This Day in Video Game History – December 5th, 2011 – Fortune Street Released for Nintendo Wii

The first American release of a long-running “board video game” series came out five years ago today.

Fortune Street, developed by Square-Enix and published by Nintendo, was released exclusively for the Nintendo Wii on December 5th, 2011.


Mario and Dragon Quest characters are featured prominently on the cover art of the series’ first installment released outside of Japan. Courtesy: Nintendo / Square Enix

The game is a video board game, not unlike titles such as Monopoly and Solarquest. Players must travel around the board and deal with money and property. Stocks are very important in the game, because the buy and sell stocks of a block of properties can affect value, earning, and more. Players must also collect the four suits traditionally found in a set of trading cards and return to the bank to go up a level.

The Fortune Street title here is the first to be released outside of Japan, as the series in Japan dates back to the early 1990s. This title features a variety of characters, boards, and items from both the Mario and Dragon Quest series.


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