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Nintendo Download: Aria of the Sparks

The wait is over, and Ubisoft’s sequel to Mario+Rabbids is here, bringing more of the strategic, turn-based action that made the original a hit.

Gives ’em hope

Yes, it’s time once again to dive into the gaming multiverse, for a return to the weird (but great) mashup that is Mario+Rabbids. If you missed the original, Kingdom Battle set the Mario Bros and friends up for one of their most unique adventures ever. That being turn-based strategy.

Not exactly a genre that you think of when you think “Mario”, but Ubisoft was cooking with gas when it came to this one. Not only did the formula work, but it (in my opinion) produced one of the best TBS titles ever seen on a console. And now it’s back.

Sparks of Hope picks up where the original left off, but brings in some new elements. Included now are Sparks, which can turn the tide of battle, and free-roaming in the game’s many worlds. It’s looking great, and should be a nice tentpole game for Nintendo this holiday season.

If, for some reason, it’s not your cup of Joe though, there’s plenty more this week to take up your leisure time. Other releases include New Tales from the Borderlands, Persona 5 Royal, the latest Jackbox Party Pack, Warhammer 40K: Shootas, Blood, and Teef, and of course the usual assortment of (sometimes dubious) smaller launches.

Scroll down to check ’em all out.

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  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope – A cosmic adventure of galactic proportions with Mario and the Rabbids is here! Explore vibrant worlds, unlock secrets, rescue Sparks and save the galaxy in exciting tactical battles. Freely roam through all sorts of wondrous worlds, each one jam-packed with discoveries. Recruit up to 30 different Sparks, each with their own special powers and skills that can help “spark” a decisive victory! Can Mario and the Rabbids put an end to the Darkmess? Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope launches on Nintendo Switch today! Check it out in Nintendo eShop and in the My Nintendo Store on Nintendo.com. A Gold Editioncan also be purchased, containing the base game, weapon skins and a season pass that includes upcoming DLC packs with new adventures, quests and battles.
  • Persona 5 Royal – Prepare for the award-winning RPG experience in this definitive edition of Persona 5 Royal, featuring a treasure trove of downloadable content! Forced to transfer to a high school in Tokyo, the protagonist has a strange dream. “You truly are a prisoner of fate. In the near future, ruin awaits you.” With the goal of “rehabilitation” looming overhead, he must save others from distorted desires by donning the mask of a Phantom Thief. Persona 5 Royal launches on Oct. 21.
  • New Tales from the Borderlands – Within the perpetually war-torn metropolis of Promethea, you’ll control Anu, Octavio and Fran on the worst day of their lives. Help these three lovable losers as they endeavor to change the world (and maybe even save it)! You decide the fates of altruistic scientist Anu, her ambitious, “streetwise” brother Octavio and the fierce, frogurt-slinging Fran. With nothing left to lose and everything to gain, you’ll claw and con your way through this thrilling five-part story full of gun-toting goons, otherworldly beasts and delicious tacos. It’s time to fight back against exploitation and corporate greed. It’s time to make Mayhem your business. New Tales from the Borderlands launches on Oct. 21.
  • Jackbox Party Pack 9 – Introducing the ninth installment of the Party Pack Franchise you know and love! Enjoy five games – Fibbage 4, Quixort, Junktopia, Nonsensory and Roomerang. Learn more about each of these games on Nintendo.com or in Nintendo eShop. Whether you’re hanging out with friends, having a remote get-together, trying to make the holidays less awkward or looking for your next game to stream, Jackbox Party Pack 9 is here to spice things up. Jackbox Party Pack 9 is available to play with friends today! (Compatible smart device required. Game, systems and smart device sold separately.)


  • Rewards That Spark-le – My Nintendo members can redeem My Nintendo Platinum Points* for rewards based on the Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope game! Members can redeem 400 Platinum Points right now for an adorable Spark keychain to take along on your adventures! Plus, you can redeem Platinum Points for two cosmically colorful wallpapers for your PC or smart device. For more information, please visit https://my.nintendo.com/news.
  • Gotta Splat ’Em All – Looking forward to the upcoming Splatoon PokémonSplatfest** taking place from Friday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. PT to Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. PT? Show some flair for your partner Pokémon team of choice with a Splatoon Pokémon Splatfest Keychain set reward … coming soon! In the meantime, count down the days until the Splatoon 3 Splatfest and the release of the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games with the November wallpaper calendar reward. For more information, please visit https://my.nintendo.com/rewards/f298baacd71370e9.

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Also new this week in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch:

*A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem points. Terms apply https://accounts.nintendo.com/term_point.

**Any Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Membership auto-renews after initial term at the then-current price unless canceled. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online  

***Gold Points are awarded based on the amount you pay (excluding tax and any points or discounts used) and have no cash value. A Nintendo Account is required to receive and redeem points. Terms apply. https://accounts.nintendo.com/term_point

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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