Although we focus almost exclusively on video games here at Game Rant, every now and again we like to show some love to board games. After all, as video games continue to move further and further towards an online-focused future — where couch co-op is a rarity not a requirement — board games still deliver that instant satisfaction and communal experience.
Starting this September, however, The Legend of Zelda fans will be able to unite that communal experience with their favorite Nintendo-developed franchise thanks to Monopoly: The Legend of Zelda Edition. The set will be available on September 15th and will retail for $39.99.
As one might expect, Zelda Monopoly includes a set of game tokens that trade the traditional top hat, thimble, and car for items inspired by the beloved franchise. GameStop has the exclusive on an Ocarina of Time game piece, but every version of the board game comes with a bow, a hookshot, a boomerang, a Triforce, and a Hylian shield.
The game board has also received a Zelda-themed makeover where instead of Park Place or Baltic Avenue players are trying to buy locations like Hyrule Castle or the Water Temple. Even the money, Community Chest, and Chance cards have been themed around Zelda — turned into rupees, treasure chests, and empty bottles, respectively.
In addition to their exclusive Ocarina of Time game piece, GameStop also has an exclusive on 6 Item Power cards, which we presume will give players special advantages during the game. They are the Goddess Harp, Wind Waker, Minish Cap, Spirit Flute, Phantom Hourglass, and Ocarina of Time. Sound familiar?
Finally, and here’s the real kicker, the GameStop exclusive edition of Zelda Monopoly also includes an 11″x17″ Hyrule Map complete with treasure chest holder. Unfortunately, while we don’t have a really detailed image of the map, it does appear to be a Lord of the Rings-esque design — perfect for the avid Zelda fan or collector.
So, even if you’re the type of person who couldn’t care less about playing The Legend of Zelda-themed Monopoly, there are plenty of collector’s items in the set that are well worth the $40 price tag. Major props are due Nintendo for licensing out their property and Parker Brothers for seemingly doing it justice.
Does this Zelda Monopoly set interest you? How else would you like to see Monopoly adapt the Zelda property?
Monopoly: The Legend of Zelda Edition releases September 15, 2014 for $39.99.