Nintendo and Ubisoft announced Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope for Nintendo Switch during the Ubisoft Forward E3 2021 event. Sparks of Hope is a sequel to 2017's Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, which sees Mario and eight other companions traveling across the galaxy to save Sparks and restore order to the planets, and it's slated for a 2022 release date.
If it wasn't already obvious, Sparks of Hope leans heavily on Super Mario Galaxy, including planet-hopping and even Bunny Lumas, which will likely end up being as gruesome as it looks.
Sparks power up Mario and his friends during battle. They seem to build on things like ice and fire and hopefully add something similar to the classic Mario power-ups that were noticeably lacking in Kingdom Battle. The grid-based system disappeared in favor of
Mario's travel companions are a little different this time around too. Key art provided by Nintendo and the trailer show the return of Luigi, Peach, and Bunny Peach, but they're accompanied by Bunny Rosalina and a big-haired Bunny who looks like he jumped out of an animated series. Mario wields dual-wielding guns and Rabbit Peach has an assault rifle, while Luigi wields a bow instead of his sniper weapon from the original.
Stay tuned for more on Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle 2 Sparks of Hope as we learn.