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Monopoly Here & Now - United States Edition

New version of Monopoly replaces Boardwalk with Times Square

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Times Square as pictured on the board of Monopoly Here & Now.

Photo coutesy of Hasbro
Parker Brothers has unveiled a major new edition of Monopoly -- Monopoly Here & Now.

While some versions of Here & Now, such as the U.K. and Canada, were published earlier, the U.S. edition of Monopoly Here & Now was released in September 2006. It updates all of the classic real estate game's properties, property values, player tokens and more. The railroads are changed to airports, and the electric company and water works are now a cell phone service and an Internet service provider.

The most coveted spot on the board, Boardwalk in the original U.S. version, is now New York City's Times Square. Park Place has been replaced by Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox.

In the spring of 2006, Hasbro asked people to vote online to help choose the new properties. These votes determined which landmarks from 22 pre-determined cities made it onto the board, as well as the location of the landmarks on the board.

Monopoly Here & Now is available for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

We have a photo gallery of images from Monopoly Here & Now.

Property Changes

Here's a look at how the properties from the traditional edition of Monopoly have been changed for Monopoly Here & Now, with the most expensive properties listed first.

Blue Properties

Boardwalk is now New York City's Times Square
Park Place is now Boston's Fenway Park

The rent on Boardwalk was: $50 undeveloped; $200 with one house; $600 with two houses; $1,400 with three houses; $1,700 with four houses; and $2,000 with a hotel.

The rent on Times Square is: $500,000 undeveloped; $2 million with one house; $6 million with two houses; $14 million with three houses; $17 million with four houses; and $20 million with a hotel.

Green Properties

Pennsylvania Ave. is now The White House
North Carolina Ave. is now Chicago's Wrigley Field
Pacific Ave. is now Las Vegas' Las Vegas Blvd.

Yellow Properties

Marvin Gardens is now San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
Ventnor Ave. is now Hollywood
Atlantic Ave. is now the French Quarter of New Orleans

Red Properties

Illinois Ave. is now Orlando's Disney World (this is the property most often landed on)
Indiana Ave. is now Honolulu's Waikiki Beach
Kentucky Ave. is now Phoenix's Camelback Mountain

Orange Properties

New York Ave. is now Seattle's Pioneer Square
Tennessee Ave. is now Houston's Johnson Space Center
St. James Place is now Miami's South Beach

Magenta Properties

Virginia Ave. is now Philadelphia's Liberty Bell
States Ave. is now Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheatre
St. Charles Place is now Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park

Light Blue Properties

Connecticut Ave. is now Minneapolis' Mall of America
Vermont Ave. is now St. Louis' Gateway Arch
Oriental Ave. is now Nashville's Grand Ole Opry

Purple Properties

Baltic Ave. is now Dallas' Texas Stadium
Mediterranean Ave. is now Cleveland's Jacobs Field

Player Tokens

The race car has been replaced with a hybrid Toyota Prius, the shoe is now a New Balance sneaker, and the Scottish terrier has become a labradoodle.

The other game tokens are McDonald's French Fries, a Motorola RAZR cell phone, an airplane, and a laptop computer.

Everything is More Expensive

The new game has higher property values and rents. Players start with $2 million each. Everything in the game appears to be proportional to the original edition, multiplied by 10,000.

Chance and Community Chest

Chance and Community Chest cards have been updated. For example, winning $10 in a beauty contest has become winning $100,000 on a reality TV show, and players are sent to jail for crimes like identity theft and insider trading.

Traditional Monopoly

The traditional Monopoly game, based on streets in Atlantic City, New Jersey, will still be sold.

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