If someone had told me a year ago that Ubisoft was going to be making a game using Nintendo’s intellectual property I would’ve thought they were insane, but here we are. To make matters even crazier, it’s actually good. Mario + Rabbids is a tactical game similar in style to XCOM. You move your characters around to try to maintain an advantageous position in combat and take turns shooting at each other behind varying amount of cover. Yes, shooting. Mario uses a gun of some sort in this game, which seems kind of strange at first, but you get used to it.
Taken as a sort of “XCOM-lite” the game is pretty great, requiring some legitimate strategic thinking as the stages progress, while throwing in a dash of slapstick or absurdist comedy throughout. The rabbids themselves manage to keep their antics from becoming grating, which I’m thankful for, and the expected charm of Mario and his gang manages to shine through.
Definitely recommend this for anyone who is a fan of tactical gameplay and likes the lighthearted style of the Mario games. If you’ve got a Switch, give it a look!