Momotaro Dentetsu

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Not to be confused with Momotaro Densetsu.

Momotaro Dentetsu (桃太郎電鉄 Momotarō Dentetsu?, Momotarō Electric Railway) (also known by the abbreviated name Momotetsu) is a long-running board game-style video game series in Japan; in which players travel by rail, ship, and airplane; attempting to acquire wealth through business transactions buying properties; and dealing with rival entrepreneurs and nemeses such as the God of Poverty (貧乏神 Binbōgami?). The game mechanics are often compared to the board games sugoroku and Monopoly.

Started in 1988, the series was initially produced by Hudson Soft. The rights to the series are now owned by Konami Corporation, who absorbed Hudson in 2012. The title is commonly thought of as a play on the title for another video game series by Hudson Soft, Momotaro Densetsu, with which it is sometimes confused. The project supervisor for the series is Akira Sakuma, with illustration by Takayuki Doi (土居 孝幸?) and main music production by Kazuyuki Sekiguchi of Southern All Stars.

The series is very popular in Japan, with 10 million units sold in the series by 1998.[1] To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series, Hudson collaborated with the financially troubled Chōshi Electric Railway Line, operating a train on the railway decorated with a Momotaro Dentetsu motif.[2] Opening on April 25, 2007, the train ran until its third anniversary.[3] In June 2009, two Momotetsu-themed restaurants opened at Japanese railway stations: one at Haijima Station, and another at Kami-Nagaya Station (上永谷駅?).[4]

Since 2004, promotional marketing for the series has featured the pairing of comedian Tomonori Jinnai (陣内智則?) and gravure idol/tarento Chinatsu Wakatsuki (若槻千夏?).[5]

Titles[edit]

Console games[edit]

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  1. Momotaro Dentetsu (桃太郎電鉄?) (Famicom: 1988-12-02)
  2. Super Momotaro Dentetsu (スーパー桃太郎電鉄?) (PC Engine: 1989-09-15, Game Boy: 1991-03-08, Famicom: 1992-03-20)
  3. Super Momotaro Dentetsu Ⅱ (スーパー桃太郎電鉄Ⅱ?) (PC Engine: 1991-12-20, Super Famicom: 1992-08-07, Game Boy: 1994-02-18)
  4. Super Momotaro Dentetsu Ⅲ (スーパー桃太郎電鉄Ⅲ?) (Super Famicom: 1994-12-09)
  5. Super Momotaro Dentetsu DX (スーパー桃太郎電鉄DX?) (Super Famicom: 1995-12-08)
  6. Momotaro Dentetsu HAPPY (桃太郎電鉄HAPPY?) (Super Famicom: 1996-12-06)
  7. Momotaro Dentetsu 7 (桃太郎電鉄7?) (PlayStation: 1997-12-23)
  8. Momotaro Dentetsu jr.: Zenkoku Ramen Meguri no Maki (桃太郎電鉄jr. 〜全国ラーメンめぐりの巻〜?) (Game Boy: 1998-07-31)
  9. Momotaro Dentetsu V (桃太郎電鉄V?) (PlayStation: 1999-12-16)
  10. Momotaro Dentetsu X: Kyushu Version (桃太郎電鉄X 〜九州編もあるばい〜?) (PlayStation 2: 2001-12-13)
  11. Momotaro Dentetsu 11: Black Bombee Arrives (PlayStation 2 & Nintendo GameCube: 2002-12-05)
  12. Momotaro Dentetsu 12: All Aboard for Western Japan! (PlayStation 2 & Nintendo GameCube: 2003-12-11)
  13. Momotaro Dentetsu USA (桃太郎電鉄USA?) - (PlayStation 2: 2004-11-18)
  14. Momotaro Dentetsu G: Make a Gold Deck! (桃太郎電鉄G 〜ゴールド・デッキを作れ!?) (Game Boy Advance: 2005-06-30)
  15. Momotaro Dentetsu 15: Godai Bombi Toujou! No Maki (桃太郎電鉄15 〜五大ボンビー登場!の巻?) (PlayStation 2: 2005-12-08)
  16. Momotaro Dentetsu 16: Moving in Hokkaido! (桃太郎電鉄16 〜北海道大移動の巻!?) (PlayStation 2: 2006-12-07, Wii: 2007-07-19)
  17. Momotaro Dentetsu DS: TOKYO & JAPAN (桃太郎電鉄DS 〜TOKYO&JAPAN?) (Nintendo DS: 2007-04-26)
  18. Momotaro Dentetsu 20th Anniversary (桃太郎電鉄20周年?) (Nintendo DS: 2008-12-18)
  19. Momotaro Dentetsu 2010: Sengoku Ishin no Hero Daishūgō! No Maki (桃太郎電鉄2010 〜戦国・維新のヒーロー大集合!の巻?) (Wii: 2009-11-26)
  20. Momotaro Dentetsu Tag Match: Yūjō Doryoku Shōri No Maki (桃太郎電鉄タッグマッチ 友情・努力・勝利の巻!?) (PlayStation Portable:2010-07-15)
  21. Momotaro Dentetsu World (桃太郎電鉄WORLD?) (Nintendo DS:2010-12-02)

Mobile phone games[edit]

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  • Momotaro Dentetsu TOKYO (桃太郎電鉄TOKYO?) (i-mode: 2005-02-07, EZweb: 2006-01-26, Yahoo! Keitai (Yahoo!ケータイ?): 2007-04-02)
  • Momotaro Dentetsu JAPAN (桃太郎電鉄JAPAN?) (i-mode: 2005-11-01, EZweb: 2006-08-10, Yahoo! Keitai: 2007-04-02)
    • Momotaro Dentetsu JAPAN Deluxe (桃太郎電鉄JAPAN 豪華版?) (i-mode: 2007-01-04, EZweb: 2008-04-03)
  • Momotaro Dentetsu WORLD (桃太郎電鉄WORLD?) (i-mode: 2006-04-01, EZweb: 2007-02-01, Yahoo! Keitai: 2007-09-03)
    • Momotaro Dentetsu WORLD Deluxe (桃太郎電鉄WORLD 豪華版?) (i-mode: 2007-07-01)
    • Momotaro Dentetsu WORLD Remote Play (桃太郎電鉄WORLD 遠距離対戦版?) (i-mode: 2009-08-03)
  • Momotaro Dentetsu CHUBU (桃太郎電鉄CHUBU?) (i-mode: 2006-11-01, Yahoo! Keitai: 2007-09-03, EZweb: 2007-09-06)
  • Momotaro Dentetsu KANTO (桃太郎電鉄KANTO?) (i-mode: 2007-05-01, EZweb: 2008-01-31, Yahoo! Keitai: 2008-02-01)
  • Momotaro Dentetsu TOHOKU (桃太郎電鉄TOHOKU?) (i-mode: 2007-11-01, Yahoo! Keitai: 2008-09-01, EZweb: 2008-09-04)
    • Momotaro Dentetsu TOHOKU Deluxe (桃太郎電鉄TOHOKU 豪華版?) (i-mode: 2008-01-04)
  • Momotaro Dentetsu HOKKAIDO (桃太郎電鉄HOKKAIDO?) (i-mode: 2008-06-01, Yahoo! Keitai: 2009-02-02, EZweb: 2009-02-12)
  • Momotaro Dentetsu KYUSHU (桃太郎電鉄KYUSHU?) (i-mode: 2009-02-01)
  • Momotaro Dentetsu SETOUCHI (桃太郎電鉄SETOUCHI?) (i-mode: 2009-09-01)
  • Momotaro Dentetsu KINKI (桃太郎電鉄KINKI?) (i-mode: 2010-03-01)
  • Momotaro Dentetsu AOMORI (桃太郎電鉄AOMORI?) (i-mode:2010-11-01)
  • Momotaro Dentetsu SHIZUOKA (桃太郎電鉄SHIZUOKA?) (i-mode:2011-05-01)
  • Momotaro Dentetsu TOKAI (桃太郎電鉄TOKAI?) (i-mode:2012-02-01)

iOS games[edit]

  • Momotaro Dentetsu JAPAN+ (桃太郎電鉄 JAPAN+?) (iPhone/iPod touch: 2011-02-17)[9]

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