Don't jump, man!
What’s the one thing you know about Mario? It’s his love of jumping on things, right? Mario jumps on enemies, jumps up platforms, and just generally jumps all around. You’d think Nintendo would want that to be a part of every Mario adventure, but according to Ubisoft’s Davide Soliani, that’s not the case.
In an interview with Nintendo World Report, Soliani talked about working with Nintendo on both Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and Sparks of Hope. Nintendo had some rules set in place for Kingdom Battle, but Soliani got Nintendo to ease up for the sequel. For example, in Kingdom Battle you couldn’t control Mario or his party directly. In Sparks of Hope, you now have direct control over the lead party member.
While Soliani could get Nintendo to relax some rules, there are others they simple won’t budge on. It seems the biggest one of those is related to jumping.
So there is only one rule that cannot be broken, and the rule is you cannot jump because it’s not a platformer game. But we invented our way of jumping, which is the team jump, which is fine because it’s only happening in this game.