Archive for March, 2015

Press Release: Konami Announces New Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Tournament Series

March 23, 2015

Konami is pleased to announce an exciting new tournament series for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) debuting in April 2015. The Ultimate Duelist Series (UDS) will give Duelists an opportunity to play competitively year round.“We have been eager to provide our Official Tournament Stores a platform that encourages players to visit stores in order to keep honing their skills outside of our current tournament season. The Ultimate Duelist Series accomplishes that and more and is a perfect complement to our other Organized Play programs already in place,” said Yumi Hoashi, Vice President of Card Business at Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “And now Duelists will be able to play competitively all year, win exclusive prizes, and earn points – it’s a win-win!”

The UDS will run two seasons per year, a Winter Season and a Summer Season, and each season will culminate in an Ultimate Duelist Invitational. In order to earn a spot at an Invitational, Duelists will have to earn a certain amount of Ultimate Duelist Series Points by competing in the many Official Tournament Store level and Premier-level tournaments that award these Points. Because the UDS is tied in to the many levels of KONAMI’s Official Organized Play programs, Duelists will be collecting points from many of the Organized Play programs they’re already participating in – and all-new collectible prizing for the tournament series adds another, unique level to the competition. Duelists will also be delighted to find that the UDS prize structure and variety of prizes all tie together.

For more detailed information on the Ultimate Duelist Series including dates, locations, rules and formats please visit http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/ultimateduelist

Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal airs twice on Sundays on Nicktoons. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

 

Press Release: Konami Digital Entertainment to Showcase Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Portfolio at GAMA Trade Show

March 21, 2015

Konami a leader in the trading card game category, will be exhibiting its 2015 Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) portfolio at the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) annual trade show March 16-20. KONAMI, a returning sponsor, will display products scheduled to be released later this year at booth #206 and conduct two seminars during the show, held annually at Bally’s Event Center in Las Vegas.

“GAMA provides us with a great setting to interact with our core hobby customers, discuss our year-round product release schedule and exchange ideas for the upcoming year,” said Yumi Hoashi, Vice President, Card Business for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “This year we also plan to unveil some new and exciting programs for our Official Tournament Stores, including new Organized Play events that will satisfy the needs of new players and competitive Duelists.”

KONAMI will host seminars on March 17 and March 18. During the first seminar, the company will outline their 2015 plans for Official Tournament Stores (OTS), with a focus on the benefits of becoming an OTS and in-store Organized Play programs. The ins and outs of hosting successful tournaments and reporting will be the focus of the second seminar. For more information on KONAMI’s extensive Organized Play programs, including opportunities for young kids to learn how-to-play the game, go to www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/organizedplay.html.

KONAMI is set to help retailers have a golden Easter selling season when Premium Gold: Return of the Bling lands in stores nationwide on March 20. This new set delivers updates and upgrades to dozens of cards from the early days of Yu-Gi-Oh! up to the present day. Players will be eager to get 22 previously released Gold Rare cards with the new-and-improved advanced Gold Rare technology that was introduced last year; 48 top cards now released with Gold Rare technology for the first time ever and 21 brand new cards, all in Gold Secret technology, including cards for Blackwing, HERO, and Number Decks. Each five-card Premium Gold: Return of the Bling mini-pack contains two Gold Secrets, each a brand new, never-before-released card, and three standard Gold Rares. Every $14.99 MSRP box contains three mini-packs.

Especially appealing to collectors is the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Superstars booster! This all-foil set gathers 50 cards, previously available only in Japan and Korea, available for the first time all over the world. With dozens of new cards from the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal era, Duelists can boost the power of their Xyz Monsters like never before, with new Chronomaly, Star Seraph, Heroic Challenger, Gagaga, and Galaxy cards. As a special treat for collectors, included in this set are reprints of the two very rare prize cards from the 2012 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship in Tokyo, Legendary Dragon of White and Legendary Magician of Dark! MSRP: $3.99 per pack.

The latest booster set for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, Crossed Souls, releases on May 15. In this powerful booster set, five warring tribes of Monsters put aside their differences and gain the power to Pendulum Summon! Crossed Souls unlocks new Deck-building opportunities like never before for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. This 100-card set introduces the Zefra monsters, a new monster omni-theme that crosses over five different Deck types! Zefra monsters open up unprecedented crossover Deck-building avenues, but Crossed Souls also arms Duelists with new non-Zefra cards for their Burning Abyss, Madolche, Infernoid, U.A., Yosenju, and other Decks. MSRP: $3.99 per pack.

The newest generation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime TV series – Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V – is supported with the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Saber Force and Dark Legion Starter Decks! Designed to teach new Duelists how to Duel with one of two 41-card pre-built Decks, each version of the Starter Deck comes in a LIGHT or DARK theme and is based on the two main characters seen in the series, Yuya and Declan. Slated for a May 29 release, each Deck has an MSRP of $9.99 per box.

Crossed Souls Advance Edition, touting a new product configuration, explodes onto the scene July 3. In addition to the three booster packs of Crossed Souls, Duelists will also receive one of two Super Rare cards of Common and/or Rare cards from Crossed Souls, plus one of two foil version preview cards of non-foil cards from the next booster set, Clash of Rebellions, providing the ultimate value for Duelists! MSRP: $9.99 per box.

*Please note that product names, packaging specifications, release dates, and price are subject to change.

Press Release: 3 Major English Edition Cardfight!! Vanguard Expansions in June 2015

March 18, 2015

Bushiroad announced the simultaneous release of 3 Cardfight!! Vanguard G English Edition products which will be on sale on June 19, 2015. These expansions include one new Trial Deck, the 2015 edition of the Fighters Collection and an all-new product, the Legend Deck.

Cardfight!! Vanguard G Trial Deck Vol. 5 ‘Fateful Star Messiah’, Fighters Collection 2015 and Legend Deck Vol. 1 ‘The Dark “Ren Suzugamori”’ feature the latest in the Cardfight!! Vanguard G series and contain new cards that will feature units with the Stride and Generation Break abilities.

G Trial Deck Vol. 5 ‘Fateful Star Messiah’ features the [[Link Joker]] clan, while the Fighters Collection 2015 will contain new G-units for all clans that have been released thus far, excluding the [[Etranger]] clan.

The Legend Deck series is a new product that shines the spotlight on “Legendary Fighters” from the Cardfight!! Vanguard animation. Legend Deck Vol. 1 will feature the fan-favorite Ren Suzugamori and his popular [[Shadow Paladin]] deck. It is the first of its kind, and will contain premium items such as an exclusive deck holder, fighter’s counter as well as a special foiled promotional card.

G Trial Deck Vol. 5 ‘Fateful Star Messiah’; and Legend Deck Vol.1 ‘The Dark “Ren Suzugamori”’; will also include one hot-stamped card randomly inserted into decks.

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Bushiroad Inc. is an entertainment company known for developing Cardfight!! Vanguard, Future Card Buddyfight, Detective Milky Holmes, Weiss Schwarz and other card games, promotional items, smartphone applications around the world.

Bushiroad Inc. consists of 6 sub-entities: Bushiroad Inc., Bushiroad South East Asia Pte Ltd, Bushiroad USA Inc., Bushiroad Media, Bushiroad Music, and New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co., Ltd.

Bushiroad South East Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore on November 12, 2011 in order to expand the overseas market for Bushiroad card games such as Cardfight!! Vanguard, Weiβ Schwarz, Chaos TCG and Five Qross.

Bushiroad USA Inc. was established in Los Angeles, California on May 18, 2012, to better cater to the growing demand and interest in Cardfight!! Vanguard from both players and retailers in the USA.

Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Premium Gold: Return of the Bling

March 17, 2015

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), a leader in the trading card game category, showers Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) enthusiasts with gold the first day of spring with the release of Premium Gold: Return of the Bling on March 20.

Premium Gold: Return of the Bling delivers updates and upgrades to dozens of cards from the early days of Yu-Gi-Oh! up to the present day. Players will be eager to get 22 previously released Gold Rare cards with the new-and-improved advanced Gold Rare technology that was introduced last year; 48 top cards now released with Gold Rare technology for the first time ever including all five pieces of Exodia to Number 101:Silent Honor ARK and, the inclusion of 21 brand new cards, all in Gold Secret technology, including cards for Blackwing, HERO, and Number Decks.

Players will bask in their lavish treasure of cards as Gold Rares enshrine Duelists’ favorite cards in immortal Gold color: Gold card frames, Gold art box frames, Gold text box frames, Gold card names, and (for monsters) Gold level stars. Gold Secrets take all of that and add a Secret Rare Card’s textured foil pattern on top of it all for the ultimate bling.

Each five-card Premium Gold: Return of the Bling mini-pack contains two Gold Secrets, each a brand new, never-before-released card, and three standard Gold Rares. Every box contains three mini-packs, for an MSRP of $14.99.

The Premium Gold: Return of the Bling complete set contains 91 cards:
21 Gold Secret Cards
70 Gold Rare Cards

Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal airs twice on Sundays on Nicktoons. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

Press Release: Seven Seas Launches Tabletop Games Division/Kickstarts its First Game: Space Dandy

March 8, 2015

Seven Seas Entertainment is delighted to announce the launch of its all-new tabletop games division, Seven Seas Games. Combining its passion and expertise in the manga and anime fields with the ability to create high quality original products, Seven Seas Games will meld the anime aesthetic with strategic card and board games, introducing fans to a whole new way of experiencing their favorite titles.

From deck-building card games to strategic board games, to games incorporating miniature figures, Seven Seas Games will offer a wide variety of exciting new games based on popular anime properties, and original titles as well.

“Both manga and board games are cited as two areas of growth in the publishing industry,” says Seven Seas President Jason DeAngelis, “We’ve decided to combine both, appealing to manga and anime fans as well as gamers in a whole new way.”

Upcoming games released by Seven Seas Games will be available for purchase through a variety of retailers and distribution outlets starting in late 2015.

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Seven Seas Games, the newly-formed gaming division of Seven Seas Entertainment, is thrilled to announce the launch of a Kickstarter for their first game title – Space Dandy: Galactic Deck-Building Game. As seen on TOONAMI™ on ADULT SWIM™, Space Dandy is a hit anime series created by legendary director, Shinichiro Watanabe, best known for his work on the series Cowboy Bebop. For its millions of viewers, this Space Dandy card game brings the show’s zany space-faring antics straight from their screens to the gaming table.

Space Dandy: Galactic Deck-Building Game is a strategic card game in the same vein as other deck-builders like Dominion and Ascension. The game contains over two hundred cards, forty star tokens, four player boards, one “orbit” board, and a full-color rulebook. The Kickstarter campaign will offer fans the opportunity to purchase the game early at discounted prices prior to its retail release. A premium limited edition of the game is also available, exclusive to Kickstarter, that includes a foil-stamped box sleeve, a series guide-book, stickers, posters, and other bonus swag.

“This is a really exciting project that I’m thrilled to be a part of,” said Clay Gardner, the designer of Space Dandy: Galactic Deck-Building Game. “Space Dandy is a unique series with outrageously fun characters that deserves an equally unique game. Through this Kickstarter campaign, we are going to bring fans an out-of-this-world experience.”

The Kickstarter campaign launches on March 4 and ends on April 8.

About Seven Seas Entertainment
Established in 2004, Seven Seas Entertainment specializes in producing original manga, comics, graphic novels, and youth literature, and bringing the best in Japanese licenses to North American audiences. Seven Seas is distributed by Tor/Macmillan.