How to Skip Cinematics in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope has an intriguing storyline, loveable characters, and compelling bosses. It’s great fun to play, no matter if you’re focusing on the story with an easier difficulty level or challenging yourself by playing on the hardest mode.

That being said, it can be frustrating to sit through a cinematic when you’re on a roll in a battle or if you’re trying to speed through the game. The cutscenes are beautifully animated and full of great lore, but they can still take up valuable time

Luckily, it’s possible to skip technique cutscenes and quest cutscenes in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. To help save you time, here’s a quick and easy guide on how to skip cinematics in Sparks of Hope.

How to Skip Technique Cinematics

Whenever a Hero uses a Technique in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, a fully animated cinematic will play for a few seconds. These can be quite cool (my personal favorite is Rabbid Luigi breakdancing in space) but can break your immersion a little. They’re a pain if you’re speed running the game, too.

You can skip these Technique cutscenes, though. The next time one comes up during the middle of a battle, simply hold down the B button. It’ll take a moment, but doing this will skip through the cinematic and put you right back into the battle.

Make sure not to let go of the B button when you’re skipping through the cutscene, though. This will cancel the skip. There’s a small yellow circle that appears round the B button sign in the bottom right hand corner which will show you how long to hold it for.

If you don’t want to skip the cinematics manually every time one comes up in a battle, it’s possible to skip them permanently. You can also change the way that you manually skip cutscenes, if you’d prefer.

Head to the settings in the main menu, or hit the plus button and select the options tab. You can adjust the settings either way.

Using the R button, tab over to the settings section.

In the controls section, you can use the left stick to choose between the manual hold method that I described above for skipping cinematics or a toggle method where you can tap the B button once to skip. The latter is much faster.

In the camera section, you can turn off Technique cinematics entirely if you’d prefer to not be manually skipping them in every battle.

Once you’re finished adjusting the settings, you can exit back out of the menu. There’s no button to save your changes or anything, it’s automatic. If you change your mind, you can default back to the original settings by pressing the Y button.

How to Skip Quest Cinematics

There are vibrant cinematics and cutscenes all throughout Sparks of Hope, to help players get a feel for the story and to introduce new elements like zones or main characters. These cinematics are beautiful and full of great lore, but as with the Technique cinematics, they can be a pain to sit through sometimes.

Skipping them is just as easy as skipping a Technique cinematic, thankfully. Simply hold down the B button when they pop up, and you’ll jump ahead in time. Remember not to let go of the B button when you’re trying to skip a cinematic in Sparks of Hope.

How to Skip Text Dialogue

It’s not just cinematics and cutscenes that you can skip in Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, either. If you’re getting frustrated with a lengthy monologue from an NPC, you can go ahead and skip their speech just like a cutscene.

Simply hold down the B button while they’re talking, and it’ll hop to the next bit of text or end the interaction entirely. This is a great way to shave off some extra time if you’re speed running through the game.

I would advise not doing it for a quest you’re unfamiliar with, though. I skipped a bit of dialogue to snag a screenshot for this article, and ended up having no idea how to proceed with the quest! Skip ahead at your own caution.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope has some of the best stories and cutscenes in the casual Switch game niche. How have you been finding the game so far? I’d love to hear what you think of the game, please feel free to let me know in the comments.

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