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The Game of Life: Super Mario Edition board game on the way this August

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Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi pawns for The Game of Life: Super Mario Edition Image: Hasbro Gaming

The Game of Life: Super Mario Edition, a collaboration between Hasbro Gaming and Nintendo, arrives on Aug. 1. The game will include four fully painted pawns of Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Yoshi, and will differ slightly from the traditional Game of Life. The game will cost $28.49, and be available at most major retailers.

Instead of going to college, getting a job, and building a family unit, players in The Game of Life: Super Mario Edition will instead assault Bowser in his castle. Gameplay sounds a bit like the classic Mario Party series, with minigames scattered along the way. As players travel the board, they’ll compete in rock paper scissors, thumb wars, and “spin-offs” using the built-in plastic spinner. Instead of spouses and children, they’ll instead collect power-ups and allies along the way.

The Game of Life: Super Mario Edition set up for play, showing four decks of cards including actions, items, minigames, and companions Image: Hasbro Gaming

“Unlike the classic,” said a Hasbro spokesperson, “this map is not linear. Instead, it’s an open world experience that gives players the ability to discover items, collect companions, and try different strategies to win the game.”

Each character pawn has an arrow on its base, and must continue moving in the direction that arrow is pointing the entire game. Only when they reach a fork in the road can they divert their path, jumping from one classic region to another. Additional characters included as pickups include Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Toad, and Waluigi. The set also includes a plastic pack-in to hold the pieces, coins, and cards after play.