Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is mixing things up with its roster. Some familiar faces have made the cut, but others will be joining in on the action for the first time. We know that Yoshi has been yanked from the lineup, but that removal has paved the way for characters like Bowser.

In an interview with NintendoEverything, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope producer Xavier Manzanares talked a bit more about how the team came to the decision of who would make the cut as far as playable characters goes. It seems the main focus was to offer the player something different instead of rehashing what was offered in the original.

“When we started to think about the team and the heroes, we didn’t want to go for, ‘Okay, we did it before, so we have to do the same thing again’ and trying to evolve what we had in Kingdom Battle. So it’s true as well for the heroes.

We decided early on to go for nine heroes. We didn’t know exactly which ones, and we didn’t want to go for ones that are in Kingdom Battle because that’s the rule. As it’s not a direct sequel, we talked and we still believe today that players would be more interested and think, ‘Okay, the choice they made for the heroes and what they put in the game are logical because of the architypes and what they do in battle, and it’s cool, and the synergy is super cool.’

So yeah, we opened up our minds. That’s when we started to come up with this character called Edge. I won’t be able to talk more about her past and what she’s doing in the storyline because it would be too spoilerish right now, but the same goes for Rabbid Rosalina. Then when we talked about Bowser, we thought that would be awesome.

It was all about making sure that each of them fit an architype in terms of strategy and tactics in battle, so that’s why we made those choices on the nine heroes. We read many things last year in terms of expectations, what heroes would be there, who would be in, and when we saw the reaction to Rabbid Rosalina, we were super happy because we saw a lot of posts on that character. We were happy with the selection.”

[Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope producer Xavier Manzanares]

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