Ubisoft: Nintendo warned us against releasing Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope on the Switch
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope failed to get the same success rate as Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.
Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Horizons are all prime examples of games for Switch that just refuse to die, as they still sell a lot despite being fairly old titles from the early years of the format.
Ubisoft has another tradition and works with franchises in a different way than Nintendo, and decided to release the sequel to Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (2017) last year; Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope. While the first game became a huge commercial success, the latter did not despite raving reviews. In an interview over at GamesIndustry.biz, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot says Nintendo even warned the company and said they shouldn't release the sequel on Switch:
"We had already released a Mario Rabbids game [on Switch], so by doing another we had two similar experiences on one machine. On Nintendo, games like this never die. There are 25 Mario games on Switch. Nintendo [has advised] that it's better to do one iteration on each machine. We were a bit too early, we should have waited for [the next console]."
Do you think Guillemot is on to something here, would Sparks of Hope have been a huge success if it was released for the next Nintendo console instead?