Archive for August, 2013

Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Wallet Kickstarter

August 25, 2013

Wizkids, now owned by toy company NECA, and 4Kids Media have joined forces and the first part of that union is ready for everyone. The item is the first official Yu-Gi-Oh! card wallet.
To design this wallet, Wizkids held polls for the past several months getting feedback from the fans on what they want in a card wallet. Question ranging from color and materiel to card slot layout and how many pens it should hold to more.
The wallet is now available but only as a reward on Kickstarter. Of course you need to pledge $44 to receive the wallet or $65 for the elite version. The wallet features room for a smartphone or calculator, made of water resistant ballistic nylon, a black exterior with an ID pocket, nine interior card sleeves, closes with a zipper, a mesh dice holder, and two pen holders.  All and all sounds pretty good.
Different reward levels for the Kickstarter can get you other items as well. Keychains, lanyards, pin sets, bag clips, dog tags, beanies, sacks, thermal mug, collectable figures, t-shirts, and messenger bags all in standard or elite designs.  Of course you have to pledge $42 to just get a mug and shirt.  Which is kind of my problem with the Kickstarter.  I just do not feel you get an equal value for most of the pledge levels.  Of course if you think of it as charity donation and the items are just bonus it kind of works, but this most likely your only chance to get this wallet.  Really it does depend a lot on how big of a Yu-Gi-Oh! player you are.

The two top pledge levels also give you sets of Wizkids upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh Heroclix game.  They will be releasing the first set later this year and more through out 2014.  I am more interested in getting to check out this game when it launches.  There will also be a Yu-Gi-Oh Dice Building game coming out.
The goal for this Kickstarter is $80,000 and so far as of this writing they have $5,001. The campaign will go to October 2nd, thirty eight days away.  As they get more pledges and closer to their goal they will start to post stretch goals, so stay tuned.  Supporters can expect their products in three to four months after the campaign closes, if they met their goal.

Press Release: World Champions Crowned at the 2013 Pokémon World Championships

August 15, 2013

The 2013 Pokémon Championship Series came to a conclusion this weekend at the 2013 Pokémon World Championships in Vancouver, Canada. After a yearlong series of qualifiers and two days of intense competition, six battle-tested champions walked away as the world’s best Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game players, rising above hundreds of other Pokémon players that traveled to Canada from more than 25 countries, including the US, Japan, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. This year’s Pokémon World Championships marked the 10th anniversary for the global event.

The 2013 Pokémon TCG and Video Game World Champions are:

  • 2013 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Ondrej Kujal from Czech Republic.
  • 2013 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Brendan Zheng from United States.
  • 2013 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Kaiwen Cabbabe from Australia.
  • 2013 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Hayden McTavish from United States.
  • 2013 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Jason Klaczynski from United States.
  • 2013 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Arash Ommati from Italy.

Winners of the invitation-only tournament earned the title of Pokémon World Champion, received a special World Championships trophy featuring Pikachu, won a trip to next year’s World Championships in Washington, DC, and collected scholarship money. The Pokémon Company International has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships since it began running the tournaments.

“The Pokémon World Championships celebrate an international community that is unified by the fun, friendship, and mutual respect that the Pokémon spirit embodies,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “We are incredibly proud of all the players who competed this weekend and want to extend a big congratulations to the 2013 Pokémon World Champions who represented their nations proudly.”

To view highlights from the 2013 Pokémon World Championships, including official standings, photos, videos, and player interviews visit Pokemon.com and the Pokémon channel. For information on how to participate in future Pokémon Championship Series events, visit Pokemon.com. To download images from the event click here.

2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Junior Division
World Champion: Ondrej Kujal (Czech Republic)
Second Place: Yugo Sato (Japan)

2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Senior Division
World Champion: Kaiwen Cabbabe (Australia)
Second Place: Clement Lamberton (France)

2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Masters Division
World Champion: Jason Klaczynski (United States)
Second Place: Simon Narode (United States)

2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Junior Division
World Champion: Brendan Zheng (United States)
Second Place: Fuko Nakamichi (Japan)

2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Senior Division
World Champion: Hayden McTavish (United States)
Second Place: Ben Hickey (United States)

2013 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Masters Division
World Champion: Arash Ommati (Italy)
Second Place: Ryouske Kosuge (Japan)

About Pokémon
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, and marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website.  Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world.

Press Release: Konami Set to Bring it for Four Days Straight at Gen Con

August 13, 2013

The masses of game enthusiasts converging on Gen Con 2013 will want to make sure they carve out time to see what Konami Digital Entertainment Inc., the makers of the best-selling trading card game ever, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, is bringing to this year’s show. Konami will be featuring the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG at booth #601 and providing plenty of entertaining and engaging activities for attendees to experience at the con from August 15th – August 18th.

This year, attendees will want to make the Konami booth their first stop because the company will be selling a must-get for the Gen Con crowd, an exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG double game mat. A limited quantity will be available for $30 during the show. Also fans will want to create their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card. They can choose from five different card backgrounds with characters, including favorites like Yusei, Jaden, Yugi and Yuma.

Fans can purchase Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products at Gen Con, including the recently released Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants and Number Hunters. As a bonus, for Gen Con attendees who purchase a minimum $10 worth of product get a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Score pad.

With Token Card in hand, attendees will want to make their way to a game table and get a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demonstration from the experts. There will also be a $3 off coupon for Super Starter: V for Victory (redeemable only at Konami’s booth during Gen Con) in the show book. Additionally, they can snap a photo with the oversized Utopia statue. Electronic gamers can also get their Yu-Gi-Oh! fix at one of the upright gaming stations where they can play Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels Plus on the PlayStation3, Xbox 360, or Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM on iOS platforms.

Konami will be holding a Duel the Master competition, in the Wabash Room, where each aspiring Master will get the chance to spin the wheel – to determine which Deck they’ll play – and then battle head-to-head against a Master. If an attendee knocks off a Master they can spin the wheel again to determine a prize, though everyone will get one booster pack just for participating.

In addition to the activities listed above, Konami will have exciting interactive carnival games to play in the Wabash Room. Family members can try to throw a bean bag through a hole in a Yu-Gi-Oh! character standee, try their hand at a Yu-Gi-Oh! games of BINGO or Duel on an oversized game mat utilizing large Yu-Gi-Oh! cards from the upcoming deck,  Saga of Blue-Eyes White Dragon which will be released in September.

For the avid Duelist looking for a more formal gameplay, Konami will host a variety of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events at the Extravaganza in the Wabash Room throughout the convention including 2014 Regional Qualifiers, Duel the Master, Duelist League geared toward new players, Battle Pack Sealed Deck Tournaments and Win-A Mat.

Gen Con hours:
Thursday, August 15: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 16: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 17: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 18: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.