Archive for June, 2016

Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Origins Crowns Jake Phinney Champion of Main Event and Dragon Duel Winner Zach Taylor

June 29, 2016

This past weekend, Columbus, Ohio, was the epicenter of Dueling as the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Origins crowned two winners. Jake Phinney found that he had outpaced the competition in the Main Event to earn himself the coveted spot of YCS Origins Champion. Additionally, young Zach Taylor made a name for himself as he won the Dragon Duel Championship.

Held during the Origins Game Fair, this two-day premier level event, presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), players of every age and ability showed off their impressive Dueling skills round after round. Phinney from Blanch, North Carolina played his Phantom Abyss Deck to propel him into Sunday’s Single Elimination. Then, after several rounds of Single Elimination, it came down to an exhilarating playoff with Aaron Furman from Linwood, New Jersey playing a Kozmo Deck.

In addition to the title of YCS Champion, Phinney 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!

The Dragon Duel Championship, an event for Duelists born in 2003 or later, was no less exciting as Aurora, Illinois’ Taylor used his Sealed Deck then switched to his own Kozmo Deck in the finals. He had all the right moves to beat Eli Buckwatter who played a Battle Pack Assorted Deck in their head-to-head playoff. Taylor picked up some great prizes too, including a Dragon Duel Championship Trophy, a 2016 Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel Medal, a Regional Deck Box, a Super Rare set of the YCS Darklord Prize Cards, and an invitation to the 2016 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier tournament to be held during his WCQ.


Press Release: Ninja Division and Seven Seas Announce Joint Venture, Shinobi 7, and Upcoming Tokyo Ghoul Game

June 27, 2016

Ninja Division Publishing™, LLC and Seven Seas Entertainment™, LLC are proud to announce the formation of a new joint venture game company, Shinobi 7. Combining Ninja Division’s expertise in superior quality game design with Seven Seas’ know-how in license acquisition and curation, Shinobi 7 will focus on producing tabletop games that are based on hit anime, manga, and pop culture brands.
“I’m absolutely thrilled about our partnership,” says Seven Seas Publisher Jason DeAngelis, who will act as Shinobi 7’s CEO. “Ninja Division is a groundbreaking company that has created a new category of chibi-style games. They are experts at what they do, and have earned the respect of the gaming community. Combined with Seven Seas’ licensing capabilities, Shinobi 7 is well-positioned to acquire and curate licenses and make high quality games.”

Shinobi 7’s new games will join Ninja Division’s lineup of breakout brands such as Super Dungeon: Explore, currently produced in four languages with sales of over 100,000 core games and more than half a million expansions. Ninja Division Publishing will oversee marketing, promotions, sales, warehousing, and fulfillment for all Shinobi 7 products.

“I’m very excited about the potential this joint venture creates for both companies” says Ninja Division Partner Kai Nesbit, who will act as Shinobi 7’s President. “As the leading independent manga publisher in North America, Seven Seas has a tremendous amount of experience and expertise in licensing content from Japan. Together, our joint venture will bring a fresh perspective to the game market.”

This fall, Shinobi 7 will launch its first title, Space Dandy Galactic Deck-Building Game. As seen on Cartoon Network’s ADULT SWIM™, Space Dandy is a hit anime series created by legendary director, Shinichiro Watanabe, best known for his work on the anime, Cowboy Bebop. The game contains over two hundred cards, forty star tokens, player boards, and a full-color rulebook. Space Dandy Galactic Deck-Building Game will be available in retail stores Q4, 2016, and will list at $49.99.

Shinobi 7 currently is working on the following games, scheduled to launch in 2017:

Tokyo Ghoul, a deck-building game, adapted from the hit anime franchise about an alternate reality where monstrous ghouls and humans coexist.
Strike Witches, a miniature-based board game, adapted from the anime of the same name, that pits a team of flying girls with advanced weaponry in dogfights against an invading alien force.
Spice and Wolf, an economy-based board game, about traveling merchants peddling their wares, based on the hit anime franchise of the same name.
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Ninja Division Publishing
Ninja Division Publishing™, LLC produces and publishes high quality board games, card games, and charming hobby model miniatures for tabletops around the world. Ninja Division’s tabletop lineup includes beloved originals such as the ground-breaking, dungeon-dashing Super Dungeon®: Explore; the charming chibi-ninja battler, Ninja All-Stars®; the immersive and ever-expanding space war of Relic Knights®; and the forthcoming interstellar railway hold-up and heist, Rail Raiders Infinite™. Ninja Division also produces an array of licensed games including party favorites such as DeadFellas™, Angry Sheep™, DrunkQuest™, and the award-winning family game, Luchador!™. With legions of fans around the world, Ninja Division supports league play and encourages both collaborative and competitive play in its community of gamers of all ages!

Seven Seas Entertainment
Established in 2004, Seven Seas Entertainment> is the top independent manga publisher in North America, specializing in bringing Japanese manga to English-speaking audiences, and producing original comics, graphic novels, and youth literature. Seven Seas publishes multiple bestselling series that regularly appear on the New York Times Manga Bestsellers list. Seven Seas is distributed by Tor/Macmillan.

Press Release: The Tanto Cuore International Crowdfunding Campaign is off to a great start!

June 21, 2016

Japanime Games has launched a multi-lingual International Crowdfunding Campaign for the hit anime themed deck building card game Tanto Cuore. Tanto Cuore has been a big success in Japan and the English-speaking world, and Japanime Games aims to bring it to new French, German, Spanish and Italian speaking fans! The International Crowdfunding Campaigns are now live in English on Kickstarter, in German and French on Ulule, in Spanish on Verkami and in Italian on GiochiStarter. Japanime Games plans to deliver Tanto Cuore in December of 2016 to their international backers.

Eric Price of Japanime Games had this to say about this ground breaking multilingual campaign: “After months of preparation, we feel certain that we can bring this excellent card game to anime fans and gamers in their own language!”

The Tanto Cuore International Crowdfunding Campaign has already reached $33,368 in total! Japanime Games goal is two-fold: they need to reach both a funding goal of $30K on Kickstarter, $10K on Ulule and $5K on GiochiStarter and Verkami AND 250 backers in each language. While it is a known challenge to publish games in new languages on crowdfunding platforms, Japanime Games has prepared for the launch for months and enlisted the help of translators, fans and experts in each country. They feel confident that international fans will rally behind Tanto Cuore in support. In order to bring the campaign and love for Tanto Cuore to new fans across the globe, Japanime Games is enlisting the help of their backers to spread the word! Extra promo card incentives have been offered to backers as part of their social media marketing plan. A true crowdfunding campaign in every way, Japanime Games is striving to gain support for Tanto Cuore from new fans from around the world.

To follow the English campaign, click here!
To follow the French campaign, click here!
To follow the German campaign, click here!
To follow the Spanish campaign, click here!
To follow the Italian campaign, click here!
Japanime Games is dedicated to bringing you the finest games from Japan and beyond! It’s our goal to import and translate the best games from Asia to bring those great games to a wider audience. Our games feature some of the finest art that can be found along with engaging gameplay and quality components. We are committed to great customer service and have hundreds of thousands of happy customers. For more information about Japanime Games, see


Press Release: Konami Brings Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series to Origins

June 2, 2016

Registered Players to Receive an Exclusive YCS Origins Participation Game Mat

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Duelists and Origins Game Fair attendees are in for a special treat when show sponsor Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) brings the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) to Columbus, Ohio. This premier-level event will be held on June 15-19, with the Main Event scheduled for June 18-19, during the five-day show at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

At YCS Origins, hundreds of Duelists from across the country will be eager to put their Deck choice and game strategy to the test, hopeful that they have what it takes to win every round, progressing to Sunday’s Final Round for the chance to hoist the YCS Champion trophy.

Pre-registration for YCS Origins will run from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17 and registration will continue promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five Shining Victories booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Origins and an exclusive YCS Origins Participation Game Mat. Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the top-ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in the 2016 World Championship Qualifier, scheduled to be held in Pittsburgh in July. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the Championship. Duelists can find the answers to many of their questions here:

Both seasoned Duelists and those getting into the game have a chance to compete for a variety of exciting prizes at YCS Origins. Among the prizes, the first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest, most sought-after prize card: Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn – one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2003 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on Thursday through Sunday morning will be sealed using Battle Pack: Epic Dawn, where each Duelist is given ten sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck. The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive winners’ medals, a Regional Deck Box, and a 2016 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also win an invitation to their 2016 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. On Sunday afternoon, the 1st place winners of each of the Dragon Duels from Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will compete in a 4-Player Advanced Format- Single-Elimination Tournament, to determine the weekend’s overall winner and a chance at the ultimate prize: to hoist the Dragon Duel Champion’s trophy and the coveted title of YCS Dragon Duel Champion! The Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a previously issued Super Rare YCS prize card. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

Another not-to-be-missed YCS Origins event is meeting two of the most popular actors from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series! Darren Dunstan, the voice actor for Maximillion Pegasus, and Wayne Grayson, the voice actor for Joey Wheeler, will be available at specific times during the weekend to sign autographs so fans should bring their favorite Pegasus & Joey cards and make sure to get their YCS Origins Participation Game Mat autographed! Additionally, the actors will be participating in the Q&A session in the anime track on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m.

During the five days of the Origins Game Fair, KONAMI will also be hosting a series of Public Events and is pleased to début a new Public Event at YCS Origins, the Generation Duel, in which players can play a Deck based off of one of the five Yu-Gi-Oh! animated series. Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as 2016 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, School Tournament Series, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Sealed Starter Deck and Structure Deck, Duelist League, Yu-Gi-Oh! Day and Battle City Tournaments will be held throughout YCS Origins.
The Main Event winner, the two runners-up and winners of Sunday’s two Public Event playoffs will each be awarded a YCS prize card. The Main Event winner will take home an Ultra Rare version of the Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn prize card, with the other winners bringing home Super Rare versions. The top ranked Duelists will also win a Top Cut Game Mat for this event.

Prizing Information:
· 1st Place – Ultra Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; Paid travel and accommodations to the winner’s 2016 World Championship Qualifier; VIP Status at the winner’s 2016 World Championship Qualifier; PlayStation®4 system; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 20 Ultimate Duelist Series (UDS) Points
· 2nd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn; 32GB Tablet PC; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points
· 3rd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Minerva, The Exalted Lightsworn; Xbox One console; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points
· 4th place – Xbox One console; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points
· 5th – 8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points
· 9th – 16th place – 24 booster packs of Shining Victories; Invite to the 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; and 10 UDS Points

Event Address:
Origins Game Fair
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Battelle North
400 N High St
Columbus, OH 43215