‘Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope’ will feature music from top video game composers

Yesterday (June 29) Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope received its own personal showcase from Ubisoft, during which story and mechanics, new characters, and talent lending itself to the score were revealed.

Out in October, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is the sequel to 2017’s Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. In this occasion, Mario and the Rabbids will travel to a new galaxy to save the Sparks – Rabbids versions of Lumas from Super Mario Galaxy. A force named Cursa wants to destroy them and it’s up to Mario and the Rabbids to save them and the universe. Bowser, Rabbid Rosaline, and Edge are all new playable characters joining the fold, with the game seemingly leaving out Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Rabbid Yoshi, and Rabbid Cranky from the original, as yet to be announced.

Perhaps the most notable announcement from the showcase was that of the game’s score composers. Creative director Davide Soliani was the one to reveal the trio, saying, “I’m very happy to confirm the return of my dear friend, the super talented Grant Kirkhope as a composer for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope.” Soliani continued: “But he won’t be alone this time, as we have assembled an outstanding team of talent from around the world. He will be joined by Gareth Coker and Yoko Shimomura, two phenomenal songwriters who I am more than proud to have on our journey now.

Kirkhope is well known for providing the soundtrack for classic Rare titles including donkey kong, Banjo Kazooie and GoldenEye 007 as well as more recent titles such as World of Warcraftit is Shadowland expanding and Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning.

Joining him, Coker created the soundtracks for both Or I games, for which he won an Ivor Novello award for Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Ark: Survival Evolved, Immortals Fenyx Rising and Infinite Halo among many others. Shimomura, on the other hand, composed for games as early as the late 1980s such as street fighter 2, Super Mario RPG, legend of mana, Final Fantasy 15, Brawl Super Smash Bros. and Ultimate as well as most Kingdom Hearts titles released so far. She also lends her talents to the next Legend of Mana: The Teardrop Crystal anime series, slated for release in October 2022.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will be released on October 20 on Nintendo Switch.

In other news, ‘Pokémon Go’ creator Niantic has canceled four upcoming projects, cutting staff by 8%.

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