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So there's a little game called Fortune Street that came out today for the Wii. Known in Japan as Itadaki Street it's a board game that has been going on for about 20 years in Japan. English speaking countries have finally gotten one entry in this long running series, and it stars Mario and Dragon Quest characters. Also Miis but fuck them.
I'm not giving any pictures because there's not much to really show from screenshots since like I said above it's a board game. It's kind of like monopoly, except with stocks. Here's the general idea of how a game works. You go around a board buying properties, making money by having people land on yours and losing some when you land on others' property. If you land on your own you can upgrade any property of yours to make more money when people land on it. As you move around the board you try and collect all 4 suits (Spade, Club, Heart, and Diamond) so you can return to the bank and get a promotion. Whenever you return to the bank you can buy stocks and then sell them later. Or keep them and make small dividends off of other people's property. Prices can go higher or lower depending on if properties in the district the stock is for gets upgraded or is sold. As you make money your net worth goes up. Return to the bank when you reach the game's net worth quota and you win. While simple in theory there's actually a lot of strategy to the game that I have no idea of because this is my first time playing it. Stuff like buying other people's property and making good trades is a part of it I'm sure. Anyway it's deceptively deep.
So is it all just boring stuff like that? Well no, because there's also bonus squares to land on. You can go to chance time mini-games, pick a spot on a "scratcher" (While Yoshi's Island music plays no less) and see what bonus or penalty you receive, and more like that. Also don't think the boards are simple squares you walk around and get all the suits. Oh no, they're all kind of shapes and in later boards I think you can change the layout. So was someone on their way to their last suit? Not anymore. Now they're in Yangus Pier, home of 8 shops in a row that Yangus somehow managed to purchase.
So does that sound like it's your idea of a fun time? Because if it does then you're in luck as this game has online play in addition to local multiplayer! That's right, somebody said that the game should have online play and Nintendo/Square actually listened to them. You can battle against randoms or with friends (After entering in friend codes uggggh) for all sorts of fun "Fuck you" matches that will make them hate you by the end of it. If people actually care about this I might even have to put friend codes in the OP or something! So hopefully I got some people to actually care about this little gem of a game because I'm afraid it might get overlooked due to Zelda and the fact that the Wii is on its way out. If you're in the mood for a board game that isn't about mastering mini-games and you like Mario and Dragon Quest then don't pass this one up. Give it a shot. There's a reason this series has been going on for 20 years after all.