Press Release: Get Ready for New Themes and Strategies this Spring in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

April 4, 2020

Spring is here in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, and Konami is proud to present four fresh releases packed with Dueling promise! First, April showers bring new powers with three themes debuting in Secret Slayers, an all-foil booster that introduces all-new Zombie, Plant and Rock themes like you’ve never seen before! Then it’s time to gear up with Structure Deck: Mechanized Madness, a new ready-to-play release starring the colossal clockworks of the Machina! Then in May, dozens of fan-favorite Decks get stellar new support in Eternity Code, Spring’s quarterly core booster and the follow-up to Ignition Assault. And finally, the next chapter of Speed Dueling begins as old rivals return in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Speed Duel Starter Decks: Match of the Millennium and Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Speed Duel Starter Decks: Twisted Nightmares.

Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal, and that means new Decks and new strategies! Secret Slayers is a 60-card all-foil booster set with themes that introduce groundbreaking ways to Duel in more ways than one!

*A new Rock theme unites science and treasure-hunting to let you dig through your Deck, hunting for buried gemstones one Excavation at a time. Unite precious finds with intrepid treasure-seekers to Synchro Summon amazing monsters and keep the dig going, sequencing the cards you draw from your Deck!
*A necromantic master has risen from the ranks of the Zombie hordes, a vile creature of greed that can spend his fortune to wipe any card from the field! How vast is the wealth of Eldlich the Golden Lord? Well, he’s rich enough to buy his way back from the Graveyard again and again, creating a totally different undead strategy that all revolves around one monster!
*The forces of life and nature unite under the banner of a new Plant theme, protecting one another in a strategy filled with sacrifice and rebirth. Tribute the right monster at the right time to negate your opponent’s moves or enhance your own, then watch your forces grow back at the end of the turn! Plant the right seeds and you may even find ways to weed out your opponent’s monsters with Tributes instead!

Secret Slayers

Secret Slayers appears in stores April 3 as an all-foil collection of 60 cards: 40 Super Rares and 20 Secret Rares. MSRP: $3.99 per 5-card pack.

Machina Gearframe and Machina Fortress once stood at the center of grand Machine armies, bolstering classic tournament themes like Gadgets and Geargia. Shaking off the rust and ready to shine again, the Machina are back in Structure Deck: Mechanized Madness! Gearframe and Fortress return, but this time there’s a new commander calling the shots: Machina Citadel! Unleash it by first placing it in your Graveyard, then revive it with its effect: whenever an EARTH Machine under your control is destroyed, you can Special Summon Machina Citadel to the field. From there, its 3000 ATK can run roughshod over your opponent’s Life Points, and its ability lets you hurl a Machine you control at your opponent’s monsters; that monster will be destroyed, but so will every opposing monster with equal or lower ATK!

Structure Deck: Mechanized Madness

Structure Deck: Mechanized Madness launches April 17. Each Structure Deck contains 1 Double-sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide and 42 cards: 37 Commons, 3 Super Rares and 2 Ultra Rares. MSRP: $9.99 per box.

One of the year’s most anticipated releases finally arrives in May, as Eternity Code brings new support for Ignition Assault themes like Ancient Warriors, Plunder Patroll and the @Ignisters! The game has changed, giving Duelists more ways to make the most of their Fusion, Synchro and Xyz Monsters. With countless competitors looking to leverage fan-favorite strategies, Eternity Code brings amazing legacy support for themes like Dinosaurs, Madolches and Witchcrafters, plus new classics like Dragonmaids and Code Talkers. If you collected cards from Rising Rampage, Chaos Impact, The Infinity Chasers, Fists of the Gadgets and Mystic Fighters, you’ll find new cards for some of the strongest strategies in those releases. Eternity Code has new cards for some of the biggest retro themes from Duel Overload too, making it easy to flesh out your Deck.

From Traptrix and Tindangle, to Megaliths and Marincess, to Gizmeks and Goukis and beyond, Eternity Code is a celebration of some of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG’s greatest hits, a crowd-pleasing cache of incredible cards for many of the game’s most-adored Decks! And of course, you’ll also find cards that are powerful anywhere: a Spell Card that Special Summons any Fusion Material named on a Fusion Monster in your Extra Deck; a Trap Card that negates the effect of any monster in your opponent’s hand or Graveyard, or that is banished, punishing them with 2000 damage; and a new Effect Monster from the line of Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring, negating the effects of a Special Summoned monster and threatening their Life Points. No matter what Decks you love to play, Eternity Code has new cards you’ll want to collect.

Eternity Code

On April 25 and/or 26, Duelists can get a preview of Eternity Code at KONAMI Official Tournament Stores. While the Premiere! event for Eternity Code has been cancelled due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus, Eternity Code booster packs will still be available for purchase on this weekend only; Duelists should check with their local Official Tournament Store for availability. Keep an eye on this page for future updates, as well as a list of participating Official Tournament Stores (available no later than April 14): https://www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-card.com/en/events/boosterpremiere.html.

Eternity Code explodes into stores May 1 with 100 new cards: 50 Commons, 26 Super Rares, 14 Ultra Rares and 10 Secret Rares. MSRP: $3.99 per 9-card pack.

And finally, the new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Speed Duel Starter Deck: Match of the Millennium heralds the return of Pegasus and Yami Yugi, while Bakura and Marik Duel for villainous supremacy in Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Speed Duel Starter Deck: Twisted Nightmares. Each comes with 2 customizable Speed Duel Decks, 4 brand-new Skills and 2 Ultra Rare variant cards.

Yugi’s Deck in Match of the Millennium can be tweaked to focus on Gaia The Fierce Knight or Yugi’s signature Ritual Monster, Black Luster Soldier! Meanwhile Pegasus answers Yugi’s challenge with a legion of twisted Toons and the all-powerful Thousand-Eyes Restrict! Bakura’s Deck from Twisted Nightmares harnesses the sinister Dark Necrofear and Dark Ruler Ha Des, while Marik mounts an attack with Lava Golem and the “Dark Lucius” family! With four different strategies per tuckbox, you can relive the finale of Duelist Kingdom with Match of the Millennium, experience the end of Battle City with Twisted Nightmares, or craft your own epic Dueling showdown!

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Speed Duel Starter Decks: Match of the Millennium & Twisted Nightmares

Both Speed Duel Starter Decks race into stores on May 15. Each Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Speed Duel Starter Decks: Match of the Millennium contains: a 31-Card Yugi Deck, a 31-Card Pegasus Deck, 4 Skill Cards (2 for Yugi and 2 for Pegasus), and 2 Ultra Rare variant cards. Each Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Speed Duel Starter Decks: Twisted Nightmares contains: a 30-Card Bakura Deck, a 30-Card Marik Deck, 4 Skill Cards (2 for Bakura and 2 for Marik) and 2 Ultra Rare variant cards. MSRP: $9.99 per box.

Japanime Games Helps Out Local Stores

March 22, 2020

Recently Japanime has started a new promotion to give money from sales to physical games stores during the current pandemic and lock downs.

They will give 50% from any products, that are currently in stock, off their website to whatever Friendly Local Game Store (FLCS) of your choice.  This covers any store anywhere in the world (or the moon apparently).   When you place your order tell them your store of choice in the comments.  They will contact the store themselves and send them the money through PayPal.  This include any stores that are currently shut down.  This is a way for them to keep making some revenue.

There is currently no time limit on this deal.  I am sure they will make a choice as things develop.

As a company, we consider ourselves quite lucky in that we can mostly do work from home and are able to continue doing what we do – and we feel for all of you no matter what your work situation might be. We feel for the game stores that are suffering, that are always there for us as a community center to come to play games with friends, and quite honestly, we are concerned that many of those stores may go out of business in the coming months, as they are not able to remain open during this situation. Friendly Local Game Stores need your help. They need your support. They need our support. We want game stores to survive this.

 

 

 

Press Release: Adventure Time, A Weiß Schwarz English Original Hits Stores this July

March 7, 2020

The official release date for Adventure Time, the English Edition Original title for the popular Trading Card Game Weiß Schwarz unveiled earlier this year by Bushiroad at the Bushiroad Championship Series 2019 World Finals in Japan, is set on July 30, 2020. The pre-order period for this product will commence from March 13 and end on April 17, 2020.

Weiß Schwarz allows players to relive the climactic moments from their favorite anime and games through an exciting, fast-paced and strategic card game. Unlike its localized counterparts, an English Edition Original features new titles that resonate with western audience in the international market.

Like the English Edition Original titles before it, a Supply Set will be released for this set, on top of a Trial Deck+ and Booster Pack. The Trial Deck+ contains a pre-made deck of cards that can be used immediately for play, while the Booster Pack contains cards that allow players to upgrade the former or to build an entirely new deck. The Supply Set comes with a deck case, a pack of 60 card Sleeves and 5 Booster Packs.

Prior to the start of its pre-order period, this much-anticipated title will make its first appearance at the upcoming GAMA Trade Show 2020 at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada in the US, from March 9 to March 13. Event attendees will be able to get a demo deck at the Bushiroad booth. A demo deck consists of half-decks, specially designed to help new players learn and get a feel of the game mechanics. There are also plans to distribute these decks at future events and stores.

Adventure Time is an American animated series that follows the adventures of a human boy, Finn and his adoptive brother-cum-best friend Jake, a dog with magical powers. They live in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo where they encounter other characters such as Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, the Ice King and more. The series ran on Cartoon Network, where it received rave reviews and drew a huge following among the young and old. In addition, it was nominated for and received numerous prestigious awards.

Last 48 Hours for Testament Kickstarter

March 3, 2020

Japanime Games with LionWing Publishing  have a Kickstarter project  to bring an English version of the Japanese dungeon-crawling card game in its last 48hrs.  It is called Testament and it has already reached its goal plus several Stretch Goals.  The game is only available though this Kickstarter project and any extras will be online at Japanime Games website.  No retail release is planned.

Testament is a cooperative monster-battle board game for 1-4 players designed by Yasushi ‘Kuro’ Kuroda, creator of Unicornus KnightsThe Ravens of Thri Sahashri, and Alicematic HeroesTestament features tactical combat, challenging boss fights, and deep character customization and is known for its punishing difficulty and deep reliance on teamwork. Create your own hero by choosing from 5 distinct playable characters and assigning them unique combat abilities from an available 42 Skills. Battle 80 enemy types across 6 stages and square off against a massive boss at the end of each stage. Engage in a combat system that has multiple decision points and emphasizes team coordination, skill synergy, and cunning tactics. Play one-off scenarios or one larger campaign complete with character-leveling. Indulge in breathtaking artwork from over 30 Japanese artists.

Get the game for $50 or $75 gets you the game plus acrylic standees and game soundtracks.  They have add-ons of Alicematic Heroes, Terrifying Girl Disorder, the standees, game soundtracks, and extra copies of the game.

Stretch goals unlocked are a fifth hero to play as and extra loot drops from defeating the first four bosses.  Next goal is another loot drop and then a sixth hero to add to your party.

A cool looking game for fans of JRPGs and that like cooperative games.  Or maybe something to play by yourself when you can’t get anyone together for a game.

 

 

Press Release: Championship Events are About to Get Even Bigger in Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

February 20, 2020

It’s not just time to Duel: it’s time for a new season of Championship Dueling altogether! Major changes are coming to some of the biggest events in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, and a Konami is excited to deliver some huge fan-favorite features in 2020: a new, more robust structure for the World Qualifying Points Playoffs, public event Tag Duel tournaments at Championship events, and live-streaming coverage at the majority of YCS’s in the United States! This year KONAMI and the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG are raising the bar for your Dueling experience, whether you’re standing in the center of the competition, or watching it all play out from the comfort of your own home. Finally, after five years of all-star competition the Ultimate Duelist Series (UDS) will draw to a close, ending with a grand exhibition tournament where UDS Champions will go head to head!

A whopping 7 Championship tournaments are scheduled for 2020 so far, so mark your calendars! The Championship chase begins with the final North America Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational Winter 2020 (UDS) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Next, qualifying competitors will be amongst the first to make their mark in the new Advanced Format that went into effect on January 20, setting the pace for the Team Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) in Las Vegas, Nevada one week later. We’ll crown one last Ultimate Duelist the following week at the South America UDS Invitational in Bogota, Colombia. Ultimate Duelist perks will continue for all UDS winners who retain their title belt, including free entry to Tier 2+ events plus VIP seating and a 2-round BYE at Tier 3 events. Even better, all Ultimate Duelists will be invited to a celebratory tournament of Champions at the KONAMI office in Southern California! With three Championships in just a few weeks, February will be an unforgettable month for Duelists all over the Americas.

Fast forward to March and contenders will vie for two more Championships, beginning with the landmark 225th YCS in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! One of the world’s greatest cities will play host to an incredible competition that’s sure to draw star Duelists from all around the globe, as YCS action returns to Rio de Janeiro for the first time since Galileo de Obaldia’s historic win in 2016. From there the hunt for title gold shifts to North Carolina and YCS Charlotte in March, followed by a jaunt up north to Connecticut and YCS Hartford in April. Lastly, one of the biggest Dueling hubs in the world will see another chapter of epic competition, when the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series heads back to California for YCS Pasadena!

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is constantly evolving, and the 2020 Championship scene is no exception. The World Qualifying Points Playoffs in North, Central and South America have fast become some of the most talked-about tournaments of the year, giving intrepid Duelists a chance to work toward the crown jewel of competition: the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship. Duelists spend months vying for their invite, challenging events like Regional Qualifiers, OTS Championships, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series to gather the most World Qualifying Points and win their seat in the Playoffs. This year KONAMI upgraded the tournament structure: the number of invites for both the Central and South America Point Playoffs has been doubled to 16, matching the North America tournament. Each Playoff has also been changed from Single Elimination to a Swiss-style tournament with a cut to Top 4, allowing each contender a better chance to present their best efforts.

Also new for 2020, events like the UDS Invitational, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series and World Championship Qualifiers will host public event Tag Duels! Grab a friend, shuffle up your bests Decks and get ready to compete side by side in an innovative fan-favorite format. But be careful! Teams share Life Points, so win or lose, your fate is tied directly to that of your partner. Tag Duels are an awesome opportunity to experience the type of action you’ve seen in the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and TV series, and now they’re available at countless future events.

To top it off, the majority of YCS events in the United States will now broadcast livestream coverage round by round, bringing all the action straight into your home! Watch the best of the best duke it out for glory, greatness and title gold, and witness all the dizzying highs and lows of the Dueling spotlight, live as it happens! You’ll find all the action on the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG YouTube channel.

For more information on KONAMI’s extensive Organized Play programs, including opportunities for aspiring Duelists to learn how to play, go to http://www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-card.com/en/events.

Visit the event FAQs for more information.

Feb. 22-23: Team Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 29-Mar. 1: Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational South America – Bogota, Colombia
Mar. 14-15: 225th Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mar. 28-29: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series – Charlotte, NC
Apr. 18-19: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series – Hartford, CT
May 23-24: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series – Pasadena, CA

Press Release: New Yu-Gi-Oh Products Featured at the International Toy Fair

February 15, 2020

Konami is excited to spotlight its 2020 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG lineup at the 117th Annual North American International Toy Fair February 22-25. KONAMI will be showcasing new and upcoming releases in booth #6551 at the Javits Center in New York City.

“Showcasing the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG at Toy Fair gives us a chance to meet and share ideas with our hobby and mass market partners in an innovative environment,” said Yumi Hoashi, Senior Vice President, Card Business for KONAMI. “Our 2020 portfolio features marquee products to appeal to devoted Duelists, as well as casual players and newcomers.”

Released January 17, a four-piece collection of Dueling accessories celebrates the popular card Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring. Protect and display your cards in style with the Ash Blossom Card Case (MSRP $4.99), Ash Blossom Card Sleeves (MSRP $3.99), Ash Blossom Game Mat (MSRP $14.99), and Ash Blossom 9-Pocket Duelist Portfolio (MSRP $9.99).

On January 24, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack Secret Edition (MSRP $9.99 per Box) debuted, with 3 Ultra Rare variants and 3 Secret Rare packs of 5-cards from a 57-card set. A week later on January 31, Dueling went futuristic with Winter’s 100-card booster set! Ignition Assault (MSRP $3.99 per 9-card pack) features all-new cards from the climax of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS animated series.

Then on February 14, Structure Deck: Shaddoll Showdown (MSRP: $9.99 per box) revives a huge fan-favorite theme with new twists! Shaddoll Showdown brings new artwork for beloved classics for a total of 49 cards, including 10 foils.

Light the fuse again on March 6 with the Ignition Assault Special Edition (MSRP $9.99 per box), giving Duelists another shot to stock up on cards from the latest core booster with 3 packs of Ignition Assault, plus 2 of 4 Super Rare variants at an unbeatable value. Then on March 30 prepare for Duel Overload (MSRP $29.99 per set), a 100-card collection of new cards and sought-after treasures! Each Duel Overload box delivers 6 Duel Overload packs with 5 Ultra Rare cards each, plus 1 of 6 oversized collectible cards.

Next up on April 3, the all-foil Secret Slayers (MSRP $3.99 per 5-card pack) booster debuts 3 new themes from a 60-card set comprised of 40 Super Rares and 20 Secret Rares. Then on April 17 get ready for some old-school heavy metal with Structure Deck: Mechanized Madness (MSRP $9.99 per box).

Eternity Code (MSRP $3.99 per 9-card pack) marks the finale of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS animated series as Spring season’s 100-card booster set, releasing on May 1.

For more information on KONAMI’s extensive Organized Play programs, including opportunities for aspiring Duelists to learn how to play, go to http://www.Yu-Gi-Oh!-card.com/en/events.

Press Release: It’s a Season of Fan Favorites in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game

February 14, 2020

Winter is off to a blazing-hot start in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, as Konami serves up three spicy new releases in fan-favorite flavors! First on the menu, the long-loved Shaddoll monsters are back like never before, with a new generation of cards that transcend the theme’s DARK history with new Attributes, new Fusion Monsters and even brand-new artwork for Shaddoll classics! From there we revisit some of the newest themes of the year with Ignition Assault Special Edition. The set that brought us Ai’s “@Ignister” strategy, the Ancient Warriors and the Plunder Patroll is back again, this time with some Super Rare variants and a fan-friendly price point. Finally, we close out the month of March with the incredible Duel Overload box set! With 56 new cards including 30 new Link Monsters, the all-Ultra Rare release contains a mix of awesome new cards and epic reprints.

The Shaddolls have been one of the strongest Fusion strategies in all of Dueling – now they’re about to become more powerful, breaking the bonds of the DARK Attribute with 3 new Main Deck monsters! All 3 newcomers have a different Attribute, a unique Special Summon effect and an ability that triggers when you send them to the Graveyard. Those 3 new “Shaddoll” monsters make the perfect Fusion Material for El Shaddoll Apkallone, a new Fusion Monster Summoned with any 2 Shaddolls of different Attributes. Indestructible in battle, Apkallone negates the effects of any 1 card on the field if you Special Summon it, and when it finally goes to the Graveyard you can retrieve any “Shaddoll” card from your Deck or Graveyard, add it to your hand, and discard 1 card. Discard a Shaddoll to trigger another effect!

The new Trap Card Resh Shaddoll Incarnation is a great option to look for. You can activate it to revive a Shaddoll from your Graveyard face-up or face-down, putting your best moves on repeat. You can also banish it from your Graveyard along with any other “Shaddoll” card to flip a monster you control face-up or face-down. The new cards in Structure Deck: Shaddoll Showdown breathe new life into the classic theme with more combos and stellar support. But even the most time-honored Shaddolls get an update! Favorites like El Shaddoll Construct are back, this time with all-new artwork.

Structure Deck: Shaddoll Showdown erupts into stores on February 14 with 1 Beginner’s Guide, 1 Double-sided Deluxe Game Mat/Dueling Guide, and 49 cards across the Main and Extra Decks: 39 Commons, 7 Super Rares, and 3 Ultra Rares. MSRP: $9.99 per box.

Ignition Assault debuted in January, introducing Ai’s “@Ignister” strategy from the final arc of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS animated series, as well as the Ancient Warrior, Megalith and Plunder Patroll themes! Legacy monsters such as Sky Striker Ace – Roze, Witchcrafter Genni and Marincess Pascalus brought powerful aid to popular strategies, while “splashable” picks like Sales Pitch, Gizmek Kaku, the Supreme Shining Sky Stag and Lightning Storm powered up all sorts of strategies! Now Duelists have a second chance at the cards they missed the first time around, at a friendly price point with plenty of perks.

Intrepid Duelists can collect 2 preview cards from the 2020 Spring Booster set Eternity Code, weeks before its full release. You may also find 2 new Link Monsters: Cyberse Accelerator is an easy-to-make Link-2 that buffs a Cyberse-Type monster it points to, gaining it 2000 ATK or allowing it to make 2 attacks; and Gouki Destroy Ogre is a high-impact Link-4 with 2800 ATK. It protects the monsters it points to from battle, and its effect calls forth Goukis from your Graveyard for instant tag team action! All 4 cards are Super Rares, and you’ll find 2 of them in each Special Edition.

Ignition Assault Special Edition arrives March 6, each with 3 Ignition Assault booster packs and 2 of 4 Super Rare variant cards. MSRP: $9.99 per box.

Get ready to overload the system with the Duel Overload Collector’s Set! It’s the biggest collection of new Link Monsters you’ve ever seen, with 30 new Links and a total of 56 new cards! Whether you’re looking for flexible Link Monsters that can fit different Decks, or specialized Link Monsters for specific strategies, Duel Overload’s got it. A new “Predaplant” Link Monster copies the effects of “Fusion” and “Polymerization” Spells straight from your Deck, a new Bujin assembles Xyz Summons to devastate your opponent’s backrow, and the Sky Strikers find a new Link-2 threat. Duel Overload even unleashes one of the most powerful monsters of all time, the Link Monster Crystron Halqifibrax! Link Summon it with a Tuner plus any other monster, and Halqifibrax hits the field to Special Summon a Level 3 or lower Tuner from your hand or Deck. Then, on your opponent’s turn you can banish Halqifibrax to Special Summon a Tuner Synchro from your Extra Deck!

Beyond the arsenal of Link Monsters you’ll find 26 more new cards, including new additions to the Malefic and Cubic strategies from the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions and Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time feature films. There are 44 reprints too, including top tournament cards like Cynet Mining, played in everything from Mathmechs and Marincess to @Ignisters and Salamangreats! With 43 more cards returning in this all-Ultra Rare release, Duel Overload is your chance to get caught up and get ahead of the pack.

Duel Overload reaches critical mass on March 20, and each box has 6 Duel Overload boosters with 5 Ultra Rare cards per pack, plus 1 of 6 special oversized collectible cards with a design style inspired by the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series. The complete Duel Overload booster set contains 100 cards. MSRP: $29.99 per set.

Press Release: Bushiroad Championship Series 2019 Concludes with World Finals in Tokyo

January 25, 2020

The Bushiroad Championship Series 2019 (BCS2019) tournament series held between August 2019 and January 2020 has successfully concluded over the last weekend. A total of 11,290 players across 26 cities around the world attended the tournaments, a significant 27% increase in attendance from the previous year’s tournament.

The Bushiroad Championship Series is one of two major tournament series held annually and showcases Bushiroad’s popular trading card game titles Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight and Weiß Schwarz. Unlike the other tournament series held earlier in the first half of 2019, the Bushiroad Spring Fest, BCS2019 is a more competitive tournament. The top 3 players from all 26 cities were invited to compete in the World Finals in Tokyo, Japan, and top players of each regional even received a sponsored trip from their respective home countries to Tokyo to take part.

The World Finals is a prestigious invite-only tournament where top-tier players from around the globe gather and claim the title of being the best player of their respective games. This year, the tournament was bigger than before, with a grand total of 170 players taking part. With their pride on the line, the players fought for the title of World Champion, which also earned them a sponsored invitation to the next World Finals taking place the following year to defend their title.

Bushiroad Spring Fest 2020 will soon follow, with major Regional Championships coming up in March. With its expanding player base, the explosive growth of Bushiroad’s Trading Card Games is expected to continue its upward trend in attendance numbers.

Bushiroad Inc. is an Entertainment company known for its popular trading card games such as Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight and Weiß Schwarz, as well as its mobile games such as BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! and other entertainment contents that cater to a worldwide audience.

Press Release: Ring in the New Year with Classic Heroes in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

January 18, 2020

Villains beware, the time for heroes is now in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG! Konami is excited to kick off a new year of Dueling with four tremendous releases, bringing protagonists of the past into the present with new support and style! Then it’s time to turn toward the future with the Winter 2020 100-card booster set, featuring cards from the final chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. You’ll also find remarkable legacy support and new powerhouse cards that fit almost any strategy.

Heroes unite! Legendary Duelists: Magical Hero heralds the return of protagonists from the first five Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series, with Yugi himself leading the charge! Fans of Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl will find incredible new cards for Dueling’s greatest duo, starting with a first-ever Fusion Monster that brings the legendary Spellcasters together in one card: The Dark Magicians! Wielding 2800 ATK, they can draw you extra cards and Set what you drew to your Spell & Trap Zone. You can even activate the card you drew if it is a Quick-Play Spell or Trap!

Upgrade your Warrior arsenal with new Elemental HERO cards! The latest “Elemental HERO” Fusion Monster boosts your forces for every Attribute you control, supercharging your HERO attackers with stunning spot removal. Search your Deck for Jaden’s signature monsters with a new Quick-Play Spell, arm your favorite HERO with an amazing Equip, and revive your greatest attacker with a new Trap Card that can double its ATK and negate the effects of every opposing card on the field!

You’ll also find impressive new Pendulum, Synchro, and Xyz Monsters, like a mind-boggling new Magician with five amazing abilities and a “Warrior” Synchro that clears the field, gains thousands of Attack Points and can revive up to three of Yusei’s greatest Level 8 monsters! Factor in some stellar support cards and it’s a good day to be on the right side of justice.

Legendary Duelists: Magical Hero debuts January 17 with 56 cards: 29 Commons, 10 Rares, 8 Super Rares and 9 Ultra Rares. MSRP: $1.99 Per 5-Card Pack.

Celebrate the advent of Spring! Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring is one of the most popular Side Deck cards today; now you can embrace the blossoms with four accessories that protect and carry your cards in style, just in time for the changing of the seasons. The Ash Blossom Card Case comfortably fits your full Main, Side and Extra Deck for a total of 70 sleeved cards. It also comes with a decorative divider featuring flowery flourishes to keep your Deck organized.

Sleeve up with Ash Blossom Card Sleeves to shield your strategy! Each pack comes with 50 tournament regulation sleeves. Pair them with the Ash Blossom Game Mat to keep your moves smooth and your cards clean: it’s a full-sized rubber mat with subtle Zone markings that complement the Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring design. And finally, spotlight your trades with the Ash Blossom 9-Pocket Duelist Portfolio, a 10-page side loading folio that displays up to 180 cards.

All four accessories in the Ash Blossom accessory collection release January 17: the Ash Blossom Card Case, MSRP $4.99; the Ash Blossom Game Mat, MSRP $14.99; the Ash Blossom 9-Pocket Duelist Portfolio, MSRP $9.99; and the Ash Blossom Card Sleeves, MSRP $3.99 per 50-Sleeve Pack.

The hits from the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! feature film return in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack Secret Edition, re-releasing all 57 cards as premium Secret Rares. From Yugi’s Dark Magican Girl and Chocolate Magician Girl to Kaiba’s Neo Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon and Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon, all the starring cards from the feature film are back in marquee rarity.

Every box of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack Secret Edition also comes with 3 of 6 Ultra Rare variants: Krystal Dragon or Duza the Meteor Cubic Vessel, Dark Magician or Blue-Eyes White Dragon, and one of the legendary Egyptian God Cards Slifer the Sky Dragon or Obelisk the Tormentor! You’ll get three Secret Rare packs and three Ultra Rare variants in each box, all at an unbelievable price.

Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie Pack Secret Edition arrives January 24 with 3 of 6 Ultra Rare variant cards and three 5-card Secret Rare packs. MSRP: $9.99 Per Box.

Dueling A.I.s launch straight into the future with an all-out attack in Ignition Assault, debuting Ai’s “@Ignister” cards from the final chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS. The reinvented theme leverages Ritual, Fusion, Synchro, Xyz and Link Summoning to create a breakthrough Cyberse strategy, so fans of Dark Neostorm will find exciting new uses for Cynet Mining.

A new tribe of Beast-Warriors enter the fray with a friendly approach that doesn’t demand an Extra Deck. Be on the lookout for a stellar Level 7 that you can Special Summon if your opponent controls a monster and you don’t. With 2500 ATK and an effect that destroys one opposing monster per turn, it could see play in lots of different Decks. You’ll also find a megalithic new Ritual theme where the monsters replace Ritual Spells, and an all-new World Premiere strategy of pirates and plunder. Get ready for a high-seas heist, because the piratical theme lets you thieve and pillage your way to victory, by playing cards from your Extra Deck without materials!

Power up the Decks you already have with new support for the Dragonmaid and Generaider themes from Mystic Fighters, plus new tricks for the Karakuri, the Mayakashi, the Unchained and even Sky Strikers! A new “Sky Striker Ace” monster teams with Raye for new combos and consistency, while a fresh “Sky Striker Maneuver” keeps your Aces in the fight. Special Summon the latest Gizmek any time there’s a monster in the Extra Monster Zone, and from there it can steal a monster, equip it, and Special Summon it to your side of the field. A new Link-1 lets you shuffle away a threat from the Extra Monster Zone, and a new Normal Spell combines the power of Raigeki and Harpie’s Feather Duster to destroy all of your opponent’s attack mode monsters, OR their Spell and Trap Cards!

Duelists can get a preview of Ignition Assault at Sneak Peeks scheduled for January 25 and/or January 26 at participating Official Tournament Stores.

Ignition Assault explodes into stores on January 31 with 100 all-new cards: 48 Commons, 20 Rares, 14 Super Rares, 10 Ultra Rares and 8 Secret Rares. MSRP: $3.99 Per 9-Card Pack.

Press Release: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Joins Weiß Schwarz’s Line-up in March 2020

December 12, 2019

Bushiroad announced JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind for the English Edition line-up of its popular tcg, Weiß Schwarz. The set will be released on March 27, 2020.

Weiß Schwarz allows players to relive the climactic moments from their favorite anime and games through an exciting, fast-paced and strategic card game. Popular titles such as Fate/stay night, Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan have graced the game, along with many others.

A Trial Deck+ and Booster Pack will be released for this title. The Trial Deck+ contains a pre-made deck of cards that can be used immediately for play, while the Booster Pack contains cards that allow players to upgrade the former or to build an entirely new deck. The Trial Deck+ and Booster Pack for the Japanese edition have been released earlier in March and September this year respectively, which were well received in the domestic Japanese market.

The long-running JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series is the brainchild of Japanese manga artist, Araki Hirohiko, with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind being the fifth installment. It tells the tale of Giorno Giovanna as he embarks on a journey to take down the Passione gang boss. Adapted into an anime series with 39 episodes, it was aired on Tokyo MX and other channels between October 2018 and July 2019, along with a simulcast on Crunchyroll. Outside of Japan, the series also gained popularity and generated much hype with the western audience.

Bushiroad Inc. is an entertainment company known for its popular trading card games such as Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight and Weiß Schwarz, as well as its mobile games such as BanG Dream! Girls Band Party! and other entertainment contents that cater to a worldwide audience.

Bushiroad Inc. consists of 8 sub-entities: Bushiroad International Pte Ltd, Bushiroad USA Inc., Bushiroad Media, Bushiroad Music, Bushiroad Creative, HiBiKi, New Japan Pro Wrestling Co., Ltd., & Kix Road Co., Ltd.

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