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Press Start’s GOTY 2022 #8 – Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope

Run Rabbid, run!

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Although our ninth place game, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, took out the coveted Keighley for most family friendly affair, this second Mario and Rabbids team-up wouldn’t have been far off the pace. 

Considered by most as a marked improvement on the previous crossover Kingdom Battle, Sparks of Hope is an across the board success and was heaped with praise for the game’s gorgeous visuals, combat improvements within less linear play spaces, and a bop of a soundtrack by two heavyweights in Coker and Kirkhope. 

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Review

Were it not for the ageing Switch hardware and the unfortunate load times that come with it, Sparks of Hope could have crept higher up the list. But one thing is for certain, whatever Mario gets into next with these rascally Rabbids we’re here for it. 

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In his review, Harry scored Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope a 9 out of 10 stating: “While Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is a markedly different game than Kingdom Battle, it’s a more than worthy sequel that successfully steps into its own space within the realm of turn-based strategy. It’s undoubtedly one of the best games on the Switch, and one of the best showings from Ubisoft in recent years.”

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As it stands on Metacritic, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is currently sitting at an 86 based on 115 critic reviews.

PRESS START’S 2022 GOTY LIST

#10 – Pentiment

#9 – Kirby and the Forgotten Land

#8 – Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope