By Spencer . June 8, 2011 . 4:16pm
Nintendo quietly announced Fortune Street, the first English version of Enix’s long running Itadaki Street series. Taking inspiration from Monopoly, the Itadaki Street titles have players purchase property on a game board, buy stocks, and play the occasional mini-game in a race to amass a fortune the fastest.
Fortune Street for Wii brings together Dragon Quest and Mario characters. The build I played at E3 had Mario, Bowser, Bianca, Angelo, and Slime available. The final game will have more characters from the Mushroom Kingdom and Dragon Quest franchise, but Nintendo did not say how many or which ones.
I picked Angelo as my mascot and rolled the dice by shaking the Wii remote. Six? No! I walked right onto another player’s territory. After paying a small fee, Fortune Street gives players a chance to take over the land by buying it for a multiple of the original price. Acquire adjacent plots of land and you can level up an area, which makes unfortunate players pay more when they step on your property. Square Enix put over fifteen boards in Fortune Street. Each has a different theme and land placement.
Never played Itadaki Street or any of the popular Final Fantasy & Dragon Quest crossover games? There’s a beginner’s mode to teach new players the ropes. Graduate to advanced mode and you can play the stock market to earn even more money.
Fortune Street is slated for release this holiday season in North America.