Wizards of the Coast to Cancel Kaijudo TCG
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Wizards of the Coast announced that it will no longer produce the paper version of its Kaijudo trading card game in the United States. Kaijudo is the company's second attempt to introduce the Duel Masters franchise in the United States. The company will still release the "Vortex" playing set this month, and the November "Eye of the Storm" will still be released, albeit digitally and only to participants at the Winter Championship.
"While Kaijudo's retailer and player community continued to grow, our product offerings didn't meet the expectations of the broader fan base to engage further with the brand," Wizards of the Coast said. WotC Brand Director R. E. Dalrymple stated, "This turn of events is truly heart-breaking for all those involved with Kaijudo at Wizards of the Coast because of our own love of Kaijudo, and the passion we see and feel from our community," he said. "We can't be more grateful to our fans, retailers, and distributors for the enthusiasm they brought to the game and their participation in making Kaijudo a great experience for all."
A winter game championship is still planned on October 10-12 in Providence, Rhode Island. Scheduled qualifiers will also go ahead as planned.
Dalrymple said in 2012 that Hasbro has no future plans to release the original Duel Masters manga and anime in the United States.
To support the trading card game, Hasbro Studios produced a new animated series called Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters in the United States. The series premiered on the Hub, the new television channel from Discovery Communications and Hasbro, in June 2012.
In Japan, Duel Masters has spawned 11 television anime series since 1999: the first Duel Masters anime, Duel Masters Charge, Shinseiki Duel Masters Flash, Zero Duel Masters, Duel Masters Zero, Duel Masters Cross, Duel Masters Cross Shock, Duel Masters Victory, and more recently, Duel Masters Victory V (pictured right), Duel Masters Victory V3, and Duel Masters Victory VS. The Cartoon Network ran the first anime series in the United States, but none of the later anime came to North America.