Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009 Hands-On

Yu-Gi-Oh! gets its annual world championship update, and we check out the new role-playing game.

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As long as the card game is still popular, Konami will continue to release Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship games each year so that players from all over the world can duel against one another, thanks to the Wi-Fi capabilities of the Nintendo DS. We were able to get a brief look at the game during Konami's press event last week in San Francisco. The 2009 version boasts an all-new role-playing game based on the animated 5D's series, which launched on the 4Kids network last September. Characters from the new series will make an appearance in the game, where you play as a young man who has lost his memories.

Piece together your memories by dueling new opponents.

This game is tailored toward hardcore fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, because it assumes that you know how to play. You play as a young man who wakes up in a shady part of town, without any idea who he is or why he's there. You immediately encounter a friendly and very girly looking boy, who tries to help you by challenging you to a duel. Card games are tricky to learn via a tutorial on a DS, but if you are already familiar with the latest cards and how the phases work, then having it all laid out for you on the DS will be straightforward.

Gameplay for the most part involves exploring your surroundings and dueling others who challenge you. We were told that you have a duel runner motorcycle to race with, and there will be times when you need to go into stealth mode to avoid detection. These gameplay elements are meant to add to the overall experience, so you aren't limited to playing cards. As you win duels, you'll be able to upgrade your mode of transport as well as earn new cards. With the money that you earn, you can also buy cards to add to your deck. There are 2,800 cards in the game, including the latest set, Crimson Crisis. Some other new additions worth noting include added 3D effects as well as flashy cinematic sequences when you summon a beast into play.

Card-battles are the way of life.

When you're ready to get serious and play the traditional card game of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the World Championship mode is where you can go online and play ranked matches (with friend codes of course.) Each year Konami hosts a national tournament, and you can register at its Web site to try to earn a seat. Only 256 players are chosen, and they compete online using their copy of the game. The top four players are invited to San Diego Comic Con to compete, and the two finalists will go to Japan for the World Championships. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009 is set to be released on May 19 in preparation for the annual tournament.

Discussion

51 comments
IcEbRaKeR9
IcEbRaKeR9

graphics are ok and gameplay looks pretty fun

Distinctive_Fin
Distinctive_Fin

It must take a very 'special' person to stoop so low as to play a card game's video game. Not only will it be more fun to just play in real life, at least you have the chance to nerd out with others. . .

no1gamefan
no1gamefan

This game looks really good. I can't wait to get it.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

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blue-man
blue-man

the story seems cool but gameplay looks the same like older yu-gi-oh games

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

next thing you know they are dueling on twisted metal theme bikes llol

SuperfastSonic
SuperfastSonic

Finally,a Yu-gi-oh! game for hardcore players! I didn't like Nightmare Troubador because it had too many of the old weaker cards when the orginal Yu-gi-oh! packs. Someone should make a Magic:The Gathering card game for the DS too!

Kiba3
Kiba3

i liked GX better they need to get more serous really playing yu-gi-oh on a motercycle next thing you know there playing it sky diving

yugiohfan99
yugiohfan99

I don't know...I think its lost its way since GX.

Fefe31619
Fefe31619

This seems nice, though I wonder if I could compete with my Dragons against the dreaded OTKs. Geartown should be limited soon... I also wonder if we could battle Kyosuke in this game.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

asherffius FTW you can actually kick people's ass with spellcaster judgement lmao lol u got skill i got pissed with that deck i gave it away liked the warrior triumph better :)

asherffius
asherffius

Can someone tell me if they kept the structure decks duels in this one? I loved kicking peoples butt with Spellcaster's Judgement.

metroidprime164
metroidprime164

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metroidprime164
metroidprime164

WHOA! No offense to anyone who thinks this game looks cool, but I hate to brake it to you. It's not. The graffics are terrible, the gameplay is retarted, and the whole game is Just plain G@Y. I like the old yugioh video games alot but all the news ones are just pretty dumb. Ohh and i could pwn you all at a yugioh match. My deck is a dragon deck. And if anyone thinks they can beat me send me an Email at metroidprime1646@sbcglobal.net

KingBoo305
KingBoo305

ive played the japenese version of this (you can still read in english what the cards are and what they do) and personally i like 2008 tournament best

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

i thought this games like 29.99? oh yeah taxes...lol

Smashking02
Smashking02

I cant wait for this game! (thumbs up if your spending 35 dollars on a certain game May 19)

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

which one to get ds version or the wii version?

BK90
BK90

I hope the story mode turns out is an improvement over the Duel World in the previous installment. After a few delays, I'm really crossing my fingers for this game to actually come out in May - it's funny that '08 came out early in December '07 and now it's five months late. I can't wait to do some Syncro Summons, fully play with Gladiator Beasts, and use Honest with my Little City deck! :D Since there were 2008 cards and now there are 2800 cards, there is a good chance that the 800 or so new cards will be what we all want; but there are bound to be some left out... Why'd they have Crystal Seer and Nurse of Reficule as Duel Spirits but not actually cards in '08?! And I wonder if Allure of Darkness and Test Tiger will be around since they're not in Japan. It's pretty obvious that Konami's not going to have a feature to download new cards not initially released in the game; that want to make some money off the next game. And yes - the kid in the screenshot IS a guy.

Destiny_Hero
Destiny_Hero

Making the in-game duels 3-D was a very bad idea. Now it's going to be much harder to be able to see what cards are on the field. Although, as a fellow YGO fanatic forced out of the game by Synchros and broken staple cards, I will definately get this, because it's the only way I can play these days. Quick tip of mine. Build a Water deck right, and it's invincible. Build and Amazoness Beatdown deck right, and it's gonna beat DAD.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

to darklord300 WHAT DID YA SAY?! 7000 for a stinky bike?! man that is just sad that is just sad :( PS:::hey bro there is only 1 currency in the game right and that is DP ? thnx

Darklord300
Darklord300

Yay I finally finished playing this game, it's great, but it's dumb that you spend 7000money on the bike and get 90money for a race.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

lol to viper_1989 heck i remember why i bought my ds it was because of castlevania dawn of sorrow lol borrow a friends ds and hope they bought this copy so you can try it out....PS:: i quit the game like 4 yrs now so i got no idea about psychic types are they good? seriously bro haha im lost :)

Viper_1989
Viper_1989

I love synchros and that's one reason i'd love it. Also my deck is a psychic deck and they're all 5Ds so it'll be the first game with them. Still ain't gonna buy a DS for it though.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

The reason i want to buy this is only 1 not the bike not the synchro but because it has the latest ancient gear theme cards such as geartown and make it 2 cause of reactor machine cards also :)

gamingfreak1257
gamingfreak1257

its a boy in the screenshot with the voice of Monkey D. Luffy of One piece from the english 4kids version. btw 4kids destroyed that show and now it will never be back in english :(

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

to necrosoulja no we get ti second japan was first hehe they got it like last month

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

to necrosoulja that is a dude in the screen shot lol its a boy haha so happy it ended you defeating jack atlas. cause yugioh in game gets bored with too much story hehe it all bout dueling :) but how come it comes in may not in april :(

necrosoulja
necrosoulja

oh also all of u american's out there that like yugioh well ur luvkky of getting that game first

necrosoulja
necrosoulja

well im sure that person is a girl in that screenshot

necrosoulja
necrosoulja

hey jagus12 if u were wonder if that is a girl or boy well here is ur answer in the screen shot that is a girl i know because iv seenmthe episode's

necrosoulja
necrosoulja

if u havent seen 5DS then u should because u wouldnt know how it goes they also do normal dueling to but when it comes to the d-wheel it diffrent

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

2008 got 2000 cards, 2009=2800 cards great improvement and the price is at 29.99 so its all good :) only bad thing didnt have single card multiplayer

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

to answer jagus12 its a boy lol ya i was shocked in yugioh game its better for short crappy story in the game trust me. as long as the card is good and happy its good to go. just watch the trailers you be pissed off too much chit chat hehe im happy at the end i think story end after you become the new "king" :) im buying it!!! as long as its konami brand, its all good"

jagus12
jagus12

Im not interested in Yu-Gi-Oh games at all but... Is that a boy or a girl in the screenshot? :S

ilidiandemon
ilidiandemon

The story mode, as usual, is trash... but hey! All the latest cards are there for us to collect! This game is the greatest in the series to date! And for the Monster Reborn thing, look at the BAN list dude. This game BAN list is out of date, which is good because the current one broke just too many great decks XD

RPG_Hacker
RPG_Hacker

I have this game and it sure is a great, even thogh it does have some bad moments. And what I don't like is that there are many overpowered cards now, that really make you wonder, why cards like "Monster Reborn" or "Pod of Greed" are forbidden. Talking about Monster Reborn... In my game Monster Reborn wasn't forbidden, but Premature Burial and Call of the Haunted were. Is that only because it was the Japanese version, or is this also going to be in the American version?

rpd234
rpd234

well looks like im not gomma be dissapointed

Viper_1989
Viper_1989

Long hair, wears a skirts, very strange voice but he's a boy! And turbo dueling isn't that bad, once you get over the fact that its duel monsters on motorcycles it really is fantastic, it brought the energy back to Yu-Gi-Oh (I know alot of people don't think very highly to GX, I never got into it).

wookie560
wookie560

lol its not a girl its a dude

darthslim108
darthslim108

This pisses me off. 5D's screwed Yu-Gi-Oh over by adding motorcycles and making it ridiculous, but they wait till now to make a game with 3D characters. What they ought to do is make a game with these awesome graphics and everything where you can go back and play through Battle City or even Duel Academy.

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

i for one love yu gi oh and i can't wait but it does worry me that there's still only 2800 cards i think in last game also had 2800 cards so i have to wonder what they toke out to add in the new ones

Viper_1989
Viper_1989

It says you encounter a friendly girl who helps you out and there is a picture of Rally. Rally (despite the appearence and voice) is actually a boy. That's Japan for you!!

Viper_1989
Viper_1989

If only it was going to be on PSP as well. Oh well, does look good. And Gelugon-baat, if you've ever watched 5Ds, you might not be so sceptical about the game's storyline.

iyeee
iyeee

nicely said jlord149.. but i think u mean addition but addiction works too.

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I might rent this game it looks really good.