Themed versions of Monopoly are a dime-a-dozen, and usually they aren't that interesting. Let's say you picked up Star Wars Monopoly – Park Place will be renamed "The Death Star," and you get Han Solo and Chewie tokens to play with, but otherwise the game will be identical. The patent for Monopoly ran out a while ago, so literally anybody can make their own unimaginative alternate version of the game.
So, you might be under the impression Monopoly Gamer, the new Super Mario-themed version of the game, isn't anything exciting. Well, hold on – Hasbro has actually gone the extra mile with Monopoly Gamer, adding new rules and dimensions to the game, including boss battles and special character abilities. You can check out a trailer for Monopoly Gamer above, and read the official description, below:
It's the Monopoly game with a Nintendo twist as it joins forces with beloved Nintendo video game characters. Instead of standard Monopoly tokens, the game features Super Mario characters, each with their own special powers within gameplay. Play as Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, or Donkey Kong. Finish the game by defeating Bowser at the end! It's not just about money in this game; players earn points by buying Properties, collecting Coins, and beating Bosses. The player with the highest score wins the game.
- Nintendo's Super Mario characters
- Coins replace Monopoly money
- Power-up die activates special abilities
- Battle legendary Bosses
Monopoly Gamer even has expansion packs, that add new characters with their own special abilities to the game. Changing things up is cool, but I'm not sure we needed to add DLC to Monopoly.
The standard $25 edition of Monopoly Gamer arrives in August, but you can buy a $40 special edition from GameStop, right now.