Yesterday (June 29) Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope got its own personal showcase from Ubisoft, revealing the story and mechanics, new characters, and the talent that lends itself to the score.
Coming out in October, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is the sequel to 2017’s Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. On this occasion, Mario and the Rabbids travel to a new galaxy to save the Sparks – Rabbid versions of Super Mario Galaxy’s Lumas. A force called Cursa wants to destroy them and it’s up to Mario and the Rabbids to save them and the universe. Bowser, Rabbid Rosaline and Edge are all new playable characters joining the fold, with the game appearing to omit Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Rabbid Yoshi and Rabbid Cranky from the original, which has not yet been announced.
Perhaps the most notable announcement during the showcase was that of the composers for the game’s score. Creative Director Davide Soliani was the one to unveil the trio, saying: “I am thrilled to welcome the return of my dear friend, the super talented Grant Kirkhope as a composer for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope† Soliani continued: “But he won’t be alone this time, as we’ve gathered an exceptional crew of talent from around the world. He will be joined by Gareth Coker and Yoko Shimomura, two phenomenal composers that I’m more than proud to now on our journey.”
Kirkhope is known for providing the soundtrack to Rare’s classic titles, including: Donkey Kong† Banjo Kazooie and GoldenEye 007 as well as more recent titles such as World of Warcraft‘s Shadowlands extension and Kingdoms of Amalur: Recalculate†
Coker co-created the soundtracks for both Oric games, for which he won an Ivor Novello Prize for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Ark: Survival Evolved† Immortals Fenyx Rising and Halo Infinite among many, many more. Shimomura, on the other hand, was already composing in the late 80’s for games like Street Fighter 2† Super Mario RPG† Legend of Mana† Final Fantasy 15† Super Smash Bros. brawl and ultimate as well as most Kingdom Hearts titles released to date. She also lends her talents to the soon-to-be Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal animated series, which will be released in October 2022.
Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will be released on October 20 for Nintendo Switch.
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