‘Super Mario’ meets Monopoly in the new ‘Gamer Edition’ of the board game

Long before kids around the world experienced the joy of carefully maneuvering an Italian plumber past perilous pits and grumpy goombas, there was Monopoly. The game initially launched all the way back in 1935.

In 2017, the 80-plus-year-old board game is getting a new version explicitly intended to address the new generations who grew up with the likes of Super Mario.

Monopoly Gamer Edition (Nintendo)

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The new game, dubbed “Monopoly Gamer Edition,” arrives this August. But this isn’t your grandma’s Monopoly. Here’s what’s new in the “Gamer Edition” of Monopoly:


Despite the name, this is really more “Super Mario Monopoly” than anything else. Every character, from Donkey Kong to Mario to Boo to Wario, is pulled from the world of Super Mario.

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The game comes with four players: Mario, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and Donkey Kong.
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That theme extends to the game board itself, which is literally a series of Super Mario worlds. You use gold coins to buy land, and each character has their own “power-up” that has in-game effects.

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Here’s how power-ups work, according to Hasbro: “For example, landing on the Super Star board space will activate Princess Peach’s Super Star ability to collect rent from the bank. Players can also activate a special Power-up boost by rolling the Power-up die.”
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You’ll get a hefty box of stuff for the $24.99 it costs: the game board itself, various cards associated with gameplay, a bunch of gold coins, and four characters.

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But this wouldn’t be a modern gaming product without a bunch of additional stuff to buy, now would it? Hasbro’s selling these eight “Power Packs,” which are just additional characters to play as. They come with a (surprisingly reasonable) price tag of $2.99 apiece.

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If all of this sounds especially appealing to you, you might want to grab the “Collector’s Edition” that’s available exclusively at GameStop. It comes with an extra character: Bowser!

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Check out a (really thorough!) unboxing of that version right here — the normal edition of Monopoly Gamer Edition is available now at GameStop for $24.99, and everywhere else starting in August.