Archive for March, 2016

Press Release: Alejandro Garcia Moreno Wins First 2016 Central American Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series in San José, Costa Rica

March 23, 2016

Hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players gathered at the Hotel Barceló San José Palacio this past weekend to participate in the first Central American Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES of 2016. While every player tried their best, only one Duelist earned the sought-after title of YCS San José Champion: Alejandro Garcia Moreno.

Presented by KONAMI, this two-day premier level event featured players from across the Americas, of every age and ability, who Dueled with the utmost of skill and strategy round after round. As the tournament progressed and the Duels became more intense, it was Moreno from Mexico D.F., Mexico playing his Performapal Deck who Dueled his way into Sunday’s Single Elimination. Then, after several rounds of Single Elimination, it came down to a tense head-to-head battle in the Final Round against Mexico D.F.’s Jonathan Sebastian Vazquez Herrera also Dueling with his own Performapal Deck; however, the strong combination of strategy and judgment was just enough to earn Moreno the title of YCS San José Champion.

In addition to the title of YCS Champion, Moreno returned home with a stellar set of prizes that included a YCS Championship Trophy, an Ultra Rare YCS Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn Prize Card, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and an invitation and paid travel to his 2016 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) tournament!

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps. Duelists with well-constructed Decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.

Press Release: Sponsor Konami Presents New Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Products at GAMA Trade Show

March 19, 2016

Konami, a returning show sponsor, exhibited its 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG portfolio at the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) annual trade show March 14-18 at Bally’s Event Center in Las Vegas. KONAMI showcased products scheduled to be released later this year at booth #206 and conducted two seminars during the show.

“GAMA allows us to share in-depth details about our 2016 product releases and outline our extensive Organized Play efforts with our core hobby partners,” said Yumi Hoashi, Senior Vice President, Card Business for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “Our one-on-one meetings at the booth, combined with our two seminars, makes for a productive and informative event for all parties.”

KONAMI will host two seminars, one on March 15 and one on March 16. During the first seminar, the company will outline their Official Tournament Store (OTS) Program, with a focus on store benefits and Organized Play programs. The second seminar explains the KONAMI Judge Program and how stores will benefit from using registered KONAMI Judges. For more information on KONAMI’s extensive Organized Play programs, including opportunities for new players to learn how to play the game, go to
www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/organizedplay.html.

Releasing Friday, March 18, and in time for the busy Easter shopping season is Premium Gold: Infinite Gold. This set allows Duelists to add a little dazzle to their collection and it has something for everyone, including dozens of upgraded cards to bling out a player’s collection plus 21 new cards for a Duelist’s Main Deck and Extra Deck, all gleaming in gold foil technology. Each 5-card Premium Gold: Infinite Gold mini-pack contains two Gold Secrets – consisting of popular cards and brand-new, never-before-seen cards and three Gold Rare versions of fan-favorite cards. As a special bonus to all players, scores of Gold Rare cards in the set includes former Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Cards Number 106: Giant Hand and Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry, now available for everyone to use. Each box contains three mini-packs for a total of 15 cards. MSRP: $14.99 per Box.

Retailers will be sure to draw in fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV show on April 15, when the original Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series takes center stage with Millennium Pack as dozens of old favorites get a whole new look alongside brand-new cards from TV that players have been waiting for! This 48-card set includes more than 20 variant artwork illustrations for classic cards like Thousand Dragon, Flame Swordsman, Widespread Ruin, Kunai with Chain, and Celtic Guardian. Millennium Pack also offers famous cards from the TV series that have never been in print before, including Kaiba’s ultimate card-drawer, the Card of Demise, and the final version of the mightiest Egyptian God Card: The Winged Dragon of Ra – Immortal Phoenix! MSRP: $1.99 per 5-card Pack.

KONAMI delivers big this spring beginning with two May releases. First, is the May 6 release of Shining Victories, the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG core booster set. Appealing to veteran and novice players alike, Shining Victories is a 100-card set with brand-new Deck themes such as Lunalight, Digital Bug, and Amorphage Dragons, and marks the return of Blue-Eyes White Dragon and a plethora of specially crafted “Blue-Eyes” monsters and support cards! Players wanting to get their hands on cards early can attend a Sneak Peek scheduled for April 31 and/or May 1. MSRP: $3.99 per Pack.

Next is Starter Deck – Yuya releasing on May 27. Designed to teach new Duelists how to Duel, this new Starter Deck is the best vehicle for stores to introduce the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG to budding Duelists! Fans will be entertained with a 40-card ready-to-play Deck, including 9 brand-new Performapal cards, and three special Token cards. MSRP: $9.99 per Deck.

Rounding-out the spring are two new products that will help Duelists of all skill levels prepare for the summer tournament season and beyond. First, is Shining Victories Special Edition releasing on June 17. Each box of Shining Victories Special Edition comes with three packs of Shining Victories, one of two Super Rares from the upcoming fall booster set, and one of two guaranteed variant cards. MSRP: $9.99 per box. Then it’s Rise of the True Dragons Structure Deck scheduled for a July 15 release. Rise of the True Dragons follows up on May’s re-launch of the legendary “Blue-Eyes” theme in Shining Victories with a Deck that includes new high-Level Dragons, new Dragon devotee monsters that are easy-to-Summon and work with ANY high-Level Dragons – plus a brand-new Spell card that Summons any Level 7 or 8 Dragon directly from the Graveyard, with no restrictions! MSRP: $9.99 per Deck.

Between conventions, a new tournament season, and in-store events, Duelists will have plenty of opportunities to put their skills to the test this summer – with plenty of new cards to try! The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG makes the dog days bearable and the tournaments more exciting with the launch of two new products in August – The Dark Illusion core booster set August 5 and the Dragons of Legend Unleashed-* special booster August 19. The Dark Illusion kicks off the new tournament season with a compelling 100-card set filled with brand-new Deck themes, 10 never-before-seen cards, support for recent and classic Deck themes, and cues the return of a legendary monster to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG – Dark Magician! MSRP: $3.99 per Pack.

The Dragons of Legend -Unleashed-* special booster is the spiritual successor to the popular Dragons of Legend booster sets, composed of numerous foil cards from the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and animated TV series that have never been printed into actual cards – until now! MSRP: $3.99 per 5-card Pack

* For items marked with an asterisk, please note that title, packaging, contents and price are subject to change.

Press Release: Naruto Shippuden the Board Game Coming Soon!

March 14, 2016

Japanime Games and Yoka Games join to bring Naruto Shippuden the Board Game to the English-speaking world in the Spring of 2016.  The Naruto Shippuden Board Game is a cooperative game based around the travels of Naruto and his friends.  It features high-quality art, 3 levels of play and high-quality components.

Pre-Orders will be available soon!

Partnering with Yoka Games, a division of Tsume Art, Japanime Games will bring their quality products to a whole new audience.  Naruto Shippuden the Board Game captures the events of the series in a unique style combined with the quality art and packaging that Tsume Art is known for.  Players play one of the main characters from the series fighting against the incursion of the Akatsuki and to save the world from its menace!  There are 3 levels of play and a large variety of enemies, making each game a unique experience.  Featuring high quality components, solid game play, and the number one anime property, this game is going to be a winner.

Eric Price had this to say: “We are proud to work with our new partners in bringing Naruto to our fans.  We are sure they will love the game as much as we do.  We look forward to future collaborations with Yoka and to help them take advantage of the licenses they have.”

Japanime Games is dedicated to bringing you the finest games from Japan and beyond! It’s Japanime Games’ goal to import and translate the best of the best games from Asia to bring those great games to a wider audience. Their games feature some of the finest art that can be found along with engaging game play and quality components. For more information about Japanime Games, see www.japanimegames.com.

Yoka Games is the new games division of Tsume.  Tsume is a company specialized in design of high quality statues in resin, numbered and limited edition. Tsume works with very famous licenses from the Japanese entertainment universe, such as: Naruto Shippuden, One Punch Man, Saint Seiya, Bleach, Fairy Tail, Soul Eater, One Piece and Assassin’s Creed for Ubi Soft.

Heart of Crown Kickstarter Last Call

March 9, 2016

Heart of Crown is the latest game that Japanime is bring over from Japan.  It has less than 19 hours to go and has passed its $10,000 goal and is currently over $132,000.  This one is going to happen and going to happen big.

It is a deck building game where you choose a princess to succeed the recently deceased emperor and use your power, resources, influence to meet victory conditions before your opponents.  It uses a basic market and random market to buy cards from.

They are also going to produce the English edition of the PC Game of Heart of Crown on Steam and Manga Gamer with the first expansion included.  The PC game is a recreation of the card game in computer form with online ranked play, campaign play, and free play.

Rewards for the campaign are playmat at $25, the game and all stretch goals at $50, both of those and more at $75, and then a $200 and $300 levels that include more accessories to the game.  For $20 you can get the PC game and one of the expansions.

Available add-ons include a second base game, the PC game (with one expansion) and a second expansion for, two expansions for the board game, card sleeves, metal pin set, playmats, or t-shirt.

Almost all the stretch goals for the campaign have been met.  Everyone who pledges at least at the $50 level will get cardboard counters for the game (that were not in the Japanese game), one metal collectors pin, various alternative art promo cards, dividers, a base game box with room for both expansions, and randomizer decks.  One last alternative art promo card at $140,000.

Fans of deck building games should give this one a try.  Or if you are just a fan of cute art work.  You have until 2pm EST to pledge to this one.

Press Release: Konami Digital Entertainment Announces Premium Gold: Infinite Gold Set for Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG

March 3, 2016

On March 18, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), the manufacturer of the multiple world record-holding Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) delivers a box of shiny splendor to stores nationwide with its Premium Gold: Infinite Gold product release.

Premium Gold: Infinite Gold lets Duelists add a little dazzle to their collections. This set has something for everyone, including dozens of upgraded cards to bling out a player’s collection plus 21 new cards for a Duelist’s Main Deck and Extra Deck, all gleaming in gold foil technology.

Each 5-card Premium Gold: Infinite Gold mini-pack contains two Gold Secrets, consisting of popular cards and brand-new, never-before-seen cards including powerful monsters for your Extra Deck! Each mini-pack also has three Gold Rare versions of fan-favorite cards. As a special bonus to all players, the Gold Rare cards in the set includes former Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Cards Number 106: Giant Hand and Digvorzhak, King of Heavy Industry, now available for everyone to use. Every box contains three mini-packs, or a total of 15 cards: six Gold Secrets and nine Gold Rares per box for an MSRP of $14.99.

Players will relish their sparkling treasure of cards as Gold Rares enshrine Duelists’ favorite cards in glorious 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!

The Premium Gold: Infinite Gold complete set contains 100 cards:
40 Gold Secret Cards
60 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 Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon!