If you need some cheering up then hope is at hand, with Ubisoft’s Mario vs Rabbids collision Sparks of Hope dated for October.

October 20, to be precise. The Switch exclusive marks the second time that the Mushroom Kingdom has collided with the wild rabbit-like things that originated in Rayman’s world (then took it over).

This time out we’ll have a Bowser Rabbid joining in the mayhem, with the aim to prevent Cursa, “a malevolent cosmic entity”, from wreaking chaos upon the universe.

Like its predecessor, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope will mix turn-based tactics with real time action, in a game that’s accessible for those new to strategy games, while still challenging old hands at the genre.

Here’s a bigger synopsis: “Determined to consume all the energy in the galaxy, Cursa and its minions are hunting the Sparks, uncanny creatures formed by the fusion of Lumas & Rabbids, and will destroy all who stand in its way. Players will have to locate and save the Sparks to have them join the adventure, opening up new tactical possibilities to help Heroes get the upper hand in battles. In addition to leveling up and customizing their Heroes, players will have the opportunity to pair them with Sparks to unlock additional abilities! They all have a distinct power and personality, ranging from energy shields to powerful elemental attacks. As they embark on an epic journey through the galaxy, players will get to explore a variety of planets, meet their curious inhabitants and complete one-of-a-kind quests to free them from Cursa’s evil influence. Familiar enemies from the Nintendo universe, exceptional Rabbids enemies and surprising bosses will cross the Heroes’ path.”

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope can be pre-ordered now at JB Hi-Fi.

Here’s a new trailer, with a decent chunk of gameplay – oh, and we almost forgot, BWAHHHHHHH!: