Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Madcap, must-have strategic adventure for Nintendo fans.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Players need to use strategic thinking, planning during battles, while analyzing angles, line of sight to account for cover. Game also uses math, statistics to measure weapon effectiveness, chance to hit, also light puzzle-solving skills.

Positive Messages

Features strong themes of teamwork and friendship, with characters working together to save Mushroom Kingdom, building fun relationships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mario and his crew have always been positive heroic role models; that trend continues here. Rabbids are a bit more manic, warped, but the ones joining the player are still heroic, helping out in their own unique ways.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence

Characters fight each other using variety of moves, special weapons, but violence is extremely cartoonish, tongue-in-cheek. For example, some weapons shoot things like honey at enemies to prevent them from moving for a turn. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Brings together iconic mascots of Nintendo, Ubisoft. Mario, Rabbids franchises have been featured in many spin-offs and in merchandise, collectibles, TV shows, etc. While this is a full standalone experience, there are plans for additional downloadable content (DLC), available for purchase individually or through Season Pass for game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a turn-based tactical role-playing game (RPG) for the Nintendo Switch. Characters from the Mario and Rabbids franchises team up to help each other, overcoming obstacles and building friendships along the way. The game features fantasy, cartoon violence with silly weapons like honey blasters and supercharged yo-yos, but it's all presented in a slapstick manner. Although the game is a full standalone experience, additional content will be made available for purchase either à la carte or by buying a Season Pass.

User Reviews

Adult Written byBen J. April 18, 2018

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Well...there are many things i can say about this game, but if you want both your kids senity and their well being, do not let your kids play this game. It infu... Continue reading
Parent of a 3, 4, 6, and 7 year old Written byDustin M. May 24, 2018
Kid, 10 years old February 23, 2018

It could be better...

Although I'm still on world two of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, I can tell you some major improvements the game can make. It has too much violence. I me... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 30, 2018

weird but fun!

This game should be rated E not E10+

What's it about?

Worlds collide in MARIO + RABBIDS KINGDOM BATTLE after a malfunctioning time washing machine brings the misfit miscreants of the hit Rabbids series crashing into the Mushroom Kingdom, where Mario and his pals make their home. Thanks to some earlier high-tech hijinks, the Rabbids are getting merged with creatures and items in the Mushroom Kingdom, while tearing the world apart at the same time. To save the Kingdom, Mario and company will team up with their Rabbid doppelgangers to track down the source of the chaos and put everything back to normal ... or at least as normal as things can get when the Rabbids are involved. Outwit your foes in turn-based combat in both single-player story mode and co-op challenges, solve puzzles, and track down fun collectibles in an epic journey across four unique worlds.

Is it any good?

Mario might be the reigning king of video games, but when his franchise gets invaded by an army of raving Rabbids, players get treated to a wonderfully wacky, must-have Switch adventure. Make no mistake about it, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is just oozing with personality. It's a blast to watch how the characters interact with each other, not only in cut-scenes, but during gameplay as well. They all have distinct behaviors, from Beep-0's sarcastic quips to Mario and Peach's purity and innocence to the Rabbids' almost manic mayhem. And yet, as diverse and strange as it might seem, the story still somehow seems to fit both franchises perfectly, like a certain plumber's hand-stitched gloves.

Still, this is a video game and not a cartoon, and a game needs to be fun to play. Thankfully, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle delivers here, as well. The game has a surprising amount of depth and strategy built into it, great for fans of turn-based, tactical role-playing games. Each character has certain specialties, skills, and equipment, with real thought going into how best to prepare for certain enemies. But if you've never even touched a tactical RPG title before, the game has you covered, with an intuitive hands-on tutorial at the start, and solid help and info options that explain just about every facet of the gameplay in easy-to-understand descriptions. As it stands, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is one of the most completely entertaining games available on the Nintendo Switch, and a title that belongs in any Nintendo fan's library.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. What effect, if any, does silly, cartoonish violence in games like Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle have on younger players? 

  • Talk about teamwork. What are some positive ways to work with others to overcome obstacles and accomplish certain goals? What are some examples of bringing together different skills in new and useful ways?

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