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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Hits This Winter in Japan

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope finally has a solid release date of October 20…for the West. Gamers in Japan will have to wait a little bit longer. For now, the game has a release window of “Winter 2022” in Japan. Not only that, but the game also is also seeing a slight name change and is being released as Mario + Rabbids Galaxy Battle in Japan. You can see the Japanese trailer (identical to those in the West) for the game below. 
The original Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle released in August 2017 in the West but didn’t see a release in Japan until January 2018. While reasons for the delay then (as well as now) are unclear, it could possibly have to do with other competing games released around the same time. One of the big games released in the same timeframe was Dragon Quest X Online on the platform in September 2017. While not a direct competitor in terms of gameplay/genre, it’s possible that Nintendo (the publisher in Japan) didn’t want to go up against the MMO juggernaut from Square Enix. Of course, this is all conjecture on my part. 

Source: NCL

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