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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2013
Firstly, I would like to say that if you like Monopoly and you like Nintendo, you're going to like this game.
With that being said, I feel like some of the spaces chosen could have been more well thought out, and the same is true for the tokens.
Now, when it comes to the Community Chest/Chance (deemed "Block" and "? Block") things get rather questionable. These cards weren't at all inventive and were very lacking in creativity. They all do something exactly like the original cards, which is understandable - Monopoly is a game that has been fine tuned for almost a century; it just works. But "You inherited a castle, receive $100"? What? I played Super Mario Bros. as much as the next guy (probably a lot more actually), but while you went into castles to defeat enemies, and it's a somewhat recurring theme in the older games in the series, what does anything have to do with inheriting a castle? Most bothersome is that while the board has characters from all over Nintendo's line-up, these cards are 100% Mario related. Luigi and Peach barely even appear on them, it's almost completely Mario himself.
In my personal opinion, with what they ended up doing with this game, it would have been much better to have simply made it Mario Monopoly, making the properties actual locations from within the Mario Universe, rather than buying Characters for people to stay at, and houses/hotels (which look exactly the same as the original game, but are referred to as "power-ups" and "invincibilities" respectively) for those characters. (yeah, it doesn't make sense).
I think if this game utilized the full Nintendo Universe, instead of just adding some characters to the board as a gimmick, it would be the best version of Monopoly out. But as it stands, it's still a great game with a fun little change of scenery.