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The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon Are Doing Business With Monopoly in September

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

"Connect 4: Super Mario" drops this Spring

With so many competing brands in game, toy and general stores, few would argue against Nintendo upping its licensing game in a big way, an objective it's already declared as a priority. We're rather pleased, then, that two of the most important of the company's franchises will be teaming up with one of the best-known board games in the world.

During the 2014 American International Toy Fair in February, USAopoly — a company prolific in licensed games — confirmed that The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon would both have their own Monopoly sets released in September. The 'mon game will have the Kanto region as its theme, and both will have a recommended price of $45 in the U.S. It's not the first time that the famous Parker Brothers game has been licensed by the big N, with an official Nintendo Collector's Edition having been in stores for a good amount of time; it's certainly a positive that the partnership is expanding further.

Perhaps a little less exciting is CONNECT 4: Super Mario, though at a recommended price of $24.95 this Spring it'll be a relatively cheap game to pick up.

Do you own the official Nintendo Monopoly set, and are you excited about these new Zelda and Pokémon versions?

[via icv2.com, usaopoly.com, zeldainformer.com]

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User Comments (54)

Falchion

#1

Falchion said:

I already have the nintendo one. So i think i might pass, Unless thhe pokemon one filled with creativity. I am excited to see how these turn out, at the very least.

Birthday_Boy

#2

Birthday_Boy said:

I have multiple versions of Monopoly in my home.
Disney, Canada, World, Las Vegas, City (That one sucked though), Classic, Jr, Jr Shrek Edition. Just last Christmas we got The Walking Dead Monopoly, and at one point I was going to buy Street Fighter Monopoly.
But I would go crazy for a Zelda Monopoly. Nice move on licensing Nintendo.

ThomasBW84Admin

#5

ThomasBW84 said:

@Pj1 Hopefully, but I'd say up in the air right now. The Nintendo Collection Monopoly can be found in the UK, so fingers crossed.

Obito_Tennyson

#7

Obito_Tennyson said:

A Nintendo Monopoly has already been released? Dang nabbit! However, I would die for that Pokemon Monopoly game! If only if it was a little more reasonable as the likes of $30, but I'm sure that I could probably spare another $15 for Pokemon.

krisko

#9

krisko said:

Funny thing is, there was already a Pokemon Monopoly game. I had it as a kid, and I wasn't really a big Pokemon fan. I only got less than a quarter of the way into Red before losing interest. I would like to give the new game a try and see if I could at least finish the main story.

Stu13

#10

Stu13 said:

I'll be passing on an unopened Zelda Monopoly to my unborn children when I die, for sure. I wonder if they'll open it or just sell it on eBay?

Nintendude789

#11

Nintendude789 said:

I already have a Pokemon Monopoly, but that is the very old ones, from 1998. And yes, it has all 1 - 3 gen.

I'm not a Pokemon fan, but still picked one up because it was cheaper. I'll go with the Zelda Edition.

Haxonberik

#12

Haxonberik said:

Id definitely buy a well made pokemon monopoly game, even for 45$. The Nintendo one, for comparison, looks pretty cheap and might as well be just a Mario-only themed Monopoly.

Holly

#15

Holly said:

I flipping LOVE Connect 4! And since I also already own Nintendo Monopoly, I'm definitely more excited about Connect 4.

midnafanboy

#17

midnafanboy said:

the zelda monopoly? im getting that one for sure but maybe the pokemon one damn its hard to choose.

TheItalianBaptist

#21

TheItalianBaptist said:

Had the original pokemon monopoly, based mainly on the anime and one of the few versions to have color pieces instead of pewter. Pikachu and the gang are currently kicking it with snoopy and Charlie Brown in the peanuts edition. I'll have to check out the new one :)

ToastyYogurt

#22

ToastyYogurt said:

Hmm, if this new version of Pokemon Monopoly is based off Kanto, could it possibly be a reprint of the original set? I've got that one, but I'm missing Blastoise. :( Actually pulled it out a few times last year. Was fun.

Gold

#24

Gold said:

I know Nintendo Monopoly happened before, but this could mean what Iwata was saying in January. (licensing Nintendo characters to other things)

Drawdler

#28

Drawdler said:

I've still got the old Pokémon monopoly tucked away somewhere! I remember wanting to steal the board pieces from that set myself. :P

I'm waiting for the Skylanders Monopoly to become available here.

ikki5

#30

ikki5 said:

There is already a pokemon Monopoly.... I own it and it is sitting in the room next to me on the shelf.... but the Zelda one.... it makes me drool.

2Sang

#31

2Sang said:

Good nintendo, this was what I was talking about! Increase brand awareness, get royalties, make more good business connections and friends and fans.

TenEighty

#34

TenEighty said:

CONNECT 4: Super Mario sounds nice!
I find that more interesting then re-imaging Monopoly. Monopoly is just fine the way it is.

T900Kassem

#35

T900Kassem said:

I'm just playing my Electronic Monopoly and watching these people going, "I CAN'T WAIT!!!"

Mida

#37

Mida said:

Kanto region only and not any new gens?... no thanks, I pass.

PvtOttobot

#41

PvtOttobot said:

My 8 year old brother was looking over my shoulder as I browsed Nintendolife and we saw this article. We're both so excited :) 'Nintendo, joining generations' xD

Xilef

#42

Xilef said:

Like Nintendo doesn't have enough games with the potential to ruin friendship.

Radbot42

#45

Radbot42 said:

The one thing I hate about these special Monopoly games is that you are always buying the characters. In the original you buy the places. They should have you purchasing Mushroom Kingdom, Toad's House, Bowser's Castle, Hyrule Field, Zora's Domain, Deku Swamp... etc. And playing as Mario, Zelda, Link, Kirby, etc...

SphericalCrusher

#47

SphericalCrusher said:

I will buy the Zelda Monopoly set DAY ONE. Maybe the Pokemon as well. I've been wanting the Nintendo Monopoly set for a bit, but I think I will wait now. I'm going to actually be playing these, not letting them sit in my closet. The only ones I currently have are original Monopoly and Star Wars Monopoly (still the best version IMO). Always enjoyed playing the game!

C-Olimar

#48

C-Olimar said:

I already have a Pokemon Monopoly. It would be nice with metal pieces though.

jakysnakydx

#49

jakysnakydx said:

Yeah but their crap is garbage. I could seriously pee in the snow and come up with something more creative.
EDIT: Monopoly is about real estate... they just took the most generic pictures they could find and slapped them on a board in Monopoly fashion, this took 5 minutes to create. I don't spend $45 on mediocre junk, sorry USAopoly.

Bolt_Strike

#50

Bolt_Strike said:

I already have the Pokemon monopoly, so if it's just a reprint, I'm going to pass. Doing a new one based on Gens 1-6 would be fun, though.

Edgy

#51

Edgy said:

I have the Nintendo Collector's Edition already (in UK) but I think most of the player pieces are different. I bought Pokémon Monopoly in Florida when I was in my teens, based in the Kanto region and original 151 Pokémon series. I assume this is a reprint.

Chunky_Droid

#52

Chunky_Droid said:

I have the Nintendo Collector's Edition as well as an already released version of the Pokemon one that was based in Kanto. I wonder if this is just the same one released?

For those curious, the pieces weren't pewter, instead being made of some form of rubber, you can play as Bulbasaur, Charmander, Blastoise, Pikachu, Clefairy and Mewtwo.

Rolling doubles also got you certain perks.
Double 1: Use Abra's teleport to go anywhere on the board.
Double 2: Use Clefairy's rest and collect $200
Double 3: Pick up a Pokemon Trainer card (Community Chest)
Double 4: Pick up a Professor Oak card (Chance)
Double 5: Bulbasaur used Leech Seed, collect $50 from every player
Double 6: Battle a trainer for one of their properties (Roll dice, highest roll wins)

The properties are gym leader's Pokemon.

NodesforNoids

#54

NodesforNoids said:

It'd be pretty cool if the Nintendo one had used coin shaped notes and the Zelda one rupee notes. Jail could have been the Gerudo fortress. Play as Ganon, Yoshi, Wario, Zero Suit Samus or Zelda?
So many possibilities to make it truly unique and authetic, but Monopoly is always the same crap. And it always ends the same way: everyone but the most intent quits. It should carry on for just so long, with time limits or something..
At least games like Connect 4 and Sorry end. Maybe that's what Nintendo needs! Mario Kart Sorry! Each player would have a blue shell, a red shell and a star in addition to their character. Mario, Luigi, Peach and Bowser with a Mushroom kingdom track for the board. Bowser would be the 'one' and that's what you'd need to start your piece. Do it, do it now!

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