Earlier today we reported on an apparent World Premiere of a new Hasbro / Nintendo game being hosted by TheJWittz later today. Well, it won't be the Premiere any more, as a press release has rolled out and Kotaku has posted details on the game for us all - it's Monopoly Gamer, with a Mario theme.
Though it is Monopoly on the surface, quite a lot is different. You're still trying to acquire a lot of property but the currency has had an overhaul, while passing GO triggers one of eight 'Boss Fights'; if you win (by rolling higher than your foe) you acquire that boss card. Intriguingly, each character has their own special abilities that affect the impact of specific spaces and so on.
There'll also be Power Packs at $2.99 each to get more characters, each with their own abilities; sorry, wallet.
It's not as complicated as it seems, and the video below is a very handy summary. A game ends when all bosses have been beaten and players add up their coin and property totals.
It's coming soon, due in the US market in August for $24.99USD, and likely elsewhere too. However, there's a collector's edition that includes a "Bowser character token and Bowser Jr. Boss card" as extras; that is available right now in the US. This Collector's Edition is a GameStop exclusive that you can order here, though it costs $39.99USD.
Are you looking forward to this?
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I haven't watched the video yet, as I am at work, but the press release seems pretty interesting. Hopefully it makes its way to the UK.
I'll just buy Monopoly on the Switch
This sounds interesting.
Monopoly is the most boring board game of all time. Reskin it to death, it's still boring lol
Looks cool, my kids love Monopoly and of course Mario. Seems like it would be a fun time!
Sounds way too over complicated, and with the buy able extra characters, its just a money grabbing exercise.
LMAO MARIO'S EYES DOE!?
@bezerker99 Yeah it's weird to see how "by default" this game's popularity seems to be. It's the game you want to play one no one wants to read rules (that probably explains why everybody starts fighting at some point).
I mean, it's cool to see them try deep changes in gameplay, and not just "we've added a debit card instead of paper money" or just reskins.
But in the end I still want a new Fortune Street on the Switch !
Interesting... I'll keep an eye on it.
Also, the original article shows that there's 8 booster characters: Wario, Luigi, Toad, Boo, Rosalina, Diddy Kong, Fire Mario, and Tanooki Mario.
This......actually looks cool.
Is it bad that I really, really want this?
@DarthNocturnal Fire Mario and Tanooki Mario....ehhhh I'm going to send a ton of mail to Hasbro. Where's Daisy and Waluigi
Looks at figure quality
BWHAHAHAHAHHA! I'm going to use amiibo instead!
@raygboyd333 SHIELD YOUR EYES! covers raygboyd333 eyes and pulls him to safety
Sounds fun! I might pick this up during the holidays.
I expected it to be Monopoly. It's not fun anymore whatevs. Not gonna buy it. I'd rather buy it on Switch and take it with me on the go.
@memoryman3 Same, why use regular Mario token when i have a Gold Mario amiibo
What about us in Europe though?
Another use for my amiibo.
I just bought it. Nintendo please take all my money! (Joy Cons, Splatoon, Chargeable Joy Con Grip, Mario + Rabbids, Odyssey, SNES Classic, Metroid 3DS, Amiibos/Amiibos/Amiibos/Amiibos . . . .the list goes on)
Looks like my kind of Monopoly!
"Are you looking forward to this"
Looks like it changes all the stuff I like about Monopoly and adds lame stuff. And they've found a way to add add-on content to a physical board game? :/
All this being said. I wouldn't mind if the Monopoly game coming to Switch had Mario characters and stuff to play as, exclusive to that version. Would be cool.
It looks so complicated for Monopoly.
I'm afraid to buy that Monopoly and put in my School Library.
The tiny parts could be lost so easily in Primary 1 / 2 student's hands, as matter of fact I ever found someone left the Monopoly boards on the floor very untidy after they played in my School Library.
Oh, my students like to play board games like that.
No videogame, no purchase. Also how cool would a Fortune Street 2 be?
I love things like this. Can't wait to see preorders go live for the UK.
Okay I've just watched the video. As both a Monopoly and Pokémon Master Trainer fan, I NEED THIS. It's got me written all over it!!
I don't understand. The GameStop guy told me it was street dated for today. At least the power packs were.
From the overview it looks like they've made it more complicated whilst actually reducing the strategy of regular monopoly (which didn't have a huge amount to start with).
What confuses me is that there are two previous Monopoly editions that focused on Nintendo games in general. Why would THIS one be called "Gamer" and be specifically about Mario?
@ImagineerNik "they've found a way to add add-on content to a physical board game" - um, they've been doing that for MANY years now, they're called expansions and promo items, I'm guessing you don't play many table top games.
@RyanSilberman because this one isn't a reskin, it actually has some notable rule changes that mixed the strategy up a lot.
I doubt I'll get this as I don't know many people who would play it with me but... seriously, Luigi is an add-on character? That's ridiculous...
Can I have Fortune Street Switch instead? :c
Yeah...I rushed out and bought the whole thing...all eight boosters and CE. The display wasn't even on the floor yet when I arrived. Yes, I'm a completionist sucker...but these changes to Monopoly intrigue me.
Actually,this looks pretty cool. It's a great way to get kids into Monopoly and board games in general. It's a lot less complicated as it seems to eliminate the houses and hotels and money management, instead focusing on collecting coins and points. The character abilities are really cool, borrowing from the current trend of table gaming. I'm definitely going to pick this up. I can see my kids loving this game!
@ShadJV The best part of table gaming for me! And what makes table gaming so different than video gaming. There is so much life left in a a table game past initial release. For me, these expansions and promos are much more substantial than typical digital DLC. It's especially great to be a gamer in general when you're open to both digital and analog experiences!
I'd definitely get this is I had the spare cash.
What's the bets we see some Nintendo themed Lego stuff in the not too distant future too. . . .
And that's all good imo.
@Gregory123 The gold amiibo look crap; I'd much rather have the normal and much more appealing fully coloured pieces--and thank God the designers here thought similarly.
I actually like complex board games. I will pick it up when it becomes cheaper though.
@AcesHigh oh I love expansions for my board/card games (though my wallet doesn't). Though unlike video games, such expansions come at least a year after and are fairly spaced out, plus most table top games don't get "sequels" (with a few exceptions). Expansions breathe new life into tabletop games, allowing owners to get more out of their favorites!
@ShadJV You just have to get into some of the games from Fantasy Flight. They are by far my most favorite publisher. Imperial Assault, X-Wing, Star Wars Destiny and Descent enjoy regular expansion packs. Multiple times a year. I'm sure you've heard of them already. But if not, check them out!
Your wallet will hate you more than it does now...
@AcesHigh the biggest issue is I the people I play with are fairly picky with their games - too much complexity or fantasy and they lose interest. :-/ it's a balance.
@ShadJV I hear you. They're THOSE kinds of table gamers, eh? LOL! Most games I choose to pick up have a solo, solitaire play mechanic as well. But my kids are getting old enough to learn to play so, for a couple years at least, I get to say what we play. LOL!
Looks really enjoyable. Although I am more keen to see it as an app on the Switch instead.
@AcesHigh envy you. Some of my favorites are Red Dragon Inn, Legendary, and Betrayal at House on the Hill. But every time I get them to play anything that isn't Settlers of Catan or Ticket to Ride, I call that a win.
@ShadJV i have Legendary and HotH. Been meaning to try Red Dragon Inn. Especially the new dungeon crawl! Yeah... Settlers and Ticket to Ride = Nerd. Like, not the cool kind like us. That's "full" nerd right there!
@ShadJV That's different to mainstream family games like Monopoly. Unless they've been adding more weapons to Cluedo over the years and I've never heard about it.
@ImagineerNik I fee games like Trivial Pursuit and fairly mainstream family games and they get expansions.
@ShadJV Trivial Pursuit gets expansions? Man, I am out of the loop. Still, I stand by what I said in the rest of my original comment.
@ImagineerNik trivial pursuit has been getting expansions for decades. Also Monopoly has gotten many new pieces through editions through the years to get people to collect the new pieces (and I'm not talking the themed editions), they are purely aesthetic and they expect people to collect them... and I guess people must do it because they keep releasing more.
@fortius54 The collectors edition and power packs come out now, the collector edition is an extra 15 dollars but it comes with an exclusive playable bowser and a bowser jr. boss card.
@Korrin Thanks for the clarification.
@impurekind uhm ofcourse they would make a normal coloured mario token. sad they are uglier than my amiibo
@Gregory123 Well, they don't cost £15 each, so they're never gonna look quite as slick as actual amiibo. But, for little token pieces in Monopoly, they look good to me.
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