Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is an odd XCOM-esque crossover between the two titular franchises available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. As weird as this concept sounds, the game received favorable reviews when it launched on Nintendo Switch back in August in North America and Europe.
That being said, the game has yet to come out in Japan or South Korea. Ubisoft shed some more light on the game’s release in these regions today, stating that Nintendo will be publishing the game in Japan and South Korea instead of Ubisoft, and that it will launch in those countries on January 18, 2018.
Alain Corre, EMEA Executive Director at Ubisoft, had the following to say about partnering with Nintendo to publish the game in Japan and South Korea:
“Nintendo publishing Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle in Japan and Korea shows that they appreciate the quality of the Rabbids brand and this game, and have high expectations for them in markets they know better than anyone else. Nintendo have been an amazing partner throughout the game’s development game, and now, thanks to them, Switch owners in Japan will join in on the fun with millions of other players around the world.”
Meanwhile, President of Nintendo of Europe Satoru Shibata had the following to say about Nintendo publishing the game:
““We were very happy to see that players across Europe enjoyed the unexpected combination of Mario, Rabbids and strategy in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for Nintendo Switch. We hope that players in Japan and Korea will also enjoy the game when it is released there in January next year.”
If you want to see the game in action, you can check out its launch trailer. You can also learn about the contents of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle’s Season Pass and listen to our interview with composer Grant Kirkhope on a recent ShockCast.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is currently available exclusively on the Nintendo Switch in North America and Europe, and will be released in Japan and South Korea by Nintendo on January 18, 2018.