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Online Services for Certain Ubisoft Titles on Wii U and Wii are Ending Today


As nice as it would be to have the online services for every game to remain intact and keep on going for as long as possible, it’s just not feasible, so today Ubisoft are ending the online services for a whole range of games on various platforms, including the Wii U and Wii.

For a detailed explanation as to how each game is affected and which games are affected, we have that information right here: Continue reading Online Services for Certain Ubisoft Titles on Wii U and Wii are Ending Today

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[Guide] A Quick How-to Guide on How to Fix Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle DLC Download Issues


The New Ultra Challenge DLC For Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is out now and some folks who brought the Season Pass, are having problems updating their game to receive the new DLC and that is not good at all.

 

Fortunately, Nintendo is on the case and has issued an email to those that have downloaded the season pass and having received email in question, which does apologizes to those having the issue, we’re now on hand to offer a brief guide on how to make the DLC work for you: Continue reading [Guide] A Quick How-to Guide on How to Fix Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle DLC Download Issues

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle First DLC Brings Ultra Challenge Pack & Patch Notes Now Live


The First DLC pack of the Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Season pass brings Ultra Challenges to the game. These challenges are available after defeating the boss in each of the four regions and learning the special technique to reach the secret areas inside of each world. You will also unlock the “Cataclysm Kerfuffle” co-op challenges which includes five maps with increasing difficulty. The new DLC is already out in the United Kingdom but it shouldn’t be too long before it comes to the other regions.

The Second DLC pack is listed to come January 16th 2018.

Patch notes for the latest update (1.2.400297) have also gone live and include the following:

DLC

  • A New DLC is now available via the shop. It contains 13 new Challenges (8 Solo & 5 Co-op). Once installed, you can now see the following features:
    o The Save Slot progression indicates the new DLC content progression.
    o You can now select a Normal Coop AND a DLC campaign in the Buddy Dome with the DLC dedicated maps.

BUG FIXES

The following issues have been resolved:

OVERALL

  • Overall Game stability, audio, UI and localizations have been improved.

SYSTEM

  • When the console was not connected to any network, sometimes the game would remain on a black screen for about 5 minutes before it launches.
  • Sometimes, when your account was linked to Nintendo, the game would freeze for one/two seconds every 30 minutes.

GAMEPLAY

  • After collecting a chest in world 4-5, some players were unable to pass back through the pipe.
  • Sometimes, in World 3, you could not pick up the relic from the correct pedestal.
  • Sometimes in World 2, Chapter 3, the Rabbid Mario ice ball did not break the wall and trigger the cinematic.
  • On some occasions, during Chapter 6, Beep-O could get stuck under the environment.
  • Sometimes, revisiting World 4 to unlock the Secret Chapter could get you stuck in the puzzle area.
  • Two enemies could share the same cell during challenges.

Source: Perfectly Nintendo & Nintendo Everything

Just Dance 2018 To Receive “Just Mario” Exclusive Map On Nintendo Switch


To all of you that had high hopes that the “Jump Up Superstar” Theme Song for Super Mario Odyssey was the exclusive Mario Map coming to the Nintendo Switch version of Just Dance, may be disappointed to hear that it may not be the case. The exclusive Mario Map has been confirmed to be a remake of “Just Mario” which originally appeared in the Just Dance games on the Nintendo Wii and has been updated for the Nintendo Switch.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Jump Up Superstar WON’T be added, it still could be as a little extra surprise for us big Nintendo fans that are riding the hype train for Super Mario Odyssey. I guess we will know soon enough closer to the game’s release.

[Video] Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – World 1 Gameplay


Hey everyone! 😀 Check out my early hands on gameplay of World 1 in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle which arrived at my house today! XD Make sure to also check out my two unboxings too! XD And don’t be afraid to hit that like button, comment, and do subscribe for more great Nintendo content. Like what you see? Make sure to check it out on the Nintendo Switch eShop 😀

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[Review] Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Nintendo Switch)


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Developer: Ubisoft

Publisher: Ubisoft

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Category: Adventure & Strategy

Release Date: 29th of August, 2017 (Worldwide)

 

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For many months, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was simply a rumour. Something that so few believed in and many hoped would be a lie, but then came E3. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was revealed to be as real as you and me. Fast forward to now and now the game is released the world over and it is mind-blowingly shocking just how well the Mario and Rabbids mesh, which is something I never expected I would ever say in any lifetime.

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Personally I was against the idea. I’m not a fan of Rabbids and I’ve never really enjoyed their sense of humour, so seeing them go toe to toe with my favourite plumber, I wasn’t over the moon about it. Although while I may not like the white nutters, they’re clearly doing something right, as they went from being characters who made several appearances in the Rayman games, who then got their own series and now they’re in a game with Mario. Or is it Mario who is in the game with them?

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Believe it or not, this is a very valid question, as the answer is something of an intriguing one as it is an answer of many layers. It is as much of a Mario game as it is a Rabbids game, but at the same time, it is neither of those. Sure the game is set in the Mushroom Kingdom and the Rabbids have invaded it, with characters from both franchises being playable in battle, but out of battle that’s a different story. For the majority of the game’s story, you’ll actually be controlling an AI called Beep-0, who Mario and whoever else you have in your party, will follow around everywhere.

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The thing that really shows Mario up as being a secondary character though, is the lack of jumping. Yes he can jump in battle, as can everyone else (team-mates and the enemy Rabbids you’ll face,) but when strolling through the 4 Worlds Mario + Rabbids has to offer, his lack of a jump soon becomes noticeable and while Mario’s missing jump and Beep-O the leader is not a deal breaker, it does come across as a compromise being stuck so that neither Mario or a Rabbid would be the true star of the show.

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Although why should it be any different? While Mario + Rabbids is in part a Mario game, it is not a Nintendo made Mario game. Instead it is a Ubisoft made Mario game with the Snowdrop engine, as Nintendo actually had very little to do with Mario + Rabbids. Yes they helped the Ubisoft development team capture and understand the true essence of the Mushroom Kingdom and of all those who dwell there, but literally everything you see, is the work of Ubisoft. The Mushroom Kingdom, the combat, the guns and even Mario. I kid you not, the design sprites of Mario and co are done by Ubisoft, and sure their art style looks a lot like a HD version of the toon art style for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the fact is it works!

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Ubisoft have created something truly beautiful to look at and not only does this messed up, Rabbid invaded Mushroom Kingdom look and feel like the real deal, but it also sounds like it too thanks to two very special people. The first is the legend himself, Charles Martinet who is on hand to lend his voice to Mario and Luigi and the second guy is Grant Kirkhope. Kirkhope is a legend in his own right and has composed a lot of great stuff over the last few decades (such as the score for Yooka-Laylee) and Ubisoft couldn’t have picked a better composer as Kirkhope truly knocked it out of the park.

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Now besides looking great and sounding great, I have yet to flex my fingers and dip my toes into the world of story and gameplay, so for anyone who has yet to play, or wasn’t paying attention to all the Mario + Rabbids news in recent months, here’s Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle’s story in a big ol’ nutshell. It all begins in the basement of a female inventor and her AI companion Beep-0 as part of a lengthy opening animation. Judging by all the stuff she has in the basement and the fact she is humming the Mario theme tune, she’s clearly a big fan of the Mario franchise.

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The inventor is tinkering with her latest invention, the SupaMerge helmet, which can “merge any two objects it targets together into a single entity” and she hopes will be able to solve the energy crisis, but with this being the opening of a game, of course things go wrong. The helmet overheats, and while the inventor goes to have a lunch break, the Rabbids arrive in their time-travelling washing machine and instantly begin causing chaos, mayhem and destruction. Only one Rabbid is more interested in the helmet and once it’s on its little white head, the helmet begins misbehaving.

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Before you know it, some Rabbids are being transformed and the washing machine gets hit. Suddenly every Rabbid and the items in the room get sucked in and what was once a peaceful day in the Mushroom Kingdom soon becomes anything but. Chaos and panic ensues upon the arrival of the Rabbids and while Mario has become separated from his usual companions. Fortunately a certain Rabbid Peach, Rabbid Luigi and Beep-O are on hand to help Mario begin his adventure and do what needs to be done to save his world and get rid of the Rabbids, but if you ask me, Mario was way too eager to get his hands on a gun. He smiled, he made a delightful “oooh” and his eyes glistened.

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Being a small team of 3, saving the world won’t be easy, as the SupaMerge helmet and the Rabbid it has merged itself with, are corrupting Rabbids left, right and centre and a certain Bowser offspring is aiding him, but don’t fret just yet, as the team of 3 won’t remain as such as the likes of the actual Princess Peach, Luigi, Yoshi and Rabbid Yoshi will join your team as the game progresses and once Battle HQ is unlocked, you can swap team-mates any time you want, except for when actually in a battle. (Just remember your party can only consist of three fighters at a time.)

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As far as the actual story and characters go, it all works, especially since the story does do a good job of explaining everything, even if it does use the typical Rabbid sense of humour that pokes fun at Mario and Mario games. Still each one of the Rabbid versions of Mario and co, have a life of their own, with Rabbid Luigi being the village idiot, which even Rabbid Peach picks on, as she’ll pick him up and throw him at a certain plant, because she’s dissatisfied with the reward the plant has to offer them. She also has a penchant for taking selfies, as every moment is a photo opportunity for her, even when there is a Boss in the background. It’s actually rather surprising by how natural things between Mario and the mischievous Rabbids feel and how fun it all is, but then, Ubisoft is at the helm and they, like Nintendo are masters of taking crazy concepts and making them work brilliantly as a video game.

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In terms of gameplay though, there is essentially two main ways to play. The first is your standard exploration, which mostly involves of navigating Beep-O and your team through the various worlds, solving puzzles and opening chests to collect things like Soundtracks, 3D Models, Artworks and Tarot Cards. Just don’t expect too much of the puzzles, as a lot of them are straight up simple and they’re very repetitive as most of them require you to just push blocks around, but being a game that encompasses the spirit of Mario, there are Red and Blue Coin challenges and secret chapters to be discovered. To find them though, you will require a certain ability like Lift, Push, Dig or Smash in order to find them and to get the abilities, each one is unlocked by defeating the boss at the end of each world Mario + Rabbids has to offer.

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The second form of gameplay however, is of course the battle system. Battles are turn-based (Mario + Rabbids is a Strategy game after all,) and have different requirements for you to win, as some simply desire you to kill everyone on the field. Some only require you to kill a select amount, whereas some battles, just need you, or someone you’re escorting like Toad, to the end zone, highlighted by a golden light, but whatever the requirement is, unless you have a plan in action, there is every chance your team will get slaughtered!

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It doesn’t matter that everything in this game is simple to pick up, because if there is one thing Mario + Rabbids does exceedingly well, it’s turning up the heat. While you may easily be able to rely on Super Jumps and a couple of dashes before going in for the attack, during the earlier stages, come the later ones, the enemies will be pulling off the same manoeuvres as you, so it’s either time to rely on a different movement, or a different team, as each character has their own particular skill set and way of doing things on the battlefield. For example, Luigi might not have a lot of health, but he is a great sniper, so on a battlefield that has a lot of distance to cover, he’s worth having on your team.

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Not only can you mix and match your team though, before the battle even begins, if it’s too hard for you, you can select Easy Mode, which allows you to refill your health as there are no health items other than the occasional mushroom you can encounter, but it will also let you have 50% more health too. Also before the fighting starts, you can choose to dive right into battle, or take the time to view the surroundings, get a feel for the enemies and change your weaponry. Weapons can be found in chests, or unlocked by winning certain battles, then brought with the coins you’ll find all over the Mushroom Kingdom, (even in battles,) and each one has different stats and Super Effects. Super Effects are great for turning the tide of battle as weapons that have Push, can push enemies off a ledge if they’re close to one, with Bounce doing a similar thing, but there is also Ink, Honey and even Burn.

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The bad news is, the enemies have weapons that also have these effects, so while you can be enjoying yourself one minute, shooting at them from behind partial cover, with them having a 50% chance of hitting you, don’t be surprised if you’re the one who gets sent flying, or running round the area, holding your tushie, as the enemy Rabbid just got you with Burn.  The AI encountered in battle is not stupid and will do everything it possibly can to try and stop you from completing the battle and obtaining a *Perfect score. (*Perfect scores can be earned by completing battles in a certain number of turns with every unit alive and depending on the number of battles in a chapter, getting Perfect on each one will earn you a gold trophy.)

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Provided you do adapt to the battle mechanics at play, which are done right, compared to plenty of other Strategy games, and are in it for the long haul, to reach the credits, will take you anywhere between 12-15 hours easy and that’s without collecting and completing everything, which I can assure you is worth doing, as Mario + Rabbids really is delightful experience and if you’re going to buy it, it’s only fair you put the time in to properly complete it.

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Only to truly master Mario + Rabbids, as well as going round finding every collectable the game has to offer, which once you have them are all viewable in the Museum, which can be visited at any time from the Peach’s Castle hub world, there are challenges in each world that need to be beaten, as well as secret ones that need finding and battles to be replayed! Once a world is completed, you can revisit it, without needing to replay any of the battles you did previously, so you can explore leisurely, but say you earned a silver trophy instead of a gold one, chapters can be replayed thanks to the time-travelling washing machine that is also present in the hub world.

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There’s also an amiibo R&D building that can be used to scan in a Mario, Luigi, Peach and Yoshi amiibos to unlock specific weapons, as well as the Battle HQ, which is where you can buy and changed primary and secondary weapons. Choose your team and spend Skill Orbs that are earned from challenges, battles and chests, but you can also upgrade skills as well. Want more life, or simply deal more damage in a dash? The skill tree has that covered, but if you are sick of playing on your own, there is a place to go that you can play with a friend. That “place” is the Buddydome, and it is the place to go for some co-op play challenge completing. You’re not playing against each other, but with one another, in a bid to accomplish the same goal. Only instead of a team of 3, each player has a team of 2, which you’ll play by taking it in turns, which does mean, you can actually do this mode without an actual Player 2 sitting beside you, but where would the fun in that be?

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Nevertheless, as tempting as it is to just play Mario + Rabbids for hours on end, I would actually advise players not too. Every time I played the game with my Switch docked, for three hours, the fan would start blowing like nobody’s business and the Switch would be incredibly hot, which would also result in frame rate dips and the occasional unexpected game crash. Such a thing has happened to me on three occasions with Mario + Rabbids and while the fault is not necessarily down to Ubisoft and Mario + Rabbids, it is something that happens during lengthy gaming sessions, so do try to be careful, or at least play in a cooler environment than the one I was in. After all, no one wants to have the game cash, when there is a whole opera song going on and the Rabbid signing it is laying into Mario big time! (Yes, this is something that actually happens in-game, but shh, spoilers!)

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Conclusion:

The undeniable truth is, whether you like Mario and Rabbids or not, the two really do go hand in hand with one another in this must own Switch exclusive. Ubisoft have done a stupendous job of bringing two franchises together and have done it in is such a way that the game is easy to pick up and open to all as you need not be a fan of wither franchise. Furthermore it is just incredibly delightful. Yes the game can be a little too silly at times, but that’s those Rabbids for you, they’re always like that, but Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle truly is a phenomenal piece of work and a positive step forwards into a future of what Nintendo/Third Party collab gaming could become!

 

 

THE VERDICT: 9/10

 

[Patch Notes] Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Version 1.1.384237


In case you were not aware, not only is Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle officially released globally, but it also has a Day 1 update that comes packed with a lot of good news and now that Ubisoft has made the patch notes available, here they are:

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[Video] Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – Collector’s Edition Unboxing


Hey everyone! 😀 Check out my early unboxing of the Collector’s Edition for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle which arrived at my house today! XD Make sure to also check out my unboxing of the Rabbid Luigi, Peach and Yoshi 6″ Ubicollectibles for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. There is also gameplay to come too! XD And don’t be afraid to hit that like button, comment, and do subscribe for more great Nintendo content. Like what you see? Make sure to check it out on the Nintendo Switch eShop 😀

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[Gallery] The Secrets of amiibo (Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle amiibo Unlocks)


Bwaaah! It’s amiibo time!

 

While Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle doesn’t officially release until tomorrow, it is already in the hands of reviewers and members of the public and thanks to one gamer who’s been able to hands on with the game earlier than most, John Martin of pressxnow has been kind enough to share what amiibo can be used for with Mario + Rabbids and here it all is in photo form:

 

 For anyone who is on the fence with regards to picking up Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, our review is on the way and it should have all the answers you  will to finalise your decision.

 

Source: pressxnow.com

[Video] Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – Rabbid Luigi, Peach, Yoshi 6” Unboxing


Hey everyone! 😀 Check out my early unboxing of the Rabbid Luigi, Peach and Yoshi 6″ Ubicollectibles for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle which arrived at my house today 😀 Looking forward to the game arriving soon too! XD And don’t be afraid to hit that like button, comment, and do subscribe for more great Nintendo content. Like what you see? Make sure to check it out on the Nintendo Switch eShop 😀

[Press Release] Season Pass for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Will Be Available August 29th


If you were hoping you’d only need to purchase Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and a couple of its associated figurines next week, you’re wrong. The forthcoming release will also have DLC, and Ubisoft have been kind enough to provide us with a press release that covers what the DLC will entail:

 

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UBISOFT® ANNOUNCES SEASON PASS FOR MARIO + RABBIDS® KINGDOM BATTLE:

 

(CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH THE TWISTED MUSHROOM KINGDOM)

 

LONDON, UK – AUGUST 23RD, 2017 – Today, Ubisoft® announced the post-launch plans for Mario + Rabbids® Kingdom Battle, which will include new weapons, solo challenges, co-op maps and brand new story content.

 

Season Pass owners will be able to enjoy three pieces of DLC:

  • 8 unique steampunk weapons will be available at the launch of the game, each one with its own statistics. These items will be exclusive for season pass owners.
  • This autumn, players will be able to test their skills with new solo challenges, or with a friend, through additional co-op maps.
  • In 2018, players will be able to play through brand new story content.

 

The season pass will be available for Nintendo Switch™ on August 29TH, 2017.

 

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle® is the story of an unexpected encounter between the most famous video game character, Mario, and the irreverent and chaotic Rabbids, as they join forces to restore the Mushroom Kingdom, which has been torn apart by a mysterious vortex. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle will be available exclusively for Nintendo Switch™ on August 29TH, 2017.

 

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Source: Ubisoft PR

[Europe] Rayman Legends Definitive Edition Demo Added & Removed From Switch eShop


A Demo for Rayman Legends Definitive Edition appeared on the European Nintendo Switch eShop yesterday and has since been taken down. For those that were quick enough to download the 702 mb demo, you will be able to play through a few of the levels from the game to get a taste of what it will be like to play Rayman Legends on the Nintendo Switch.

The demo listing has since been removed and instead a new listing for the game has appeared in the “Coming Soon” section. No explanation was given but perhaps the demo was not supposed to have gone live so soon or that their was some unknown issues that needed to be fixed first before it goes online again.

Still, that has not stopped people from uploading footage of the demo to their YouTube channels. Here is a video from our friends at Nintendo Impact Gaming.

Source: Switch eShop & Nintendo Impact Gaming

Ubisoft Presents: An Interview with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle’s Rabbid Peach


If you thought the strangest videogame related thing to happen this year is the announcement of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, then think again.

 

Ubisoft have gone ahead and posted an interview between them and Rabbid Peach and we’re sharing plenty of extracts.

 

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First off, it’s a pleasure to have you here Rabbid Peach! How are you adjusting to your new life here?

Rabbid Peach: “Well, it’s certainly…different. There’s a lot of butt to kick, and you KNOW I do it well. I might not have a nose, but I can smell my enemies’ fear! There’s definitely not enough class for a girl like me though, have you SEEN the clothes these bad guys are wearing? Yuck.”

 

Understandable! You mentioned kicking butt there, care to elaborate?

Rabbid Peach: “Oh gosh, it’s easy really, darling. I mean the rest of my beloved team might struggle sometimes, but I’ll gladly put them all on my back. These bad guys mean nothing to me, if anything they’re just good exercise!”

 

Impressive! What’s it like working with a team, especially legends like Mario himself?

Rabbid Peach: “Well of course the team NEEDS me for anything to work properly, but they’re a cute bunch. They mean well, and I know that my kind of healing talents don’t come easy to just anyone. Mario though? That man can do EVERYTHING! He’s strong, fast, smart and incredibly handsome to boot. You could say me and him are the dream duo.”

 

Speaking of duos, Mario and Peach are an iconic partnership! What’s your take on the situation from the inside?

Rabbid Peach: “Hmph. Are we here to talk about me or irrelevant things?”

 

Sorry, sorry. Back to you. We’ve heard that you’ve become addicted to the ‘Selfie’ phenomenon. What’s the secret to a good profile picture?

Rabbid Peach: [She giggles.] “Well step one, become a gorgeous diva like myself. Step two, make sure you get those super sweet one time only selfie snaps! Danger is glamorous, baby. Step 3? Work. It. Girl. Oh, by the way, to see the BEST pictures with a PERFECT model, make sure to follow @rabbidpeach on Insta!”.

 

Wow! There must be waves of people out there who are absolutely inspired by you. What kind of advice would you give to someone trying to make it to your position?

Rabbid Peach: “Don’t bother. There’s only room for one Queen Bee, and that’s moi.”

 

Well thank you for your time Rabbid Peach. It’s been a total pleasure to interview you. Anything you’d like to say to all the fans at home before you go?

Rabbid Peach:  [By this point, Rabbid Peach had already taken out her phone and begun to take hundreds of selfies around the room.] “Hmm? Oh uhm, don’t buy tacky clothes and always be yourself! Don’t let anyone intimidate you or bring you down, you’re strong and independent and own your future! Oh, and make sure to follow my social media accounts! Kisses and see you for the game’s grand release, on the 29th of August!”

 

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For the entire thing, click here.

 

Source: rabbids.ubisoft.com

[Video] Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: Bounce, Dash, and Blast Your Enemies


With Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle coming to Nintendo Switch later this year, there is still so much to learn about the title and today’s video is something of an eye-opener!

 

So with no further delay, here is UbiBlog’s Chris Watters going behind the scenes with Associated Producer Christina Nava, as the pair discuss various ways in which to defeat the enemies players can expect to encounter in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle:

Source: Ubisoft US (YouTube)

More on Just Dance 2018 Plus Nintendo Related Box Art


Care to know a little more about the newly revealed Just Dance 2018, we’ll we’ve got you covered!

 

At your own leisure, feel free to scroll to view both the official box art for Wii, Wii U and Nintendo Switch, as well as the official Ubisoft press release:

Continue reading More on Just Dance 2018 Plus Nintendo Related Box Art