Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle has to have been one of the worst kept secrets in gaming, but it was still an exciting way for Ubisoft to kickoff their E3 press conference. Starting with a simple animation including the Rabbids and a Mario coin block, Ubisoft then welcomed Shigeru Miyamoto to the stage to discuss the game.

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle has reportedly been in development for the past three years. Ubisoft approached Nintendo about the idea to blend the colorful and clever world of Mario with the zaniness of the Rabbids. When approched about the game, Miyamoto stated that the one thing they did not want was for Ubisoft to craft another platformer with Rabbids thrown in.

Instead Ubisoft was tasked with crafting a unique game that blends the two worlds together. The Rabbids have randomly shown up in the Mushroom Kingdom and, though some are Mario’s allies, most are his antagonists.

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a turn-based strategy adventure featuring exploration. In this game combat takes place in open areas wherein each turn Mario and his companions can move about a set field and attempt to defeat their foes. There is plenty of room for strategy. Characters are able to launch each other to get an angle on foes and can use pipes to get behind enemies.

There are lots of weapons and items, one of the most important a blaster that each character wields. There will be many attack options open to the player. Each character will even have their own special skill to utilize in battles.

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle will feature eight characters including Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and four Rabbids dressed like the Mario characters.

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle arrives on August 29. Check out the trailer below.