Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope creative director explains why Mario isn't playable in the Rayman DLC
Mario takes a backseat
A couple of months back, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope got its final round of DLC in Rayman in the Phantom Show. That DLC brings the limbless hero Rayman into the fray, but what some might be surprised to learn is that Mario has removed from the action.
While Mario is front-and-center in Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and the previous DLC drops, Rayman in the Phantom Show includes the playable trio of Rayman, Rabbid Mario and Rabbid Peach. In an interview with Nintendo Everything, we find out why that decision was made.
…I think that Mario and Rabbids are an IP that is created by those two iconic IPs – Rabbids and Mario characters, and Rayman was only a guest because otherwise it would have been like two IPs packed together, an existing one. So we treated it in the same way we did Donkey Kong [in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle]. So, Donkey Kong was the lead character of a trio that was formed by Cranky and Rabbid Peach and with Rabbid Kong as an antagonist, at least initially. And then we did the same here, like working on the narrative feature of the bickering between Rayman and the Rabbids and having this trio of characters that could shine because of their synergy in combat.”