‘Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle’ tempers insanity with charm

When I first stumbled across the rumor that Nintendo and Ubisoft had teamed up to make a Super Mario Bros. and Raving Rabbids cross-over, I chose to live in denial. It just wasn’t something I wanted to be real. The very idea of allowing the banal, annoying humor that defined Ubisoft’s screaming mascots into the Mushroom Kingdom just felt wrong …

‘Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle’ shouldn’t work, but it does

Ubisoft’s Rabbids are almost the antithesis of Nintendo’s mascots. Sure, both sets of characters are family friendly and mostly mute, but Rabbids are uglier and lean on slightly more crass, juvenile humor. When I first heard Nintendo and Ubisoft were mixing the two together, I expected the worst — and yet somehow, the mountain-sized toilet that scrolled past the background …