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Rumor: Mario and Ubisoft’s Rabbids will star in a crossover Switch RPG

Nintendo loyalists have been calling for a true successor to the excellent Super Mario RPG for years at this point, and it appears that their prayers will finally be answered — but there might be a slight catch. A new report from Let’s Play Video Games suggested that Mario will be teaming up with Ubisoft’s Rabbids for a role-playing game (RPG) on the Nintendo Switch.

The report stated that the working title for the game is Mario RPG: Invasion of the Rabbids, and that it is being developed by Ubisoft under the guidance of Nintendo. It’s scheduled as a launch title for the Switch. It appears that it will launch at the same time as the next 3D Mario installment, as well.

The game will reportedly “[conform] to Nintendo’s own internal specifications for how Mario characters and iconography should be presented.”

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The story will take place in the Mario universe, which has been invaded by both friendly and dastardly Rabbids characters, and will apparently feature a new version of Bowser designed to look like a Rabbid. Yoshi and a Rabbid will also be playable characters. The Rabbids characters will “jump” from your TV screen to the handheld to simulate your system becoming “infested” with the creatures … God help us all.

It’s worth noting that this wouldn’t be the first time a Mario role-playing game was developed by a third party. While the Paper Mario series has largely been developed at the Nintendo-run Intelligent Systems, AlphaDream has handled the Mario & Luigi RPG series, and the original Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was developed by Square.

Recent role-playing Mario titles have met with a mixed reception. Paper Mario: Color Splash was criticized for abandoning most RPG elements entirely, and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is considered one of the weakest games in the entire series.