Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour will satisfy your dueling itch, as long as you don't expect to use your real deck.

User Rating: 6 | Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour DS
Yu-Gi-Oh Nightmare Troubadour is a card battling game for the DS. Most people interested in the game have watched the cartoon and played the card game that it's based on, so the premise will be immediately familiar. Players new to the game can listen to a small tutorial at the beginning. The graphics are a notch above previous Yu-Gi-Oh titles. The characters portraits look wonderful--They're highly detailed. The 3D Monster sprites look pretty good too. Sadly, the monsters only sway, and aren't seen attacking. To me, this is only a minor fault, but other players may be disappointed. The screen shows the duel in two ways, the bottom screen has the touch commands and a picture of what's happening on the game mat. The game could be played only with the bottom screen if you wanted. The music didn't fare as well, though. The battle music can be kinda catchy, but nothing you'd really remember. Then a lot of it is under average, mostly in events and in your room. Then there are a few obvious translation issues as well. At the end of every day, your character will say "Let's already return". It's nothing that changes game play, and most of it is fine, but it's really annoying. The gameplay gets the job done. In battle touch controls are well done and work well. However, to find opponents you have to find a random opponent using a map of the city. It seems unnecessary-- I'd really rather just pick who I want to play with. To make matters worse, some players only show up at specific times of the day. Having to get through Rex Raptor and Espa Roba to get to dueling Joey, Yugi, or Kaiba is a major Drag. The game features multi-card DS Wireless, so you can duel friends who have the game. The games lacks wifi, of course. My biggest complaint about the game is the selection of cards. It features over a thousand cards, but this just isn't enough. The chances of every card in your deck being in the game are minimal. The reason I bought it was to be able to test my deck against the computer. Well, that didn't work out. So to me it was a disappointment. However, for duelists looking to test their skills, many challenging puzzles were included. In the end, Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour is a serviceable translation of the popular trading card game on the Nintendo DS. It could have been better, but it might be worth it to you at it's discounted price.