It’s time to duel!!

At NYCC 2016 the GAW team met with Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links lead developer, Christine Kogure, to try out the new mobile game, and it did not disappoint.  As part of Yu-Gi-Oh’s 20th anniversary, players can utilize the decks of fan favorites like Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, and Joey Wheeler to battle other duelists.


Duels are comprised of a “Speed Duel format”, in which players spend 3-5 minutes battling their opponents in an experience meant for both new and experienced players.  Unlike other Yu-Gi-Oh games, the duelist starts with 20 cards, instead of 40, and players start with 4 cards in their hand and 5 in their extra deck.  There are only 3 spaces for both Monster Zones and Spell & Trap zones and Main Phase 2 was eliminated in order to reduce gameplay time.  When players start their main phase, they can physically swipe the new card from their deck in order to be completely immerse in the experienced.  This game was meant to be a “pick up and go” experience that anyone can play, but also meant as an homage to those who have watched the anime or read the manga.


For those who have never dueled before, or may have shied away from the physical card game, there is a number of guides that can help a player along.  During the duel some cards will be highlighted in green to indicate that it can be used with a card that is on the field.  When a player selects a card on either the opponents side or their own, the card will provided text to show the effects or description of the card.


For more experience duelists, there is a twist that has been added to the game so that they can switch up their strategies.  Each character comes with a specific set of “skill sets” that is related to their deck and play style.  These skill sets can effect and support a specific monster card, like the Dark Magician, or set of monster cards, such as dark or light monsters.  Each character has a specific monster that utilizes these skills, such as Seto Kaiba’s ‘Blue Eyes White Dragon’ or Mai Valentine’s ‘Harpie Sisters’.  These monsters will have a specific animation that indicates they are the one being effected during the duel.


As a part of the duel, you can choose dialogue read by the original English cast to “intimidate your opponent or talk trash when you are winning” Kogure explained.  Whether you watched the anime or played the card game, this is a highly recommended experience for any Yu-Gi-Oh fan.


Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links will be released in winter of 2016 for iOS and Android.

Source: Christine Kogure




About The Author

Christine M
Sr. Community Developer/ Staff Writer

About me: Christine "smollbirb" Marten is a recent college grad that has been playing video games since she was gifted with her first NES console in 1999. Known as LuxAterna on Steam, she started as a games journalist in 2012 and has been writing about games and the industry since. In college, she acted as the president/clubmother for the gaming club, and hosted her own gaming radio show called SoundWave Games. When she is not gaming she can be seen cosplaying at conventions, working with non-profits that fundraise through video games (like Extra Life and Child's Play), acting as community manager for The Senpai Project, playing League of Legends with friends, or serenading passerbyers with her violin skills on the streets of NYC. She will literally play anything that is thrown at her (but please don't throw to hard she is smoll). She enjoys indie games and horror games especially, and her favorite series of all times is Kingdom Hearts. Her third love, after video games and violin, is puns. Although it is a dangerous life she makes them whenever she hears the opportunity to do so. Christine hopes to bring her own spin on storytelling to the GAW community as she continues to seek out whatever the world has to offer!