Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist Now on Steam with New DLC

December 8, 2016 at 7:00 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist logo alongside the PS4, Xbox One, and Steam logos

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist’s big update is here! The game has at last landed on PC Steam and includes a wealth of new downloadable content and cards. The game now boasts a library of over 7,400 cards and new story modes like Waking the Dragons from classic Yu-Gi-Oh! and the ARC League Championship from Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. New decks based on archetypes like D/D, Igknight, Kaiju, Red-Eyes, Toons and more are all available. Konami has also uploaded a new trailer hyping the game. LotD is first new Yu-Gi-Oh! game for the PC in ages (excluding the failure that was Duel Arena).

Don’t fret if you’re an owner of the original Playstation 4 or Xbox One version of the game; Konami didn’t forget about you. All of the new add-on content available on Steam also makes its way to PS4 and Xbox One today.

Konami first teased news of a LotD update at Jump Festa 2016 almost a full year ago.

(News from @YuGiOh_TCG)

Tweet Your Favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! Monster, Win a Trip to the Dark Side of Dimensions Premiere

December 8, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Crunchyroll's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions sweepstakes banner

Crunchyroll and 4K Media (Konami) want to send you to New York City to the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions premiere on January 24! All you have to do is tweet @Crunchyroll with the name of your favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! monster and the hashtag #ygonyc for a chance to win.

One grand prize winner will receive a round-trip flight to New York for him or herself and a guest to attend the premiere, a three-day and two-night stay at a hotel, and $500 spending money.

Three other winners will receive a prize pack with Kotobukiya’s Dark Magician Girl, Apple Magician Girl, and Lemon Magician Girl figures.

This sweepstakes is open to all U.S. residents ages 18 and up. The entry period runs through December 16 and the winner will be announced on December 20. Check the official rules on Crunchyroll for more details.

Six Flags Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Promotion

December 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, Konami, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Six Flags logo

4K Media (Konami) today announced an exciting partnership with Six Flags theme parks to promote the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie. During their current Holiday in the Park event, select Six Flags parks will run a preview of the movie on Six Flag TV, the in-park television network that plays throughout the venues. Additionally, on December 10, 11, 17, and 18, Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG volunteers will be on site demonstrating how to play the game and hyping the movie.

This promotion will be held at:

“Six Flags is excited to host this unique promotion for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand,” said Stephanie Borges, Six Flags’ VP of North America strategic marketing and partnerships, in a release. “We are always looking for fun and entertaining ways to enhance the park experience and we believe our guests will enjoy playing the game with family and friends.”

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectible Silver Coins

December 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Promotional image of the New Zealand Mint Yami Yugi collectible coin and case from YUGIOH.com

Yu-Gi-Oh! breeds collectors. Whether it’s Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards, anime, manga, or merch, if you aren’t collecting something now, you probably will as you delve into the franchise. Today’s Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at two products for numismatists — coin collectors. The New Zealand Mint, a privately-owned mint in Auckland known for its gold and silver coins inspired by popular TV shows, movies, and brands, released Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba silver coins earlier this year. Minted in .999 fine silver, the coins have a limited run of 5,000 each.

The coins are each housed in a chipboard case. The material is not unlike the boxes that are often included with high-quality collectors sets of anime DVDs and Blu-rays. Yugi, Kaiba, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! logo have a glossy finish to them.

Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba coin cases

Front and back of the New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! coin cases

Spine of the New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! coin cases

The back and spines of each box have a pattern of Egyptian hieroglyphs that is visible from certain angles.

Close-up of the New Zealand Mint logo on the back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! coin case

The case is held shut by magnets in the flap and on the sides.

Closed and open views of the side of the New Zealand Mint Yami Yugi coin case

The inside of each case has an insert and a pocket to hold the Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba coins.

New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! Yami Yugi coin display case

New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! Seto Kaiba coin display case

The recess where the coin sits is lined with felt. Its bottom isn’t flat, which makes it easy to push down on the coin and take it out.

The felt-lined nook where the Yu-Gi-Oh! coin sits

Taking the Yami Yugi coin out of the case

Each coin comes enclosed in a protective plastic case. The coin is a little less than 1.6 inches in diameter and an eighth of an inch thick, while the case measures about 1.75 inches in diameter and a quarter of an inch thick.

Side of the Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba coins in their plastic protective case

Close-up of the Yami Yugi coin in its plastic case

Close-up of the Seto Kaiba coin in its plastic case

The obverse side of the coins features an image of Queen Elizabeth II.

Close-up of the observe design of the New Zealand Mint Yu-Gi-Oh! coins featuring Queen Elizabeth II

The surface of the coins is highly polished. It was impossible for me to shoot the coins straight on without seeing a clear reflection of the camera. The edges of the coins are grooved.

The insert is a numbered certificate of authenticity with a brief biography of Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba and the specs of the coins.

Description of Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba on the certificate of authenticity insert

Back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! coins certificate of authenticity insert

Amusingly, each coin has a value of $2 and is legal tender on the island of Niue located in the Pacific. But why would you ever spend it when the silver it contains is worth far more than that? Unless, of course, you are Seto Kaiba and you enjoy spending money that has your face on it.

Where To Buy

The Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba silver coins can be purchased directly from the New Zealand Mint for $85 each or $160 for both.

[YGOFTH 2016] Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps

December 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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A pack of Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps cards

Welcome to the first day of Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH) 2016. Today’s entry will look at the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of Top Trumps, a popular card game in the United Kingdom that originated in the 1970s. Top Trumps cards are sold in packs, and each pack centers around a particular theme. There are hundreds of different themes out there — everything from military aircraft to the periodic table of the elements, dinosaurs to soccer stars, Harry Potter to the X-Men. Each card features a character or subject and contains a description and a list of categories and their accompanying numerical values.

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, the cards feature characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and the categories are Highest Level, Number of Cards, Highest Attack Points, Highest Defense Points, and Number of Duels.

Did you know that Yugi Muto has played 98 cards throughout the series? Or that Mai Valentine’s strongest card only has 2000 attack points? Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps helps you discover these and other facts about the show’s characters. Because Top Trumps cards feature various biographical data and numerical statistics about their subjects, they are often used as learning tools. There is even a national Top Trumps tournament held between thousands of elementary schools in the United Kingdom.

Back and front of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card
Back and front of a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card

The goal of Top Trumps is to win all of your opponents’ cards. To begin, the players are dealt all of the cards face down, and the players keep their cards face down in a stack. The player to the left of the dealer begins by flipping his top card face-up, looking at his card, and calling out a category. The other players then flip their top card face-up. The player whose card has the highest value in that category wins that round and takes all of the face-up cards and puts them on the bottom of his stack.

If there is a tie, or if the value of a card doesn’t exist for the called category, all of the face-up cards are placed in the center, and the turn player goes again until there is a winner. The winner of the round will also get all the cards in the center. In Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, a value of “Infinity” always wins, and a value of “Unknown” always forces the turn player to go again.

Sounds easy, right? Let’s play an example round. Suppose I play Téa Gardner and my opponent plays Mai Valentine.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Tea Gardner and Mai Valentine cards

Téa will beat Mai if I call the Highest Attack Points category. But Mai will beat Téa if I call the Number of Cards, Highest Defense Points, or Number of Duels category. The Highest Level category results in a tie, in which case I would flip over my next card and try again.

Top Trumps is an entirely self-contained game. There are 30 cards in a pack, and each pack includes the same cards. Each card measures about 2.5 x 4 inches. Here are some of the other cards in the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition.

Yugi and his friends and family:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Grandpa, Joey, Yugi, Tea, and Tristan cards

Marik and his Rare Hunter goons:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Umbra & Lumis, Strings, Arkana, and Marik Ishtar cards

The Kaiba Brothers:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Seto and Mokuba Kaiba cards

Guardians of the Pharaoh:

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps Aknadin, Isis, Mahad, and Seto cards

Yami Yugi might be labeled as this game’s “Top Trump!” but there is at least one card that will always beat him…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps deck of cards and Yami Yugi card

The other cards in the set are Bandit Keith, Bonz, Dartz, Ishizu Ishtar, Mako Tsunami, Maximillion Pegasus, Odion, PaniK, Rafael, Rex Raptor, Shadi, Weevil Underwood, and Yami Bakura.

Also included is a card explaining the rules of the game, plus a special buy-5-get-1-free offer.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps rule card and proof of purchase card

The instructions for the special offer are meant for the British market, but the producer of the game is also offering the same deal to the U.S. market.

Where To Buy

Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps is owned and produced by Winning Moves, a maker of all types of board and card games. In the United States, Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps can be purchased directly from Winning Moves for $7.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH): 2016 Edition

December 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Joey nervously watching the outcome of his die roll in episode 135
The face of an anxious Yu-Gi-Oh! gift giver. Don’t let this be you!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we have now entered the month of December, which can only mean one thing: we are neck-deep in the Christmas and holiday shopping season! With more official Yu-Gi-Oh! merch available this year than there has been in recent history, are you stressing out about what to buy for a discerning Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, besides the obvious choice of Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards, anime, and manga? Have no fear.

Presenting: Yu-Gi-Oh! For the Holidays (YGOFTH)! This month, I’ll be highlighting some licensed Yu-Gi-Oh! products that are currently available in the West for both young and old fans of Yugi and his gang. The action begins tomorrow!

Check back here at 6 pm ET/3 pm PT on each of the following dates for this year’s YGOFTH entries:

Friday, December 2: Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps
Tuesday, December 6: Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectible Silver Coins
Friday, December 9: Coming soon!
Tuesday, December 13: Coming soon!
Friday, December 16: Coming soon!
Tuesday, December 20: Coming soon!

Know of a Yu-Gi-Oh! product that you think would make a great gift for someone? Let me know and maybe I’ll highlight it here.

Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans Pick Their Favorite Duels

November 28, 2016 at 11:00 am | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 4 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Duel Selection banner on Shueisha's V Jump website

Earlier this year, Shueisha’s V Jump magazine asked Yu-Gi-Oh! fans in Japan which duels they loved the most in each of the five Yu-Gi-Oh! series. An online poll was conducted and the results were published in print last week in V Jump and online today on V Jump’s website. Let’s see which duels topped the charts!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters:

  1. Episode 221 – The Last Duel of Destiny – Yami Yugi (Atem) vs. Yugi Muto (7673 votes)
  2. Episode 129 – The Sky Coliseum – Yugi vs. Kaiba (2975 votes)
  3. Episode 065 – Marik Makes His Move – God Combo – Yugi vs. Marik (1614 votes)
  4. Episode 125 – The Semifinal Match of Darkness – Jonouchi vs. Marik (1347 votes)
  5. Episode 160 – The Runaway Train Duel – Yugi vs. Insector Haga (1189 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:

  1. Episode 167 – Thank-You Duel! Cronos vs. the Original Drop-Out Boy – Judai vs. Cronos (4233 votes)
  2. Episode 179 – Farewell, Judai! The Tearful Graduation Ceremony – Judai vs. Yugi (3783 votes)
  3. Episode 147 – The Battle of Destiny! Cyber Art vs. Crystal Beasts – Johan (Yubel) vs. Ryo (2964 votes)
  4. Episode 034 – Steamed Comfort! Blue-Eyes White Dragon – Judai vs. Kaibaman (1550 votes)
  5. Episode 153 – Battle of Chosen Cards! Elemental HEROs Versus Yubel – Judai vs. Yubel (1492 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s:

  1. Episode 152 – Future That Should be Traveled – Yusei vs. Jack (4969 votes)
  2. Episode 023 – The Final Game, Heart Hidden Under the Mask – Yusei vs. Aki (4270 votes)
  3. Episode 147 – Hope Toward the Future! – Z-ONE vs. Aporia (3337 votes)
  4. Episode 144 – Beginning of Demise – Battle for the Future! – Yusei vs. Antinomy (2576 votes)
  5. Episode 054 – Last Duel! Team Satisfaction – Yusei vs. Kyosuke (1263 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:

  1. Episode 144 – The Ceremonial Battle!! Yuma vs. Astral (3784 votes)
  2. Episode 097 – Countdown to Defeat! The Terror of Deck Destruction – Yuma vs. Vector, Shark vs. Durbe, Kaito vs. Mizael (2829 votes)
  3. Episode 135 – The Future is in This Hand! The Climax of the Galaxy Showdown!! – Kaito vs. Mizael (2719 votes)
  4. Episode 124 – The Seven Barian Emperors! Soldiers of the Crimson World!! – Nash vs. IV (2501 votes)
  5. Episode 141 – The End of Chaos – The Deadly Final Hope Sword Slash – Yuma & Nash vs. Don Thousand (2182 votes)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:

  1. Episode 033 – Future City Heartland – Shun vs. Sora (3729 votes)
  2. Episode 031 – Roaring Whirlwind – Yosen Lost Tornado! – Yuya vs. Shingo (3325 votes)
  3. Episode 096 – Borrowed Words – Yuya vs. Jack (2220 votes)
  4. Episode 050 – Lancers – The Chosen Warriors – Yuya vs. Reiji (1597 votes)
  5. Episode 110 – Torn Smile World – Yuya vs. Edo (1399 votes)

These duels will air on TV during TV Tokyo’s Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Selection program.

Did your favorite duel make the cut?

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump Expands to Google Play

November 24, 2016 at 6:00 am | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Yuya Sakaki picking up an Action Card in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 3

VIZ Media announced on Monday that its English-language Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is now available directly in the Google Play bookstore. A single issue costs $0.99. Previously, the magazine could only be purchased and read on Google Play through the VIZ Manga app and WSJ app for Android.

VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump includes simulpubs of series like Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, One-Punch Man, and Seraph of the End. New issues debut every Monday. Google Play offers back issues from the last three months for sale, the same as the single issues sold by VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology. (VIZ’s announcement incorrectly states that only one month of back issues is available on Google Play.)

Manga UK Recalls Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1 DVD

November 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Posted in English dubbed, GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment

Manga Entertainment UK's Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1 DVD box set is being recalled

Attention buyers of Manga Entertainment UK’s November 21 release of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Season 1 on DVD: the publisher is issuing a recall of this product due to a manufacturing problem. Disc 2 in Volume 1 of the box set includes episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s instead of GX. You can return the product to your place of purchase for a full refund. A corrected printing will be available “in a few weeks’ time,” says Manga UK.

Crackle Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Season 1

November 22, 2016 at 7:00 am | Posted in 5D's, English dubbed, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yusei crying out during his duel against Rally in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's episode 46

Crackle, the free TV and movie streaming platform owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, has added 4Kids’ English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s season 1 to its catalog. Check out episodes 1 through 64 on the web or on any one of Crackle’s numerous apps.

The ad-supported network also hosts several other anime series, including Blue Exorcist, Fate/Zero, Magi, and Sony’s lesser-known English dub of Rurouni Kenshin. Check them all out for free on Crackle.com.

(News from @WTK, h/t The Fandom Post)

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