We live in an era, my friends, where GameStop isn't content to merely offer special preorder incentives for video games, but now boasts exclusive add-ons to old fashioned board games. Following on from previous gaming tie-in editions of Monopoly featuring Nintendo properties, USAopoly is about to release a version of the famed real estate board game with items and characters from The Legend of Zelda grafted to it. Check out these images to see how the Zelda Monopoly differs from the traditional version of the game. What really bothered me about this was the news that GameStop sells an exclusive version of the game with extra tokens and item power cards. Where will it end?
The Legend of Zelda MONOPOLY takes players on a trip through time as they travel through the land of Hyrule and beyond. Memorable locations include Link's House, Temple of Time and the Lon Lon Ranch and are all up for grabs in this special collector's edition of one of the most revered video games of all time. In addition to collectible tokens, custom designed game board, Zelda themed money and custom Chance, Community Chest and deed cards, the Game Stop Exclusive edition includes the Ocarina of Time token, Hyrule Map Lithograph and 6 Item Cards for added game play.
At least there's only one exclusive version to buy (or not) instead of a Walmart version and a Target version, too. I think what really bothers me about the exclusivity here is that these are tangible items that buyers will not get if they don't buy from GameStop. I'm no fan of the company's exclusive DLC practices for video games, but at least in those cases that DLC usually ends up on the digital marketplace of your choice later. I don't see there being an aftermarket upgrade kit with the extra token and cards that one can buy later on. I feel like the next step here is a GameStop exclusive version of Scrabble with extra blank tiles included in the box. Still, my complaints aside, the tokens seem to be very detailed and the game board is gorgeous. Look past the slimy marketing and there looks to be a fun game here.