Ubisoft’s Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle was one of the rare occasions that we saw Nintendo loaning its core IP to a foreign third party developer. Forging great bonds through the game, Nintendo and Ubisoft paged way for future collaborations such as Star Fox’s crossover with Starlink: Battle For Atlas
Speaking to Variety, Starlink Producer, Matt Ross, credits Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle as a crucial event that help build Ubisoft’s relationship with Nintendo and was what that allowed them to bring Fox McClous into Starlink.
“I think it was turning that corner of Nintendo saying, ‘OK, I think this relationship is established enough that we are going to trust you with our brands.’”
While we’re excited to see how Starlink will turn out, it is fun to wonder what other Ubisoft X Nintendo collaborations will come after.