Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links Smartphone Game's Video Previews Duel World, Online Modes

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iOS/Android game to launch in Japan in late April, global release planned

The official website for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links game for iOS and Android devices began streaming a promotional video on Friday. The video previews the Duel World single-player mode, Online Matching mode, and characters.

In Duel World mode, players can choose their favorite characters and duel against standard and legendary duelists. Players raise their characters' levels, obtain cards, and complete missions in this mode. As players advance through stages, new legendary duelists and new functions are unlocked.

People can battle against friends and duelists from around the world and compete in real-time duels in Online Matching mode. Players can also practice with the decks of duelists they competed against in the past and watch replays of previous duels.

The game will feature well-known characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise such as Yami Yugi, Seto Kaiba, Katsuya Jounouchi (known as Joey Wheeler in English), and Mai Kujaku (Mai Valentine). As players clear missions, they become able to use more characters. As the characters' levels increase, players obtain cards and the characters gain new skills.

The game will launch for iOS and Android devices in Japan in late April. Basic gameplay will be free, but items will be available at a cost. Advance registration for the game launched on Friday. As of press time, more than 50,000 people had registered for the game.

Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. confirmed in January that it is planning a global release for the three games that its parent company announced in December. Yu-Gi-Oh! for Nintendo 3DS (working title) is slated for this summer, and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Game (working title) for consoles and PC will follow in winter 2016. Also that winter, the console game Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist and mobile game Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation will both receive major updates.

Konami released the Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist card duel simulation game for Xbox One on July 30 and PlayStation 4 on July 31. The US$19.99 digital release was the first Yu-Gi-Oh! game for those consoles.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions film will open on April 23 in Japan, and in late 2016 outside of Japan. The film has sold the highest number of pre-sale tickets of any Toei film.

Kazuki Takahashi's original 1996-2004 Yu-Gi-Oh! manga launched an international franchise that continues to this day with card games, anime, toys, and newer manga series. The latest anime, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, premiered in Japan in spring 2014. Konami's media distributor 4K Media began releasing the series internationally in 2015, and the English dub premiered in Canada on July 24. Takahashi attended Comic-Con International in San Diego in July.

[Via 0takomu, Hachima Kikō]

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