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The Rabbids can and will talk in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

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Several big changes are in store for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. One notable change is not in its roster or tactical gameplay, but the characters themselves.

The Rabbids in Sparks of Hope can talk. Ubisoft’s Rabbids are often portrayed as goofy, cartoon-ish animals who tend to simply speak in “bwahs” and exclamations, not explicit dialogue.

Several outlets attended a preview event for Sparks of Hope and reported back that those Rabbids are talking. Speaking to IGN, creative director Davide Soliani describes his early experience working with Kingdom Battle.

At the time, he was given instruction that the Rabbids do not, under any circumstances, talk. “I had to gain trust from Ubisoft, not just Nintendo,” Soliani told IGN. “And Ubisoft told me, ‘Rabbids are not speaking.’ That was a rule.” But after skirting the rules a bit to make the operatic Phantom fight in Kingdom Battle, the team got Ubisoft on board for more in Sparks of Hope.

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