Konami takes Yu-Gi-Oh! online

Online version of collectible card game links players in Japan, US, and Europe.

TOKYO--Konami took a new iteration of its popular Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise live today. Called Yu-Gi-Oh! Online, the game links fans of the card-trading game in Japan, the US, and Europe.

The online version plays the same as the tangible Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, only this time it lets gamers challenge each other online--and from distant points around the world. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Online client software is available for download at Konami's official Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Web site.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Online features a pay-as-you-go system. In Japan, duelists are required to purchase a Duelpass--which lets the purchaser play 30 matches online--for 300 yen ($2.78). Duelpasses will be sold at retail stores in Japan. In the US, Duelpass points can be purchased at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Web site. Each Duelpass will also give players access to new cards for their online collection.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Online and the Yu-Gi-Oh! card battle game are based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series that was first published in Shonen Jump magazine in 1996.

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