Ubisoft’s Mario + Rabbids Sparks off Hope has been an interesting thing to pay attention to for the last year. The hype for the title was rather large, thanks to the success of the first title in 2017. Ubisoft didn’t seem to be happy with how the game did, but the dev team itself was very pleased. Plus, we had the DLC that came out this year that expanded the story, roster, and more! We even got Rayman to return to a leading role! But the more time went on, the more that fans wondered why Rosalina wasn’t a part of the playable cast.
She did appear in the game, but she wasn’t playable. And now, the Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope creative director Davide Soliani finally explained why that was the case. He told Nintendo Everything:
“At some point we discussed having Rosalina as a main character, but if you know her, apart from games like Mario Kart for example, if you stay true to the Nintendo lore, in Mario Galaxy she’s super tall – she’s very tall – and that would have created the first problem with the cover system because it’s already very hard fit a character such as Bowser behind cover. It would have been even harder with Rosalina if we were staying true to the lore set by the Galaxy games. And the second problem is that she’s too powerful. So, we would have created a completely different story around Rosalina in order to do that. But in a way we did it, even if she was not playable.”