Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 30: ‘The World That Sora Wants!’

January 22, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Sora Shiunin, furious at Yuya Sakaki,in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 30
Par for the course in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!

Amid their underwater duel, Sora Shiunin at last reveals to Yuya Sakaki what the power of G.O.D. can truly accomplish.

“It is the creation…of perfect parallel worlds,” says Shiunin. “Countless parallel worlds…and among them the worlds that each person wants!”

It is through this power that he and his sister can remain together forever. Yuya doesn’t accept this.

“But is making a world just for one person really right?” Yuya asks. “Shutting yourself up in a world of your own… Is that any fun?”

Shiunin scowls fiercely at Yuya. He doesn’t see the need to further explain himself to the Dueltainer. Shiunin unleashes a torrent of Frightfur monsters and uses them to call forth his signature monster, Frightfur Daredevil. Its attacks Yuya, destroying his only defense and damaging his life points. As Yuya flounders, he hears a familiar voice.

“Seriously…your heart is too soft!”

In a blink of an eye, Yuri appears and declares himself to be Shiunin’s true opponent. He won’t stand for anyone hurting Yuya. Using his trademark Pendulum Fusion, Yuri summons his own signature monster, Starving Venemy Dragon, and destroys Frightfur Daredevil.

Shiunin regroups, using his Frightfur monsters’ effects to bring more monsters back to his field. He then uses them to summon a deadly new monster: Dangerous Frightfur Nightmary. With the head of a broken doll, a gangly and seemingly hollow body, and hands and arms that float in front of her, this monster is truly a terrifying sight. Strands of Nightmary’s long hair lash out like tentacles, grabbing the memory spheres around the two duelists. Yuri realizes that she increases her strength by absorbing others’ memories.

Shiunin orders Nightmary to attack. She opens her clackity mouth, letting out a shrill cry as apparitions emerge from her body and lunge toward Yuri. She annihilates Yuri’s dragon effortlessly.

Thoughts

Sora Shiunin is so different now. From the moment he dives into the pool, Sora, now in a wetsuit with his hair down, seems like a completely different person. And it’s more than just appearances. With his memories back, he’s so much more determined and vicious. There are numerous expressive and fun Sora faces in this chapter.

Sorry, Yuya, but I don’t understand your reasoning here. Sora only wishes to be with his sister, but Yuya disapproves of this, questioning the value of the existence of parallel worlds and the “fun” behind them. Really? What does that have to do with anything? There must be some information that hasn’t yet been introduced, something that explains the dangers of G.O.D.’s powers in more details. It would be one thing if Sora wanted to use the power for evil, but that doesn’t seem to be his intentions at all.

That Nightmary is one macabre monster. And look at her bangs. They look like Miu’s. Yuri has his work cut out for him fighting this monster. I don’t want the villains to win, but I wouldn’t be surprised if another one of Yuya’s counterparts falls. One by one they could go until only Yuya is left.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 30: “The World That Sora Wants!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 08 (January 22, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 29: “Memory Duel!!”

Next chapter:
Coming soon

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2

Toei’s 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! Anime Given New Life by 200+ Animators

January 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Yu-Gi-Oh! Reanimate title card by Hailey 'Squiggly' Lain

What happens when over 220 animators and illustrators (and two cosplayers) get together to recreate an episode of Toei’s 1998 Yu-Gi-Oh! anime? “Yu-Gi-Oh! Reanimate” is a collaborative project featuring these talented Yu-Gi-Oh! fans. Each participant remade a shot from episode 2 of that series, commonly called “Season 0” by fans, and reimagined it with their own style, humor, and magic. Check out the final product on YouTube and Vimeo!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Reanimate was spearheaded by Phui Jing Ling, a Malaysian animator and cartoonist, and kicked off in September 2016. It includes the talents of 226 participants.

If you enjoyed Yu-Gi-Oh! Reanimate, check out these other creative crowdsourced collaborations:

  • Star Wars Uncut,” an Emmy Award-winning remake of A New Hope, released in 2009, and The Empire Strikes Back, released in 2014.
  • Moon Animate Make-Up!,” a remake of episode 28 of DiC Entertainment’s Sailor Moon anime. Released in 2014.
  • Seven Star Re-Animate,” a remake of Dragon Ball episode 8. Released in 2016.
  • The Mama Luigi Project,” a remake of the final episode of the Super Mario World cartoon, which is the origin of the infamous Mama Luigi meme. Released in 2017.

(News from the YGO Reanimate Tumblr)

Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon Prize Card on Sale for $400K

January 10, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Photo of the genuine Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon T3-01 Asia Championship card
Photo by @saku06s

The owner of one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! cards in existence is graciously putting it on display at a card shop in Japan — and on sale for a hefty price. Hassaku (@saku06s) is the owner of the “T3” Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon, which was the first-place prize in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game Asia Championship of 2001. Only one copy of this card, sealed in a custom-made case, exists in the world and it was presented to the winner of that tournament.

Yesterday, Hassaku announced that the card is now on display at Card Shop Spiral, a trading card store in Akihabara. It is also available for purchase — for 45,000,000 yen, or about $400,000.

This isn’t the first time that this Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon has gone on the market. Hassaku first obtained the card in August 2016 and attempted to sell it for 999,000,000 yen (about $9 million). At the time, Hassaku included an autograph and sketch of Yugi from Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!. Takahashi presented the card to the tournament winner and apparently also created the sketch and signature right on the spot, explained Hassaku. After one week and no takers, Hassaku offered a 99 percent off discount, dropping the price to a measly 9,990,000 yen (about $90,000).

Some collectors must be kicking themselves for not buying it back then.

VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Promo Cards Page

January 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm | Posted in Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Weekly Shonen Jump Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG promo cards listed on VIZ Media's website

Many readers of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine are also avid Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fans who look forward to receiving promo cards in the mail with their subscription. But information about what Yu-Gi-Oh! cards have been selected and when they are mailed out is sometimes hard to come by.

To address these questions, VIZ Media has launched a new page dedicated to WSJ Yu-Gi-Oh! promo cards at: https://www.viz.com/wsj-promo

This page lists the most recent promo cards, the cut-off dates you must subscribe by to be eligible for the cards, and their expected delivery dates. It also lists your WSJ subscription dates and the mailing address saved in your account settings. Be sure to double-check these details!

Even though VIZ’s WSJ magazine is available in many English-speaking countries, the promo cards are only mailed to annual subscribers with U.S. and Canadian addresses.

(h/t VIZ Media via House O’ Champions)

Nicktoons Skips Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Season 2, Airs Season 3

January 8, 2018 at 6:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, English dubbed, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 10 Comments
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Yuya Sakaki, shocked that his mom supports Reed Pepper more than anyone else, in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episode 41

Even though the full first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has been available on Blu-ray, DVD, and DTO for almost a year, Nicktoons only recently finished broadcasting the season on TV. Now, as the network prepares to continue the series this weekend with new episodes, TV listings show that Nicktoons is skipping season 2 and airing the first episode of season 3. Nicktoons has an unfortunate reputation for making last-minute changes to its schedule, so might this be an error?

“I can confirm the schedule is correct,” said Bronte Barbarito, coordinator of corporate communications at Nick, when questioned about the listing.

Barbarito did not address questions about whether Nick has broadcast/streaming rights to season 2, or whether that season might still be offered at a later date.

4K Media did not reply to inquiries at the time of writing.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V debuted in the U.S. on Nicktoons in February 2016. The U.S. was the third English-language market to receive the show, after Canada in July 2015 and Australia in October 2015. Both countries have aired seasons 1 and 2 of the anime and are currently on season 3.

Look for the first episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V season 3, “A Warlike Welcome,” on Nicktoons this Saturday, January 13. Check your local listings for the exact time.

Digital Manga Sale: All 38 Volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh!

January 4, 2018 at 12:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 6 Comments
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VIZ Media's Yu-Gi-Oh! digital sale January 2018 ad banner

VIZ Media is having a sale on Kazuki Takahashi’s original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga! Through Monday, all digital volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World are priced at $4.99 each — that’s almost 30 percent off the regular price of $6.99, and 50 percent off the $9.99 price of a printed volume. Check out VIZ’s list of books with links to all the platforms where you can buy them:

This sale applies to all e-books sold on the VIZ app/website, comiXology, Google Play Books, iBooks, Kindle, and Nook.

Happy 2018 from Kazuki Takahashi

January 1, 2018 at 9:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Jonouchi, dressed as Shiba-Warrior Taro, peeks at the viewer in Kazuki Takahashi's 2018 New Year's animation

Happy New Year! The creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Kazuki Takahashi, has uploaded a special animation to his Instagram to ring in 2018.

“Since it’s the Year of the Dog, of course it’ll be that character” in the animation, Takahashi laughs.

Which character? Why, it’s none other than Taro-kun, his dog! Or is it…?

[YGOFTH 2017] Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

December 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments

Front of the Winter 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

Merry Christmas! Here is a bonus entry of Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) featuring a Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game product: the tantalizing Mystery Power Box, new for this shopping season.

The front of this box is quite enticing. It promises a chance of getting a Cyber-Stein card that’s been evaluated to be a nearly-flawless “9.5” by Beckett Grading Services. This card is the prize card from the days of the first Yu-Gi-Oh! tournament series — the Shonen Jump Championship of 2004. It’s easily priced in the thousands of dollars.

The back of the box shows some other products that you might get. There are some old-school packs — pictured are Pharaoh’s Servant, Magic Ruler, Metal Raiders, Invasion of Chaos, Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon, and Dark Crisis. There’s a pack of the Legendary card sleeves featuring Joey, Yugi, and Kaiba. And there are some more graded cards — Kaiba’s Chaos Emperor Dragon and Yugi’s Exodia. There are also two silhouettes, obviously of the Millennium Puzzle and Dark Magician Girl. Based on DMG’s pose, I’m guessing these might be the first series of Grin Studio’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Collector Pins.

Back of the Winter 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

All in all, this Mystery Power Box includes at least nine items: two booster packs, five bonus packs, one vintage pack, and one mystery item. There’s a chance at getting “randomly inserted graded cards, sleeves, and more” as well.

Why are Yu-Gi-Oh! fans so attracted to mystery boxes? It must be the appeal of opening a sealed product plus the excitement from never knowing exactly what you’re going to get. But the truth is that the vast majority of the time, you won’t pick up anything that is worth more than the price you pay for the box. How can you be so sure? The answer is hidden in the disclaimer on the bottom of the box.

Fine print on the bottom of the Winter 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

It says: “The collectible products in this package have been purchased directly from the manufacturer or purchased on the secondary market & repackaged for retail sales by MJ Holding Company, LLC.” Since it features repackaged products, it stands to reason that, on the whole, the producer of this Mystery Power Box isn’t going to include items that will lead it to incur a loss. But there is always a chance that you’ll get something amazing!

So let’s open this box up!

Contents of a Winter 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

For the two booster packs, I got Judgment of the Light and Return of the Duelist, both from the Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL era.

The five bonus packs are all from the Battle Pack 3: Monster League set.

The vintage pack is Metal Raiders, the second Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG set, first released in 2002.

And the mystery item is a repackaged mystery pack. This is really funny. When the box said “mystery item,” I thought it would simply be a product that wasn’t pictured on the box. I didn’t think it would literally be another mystery product. Let’s take a look at this item first.

This mystery pack includes 21 cards, one of which has a “Rare” or higher rarity. It’s released by the same company that makes this Mystery Power Box.

Front and back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG mystery pack by MJ Holding Company

Contents of a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG mystery pack by MJ Holding Company

Did I get anything good? I don’t even know, haha.

Let’s open the Metal Raiders pack next. I remember this set! It includes the elusive and deadly Mirror Force and the Paradox Brothers’ Gate Guardian.

Contents of a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Metal Raiders booster pack

Well, I didn’t get those two rare cards. But I did get PaniK’s King of Yamimakai, Weevil Underwood’s Great Moth, and Johnny Steps’ Musician King. Pretty cool.

I’m not going to open the remaining packs. I’m going to gift them to others who might appreciate their contents more than I can.

As a whole, a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh! fans might summarize the appeal of mystery boxes like this…

Does Drake like the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box

Accurate or not?

Where To Buy

This season’s Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Mystery Power Box is available at select Walmart and ToysRUs stores for around $15.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 29: ‘Memory Duel!!’

December 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Sora Shiunin goofing around with his younger sister Miu in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 29

Yuya Sakaki, Reiji Akaba, and their friends enter Eve’s hideout. Its towering front door slams shut behind them, sealing out the glacial Antarctic winds. Inside, the gang finds itself in a cavernous, cathedralesque room with a dome. Everyone marvels at the space’s futuristic trimmings. With no clues as to where Eve and her companions might be, they agree to split up and search.

Yuya and Yuzu traipse through the halls of the base. Yuzu wonders if their enemies from the future might know about her own future, like who she marries. Yuya chuckles.

The pair discover a room with what appears to be a swimming pool with buoy in its center. Yuya decides to step into the water, which barely even reaches his knees. But after taking another step, Yuya suddenly sinks!

“I can’t swim!” he cries out in the water, squeezing his eyes shut and flailing his arms.

Yuzu dives in after him when they discover the strangeness of the situation — they can both speak and breathe normally in this water. All around them are long, thick columns that look like plant roots, extending up to the surface of the pool and attaching themselves to the buoy. Numerous softball-sized orbs are stuck along the length of each root.

Without warning, another person dives into the pool and appears beside Yuya and Yuzu. It’s Sora Shiunin. There is a moment of uncomfortable silence. Shiunin looks different from the first time they met, thinks Yuzu.

Yuya asks Shiunin why he joined Eve’s group. Shiunin guffaws, revealing that he has always been with her. Like Isaac, he has lived his life over and over again using the power of G.O.D.

“If you have power inside you, G.O.D. will awaken your true power,” Shiunin says. “Then, I can live again in a world that G.O.D. creates.”

Shiunin challenges Yuya to a duel, stating that Eve will only show herself if Yuya defeats him. Yuya agrees. Action Cards materialize all around them in the water. The duelists begin by pursuing the cards, but maneuvering in the water is difficult. They each summon monsters to try to one-up the other’s movements.

Yuya asks what the orbs are that all around them. Shiunin throws one at Yuya, which pops against his head. Yuya suddenly finds himself standing in the middle of a road, a truck hurtling toward him honking its horn. He gasps.

Yuya snaps out of it. It was a vision, and the spheres contain the memories from people who cling to G.O.D.’s power, says Shiunin. They were created by Eve and Isaac and act as sensors for G.O.D., who uses memories to select the group’s companions. Shiunin throws another orb at Yuya.

This time, Yuya finds himself in a hospital room, a young girl sitting on a bed in front of him. It’s the same girl in the photo that Shiunin showed him during their previous duel — Sora Shiunin’s younger sister, Miu. She’s playing with her brother and perusing the pages of a travel magazine, wishing that she could see all of the world’s magnificent sites with him. But she can’t. She’s incurably ill and won’t live much longer.

Back in the pool, Shiunin divulges his reason for working for G.O.D. — to have the opportunity to spend time with Miu over and over again. But even though he is able to relive his life, there is still no cure for her disease. Not unless G.O.D. gets back its “true power,” allowing for the creation of a world that each person desires…

Thoughts

Ah, what a wonderful feeling waking up on Christmas Day and finding a new chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V already here, waiting to be read.

Those spheres and roots in the pool look familiar, don’t they? They’re just like the ones in the recesses of Yuya’s mind. The same ones that Yuya’s counterparts are always destroying so that Yuya doesn’t remember his past. Suddenly, Yuya and Sora Shiunin seem much alike; they share something in common. What painful, suppressed memories lie in the depth of Yuya’s mind?

Before his first duel against Yuya, Shiunin seemed like a cute, happy boy. But during that duel, he revealed himself to be a little bit…unhinged. Now we start to see why he’s like that. What must it be like to relive your life over and over again, but unable to change a horrible, inevitable outcome? I think that most people, if given the opportunity to go back to their past and redo the actions of their life, would jump at the chance. But what if it’s a meaningless quest? What if, no matter what you do, you really can’t change the past? Would you still go back and try? Shiunin chooses to do so — not just once, but over and over again — and he suffers tremendously for it.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 29: “Memory Duel!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 04-05 (December 25, 2017). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 28: “The Enemy’s Hideout!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 30: “The World That Sora Wants!”

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2

[YGOFTH 2017] Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly by Winning Moves

December 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Front of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game box by Winning Moves

Did you know that there are two different English-language versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly? This Yu-Gi-Oh! for the Holidays (YGOFTH) entry looks at the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of the classic board game produced by Winning Moves, a developer and manufacturer of all types of games based in London.

This post makes a few comparisons of Winning Moves’ product to USAopoly’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly, which I covered in YGOFTH 2016, so be sure to take a look at that write-up too.

Back of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game box by Winning Moves

Cracking open the game box reveals the game board, folded in quarters, and the Monopoly banker’s tray.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly banker's tray

Strangely, the design of this tray isn’t suitable for Monopoly’s game pieces. There are only five narrow slots for the banknotes in the center of the tray, even though Monopoly has seven different banknotes. Below those five slots is a small tray where I put the remaining two stacks of banknotes. There are two large trays to the left and right of the center trays, but they have no partitions. They are hardly suitable to hold the remaining cards and loose pieces, but we make do with what we have.

On the plus side, there is a nice cloth pouch to hold all of the houses, hotels, and dice.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly cloth pouch for loose pieces

There is also a special tray to hold the Millennium Item tokens. More on this later.

Like USAopoly’s game, the currency in Winning Moves’ Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly is Duel Points (DP). These bills are styled to look like the Battle City Duel Disk.

The different denominations of Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Points money

Winning Moves’ game board has the same properties as USAopoly’s. The style, colors, and design of the boards are different.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly game board

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly, Monsters are the equivalent of the colored properties (streets and avenues) found in traditional Monopoly. Here are the title deed cards for the Monsters.

Front of the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Monster title deed cards

Back of the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Monster title deed cards

The Egyptian God Cards take the place of the railroad stations.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for Holactie, Ra, Slifer, and Obelisk

And the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments take the place of the Electric Company and Water Works utilities.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly title deed cards for the Duelist Kingdom and Battle City tournaments

It’s Your Move (IYM) cards and It’s Time to Duel (ITTD) cards are the equivalent of classic Monopoly’s Community Chest and Chance cards, respectively.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly It's Your Move cards

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly It's Time to Duel cards

There are a few minor differences in the text between Winning Moves’ and USAopoly’s IYM and ITTD cards, but the ideas they convey are the same. More importantly, the instructions on the cards are the same.

According to the instruction manual, houses and hotels of traditional Monopoly are called Game Shops and Duel Arenas, respectively. However, they look like the buildings used in traditional Monopoly.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Duel Arena and Game Shop buildings

A Game Shop is a small red plastic building, and a Duel Arena is a large black plastic building. This is unlike USAopoly’s product, which have pieces that are molded in the shape of Grandpa’s Game Shop building and Duelist Kingdom’s Duel Arena structures.

The game tokens are made of metal and are shaped like the Millennium Items.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly Millennium Item tokens on the GO space

Winning Moves’ tokens are quite different than USAopoly’s. Aside from the colors — Winning Moves’ tokens are gold while USAopoly’s are silver — the molds are completely different. Winning Moves’ tokens are larger, heavier, and more detailed. Furthermore, the tokens look like they have been torched or have had patinas applied to them, giving them an attractive aged look.

Winning Moves includes a tray that securely holds the Millennium Items in place for display when the game is put away.

Tray for holding the Millennium Item tokens in Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly

There is an unfortunate downside to Winning Moves’ product. Winning Moves only includes six tokens — the Millennium Puzzle isn’t included! This is not a production mistake as the display tray lacks a slot for the Millennium Puzzle, and the instruction manual states that the game is only for two to six players. USAopoly includes all seven Millennium Items in its version.

Close-up of the Millennium Eye, Scale, and Necklace on the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

Close-up of the Millennium Key, Ring, and Rod on the Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly board

The instruction manual also provides the rules of the game and lists the differences between Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly and classic Monopoly.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly rule book

Yes, that is Rich Uncle Pennybags carrying the Millennium Rod instead of a cane.

Winning Moves also includes a demo card for Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, the Yu-Gi-Oh! edition of a popular card game in the United Kingdom.

Winning Moves Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly includes a Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps card

To learn how to play Yu-Gi-Oh! Top Trumps, check out my YGOFTH 2016 entry about the game.

So why are there two English-language versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly anyway? As expected, the answer is uninteresting to consumers: licensing. Winning Moves owns the rights to produce Monopoly for Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and several other countries. But USAopoly can only make and sell the game in the United States and Canada.

Where To Buy

If you’re in the United Kingdom or European Union, you can buy Yu-Gi-Oh! Monopoly directly from Winning Moves for £29.99 (about $40).

If you’re in the United States or a country where Winning Moves doesn’t sell its games, try looking for a vendor on the Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk Marketplace that is willing to ship this product overseas.

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