To be blunt, Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope was a really good game (read my review for proof!). The original title, Kingdom Battle, was also fun, and we noted on the Nintendo Entertainment Podcast many times over how both games surprised us. But when the sequel came out in 2022, the “big narrative” that came after launch was how Ubisoft was “disappointed” in the sales for the title despite it being a critical hit and clearly a sales success on the Switch based on early estimations. And yet, they didn’t release any sales numbers for it.
However, well over a year later, VGC got information stating that Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope has sold about 3 million units. That will please fans of the game because it deserves to have good sales. Plus, the site also noted that it’s “on track” to match the sales of Kingdom Battle.
So why was Ubisoft so “disappointed” in it? Well, they probably thought the sequel would do “loads better” than the original, and that might have been too high a bar to set. But also, if you recall, Ubisoft was going through some serious game delay issues at the time, so they were hoping this game would “pick up the slack,” which was really unfair to Sparks of Hope.
Still, it’s clearly a success, and maybe a third game isn’t so unlikely now…