Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope has the nicest graphics in years

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 2 looks and sounds better than before, according to Ubisoft

Ubisoft's Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope is undoubtedly the most exciting new Switch game this year

Ubisoft's Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope is undoubtedly the most exciting new Switch game this year

Although Mario and co. feature in the game, it's basically all Ubisoft's own work, which plays like XCOM sans the base building

Instead than just rehashing the original, the sequel incorporates new ideas, most notably abolishing grid-based movement and allowing for more freedom in character positioning

Ubisoft showed off the game's foundations during Tuesday's Nintendo Direct Mini, but gave a more in-depth look Wednesday evening.

As always, the worst thing about the game is that it's a crossover, with the insufferable Rabbids rivaling the Minions as the least amusing comedic characters ever

They're in the title, so we can't avoid them, even if the green-haired Edge is a self-parody

Most of the characters and backdrops are from Nintendo's games, with Super Mario Galaxy having a particular influence

This was promoted as a fresh concept, but it's happened before in Paper Mario and RPG games

Non-player characters give side tasks and additional overworld riddles, and characters can roam more freely during battle

Assuming the new mobility system works well, this should be one of the best games of the year when it's launched on Nintendo Switch on October 20