Itadaki Street DS (Nintendo DS) Preview

By Adam Riley 26.10.2006 13

When you talk about Square Enix, you are likely to be mentioning one of the many RPGs it has in its repertoire. However, it has been known to dabble in one or two different areas, as the recent foray into sports territory showed with Mario Slam Basketball. Now it is bringing a long-standing non-RPG series to the DS in the form of Itadaki Street. But will gamers be as eager to lap this up as they do with the company's numerous role-playing titles?

The question is what exactly is Itadaki Street anyway? Well, many have described it as the videogaming equivalent of the immensely popular family board-game Monopoly, whilst others have stated that from the screens show so far it might as well be deemed as the next outing in the multi-million selling Mario Party series. Both views are not entirely wrong, but the game is rather unique in its own right because of a few extra additions, and has been developed over many years, dating as far back as 1991 when it made its d

Itadaki Street, for those unaware of its origins, is a product of the genius mind of Yuji Horii, the man that created the ever-popular Dragon Quest series and has now become legendary in status because of the sheer quality of the games he is involved in. The series is a computer-based board-game that was originally published under the Enix label before the company merged with Squaresoft. It all has a party feeling to it, and really does play like an amended version of Monopoly. The way the game itself plays is as follows: each of the players involved in the game must first of all roll their dice to determine their number, which is then translated into the amount of places they can move around one of the many boards included. Whilst on their travels, players can use their assets to make wise purchases of property currently not owned by others. Just as with Monopoly, once another player moving round the board by chance lands on one of the properties you now own, you will be able to charge them a set fee, thus boosting your overall finances. Of course, the same ruling applies to you, therefore you can lose muchos dineros by straying onto a competitor's land.

What makes this slightly better than standard Monopoly, though, is that you can actually buy and sell stocks related to certain blocks. This means that the value of properties related to that particular block will be affected by your decisions and ultimately turn the tables depending on how wise your choices are. Another feature is that players are able to level-up as they play by collecting special icons. Although not announced yet, it would seem an obvious option for Square Enix to include traditional icons from the Mario world, as it did with Mario Basket 3-on-3. The same goes for boards; Square Enix has so far announced that there will be themed boards based upon Dragon Quest IV and V, but if there are none from the Mushroom Kingdom then it will be a shocking omission. Other than that, previous games have allowed up to four players per board, so that should be a definite, plus this version will make use of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection so you can play against online opponents. Finally, characters that have been confirmed so far are: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Peach from the Mario series, as well as Slime, Jessica and Angelo from Dragon Quest games.

Final Thoughts

Currently not enough is known about Itadaki Street to warrant a really high anticipation rating. And anyway, to be honest, the idea of Monopoly on the DS does not sound too appealing at the moment. Whether the multi-player would make things more fun, or extra details being released will raise our interest is yet to be seen, but for now the only major positive is that Square Enix and Nintendo are working extremely closely once more...

Developer

Armour Project

Publisher

Square Enix

Genre

Party

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  n/a

Reader Score

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European release date TBA   North America release date TBA   Japan release date 21.06.2007   Australian release date TBA   

Comments

Another 1m seller? Me think so.

Any chance of this bad boy hitting the West?


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eww..

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If it could do half a million on the PS2, with another 100-120,000 on the PSP for its port, then you'd really hope that the DS game could at least get 750,000 units!

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But the Mario brand is so strong.

According to NeoGAF this game is 50% completed and the New FF on the DS is 30% completed with the new PS3 FF only 1.3% completed


Mike Gee of iZINE said, "...The Verve, as he [Richard Ashcroft] promised, had become the greatest band in the world. Most of the critics agreed with him. Most paid due homage. The Verve were no longer the question mark or the cliché. They were the statement and the definition."

Already 50% complete? Great, bodes well for a May 07 release, maybe even as early as March (if we're lucky)!

I'm surprised FFXII RW is so far along as well. Hopefully FFCC will still be out by Summer 07...

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Oh Crystal Chronicles...I cannot wait for that to come out. So many wrongs can be made right. Oh...I just CANNOT wait.

Noice Preavyoo by the way, Adam. Spelling mistakes completely intended. :Smilie

I picked up on the Brummie accent Smilie Cheers, by the way :Smilie

Square Enix is doing so much for the DS right now that you have to wonder what's next. Super Mario RPG? Chrono? Dragon Quest remakes?

Whatever the case, it has some potential massive hits on its hands at the moment, which bodes well for future Wii support as well.

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Raz i think i am right in saying you would give one of your balls away for a Super Mario RPG or a Crono remake


Mike Gee of iZINE said, "...The Verve, as he [Richard Ashcroft] promised, had become the greatest band in the world. Most of the critics agreed with him. Most paid due homage. The Verve were no longer the question mark or the cliché. They were the statement and the definition."

Yes, my Mitre.

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Smilie

Super Mario RPG was apparently planned for the GBA as part of the Mario Advance series. I live in hope it'll appear in the future for the DS. If not, then Mushroom Kingdom Hearts will do just nicely Smilie

As for Chrono... *drools*

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Hah! Mushroom Kindgom Hearts! Genius!
Sonority! (Killed it?...:sarcy:Smilie

This seems to be getting a LOT of coverage in Japanese magazines at the moment. So I'm guessing it won't be too long until it's release...and it should be building up quite a nice amount of hype as well.

Perhaps it will indeed be a million seller!

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