Nintendo and Ubisoft are working on the most unlikely, yet fun collaboration of the year. The two are creating Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and it’ll debut later this month for the Switch. For subtle reasons, perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the game is the heat that Mario is packing.

Mario’s history is a famous and deep one, with countless adventures to his name and loads of awards to go with it. He is a staple in the gaming industry. However, Mario has never been a part of a project like Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Ubisoft’s Rabbids are joining forces with Mario to battle, well, the Rabbids.

Those who know Mario’s history know he is not one to play with guns. In fact, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is the first game that prominently pictures Mario holding a weapon. Davide Soliani, who is the creative director at Ubisoft Milan, briefly tells the story of how Mario packin’ heat came to be.

“We were the first and biggest filter before reaching Nintendo. The whole presentation of the weapons happened in Kyoto, but before going there we knew that it was the first time Mario was holding a weapon, we knew that it was possibly working only if it was merging well with the tone of voice, the light-hearted kind of aspect.

“We used a lot of disproportion to create our weapons, we didn’t want them to look real, but at the same time we wanted the player to understand the function by just seeing the visual. When we arrived [at Nintendo] we had a vision of the weapons that was almost final, and they accepted our intention,” Soliani told GadgetsNDTV.

Obviously, the presentation went over extremely well. Remember back to E3 2017 when Shigeru Miyamoto came bursting out of a smoking entrance holding the same gun Mario holds in the game’s box art? Clearly, Ubisoft and Nintendo are on the same page when it comes to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.

Back at E3 2017, I had the chance to go hands-on with the game and it’s setting up incredibly well. Combat is fun, rewarding and possesses all kinds of avenues for style. Furthermore, the game’s world contains the quintessential charm you expect to find in a Mario game. It’ll be great to have Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle this coming Aug. 29. Gamers can pick up the title on Switch. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. 

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