Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Officially Announced, Releasing August 29 For Nintendo Switch

After months of rumours and leaks, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has been offically announced on stage at E3.

Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot shared the stage with Shigeru Miyamoto to reveal the crossover – which has been in development at the firm’s Paris studio for the past 3 years – and is coming to Nintendo Switch on August 29th.

Ubisoft Paris over the last three years. It’s a tactical adventure, set in motion as the two worlds of Mario and Rabbids smashed together, making the world unstable and creating Rabbid versions of all the Mario Kingdom characters. It’s a bit of a bizarre set up.

The turn-based tactical game sees the Mario & Rabbid worlds collide, with gameplay taking cues from the likes of XCOM, with cover, team attacks and more shown off.

Check out the trailer below:

Let’s-a-go!

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Officially Announced, Releasing August 29 For Nintendo Switch

Psyonix’ Rocket League Confirmed For Nintendo Switch This Winter, Will Have Cross-Network Play With Xbox And PC

Following the mediocre response to 2008’s Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, developers Psyonix found themselves with a surprise hit when Rocket League launched on PC and PS4 in 2015.

An Xbox version launched in 2016, and the developers have since been supporting the game – and it’s growing fanbase – across all platforms with DLC, both free and paid, on a regular basis.

Now, via a trailer as part of Nintendo’s E3 showing, Psyonix have announced the rocket-fueled-football-cars (totally should have called it that) will also be coming to Switch later this year.

The Switch version of the game will include wireless multiplayer and the cross-network functionality found elsewhere, which means whether you’re on PC, Xbox or Switch you’ll be able to play online seamlessly with those on other machines.

One point of note here, is that despite the developers and other platform holders being open to the idea, PlayStation owners are not able to join cross-network games, because of what Sony say are ‘privacy concerns’.

Rocket League Switch is expected to launch late 2017.

Psyonix’ Rocket League Confirmed For Nintendo Switch This Winter, Will Have Cross-Network Play With Xbox And PC

Mario Kart VR Drifting Into Japanese Arcades, No Word On Worldwide Roll-Out

Bandai Namco have developed a version of Mario Kart playable in virtual reality, which will be heading to the VR Zone in Shinjuku, Japan, it’s been announced.

Whilst sitting in a traditional wheel-and-pedal rig, the game will see players don a HTC Vive headset, and wear wrist mounted trackers allowing them to throw shells and banana peels just like in Nintendo’s console classic.

It’s not clear to what extent Nintendo actually worked on this, but fear not, as Bandai Namco have previously developed the Mario Kart Arcade GP series, which was faithful to the original games, and bloody good fun!

Mario Kart VR Drifting Into Japanese Arcades, No Word On Worldwide Roll-Out

Nintendo Reveal New Yoshi And Kirby Games Are Planned For 2018

As part of their E3 coverage, Nintendo have given us a first look at forthcoming Switch titles staring Yoshi and Kirby.

It appears Kirby is going back to his simple platforming roots by way of controls, rather than anything we’ve seen in the recent outings, although there’s seemingly (upto) 4 player co-op and the ability to combine powers which should keep things interesting, without the need for any other gimmicks.

Yoshi’s next outing looks equally smart, with an arts and crafts aesthetic meaning construction paper and carboard are taking the place of Wooly World’s yarn filled environments. The title’s hook being that each level will have “two sides” which you can Switch between.

Both Yoshi and Kirby are scheduled for a 2018 release on Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo Reveal New Yoshi And Kirby Games Are Planned For 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo Revealed As FIFA 18’s Cover Star

I’m not going to pretend I know much about football – but I do enjoy a game of FIFA every now and then, and despite not actively following the sport, I also understand that Cristiano Ronaldo is quite good at it. So good, in fact, that he’s been revealed as FIFA 18’s cover star.

Alongside the standard edition of the annualised franchise, EA are releasing a Ronaldo Edition of the game, which will grant players a digital version of the striker in the Ultimate Team game mode. There will also be an Icon Edition of the game coming to Sony and Microsoft platforms – which seemingly replaces the previously Xbox exclusive Legends Edition.

Heading into E3, we can expect further FIFA 18 details at the EA Play presser on June 10th, although I’d be surprised if they mention the cut-down Nintendo Switch version of the game on stage, since we already know that wont be running on the Frostbite Engine, or include the Journey story mode.

Cristiano Ronaldo Revealed As FIFA 18’s Cover Star

Nintendo Announce More Details Regarding Switch’s Online Service

Nintendo have today released new details regarding its upcoming paid online service for Nintendo Switch. They had earlier planned to have the service go live in Fall 2017 – meaning that Switch owners could play games online for free until then – however the company’s now revealed paid online won’t launch until 2018, which is great news for early adopters of the system.

Pricing for the service has also been announced, with 1 Month, 3 Month and Annual Membership options, costing 3.99/7.99/19.99 respectively.

Further to the low pricing, more good news comes by way of the included game options – think PlayStation Plus or Games With Gold.

“Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play.”

“Users can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, as long as they have an active subscription.”

“Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will be able to play a wide variety of classic games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, Balloon Fight and Dr. Mario. More games will be announced at a later date. At launch the classic game library will include NES games. Super NES games continue to be under consideration, but we have nothing further to announce at this time.”

Nintendo have otherwise remained silent on the future of Virtual Console on Switch.

Nintendo Announce More Details Regarding Switch’s Online Service

Nintendo Announce New 2DS XL Handheld, No E3 Conference This Year

Nintendo – who, when it comes to marketing strategy, simply love to keep you guessing – have today announced another SKU in the 3DS family line, the New 2DS XL.

As the name suggests, the New 2DS XL combines the features of the New 3DS XL; improved processing power, dual rear cameras, amiibo support, the c-stick and new trigger buttons. Equally obvious, is the 2DS variant’s omission – there’s no stereoscopic 3D.

The New 2DS XL has a redesigned clamshell design too, bringing it in line with the rest of the family rather than the child-friendly hinge-free wedge we saw on the 2DS.

Nintendo’s New 2DS XL has a suggested retail price of $150 in the US, with UK retailers listing it at ~£130 ahead of release July 28th, 2017.

Does this mean we’ll see more 3DS line games, as Nintendo firmly position their new hybrid console Switch as a home machine?


Another unexpected announcement coming from Nintendo today was the news that the company will not be hosting a traditional Press Conference during this year’s E3 event.

“Finally, the video game tradeshow E3 will be held in Los Angeles this June. Again this year, we will not be hosting a large-scale press conference for institutional investors, analysts and the media. Nintendo of America will present further information on our plans at a later date.” – Tatsumi Kimishima, Nintendo President, Financial Results Briefing 2017

This isn’t the first time Nintendo have skipped the conferences, opting to host Direct or Treehouse digital presentations instead, but many expected a return to the stage after the launch of Switch in March.

Nintendo Announce New 2DS XL Handheld, No E3 Conference This Year