Mario’s been having quite the party for his 35th birthday. Lego Super Mario and a really cool-looking Lego NES release August 1, and now we know they will be joined on the same day by new Mario-themed Monopoly and Jenga editions. First revealed by GameSpot sister site CNET, the Super Mario Celebration edition of Monopoly costs $30, while Jenga goes for $20.
Jenga Super Mario has a unique and appropriate spin on the classic block-stacking game. Up to four players–Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad–can go on a quest to slay Bowser. The four characters have pegs that slot into the sides of the bricks, and it’s a race to the top. Each turn starts with a spin, which tells you to remove blocks like traditional Jenga, awards you coins, or moves you further up (or down) the tower.
Super Mario-themed versions of Monopoly have been a thing for years, but the Celebration edition offers a trip across series history, starting with the original Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 and ending with Bowser’s Kingdom in place of Boardwalk. The player icons are based on popular items, including the Super Star, a Yoshi Egg, and Koopa Shell, while little Toad homes stand in for regular houses, and castles replace hotels. Currency, of course, is presented as coins rather than paper money, and there’s an interactive Question Block that serves as a replacement for Chance cards.
For those interested in building Mario levels brick-by-brick, make sure to check out our Lego Super Mario pre-order guide detailing the Starter Course, many expansions, and the Lego NES. While we’re still waiting for Nintendo to confirm the existence of remastered Mario games for Nintendo Switch, a new Mario game releases this Friday, and it earned an 8/10 in our Paper Mario: The Origami King review.
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