Off Will Be "Less Of A Copy Of Breath Of The Wild"
Based on Hawaiian Polynesian culture, it's claimed
Rumours of a sequel to 2020's Immortals Fenyx Rising have been about for a while now, but on the Games Mess Decides podcast, Giant Bomb journalist Jeff Grubb has expanded on those rumours with new information suggesting that the next game in the Immortals franchise won't be a conventional sequel as...
News Mario + Rabbids Producer Talks About Sequel's Character Selection Process
Team didn't want to "do the same thing again"
If you saw the most recent footage of Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope you might be wondering about the changes with the game's hero lineup. Nintendo Everything had the chance to speak with the game's lead producer Xavier Manzanares and asked about the decision to exclude Yoshi from the main cast. It was...
News Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Is The Next Switch Online Trial
Update: Confirmed for US and Europe
Update [Wed 6th Jul, 2022 02:15 BST]: Nintendo has now confirmed Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be the next free trial game for North America. It's available to Switch Online subscribers at no additional cost from now until 12th July. Enjoy! Original article [Tue 5th Jul, 2022 04:30 BST]: Mario + Rabbids...
News Ubisoft Forward Returns September 10th, Expect News, Gameplay, Reveals & More
Save the date
It's that time of year where video game companies normally host their own 'Direct-like' presentations - revealing new and upcoming projects. The French publisher and developer Ubisoft announced last month it wouldn't be hosting its usual E3-style presentation in June and would wait until "later this year". Now, in an update, it's been...
News Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope, NieR: Automata File Sizes Seemingly Revealed
Glory to Rabbids
October is looking like a pretty stacked month for Switch owners if last week's Nintendo Direct Mini is anything to go by. During the Partner Showcase, we got a confirmed release date for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope and confirmation that PlayStation 4 classic NieR: Automata would be getting a port called NieR: Automata The End of...
News Ubisoft Closing Online Services For Three Wii U Titles This September
To focus resources on "newer" and "more popular titles"
The Wii U generation saw Nintendo embrace online gaming more than the previous generations, and naturally, third-party developers at the time took advantage of this new focus. Unfortunately, these kinds of services have to eventually wind down, and Ubisoft has decided September 1st is the time...
Feature Mario + Rabbids Producer Talks Free Movement And Fusing Lumas, Rabbids, And Composers
"It was a kid's dream to do that"
As revealed in Nintendo's June 2022 Direct Mini: Partner Showcase, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is launching on Switch on 20th October. This afternoon, Ubisoft's dedicated showcase,
Watch Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Showcase - Live!
Spark up your day
One of the big headliners during the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase yesterday was Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, the sequel to Ubisoft's XCOM-esque Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. The original was a surprising mash-up of genres and characters that maybe shouldn't have worked, but darn, they worked really well together. So...
News Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope Launches On Switch This October
More info to come in a special Showcase tomorrow
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...
News Ubisoft Confirms It Will Be Attending Gamescom 2022
Several major companies are skipping the event this year
Ubisoft has tweeted that it will be attending Gamescom 2022 in Cologne this coming August. This is particularly noteworthy given that several major publishers, including Nintendo, Activision, Take-Two Interactive, and Sony have all confirmed that they will be skipping the event this year...
News Ubisoft Store Reveals Potential Release Date For Mario + Rabbids: Sparks Of Hope
Is an official announcement on the way?
It seems the release date for Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope may have been leaked ahead of schedule. According to a now-removed listing on the Spanish Ubisoft Store, the Switch exclusive (including a Gold Edition) will be released later this year on 20th October. Multiple Twitter users managed to grab a...
News Ubisoft Confirms 'Roller Champions' Is Finally Out On Switch Today
Update: Along with a new season
Update [Tue 21st Jun, 2022 09:10] Ubisoft has revealed that Roller Champions is indeed dropping on Switch today! The company shared the news on Twitter yesterday, also announcing that Disco Fever season kicks off today. The season brings with it new items, outfits, and a brand new game mode. Check out the trailer...
News Assassin's Creed 15th Anniversary Livestream Broadcasting Later Today
Don't get your hopes up, though
Ubisoft has announced that it will be broadcasting a special Assassin's Creed 15th Anniversary Celebration Livestream, complete with a look back on the franchise's history along with a few teases as to what's to come later in the year. The livestream will kick off at 9am PT / 5pm BST / 6pm CEST. As for what it'll...