Rev It Up with Konami Digital Entertainment Inc.'s Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Trading Card Game Starter Deck

Deck Includes Cards Never Before Released in North America

El Segundo, CA – (June 9, 2009) – The competition has just shifted into overdrive with the release of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) 2009 Starter Deck, from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE). Comprised of a mix of common and opponent-crushing foil cards, the 2009 Starter Deck is the latest release of the #1 trading card game in the world, now available at hobby and retail stores nationwide.

Containing the highly sought-after X-Saber monsters, previously available only in Japan through the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Duel Terminal, the 2009 Starter Deck will deliver the excitement and action needed to knock out any opponent. Each 2009 Starter Deck consists of everything a Duelist needs to play – a complete 40-card Deck, three additional Synchro Monster cards, a Beginner's Guide and a Game Mat – all for approximately $9.99. To prepare Duelists for the upcoming X-Saber monsters in Ancient Prophecy, the 2009 Starter Deck contains 5 X-Saber cards including the powerful “X-Saber Airbellum.” Also included, are “Road Warrior” and “Road Synchron” from the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's anime.
“The 2009 Starter Deck is perfect for both those players looking to increase the strength of their current Decks and for players just getting into the game,” said Kevin Tewart, Senior Research & Development Manager for Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “For the more competitive player, the inclusion of ‘X-Saber Airbellum’ is a crucial addition. As a Tuner, you can use him to Synchro Summon, he has high Attack Points, and he's a Beast-Type monster so he works with cards like “Rescue Cat.”

“For kids watching the Yu-Gi Oh! 5D's animated series, airing Saturday mornings on the CW 4Kids Network and now Monday through Saturday on Cartoon Network, they will recognize monsters and cards such as “Road Warrior” and can easily learn how to play the game as the Beginner's Guide helps to explain the basics of game play and has tips on how to build an even stronger Deck,” added Tewart.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 20 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps. Duelists with well-constructed Decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.

About Konami
Konami is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. Konami's software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill®, Dance Dance Revolution® and Castlevania®, among other top sellers. Konami is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 20 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at

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