Summary: At first glance, Fortune Street may look like another Mario -themed, board game-structured mini-game collection. It's not. Anyone who picks this game up expecting another light, mindless, motion-controlled mini-game romp like Mario Party 8 or Wii Party will be sorely disappointed. It really shows that the Itadaki Street ( Fortune Street 's Japanese name) series was created by Dragon Quest series designer Yuji Horii, and not just by the fact that it's totally infested...
Excerpt: Back when it was released in late 2011, Fortune Street was almost completely ignored by consumers, especially here on the Oregon Coast. Nintendo published the title and made Mario and his friends the stars of the accompanying advertising campaign, which should have guaranteed the game’s success, but perhaps potential consumers were tired of party games or maybe they felt like they got enough real estate action from Monopoly.
Summary: Get rich quicker than your opponents through a mixture of property acquisition and property investment. Challenge up to three friends at home on the same Wii Remote or play against people from across the world over Wi-Fi. You can even use an in-game stock market to purchase shares and earn dividends for extra wealth.
You will not pass go in Fortune Street, but you will collect dividends
6 December 2011
Excerpt: Fortune Street is no Monopoly. It’s actually a serious — you know, serious — boardgame. Don’t be fooled by the occasional minigame and Nintendo characters like Birdoe, Mushroomhead Guy, Princess Peachley, Doofus, Doogie, Hocker, Loogey, and Luigi. They’re just window dressing in an earnest mix of market speculation, real estate development, risk management, and die rolls with an occasional Candyland style slide when you least expect it.
Conclusion: Concept: Mix together Miis, Monopoly, and cute characters from the Mario and Dragon Quest franchises
Graphics: Nothing remarkable, but the colorful visuals are serviceable
Sound: Slight variations on popular Mario and Dragon Quest tunes are a highlight, but they begin to wear after 45-plus minutes on the same board
Playability: A great tutorial and approachable “Easy” mode make learning the basics simple
Entertainment: Board game fanatics should ignore the Mario Party...
Excerpt: Earlier in November we had the chance to head to a Nintendo Holiday Preview Event and play current and upcoming Nintendo games. One of the games we got to play was Fortune Street. This is a game I had absolutely no clue about except that it was announced at E3 this year. It is a board game that, much to my surprise, has a long history to it given that it has been around for approximately 20 years or so in Japan. Well, since the Holiday Preview Event, we have gotten a...