You guys are wrong. The skepticism and distaste only concerned the idea of a Mario and Rabbids crossover developed by Ubisoft, but all that was washed away by the first presentation of the actual game at E3 2017. The game's August 2017 launch didn't face any kind of uphill battle anymore, because the product itself had already convinced people.
A sequel launching on a bigger installed base is an advantage for better sales nonetheless, but let's not pretend that the first game had to pull off a miraculous turnaround.
That's basically what it did from it's intial reception before the official unveil at E3.
Though, I still remember a large crowd being skeptic about the reviews it was gonna get so only once it launched, every doubts were allievated then.
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