You watch as your teammate rolls the dice and hold in a sigh of regret. One number less and you would rake it in big time. You eye the board and weigh your odds; it's a close game and the mogul to your right is swallowing properties like water. With the right throw and a little bit of luck, you may still score big. You hold three railroads in the palm of your hand: one more and you hit the jackpot. You grab the ivory cubes and toss them down, waiting for the fateful number. Will you finally score the Reading Railroad or be doomed to a rent-paying future?
Monopoly Streets reinvigorates the classic game of fortune in a whole new 3D format. Explore the streets of your favorite town as you journey from the cheap motels of Baltic Avenue to the ritzy Boardwalk suites and more. Watch your fortunes rise and fall as your player headquarters change from a luxurious mansion to a dilapidated hut and back, if you're lucky. Feeling competitive? Use your street smarts to auction off your properties and break your rivals' banks. You set the standards with house rules play longer, shorter or whatever way you want. With the ability to create and use your Wii Mii, you'll never get stuck rotating the board as a top hat again. Invite your friends and populate your city with their Miis' friendly faces. Play in classic game mode or explore all the spectacular new game twists in Monopoly City and Monument City. Jump into the 3D excitement of this classic game but watch out once you reach the top, there's nowhere to go but back down.
Establish and save house rules to play longer or shorter based on your own schedule
Experience Mr. Monopoly's world at an interactive, 3D street level in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the beloved Monopoly game
Add houses to your properties and watch as high-rent districts sprout mansions and lavish hotels
Occupy your own property headquarters; watch it rise to luxurious splendor or fall into a dilapidated ruin in tune with your fortunes
Add competition to the game by auctioning properties with your friends snatch a great deal or try to break your rival's bank
Play the way you remember with classic game board modes offering a nostalgic glimpse into the past, or explore all-new Monopoly and Monument Cities
Use your Wii Mii for a customized experience and populate your city with familiar faces as you add friends' Miis
Nowadays, buying a new television is a fact of life every 3-5 years. Not only is it necessary to replace old TVs, but with the way technology is progressing, a TV from more than five years ago may begin to seem obsolete. That rapid pace of technology can also make buying a new TV intimidating, however, as every time you shop you will hear new terminology, encounter features you're not sure that you need, and run into pushy salespeople trying to rush you into a purchase. To ease your mind, here are some tips for buying a TV that might make your shopping a little bit easier.
1. Don't be afraid of HD
High-definition TVs used to be expensive and considered luxury items, but that is no longer the case. Now most new TVs are being produced with HD capabilities, and the prices for HDTVs are generally reasonable. HD programming also used to be difficult to come by, but now all the major networks broadcast in HD. And, if you're a sports fan, HD is a must. In general, the addition of HD won't cost you an arm and a leg, and you probably won't regret it if you go for it. It won't be long before programming on a non-HDTV will look downright prehistoric.
2. A technology primer
Probably the most intimidating part of buying a TV nowadays is the terms that salespeople bandy about. You might hear the terms LCD or plasma and be completely confused. They'll tell you it's great, bur really what does it mean? Here are some important things to know, and while it's not everything it can keep you from feeling overwhelmed. A standard-definition television is a tube television, which is quickly becoming old-fashioned. Most aren't HDTV-capable and are smaller than 27 inches. Salespeople may refer to them as direct view TVs. Plasma screen TVs are flat-screen televisions, but another flat-screen version, known as LCD, is taking their place as the most popular HDTVs. Although plasma picture quality is better in some cases there are a wider variety of LCD TVs and their prices are reasonable, making them popular with consumers.
3. Take a look in back
When you're shopping for a TV, it's easy to focus on the obvious: size, price, picture, and just overall the way it looks. However, you also want to make sure your TV is going to work with the devices you have. Take a look at the back panel and make sure the inputs are there for your DVD player, VCR, cable box, video game consoles, or whatever you want to plug into it. Don't assume, as a limited number of inputs can be a reason for a lower price.
4. If you can go big, go big
If you get a bigger TV, you probably won't regret it unless you take a drastic cut in quality to do so. Prices on bigger TVs are falling, and you might be surprised at the size you can get for the cost of a 27-inch five years ago. Don't be reluctant about going bigger unless there's a real reason not to.