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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Depending on the fan, the Megabug could either be a Generic Doomsday Villain or an incredibly subtle chessmaster instead, with how defeating Rabbids powers it up, and how it corrupted them in the first place, despite not demonstrating anything that could be construed as sapience, being presented as more of an animalistic creature within the story itself. The fanbase is very split as to what the Megabug is really like.
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  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Oh, how people jeered and mocked this game before release. Just about nobody liked the game when it was first leaked, due to a long-standing grudge against the Rabbids for overshadowing Rayman. Even beyond that, the idea of this crossover being a Turn-Based Tactics game of all things made this game come across as a weird fever dream. After its formal unveiling (and especially after its release) however, the game was praised for its surprisingly deep gameplay mechanics, music, and humor, with many reviewers urging readers and viewers not to overlook the title. Selling two million plus copies worldwide and being the highest selling third party game on Nintendo Switch in the United States as of May 2019 is icing on top of the cake.
  • Awesome Animation: The animations under Ubisoft's engine are quite nice, especially seeing Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom crew animated much more expressively under it. Even the in-game animations look very smooth.
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  • Awesome Music: The opera sung by the Phantom. But, really, the soundtrack is composed by Grant Kirkhope of classic Rareware fame, so it's hardly surprising that it'd be awesome. The fact that it's performed by a classical music orchestra (specifically, the City of Prague Philharmonic) rather than an in-studio band also helps lend a feeling of epic scope to the whole score.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • The Rabbids, as always, but probably even more so in this game. There are many people who think the game actually does look really good and fun, and surprisingly deep for a Mario game, but cite the Rabbids being the main reason they're on the fence. Others, however, are hoping to look past it and, going off the trailer, note how the Rabbids don't look nearly as intrusive as they usually are in their games. Of course, there are also those who really would have preferred Rayman characters working with Mario and co. over the Rabbids.
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    • Out of the Rabbids, Rabbid Peach has proved to have been the most divisive, with some viewing her Camera Fiend personality hilarious while others are finding it grating.
    • The Megabug. Is it a very subtle Chessmaster and a good case of a Knight of Cerebus or just a Generic Doomsday Villain that's nowhere near as enjoyable as other villains from the Mario franchise?
  • Bizarro Episode: It doesn't just end with the bizarre crossover; in this game, Mario and friends are fighting against Rabbids with arm cannons and laser bazookas, and the Mushroom Kingdom has gone completely haywire thanks to the worlds crossing over. While madness of this level is any given Thursday for the Rabbids, it's very unlike anything the Mario series has ever seen. This is exemplified by the final boss. It's not just a simple Rabbid Bowser or a Rabbid Leader like people thought; instead, the Negative Space Wedgie that's been a threat throughout the game takes the form of a phoenix that the Exposition Fairy calls "forces beyond our understanding" and possesses Bowser, nearly causing The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Breather Boss: The Icicle Golem is generally considered to be easier than the bosses before and after it. It's not a Puzzle Boss like Rabbid Kong or Phantom, essentially being a souped-up Buckler, which you've already fought plenty of times before, and its Flunky Boss nature is generally negated by the massive size of the arena and the fact that most of its minions are Smashers. It's also one of only two bosses that can be hit by melee attacks (the other being the Megabug in its first and third phases), giving Mario a significantly easier time of it.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • Even though Mario's working to cure the enemy Rabbids of their Hate Plague and enlisting a few Rabbids of his own to do so, this is still the third game that gives the player a chance to fight the Rabbids at all, as opposed to Rayman in the console Raving Rabbids games, who merely allowed them to have their way and escaped at the end without actually confronting them. This is also the first to allow so without...
      1. Being an obscure title (the Game Boy Advance Raving Rabbids, a standard Rayman platformer with antagonistic Rabbids largely overshadowed by said console titles in the mainstream consciousness);
      2. Controversial circumstances (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash Up, a Platform Fighter with playable Rabbids... at the expense of key Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles staples up to and including Bebop and Rocksteady!).
    Thus, there's a sweet satisfaction in having Mario and co. pummel the Rabbids in various over-the-top ways.
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: Most people use Luigi and Rabbid Peach in their teams. Luigi is the only character with a Precision weapon, granting him incredible range, and his Steely Stare can fire up to three shots and has a one-turn cooldown when fully upgraded, making him excellent at weakening the enemy. Rabbid Peach is the only character besides Peach that can directly heal allies, and since players need at least one Rabbid on their team, Rabbid Peach is picked if the player wants to use Luigi. Both of them also have a Sentry as their secondary weapon, which is useful for its power, long range, ability to hit multiple enemies, and drawing fire from enemies using Villain Sight.
  • Crack Ship: Mario and Rabbid Peach. Weirdly, the opposite (Rabbid Mario/Peach) isn't really seen.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: One of the lines from the first verse of Tom Phan's "The Hero Sucks" Song essentially fat-shames Mario, and he directly reacts to this one. But given the nature of the song and how on-point the rest of the song is in roasting the plumber, this point is easily glossed over; the accompanying Rabbid struggling in futility to contain their laughter makes said dismissal easier. Not to mention the Hypocritical Humor caused by fact that the Phantom is far from in-shape himself...
  • Demonic Spiders: A few enemy types stand out more than others.
    • Smashers can be a real pain. They have the highest health and attack of any non-boss enemy and can move four spaces after they are attacked by everything that is not a Dash, Mario's Stomp, or Yoshi's shockwave, including the Mario characters' Overwatch abilities. They will launch a counterattack if they reach the person who hit them and starting in Chapter 2, they have an ability to boost the attack of themselves and those around them. Their attacks also hit for splash damage.
    • Bucklers are one of the most troublesome enemies in the game. They carry a shield that blocks all non-explosive damage that isn't from the flank or rear (as in 180 degrees), wield powerful Boomshots to punish you when you inevitably have to get in close to them to circumvent their shield, and they have a special ability that guarantees a Critical Hit from all enemies in its area of effect (which also guarantees their weapon's status effects). This gets very dangerous very fast if they're paired up with Smashers, which have a skill that increases weapon damage, and these buffs stack. This can happen as early as World 2, while the player doesn't get the power to do this until halfway through the final world.
    • Peek-A-Boos are another doozy, especially in packs. They can move a whopping 15 cells, their movement is a teleport so they can bypass obstacles and can't be Overwatched by the Mushroom Kingdom characters, and they supplement this with Precision weapons to attack from afar. They also have Rabbid Mario's Magnet Dance to lure enemies towards them (and thus away from cover) if you get close, turning that skill you likely abused since World 2-5 against you. You will almost always need to field a high-mobility character to deal with them.
  • Ear Worm: The Phantom Rabbid's song/diss track about Mario harkens back to the days of the Great Mighty Poo, and is just as catchy.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The Mario fangirl who invented the Supa-Merge that appears in the game's intro cinematic has gained quite a large fandom for her Genki Girl personality, despite having no known name.
    • Spawny has gained a following for his adorable design, being calmer compared to the many other Rabbids in the game, and his Shrinking Violet Woobie personality.
    • The Phantom Of the Bwahpera has become a memorable character for his awesome singing moments.
    • Bwario and Bwaluigi, being Rabbid versions of already popular characters, naturally became pretty popular, with plenty of fans hoping for them to become playable DLC characters along with their Mario-series counterparts.
  • Fandom Rivalry: The production of this game has caused a dispute between the Rabbid and Sonic fanbases. Kingdom Battle represents a narratively interesting adventure with Mario while Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games represents a sports minigame-based Casual Video Game with little to no plot.
  • Game-Breaker: Rabbid Luigi can really wreak havoc on the battlefield. His Vamp Dash, when maxed out, does more damage than Mario's Goomba Stomp, dealing 160 versus Mario's 150, and, unlike Mario's stomp, can be used on two enemies in one movement turn. While the health regained from Vamp Dashing starts at only 30% of the damage dealt, it can be increased to a full 100%, which, when combined with a full damage skill for the dash, equates to 320 health, more than half of Rabbid Luigi's maximum of 500, healed just from movement. And since the Vampire effect lingers on an enemy for a turn after infliction, this means that everyone on the team can also boost their health from attacking the Vamped foes, making Rabbid Luigi an excellent Combat Medic. He's no slouch when it comes to combat either, boasting the highest chances of critical hits and accompanying Super Effects of the entire cast, with his two postgame weapons having a 100% guaranteed Super Effect on every shot; this includes the Round Shield Shocker, which inflicts Stone (which combines Honey [no movement], Ink [no attacking], and Freeze [no techniques] into a weapon that stops a single foe dead in their tracks), and Gag Me With A Spoon, which carries Vamp, allowing Rabbid Luigi to set up heals at a distance. And if he ever needs to get through dangerous territory, he can use either his Super Barrier, which negates all Super Effects and decreases movement damage taken by up to 50% and weapon damage taken by up to 60%, or Weaken, which can lower an enemy's damage output by up to 70%; Super Barrier goes especially well with Vamp Dash, allowing Rabbid Luigi to heal up and let his team do so too, without having to worry about being intercepted.
  • Goddamned Bats:
    • Ziggys are not too difficult to take down. However, they do have the ability to dash and starting from World 2, they come equipped with Villain Sight to attack anyone who moves in range. This can mean they can weaken you just enough for the other enemies to knock someone out.
    • Hoppers and their ability to Team Jump generally means they have the largest movement range of any enemy and can sneak up on you and attack when not expected.
    • Supporters have the ability to heal themselves and their allies. Their Grenaducks also mean they can attack at range, even if blocked by cover, and they have an annoyingly high chance to inflict a status effect.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The username of Rabbid Luigi, a YouTube gaming countdown maker and let's player, became this after the game was leaked and officially announced. The Rabbid dressed as Luigi is even called "Rabbid Luigi." This is even alluded in Nathaniel Bandy's How Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Triggers You, where YouTuber Rabbid Luigi says that Ubisoft stole his identity.
    • Another YouTube related moment comes from SMG4's take on the game in his Stupid Mario series, where Wario takes over a Rabbid version of the Mushroom Kingdom and makes an army of Wario Rabbids. Guess who has a Rabbid counterpart in the real game?
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • A few weeks before the official announcement, internal documents were leaked of the game. They were never meant to be seen by the public, and thus they used wording that you'd never see in a formal press release and contained several typos. Peach being called "The Badass Princess" particularly caught on. It was just so hilariously off from what official documents called her.
    • Rabbid Peach was given control over the Rabbids Instagram page, and many newsblogs like Kotaku and Destructoid have made articles about its creepiness, which went viral in moments.
    • Tom Phan (or Phantom), the boss of World 3, sings a song with various namedrops to other Mario spin-offs, lampshades just about everything in the series, and does it all in a way that's making fans say that "he came for Mario's life".
    • Your mission, should you choose to accept it: find someone who doesn't describe this game with some variation of the phrase "X-COM but Mario".
  • Moment of Awesome: As mentioned above, Phantom's song is already very awesome, but the end of the first part especially stands out. After a somewhat funny part of the song, Phantom's tone gets much more serious, when he suddenly jumps into the air, and is silhouetted against the moon for a second, before swooping down dramatically and belting out one last, long note. The way the music swells in this part makes it even better!
    Just let me catch my breath,
    Then I'll 'high C' you to DEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAATH!
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Megabug jumps over this when it possesses Bowser and then decides to destroy everything.
  • Narm Charm: Many have noted that despite the incredibly insane premise, the game itself works out pretty well and treats the two source materials pretty fairly, even making a number of genuinely funny jokes about how insane the premise is in the first place with characters like the world three boss, Tom Phan (aka Phantom).
  • Older Than They Think: Mario using a gun was considered way back in the original Super Mario Bros. He did wield one for an entire SNES game in Yoshi's Safari. Not to mention the presence of the ray gun and the Super Scope in the Super Smash Bros. games.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Even long-time detractors of the Rabbids were eager to play this game, since they're not just doing their usual random crap for the sake of being annoying. The fact that you get to pummel the Rabbids silly helps, too.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: While each of the characters' individual playstyles have been praised, the Character Select Forcing that mandates having Mario and at least one Rabbid in the party has been criticised by fans, since it means you can't have an all-Mario or all-Rabbid party.
  • Signature Scene: The World 3 boss fight, due to the Phantom of the Bwahpera's "The Hero Sucks" Song being compared to the one sung by The Great Mighty Poo in the best ways possible.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • More than a few commentators have noted similarities with Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., given that both games involve limited movement range per turn dominated by ranged attacks and strange concepts to them (Steam being a game where Abraham Lincoln leads a team including John Henry, Tiger Lily, and the Lion from The Wizard of Oz against Lovecraft-esc aliens, while Rabbids Kingdom Battle has Mario teaming up with the Rabbids in a world gone mad).
    • On top of that, comparisons to X-COM have been made due to the gameplay style and the distinctive Overwatch camera angle used in a very Overwatch-like move.
  • Tainted by the Preview:
    • Considering everything the Rabbids are associated with, the thought that this game would be trash was prominent before it was officially revealed. The actual debut of the game at E3 2017 was met with a lot of praise, however.
    • On a straighter note, the previews had a conspicuous lack of Mario regulars other than the playable four, such as Wario, Waluigi, Daisy, Rosalina, Donkey Kong (who eventually made an appearance in his own DLC adventure), and even Bowser. The presence of a Donkey Kong Rabbid assured most they would appear in some capacity at least, and a later preview also showed that Bowser Jr. had a prominent role as an antagonist. Bowser also appears in the game, though only at the end, and...in a different way.
    • Some people have called the game's internal documents leaking an inversion, saying that if it hadn't been leaked beforehand, getting everyone used to the idea of Mario crossing over with the Rabbids and using a gun before the official reveal, it wouldn't have been nearly as well-received at E3 as it was.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • While the game's plot has been praised, there are plenty of fans who are disappointed that Rayman doesn't appear in the game in any way, shape or form, despite the Rabbids having began in his franchise first.
    • The heroes encounter Rabbid versions of Wario and Waluigi, but the originals don't even get a cameo.
    • The Genius Girl's lack of appearance past the first cutscene is also rather disappointing.
    • Due to the Rabbids as being most of the focus in the story and constituting 95% of the enemy roster, it seemed like there was no way to incorporate any characters from the Mario franchise as enemies on the battlescape. Magikoopas, Hammer Bros, and Fire Bros. are just a few examples that are very eligible and would've made for some interesting opposition.
    • Despite the Donkey Kong Adventure DLC taking place on Donkey Kong Island, none of the characters from the Donkey Kong series appear anywhere in the mode, not even Diddy Kong, Donkey Kong's main partner or Cranky Kong appear, despite there being a major rabbid character dressed as the latter.
  • Ugly Cute: Some people who didn't go in outright hating them have considered the Rabbids this.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Downplayed, as they're minor allusions, but the game does reference some modern meme culture, such as Luigi doing the "dab" maneuver.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Really, a Mario and Rabbids crossover was always going to get this reaction, and that's before we saw what the game was going to be like.
  • Win the Crowd: Before E3 2017, the rumors of this game were met with a constant stream of "What were they thinking?". After E3 2017, the game was given a lot more positive reception and hype, with many citing this game as a highlight of Ubisoft's press conference as a whole.

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