“Finally, Meka Dragon has come back to.....New York.”
One of the things I always bemoaned about King of New York is that the Power-Up cards required to bring the King of Tokyo monsters to New York have never been available. Well, earlier this year Iello finally released a print and play version called King of New York: King of Tokyo Power-up. (You can download the PNP version here: https://iello.fr/download/KOT-PU_Kony-cards_PnP_EN.pdf )
And am I going to both review and bitch about this free to download release? You bet your Anguirus.
Firstly, fans have been asking for these Power Up cards for King of New York literally since it's release in 2014. And it took until 2022 to finally get them? And, when we finally got them, they were...kind of disappointing but, at the same time, on brand for King of Tokyo.
The on-brand portion (which is also somewhat unsatisfactory) is the the King of New York power-up cards are basically just re-worded versions of the King of Tokyo Power-up cards. Mostly they just swap Manhattan for Tokyo and replaced any reference to numbers on the dice with alternative dice faces. It is the same Power-up names, same Power-up stations. And, after waiting all of this time to finally get them, they do NOT have power-up cards for the, I guess you would call them Bastard Kaiju, from the first edition (Cyber Bunny and Kraken). Why? King of Tokyo Power-up included them in that release, have we written them out of history since then? And if you want to step out of the way-back-in-first-edition machine and into the present: why is there no Baby Gigazaur power-ups? Baby Gigazaur is in the King of Tokyo Monster Box and they included KOT Power-up cards for them in that release. But, nope, the power up cards are missing from this release.
On the plus side: Hey, it's free! So, Five Stars for that, eh? If you own both King of New York and King of Tokyo and have not experienced the joy of the Power-up cards, you can't go wrong just printing this up and giving it a go. The rules are dead simple: At the beginning of the game, draw two Power-up cards and keep one. If you roll and resolve three hearts, you draw two Power-up cards and keep one. Just like the other Power-up releases, it really does a fantastic job in making each Monster feel unique.
Want the ultimate Kaiju Slaying Machine? May I suggest Meka Dragon with Claws of Steel and Target Acquired...and hold that Temporary Evolution Mecha Blast for just the right time when you are stomping Manhattan to kill em all and let Toho sort them out.
Yes, KONY/KOT Power-up did it's job. It brought King of New York back to the table. While long overdue and short of everything it should be, it does finally bring (most) of the Monsters to New York.
A copy of this release was provided online by the publisher. It's literally free to download, what are you waiting for? Just make sure you click “Fit to Printable Area” and Double-Sided printing before you print it out (the preceding warning probably applies to the “I always get one rule wrong” mantra).