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Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway To The Destined Duel
1 - 2 Players. Battery Save.
Battle/Trading Card Game
Andrew Blanchard



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For those that don't know, Yu-Gi-Oh! is a popular Japanese comic, anime series and trading card game. For comparison's sake, it's something a little like Pokemon, but geared towards older kids. Just like Pokemon, however, Yu-Gi-Oh! has become a phenomenon since it was brought in to the U.S. by 4Kids Entertainment and shown on network television. Consequently, the popularity of the trading card game has also boomed, and has spawned versions for both the PC and major game consoles. After an earlier appearance on the GBC this year, Yu-Gi-Oh! now makes its debut on the GameBoy Advance.

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I'm sitting here with the weighty manual in front of me trying to play my first game. Although I'm clearly not as accomplished as the average 10 year old Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, I will do my best to explain how it's played.

Basically, players are dealt three hands containing Monster, Magic and Trap cards. Traveling across an expansive game map, the player is then challenged to defeat their opponent (CPU or 'real') by creatively utilizing their cards' strengths and weaknesses. A victory results in an additional five cards and more Duel Points, which are added to the player's score. Got all that? Good. Obviously, there's a lot more to the game, and winning will depend a lot on your knowledge of the cards and their values, which will undoubtedly take a considerable amount of time to master.

If you have a link cable, then you'll be able to not only play head-to-head matches but also swap cards with your friends. This is great fun and extends game play even further. One of my favorite features was being able to play with other players from different countries without any knowledge of their language. This is based on a similar system employed by SEGA for the Phantasy Star Online, where the cart automatically translates text via the link cable. This allows players from England, Germany, France, Spain and even Japan to challenge each other with relative ease. According to the press release that accompanied the game, this feature was included as part of Konami's plan for a Global Tournament that is due to take place some time this year.

Saving in Yu-Gi-Oh! is done automatically via battery back-up which will no doubt please those of you (and me) who hate tedious password saves.


The control system was a little confusing at first and the lack of a training mode or a tutorial of any description didn't help matters. A little time and a fair bit of trial and error should manage to sort things out though and if not, there's always the weighty manual to help you out.


Visually, the game is functional at best although to be fair, this is all that's really required of it. A good number of cards have been scanned in for dueling purposes and some of the cut screens are really quite pleasing but it in no way pushes the GBA's hardware.

Sound & Music

The music appears to be a straight port of ‘Eternal Duelist Soul' and while it's not bad, it's by no means the best you're likely to hear on the GBA. On the other hand, audio is hardly an essential component for a game like this, so even if there was no music at all, it's unlikely you'd notice.

Final Comments

If you're one of the many that have been waiting for the next Yu-Gi-Oh! game for the GameBoy, then the over 100 duelists and 900 cards on this GBA version should keep you happy and occupied for some time. It isn't exactly a monster sequel, but if you enjoyed the GBC version, then you'll get more of the same here but with slightly improved visuals and a slightly faster and somewhat slicker engine, and not to mention, the cool international translator feature. All in all, Yu-Gi-Oh! for the GBA will definitely please current fans as well as those new to the phenomena. As an added bonus, you'll also get three exclusive trading cards when you buy the game. Now, is that good or what?

@ EAGB Advance 2002. All rights reserved.