Archive for August, 2016

Press Release: Square Enix Enters North American Tabletop Games Market

August 30, 2016

Square Enix is entering the North American tabletop games market with two products based on its video game properties, planned for launch in October.  Both are connected to its top video game franchise, Final Fantasy.  The games are being released in Europe in September.

Final Fantasy TCG:  Opus 1 is a 186-card set sold in the traditional TCG format of Starters and Boosters.  It’s a two-player game recommended for players 13 and up.  The game was previously released in Japan in a different configuration, selling over 3.5 million boosters.

Boosters will each have 12 cards, including one premium foiled card.  They’ll be sold in 36-pack displays.

Three different Starter Decks will be available:  Final Fantasy VII (Fire & Earth), Final Fantasy X (Wind & Water), and Final Fantasy XIII (Ice & Lightning).   Each will contain 50 cards, a paper playmat, and rules.  Starters will be sold in six-deck displays.

The product is being released only to the hobby, and only through one distributor, a Square Enix spokesperson told ICv2.  That distributor is GTS distribution.  “No further distribution plans as of now,” the spokesperson said.

A second game, Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt, will be distributed to the hobby through “all of our existing distribution partners,” according to Square Enix, with no additional distribution plans “as of now.”    Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt is a card game based on the characters introduced in Final Fantasy and developed further in a spin-off series of Chocobo video games.

Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt is a card game, not a TCG.  For 3-5 players 5 and up, it plays in 10-20 minutes.

Each game includes 43 cards (14 Chocobo, 5 Fat Chocobo, 4 each of Fire, Water, Wind, and Earth Crystal, and 4 each of Bomb and Ahriman Monster cards), 5 Player Markers, 5 Victory Tokens, and Instruction Manual.  MSRP is $19.99.


Press Release: Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Results

August 29, 2016

Twenty-two élite Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players representing the top Duelists from all over the world competed this past weekend in Orlando, Fla. at the prestigious 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship. Each of these talented players were vying for the coveted title of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Champion. Additionally, 12 players competed for the title of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel World Champion, for those born 2003 or later, during the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel World Championship. Joining the reigning Champions, all of these determined Duelists had already competed and won at their region’s respective World Championship Qualifiers, beating thousands from North America, Latin America, Japan, Europe, Oceania and Asia, for the right to represent their region in Orlando.

The tournament hall was buzzing for two days as intense Duels were completed throughout the weekend. By Sunday afternoon only two players remained, reigning World Champion Shunsuke Hiyama from Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa, Japan and North American Champion Erik Christensen from Oakland Park, Fla. Showing his impressive strategy Hiyama played a powerful Blue-Eyes Deck keeping an eye on the grand prize at all times. Christensen was just as determined, facing off against Hiyama playing his own Blue-Eyes Deck, ready for a Duel of a lifetime. Both players remained laser-focused and intent during the demanding match but it was Hiyama who persevered to become the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Champion.

In addition to Christensen, representing the Americas in Orlando were five other North American players who each earned their spot by topping at the North American World Championship Qualifier held last month in Pittsburgh, Penn. This event rounded out a busy tournament season, which saw a legion of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG players participate in qualifying tournaments across the Americas. Central American Champion Brandon Aguilar from Pachuca, Mexico, South American Champion Joaquin Rinaldi from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Mijail Flores from Peru completed the list of competitors from the Americas.

The 12 Top Dragon Duelists from across the world reinforced the fact that they were a force to be reckoned with in the tournament hall during the 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Dragon Duel World Championship. This exciting group of talented players included North American Dragon Duel Champion Aidan Tiemann from Austin, Texas, John Wilkin, who placed second in Pittsburgh and third place winner Ian Parish. Joining them to show off their Dueling talent and perfected strategies were, among others, Central American Dragon Duel Champion Ronaldo Sierra from Monterrey, Mexico and representing South America, Dragon Duelist Christian Suarez from Quito, Ecuador. After two days of skilled play and impressive Dueling Po-Hsiang Peng from Taipei, Taiwan beat his fellow Dragon Duelists including runner-up, and North American Dragon Duel Champion Aidan Tiemann from Austin, Texas to claim the trophy and title of Dragon Duel World Champion.

In addition to the title of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Champion and Dragon Duel World Champion, Hiyama and Peng, respectively, also took home a World Championship trophy and a 2016 Platinum Secret World Championship Prize Card plus they automatically received an invitation to compete in the 2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship to defend their coveted titles.

Rounding out the World Championship experience was a host of several fun things for everyone to enjoy – a LIVE DUEL with voice actors Dan Green and Eric Stuart, the original voices of Yugi and Kaiba respectively from the Yu-Gi-Oh! animated TV series was performed; amusement games provided hours of fun and even a voice-over contest for the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions Movie was held!

Duelists eager to play at the tournament level and trying to earn a place at the 2017 World Championship can participate at various qualifying events. For more information visit For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG, please visit or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

Press Release: Toronto to Host First North American Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series of the New Dueling Season

August 23, 2016

It’s Time to Duel! Konami launches the new North American Dueling season for its premier level Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) in Toronto, Ontario August 27 – 28. This ultra-competitive weekend-long tournament gives hundreds of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists across Canada and the United States their first chance of the season to show off their Deck-building skills and strategies and to compete with their peers. The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is a card game involving strategy and skill made famous by the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and animated TV series.

In addition to the intense back-and-forth of competitive Dueling provided at a YCS event, a brand-new exclusive YCS prize card for the weekend’s top finishers will make its début – Number 93: Utopia Kaiser. Different from the regular cards found in booster packs and other Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products, Number 93: Utopia Kaiser can only be obtained by finishing in the Top Three spots at a Main Event of a YCS, or by winning a special Public Events playoff tournament. This makes Number 93: Utopia Kaiser highly coveted by the throngs of Duelists around the world that will participate in the high-level competitive YCS events during the course of the season.

Additionally, the top-ranked Duelists will win a brand-new YCS Top Cut Game Mat for this event.

Pre-registration for YCS Toronto will run from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, August 26 and registration will continue promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 27. Round One will start at 10 a.m. Upon registering, Duelists will receive five of the recently released The Dark Illusion booster packs for participating in KONAMI’s YCS Toronto. Players will use their constructed Decks all the way to the final match. The top-ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in their 2017 World Championship Qualifier. Duelists can find the answers to many of their questions here.

Event Address:
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Exhibit Hall G – South Building
222 Bremner Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3L9

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will also be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2004 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday 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 a Dragon Duel Medal, a Regional Deck Box, a Dragon Duel T-shirt, and a 2017 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also earn an invitation to their 2017 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier.

The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best 2-out-of-3 match using their own pre-constructed Decks in the Advanced Constructed format, 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 Toronto Dragon Duel Champion! In addition, the Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a Super Rare set of the Darklord YCS prize cards. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as 2017 Regional Qualifiers, Ultimate Duelist Series Qualifiers, 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, School Tournament Series, and Generation Duel Tournaments will be held through the weekend.

Prizing Information for YCS Toronto:

· 1st place – Ultra Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Trophy; Paid travel and accommodations to the winner’s 2017 World Championship Qualifier; Invite to and VIP Status at the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; PlayStation©4 system; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 20 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 2nd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; PlayStation©4 system; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 3rd place – Super Rare Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Prize Card: Number 93: Utopia Kaiser; Xbox One console; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 4th place – Xbox One console; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 5th–8th place – Nintendo 3DS XL Console; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 9th– 6th place – 24 booster packs of the current booster release; Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

· 17th–32nd place – Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series Top Cut Game Mat; Invite to the 2017 World Championship Qualifier tournament; 10 Ultimate Duelist Series Points.

For those unable to attend YCS Toronto, Duelists can follow round-by-round with online coverage.


Press Release: Seiji Kanai’s ‘Gods’ Gambit’ From Japanime Games

August 13, 2016

Gods’ Gambit, a new game from renowned game designer Seiji Kanai (Love Letter, Cheaty Mages!, Lost Legacy), is coming to stores this November from Japanime Games.

In the game, players take on the roles of Fallen Gods who must perform good acts in order to return to the High Heavens. Cards in hand take on the role of quests needing completion, and only by emptying their hand can a player find absolution. Various plays help a player empty their hand or cause trouble for another player. Bad Karma accumulates when a god uses its servants to sabotage and manipulate another player, but Bad Karma can be ignored if a God completes all of its good works by finishing all of their quests. Time is of the essence, though, because at some point judgment will be called for by the turn of the card, and each player’s works will be counted.

The game was initially funded on Kickstarter in 2014, receiving backing of $25,421 from 550 backers (roughly $46.22/backer).

Multiple Press Release for Pokemon TCG

August 9, 2016

Pokémon USA will release the Pokémon TCG: Battle Arena Decks: Rayquaza v Keldeo on September 21.

The package consists of two 60-card decks, each led by a Pokemon-EX and includes 10 foil cards (2 foil cards featuring Rayquaza-EX or Keldeo-EX and 8 foil basic Energy cards). The decks also include tournament-level Trainer cards, including VS Seeker, Professor Sycamore, and N.  The box also contains 2 metallic coins, 2 sets of damage counters, a 2-player playmat and rules sheet, 1 code card to play these decks online,  2 deck boxes, and a quick guide with game strategies.

MSRP is $29.99.


Pokémon USA will release Pokémon TCG: Super Premium Collection: Mew and Mewtwo on October 3.

The Pokémon TCG: Super Premium Collection: Mew and Mewtwo will include two never-before-seen foil promo cards featuring Mew-EX and Mewtwo-EX, sculpted figures of Mew and Mewtwo, 10 Pokémon TCG: Generations booster packs, and an art book that goes behind the scenes with Pokémon TCG illustrators.  There are also three collector’s boxes to hold everything with 12 dividers to keep cards organized, and a code card for the online game.  MSRP is $79.99.


Pokémon USA will release Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection: Genesect Pin Box and Pokémon TCG: Collector Chest Tin this November.

The Genesect Pin Box features the mythical Pokémon Genesect, a dual Bug/Steel Pokémon. The collection includes a never-before-seen promo card featuring Genesect, a Genesect collector’s pin, two booster packs from Pokémon TCG: Generations, and a code card for Pokémon TCG Online. MSRP is $12.99.

The Pokémon TCG: Collector Chest Tin is a treasure trove of Pokemoon products, primarily featuring the collectible metal case with sturdy handle. It contains five Pokémon TCG booster packs, three foil promo cards featuring Volcanion, Magearna, and Shiny Mega Gengar-EX, a Pokémon coin, two colorful sticker sheets, a mini-album to store cards, a Pokémon notepad and four pencils, and a code card for Pokémon TCG Online. MSRP is $29.99.

Press Release: The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Hot August Products

August 6, 2016

The action heats up in August, when Konami sets the summer ablaze with new Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG releases! Two hot booster sets arrive just in time to kick off the 2016 Dueling season, ushering in a new era for collectors, competitors, and fans of every Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series.

On August 5 The Dark Illusion reinvents some of Yugi’s greatest cards with an all-new core booster set. Magician’s Robe and Magician’s Rod make Dark Magician Decks more consistent, while Yugi’s original powerhouse unites with the Magician of Dark Illusion to unleash Ebon High Magician – a fearsome Xyz Monster that bends the rules of sorcery to change how Spell and Trap Cards are played. With 100 new cards, The Dark Illusion introduces themes like the ancient Triamids, the agents of SPYRAL, the colossal Subterrors, and the high-speed Metalfoes, destined to become a force in tournament play. New support for Performapals and Shiranui skyrockets these themes to new heights, while groundbreaking cards like Pot of Desires, Cosmic Cyclone, Coral Dragon, and Floodgate Trap Hole raise the bar anywhere you want to play them.

Duelists got their first taste of The Dark Illusion at Sneak Peeks scheduled for July 30 and/or July 31 at participating Official Tournament Stores (OTS). Duelists can find more information and a list of participating locations here. MSRP: $3.99 per pack.

Legends unite! Dragons of Legend -Unleashed- arrives August 19, with some of the most-wanted cards from all five eras of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series. From Yu-Gi-Oh! GX comes Alexis Rhodes’ “Cyber Angel” Rituals, and five new planetary monsters. From Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Jack Atlas’ Red Nova and the Duel-warping Scrum Force rev it up. From Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal come several new “Number” Xyz Monsters, including the indomitable Number 100: Numeron Dragon. And from Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, the peculiar Cardian monsters make their début. Duelists can also upgrade their Extra Deck even further with monsters like Galaxy Stealth Dragon, Galaxy-Eyes Cipher Dragon, and Number 24: Dragulas the Vampiric Dragon.

The Legendary Dragon monsters Timaeus, Critias, and Hermos return from Dragons of Legend and Dragons of Legend 2, bringing their Fusion Monsters and support cards with them, along with other heavily demanded cards from these sets. Each 5-card pack contains 4 Ultra Rare Cards and 1 Secret Rare Card. MSRP: 3.99 per pack.