Square Enix has announced that a board game for the Wii that was previously only available in Japan will be making its western debut by the end of the year.
Developed by Square Enix, Fortune Street is a board game that features Nintendo and Dragon Quest characters. The concept isn't too far away from Monopoly as players race around the board in an attempt to accumulate wealth from playing the stock market and dabbling in real estate. Selling and trading property with other players will be an important aspect of Fortune Street and players will soon realise that making money can involve multiple levels of transactions.
- Players move around one of more than 15 boards, buying shops to build their portfolios and collecting symbols they can cash in at the bank to earn more gold to invest. It takes money to make money, so racing around the board may not be the best strategy.
- To capitalize on their monetary gains, players can make investments, play the stock market, purchase shops and collect shopping fees. Players with multiple shops adjacent to one another see them grow in value and their shops level up. Other players who land on those squares have to pay an increased shopping fee.
- Players can choose to play as a variety of Mushroom Kingdom characters, as DRAGON QUEST characters or even as their own Mii™ characters.
- More than 15 different game boards are available, providing endless replay value.
- The beginner setting helps newcomers learn the basics, while a more advanced mode introduces more challenges, deeper strategy options and the ability to play the stock market.
- The franchise has been a hit in Japan, and this marks its first appearance in North America.
The game supports up to four players and is scheduled for a North American release in time for the holiday season.