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GABRIEL OROSAN-WEINE First Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPION of the SEASON
Posted Thursday, 9/3/2015 by PPNSteve

GABRIEL OROSAN-WEINE FIRST Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES OF THE NEW TOURNAMENT SEASON IN TORONTO

Ryan Yu Out-Battles a Competitive Field to Win Dragon Duel Championship

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS)

El Segundo, Calif. - September 3, 2015 - Duelists from cities across North America converged on Toronto to compete in the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS). YCS Toronto was the first event in North America to kick off the new Dueling season, after the recently completed 2015 World Championship event in Kyoto, Japan.

Duelists competed in this premier-level Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) event, presented by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), and showed off their impressive Dueling skills for the chance to be the last competitor standing and holding the YCS Champion's hardware.

Gabriel Orosan-Weine from Ann Arbor, MI came out quickly and outpaced the field to claim the coveted title and bragging rights of YCS Champion and Ryan Yu of Toronto, ON, took home the Dragon Duel Champion's title.

YCS events are amazing platforms for Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelists wanting to assess the latest big-match strategies and card combinations against their opponents. Throughout the weekend, many in the field of players showed refined skills and a splash of luck, but it was the elite players that emerged to win top honors.

Gabriel Orosan-Weine from Ann Arbor, MI

Orosan-Weine triumphantly battled his way into Sunday's Single Elimination with his own first-rate Burning Abyss Deck Then, after several rounds of Single Elimination, it came down to an exciting playoff with Marcus Carisse from Ottawa, ON and his Nekroz Deck. Orosan-Weine's combination of precise play and smart risk-taking helped earn him the title of YCS Toronto Champion.

In addition to the title of YCS Champion, Orosan-Weine returned home with a stellar set of prizes that included a YCS Championship Trophy, an Ultra Rare YCS Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn Prize Card, a PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and an invitation and paid travel to his 2016 World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) tournament!

Ryan Yu of Toronto, ON is the Dragon Dual Champion

In the Dragon Duel Championship, an event for Duelists born in 2003 or later, Yu used his Sealed Deck then switched to his own 'tellarknight Deck in the final matchup to beat Alec Wilkin of Toronto, ON, in a head-to-head playoff.

Yu picked up some great prizes too, including a 2016 Regional Game Mat, a Dragon Duel Medal, a Dragon Duel T-Shirt, a Dragon Duel Championship trophy, a Super Rare set of the YCS Darklord Prize Cards, and an invitation to the 2016 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier tournament to be held during his WCQ.

Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL airs Saturday mornings on Nicktoons from 10-11. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon!

For more information on KONAMI, the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit http://www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.


About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 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, DanceDanceRevolution 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 25 billion cards worldwide.

The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at http://www.konami.com

KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at http://www.konami.com

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The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) is scheduled to visit Monterrey, Mexico
Posted Wednesday, 9/2/2015 by PPNSteve

Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES DUELISTS FLOCK TO MONTERREY, MEXICO

Premier-Level Tournament Expects Players from Across the Americas

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS)
El Segundo, Calif. - September 1, 2015 - The Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series (YCS) is scheduled to visit Monterrey, Mexico for the first premier-level event of the new tournament season in Central America. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI), the manufacturer of the globally popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG), will once again welcome Duelists when they arrive for this competitive weekend-long event to determine early season bragging rights on September 5-6, 2015.

YCS Monterrey will include the top Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Duelists from the Americas and also hopeful newcomers to the event, pitted against each other for the right to hoist the YCS Champion trophy.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is a card game involving strategy and skill made famous by the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and animated TV series. At YCS Monterrey, Duelists young and old, novice and veterans alike, will compete for a bounty of exciting prizes. The first place winner will receive an Ultra Rare version of the latest most sought-after prize card: Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn - one of the rarest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards in existence!

Hoping to start out the new season with a win, Duelists will enter the CINTERMEX at the Parque Fundidora on Saturday morning believing they have the precise combination of luck and strategy for a shot at glory and prizes. Duelists will put their practice and Deck-building skills up against some of the best players the game has to offer for the chance to advance to the Final Round on Sunday and the opportunity to Duel for the title of YCS Champion.

With the newest products, the Synchron Extreme Structure Deck and Clash of Rebellions booster set, adding suspense to the Duels, YCS Monterrey will be an excellent environment for live game-testing as Duelists unveil brand new strategies and Decks. Duelists will need to devote extra attention to see how the inclusion of the new cards from these products impacts the YCS standings!

Pre-registration for YCS Monterrey will run from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4 and registration will continue promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5. Upon registering, Duelists will receive four Clash of Rebellions booster packs for participating in KONAMI's YCS Monterrey.

Round One will start at 10:00 a.m. and the top ranked YCS finishers will earn invitations to participate in the 2016 World Championship Qualifier. Players will use their constructed Decks all of the way to the Championship.

Event Address:
CINTERMEX
Parque Fundidora
Monterrey, Mexico
http://www.cintermex.com.mx/cintermexweb
+52 81 8369 6969

Accompanying the Main Event, KONAMI will be conducting Dragon Duels (for Duelists born in 2003 or later). The Dragon Duel tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday will be sealed, using Battle Pack 3: Monster League, where each Duelist is given 9 sealed Battle Packs to make a new Deck.

The top four finishers in the Dragon Duel events will receive winners' medals, a Regional Deck Box, and a 2016 Regional Game Mat. Top-ranked finishers will also win an invitation to their 2016 Dragon Duel World Championship Qualifier. The two victors from the Saturday and Sunday tournaments will face off in a best 2-out-of-3 match using their own pre-constructed Decks in the Advanced Constructed format, to determine the weekend's overall winner and a chance at the ultimate prize: to hoist the Dragon Duel Champion's trophy and the coveted title of YCS Dragon Duel Champion! The Dragon Duel Champion will also receive a previously issued Super Rare YCS prize card. Entry to the Dragon Duel tournaments is free to qualified players.

Adding to the Public Events lineup, KONAMI has added a Beta Format Win-A-Mat. This Special Format Win-A-Mat will be a new challenge for Duelists, in which the number of Summons per turn are reduced. Duelists will use Advanced Format rules for Deck Construction and are allowed a maximum of three Summons per turn: one Normal Summon/Set, one Special Summon from the Extra Deck, and one "other" Special Summon.

The complete game play details can be found in the YCS Monterrey FAQs located here: http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/2016/YCS_Monterrey.html

Additionally, a full range of Public Events such as Regional Qualifiers, 3 vs. 3 Team Dueling, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Win-A-Mat, Beta Format Win-A-Mat, Battle Pack Sealed and Draft, Starter Deck, Structure Deck, Duelist League, Tag Dueling, and Battle City Tournaments will be held through the weekend.

The Main Event winner, the two runners-up and winners of Sunday's two Public Event playoffs will each be awarded a Super Rare YCS prize card. The Main Event winner will take home an Ultra Rare version of the Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn prize card, with the other winners bringing home Super Rare versions. Additionally, the top ranked Duelists will win a Top Cut Game Mat for this event.

Prizing Information:

  • 1st place - Ultra Rare Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn YCS Prize Card; Trophy; Paid travel to their World Championship Qualifier (if underage, then winner and guardian); YCS Top Cut Game Mat; PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier tournament
  • 2nd place - Super Rare Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn YCS Prize Card; 32 GB Tablet PC; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
  • 3rd place - Super Rare Minerva, the Exalted Lightsworn YCS Prize Card; Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
  • 4th place - Xbox One system; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
  • 5th - 8th place - Nintendo 3DS XL system; YCS Top Cut Game Mat and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier
  • 9th - 16th place - 24 booster packs of Clash of Rebellions; YCS Top Cut Game Mat; and an invite to their 2016 World Championship Qualifier

Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s on http://www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL airs Saturday mornings on Nicktoons from 10-11. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon!

For more information on KONAMI, the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit http://www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 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, DanceDanceRevolution 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 25 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at http://www.konami.com

KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at http://www.konami.com

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Konami is going to launch a new program called the Ultimate Duelist Series
Posted Thursday, 8/20/2015 by PPNSteve

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES NEW Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME TOURNAMENT SERIES

Ultimate Duelist Series To Run Two Seasons per Year, Culminating In Two Ultimate Duelist Series Invitationals

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Ultimate Duelist Series
El Segundo, Calif. - August 19, 2015 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) is pleased to announce an exciting new tournament series for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) debuting August 22 - 23, 2015 at the very first Ultimate Duelist Series Invitational in the Philadelphia Convention Center.

The Ultimate Duelist Series (UDS) will give Duelists an opportunity to play competitively year round.

"We have been eager to provide our Official Tournament Stores a platform that encourages players to visit stores in order to keep honing their skills outside of our current tournament season. The Ultimate Duelist Series accomplishes that and more and is a perfect complement to our other Organized Play programs already in place," said Yumi Hoashi, Vice President of Card Business at Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "And now Duelists will be able to play competitively all year, win exclusive prizes, and earn points - it's a win-win!"

The UDS will run two seasons per year, a Winter Season and a Summer Season, and each season will culminate in an Ultimate Duelist Invitational. In order to earn a spot at an Invitational, Duelists will have to earn a certain amount of Ultimate Duelist Series Points by competing in the many Official Tournament Store level and Premier-level tournaments that award these Points.

Because the UDS is tied in to the many levels of KONAMI's Official Organized Play programs, Duelists will be collecting points from many of the Organized Play programs they're already participating in - and all-new collectible prizing for the tournament series adds another, unique level to the competition. Duelists will also be delighted to find that the UDS prize structure and variety of prizes all tie together.

For more detailed information on the Ultimate Duelist Series including dates, locations, rules and formats please visit http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/ultimateduelist

Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL airs Saturday mornings on Nicktoons from 10-11. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 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, DanceDanceRevolution 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 25 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at http://www.konami.com

KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at http://www.konami.com

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KONAMI ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF Yu-Gi-Oh! LEGACY OF THE DUELIST
Posted Monday, 8/3/2015 by PPNSteve

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF Yu-Gi-Oh! LEGACY OF THE DUELIST

First Yu-Gi-Oh! Title for PlayStation4 and Xbox One Available Now

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist
August 3rd, 2015 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) announced today Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist is now available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system on the PlayStation® Network and on Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store.

Based on the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG), Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist takes fans on a nostalgic journey to the memorable world of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV animated series.

In addition to the full game, fans will also find several sets of add-on content also available for purchase at launch. Each set of add-on content is based on a version of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series: the original Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. Every set includes a single-player story Duel, two complete Decks played by the characters in the Duel, and a character avatar.

Players from around the world have been invited to take part in an elite Dueling program that simulates the best Duels from every era of Yu-Gi-Oh!. Gamers can replay actual events in the Yu-Gi-Oh! timeline, from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series up to Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, featuring the same storylines, characters, and Decks in a brand-new Story Campaign.



Duelists will also battle against characters from the newest generation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, with even more Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Duels to be included later as add-on content.

Newcomers to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME can hone their skills courtesy of the game's accessible tutorial, while experienced players can dive into the rich Story Campaign and Duel with more than 90 characters, customize their Decks on the fly with a new Deck Editor, and compete with other Duelists online in new Battle Pack Sealed Deck and Draft play.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist is now available on the PS4™ system on the PlayStation® Network and available for purchase on Xbox Live, the world's premier gaming community from Microsoft for Xbox One for $19.99. Add-on content is also available for purchase digitally for $4.99 each. Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist is rated E10+ (Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes) by the ESRB.

For more information on Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist please visit http://www.yugioh-card.com/en/products/legacy_of_the_duelist.html

Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL airs Saturday mornings on Nicktoons from 10-11. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon! Check local TV listings for upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episodes in the United States.

For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit http://www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Anime Premieres in Canada on Friday July 24th 2015
Posted Friday, 7/24/2015 by PPNSteve

Series to air on Teletoon at 7 a.m. ET, coming to Australia's GO! Network this August or September

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V
4K Media's official Yu-Gi-Oh! website announced on Thursday that Canadian television channel Teletoon will premiere Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V on Friday, July 24 at 7:00 a.m. EDT and Saturday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Teletoon's website currently lists Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal in both time slots.

In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V will premiere on GO! Network in Australia this August or September.

The US premiere time will be announced at a later date.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V, the most recent Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series inspired by Kazuki Takahashi's original manga, premiered in Japan in April 2014.

The story is set in Maiami City on the coast of Japan. Yūya is a second-year middle school student who loves to entertain people. Although he is small, he has been training his tough body and Action Duelist arms with weapons.

His dream is to become an "Entertainment Duelist" who makes people smile. One day, Yūya ends up fighting an exhibition match with the current champion of Pro Duel world...

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Kazuki Takahashi Receives Comic-Con International: San Diego's Prestigious Inkpot Award
Posted Thursday, 7/16/2015 by PPNSteve

Celebrated Manga Artist Honored During Rare Panel Participation

4K Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc
San Diego, CA -- July 13, 2015 -- Comic-Con International: San Diego, the definitive comic book convention that has grown into a massive celebration of all pop culture entertainment, presented its prestigious Inkpot Award - recognizing individuals for their contributions to the world of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation and fandom services - to Kazuki Takahashi, renowned manga artist and creator of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

"I am deeply honored to receive Comic-Con's Inkpot Award and am humbled to be held in the same regard as the revered animators, authors, filmmakers and artists that have been recognized for their passion and contributions to the arts," said Mr. Takahashi upon learning of his selection for this year's award.

"Mr. Takahashi's passion and talent has created a global phenomenon - Yu-Gi-Oh! - that has introduced manga to legions of fans around the globe," explained David Glanzer, spokesperson for Comic-Con International. "We were thrilled that he was able to join us at this year's Comic-Con and very inspired by his creative ideas and observations."

Kazuki Takahashi, renowned manga artist and creator of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise
Comic-Con International: San Diego's Inkpot Award was initiated in 1974 and is presented annually during the event to professionals in the fields of comic books, animation, science fiction, and related areas of entertainment and popular art. Mr. Takahashi joins an impressive list of previously celebrated Inkpot Award recipients including authors Ray Bradbury and Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss); filmmakers Frank Capra and Steven Spielberg; puppeteer Jim Henson; and animators Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Stan Lee, Charles Schulz, Todd McFarlane and Art Clokey, among others.

Mr. Takahashi was in attendance at Comic-Con International: San Diego to discuss the preparations and production of the highly anticipated new installment of the Yu-Gi-Oh! feature film franchise. During his panel, Mr. Takahashi addressed his passion for illustration, design and gaming and how those passions meld in the formation of inspiring new ideas that have kept the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand fresh and engaging for nearly two decades.

Since launching Yu-Gi-Oh!, the phenomenon that has captured the hearts of millions of fans, Kazuki Takahashi's creative vision has yielded five animated TV series broadcast in over 65 countries as well as two theatrical movies. As he creates new manga and games, Mr. Takahashi's projects always center on the value of friendship - the core idea that runs throughout the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! and continues to entice fans to this day. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling trading card game of all time with over 25 billion cards sold.

About 4K Media
4K Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., manages the licensing and marketing of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise outside of Asia. In addition, 4K Media handles brand management and the production and distribution of the Yu-Gi-Oh! television series. The Yu-Gi-Oh! animated franchise, with over 650 episodes, consists of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! , Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and the new series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V. The series have been translated and broadcast in 65 countries on leading networks.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! website is available at http://www.yugioh.com

About Comic-Con International: San Diego
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world's largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon each spring.

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Back to the stage of battle!
Posted Tuesday, 7/14/2015 by PPNSteve

Yu-Gi-Oh! creator Kazuki Takahashi took to the stage at San Diego International Comic Con on July 11, 2015 to address fans about the brand new Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions" that will be coming to theaters.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions US Movie Poster

In addition to revealing the movie's title he also debuted the film's poster..

During the panel Mr. Takahashi revealed more about the film's story. The film takes place a year after the conclusion to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters.

In addition to Yugi and Kaiba you will be seeing a lot of familiar faces on screen - characters previewed included Joey, Tristan, Tea, and even Bakura, all with updated designs.

Mr. Takahashi also brought along storyboards which he shared with the audience, but by far most exciting thing shown at the panel was a teaser trailer for the new movie, which Konami will debut online 7/18.

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions is scheduled to premiere in Japan Golden Week 2016. Release dates outside of Japan are TBD.

See more information on our movie page here.

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Konami Announces the Upcoming Release of Dragons of Legend 2 for the Yu-Go-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME
Posted Thursday, 7/9/2015 by PPNSteve

NEW Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME DRAGONS OF LEGEND 2 GIVES DUELISTS CHANCE TO BRING TELEVISION SERIES TO LIFE

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG)

El Segundo, Calif. - July 9, 2015 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI) has dug deep into its Yu-Gi-Oh! vault to deliver Duelists an impressive sequel to the hit 2014 booster set with Dragons of Legend 2 debuting July 17. Dragons of Legend 2 is an impressive all-foil set featuring some of the most anticipated, fan-requested cards from the acclaimed Yu-Gi-Oh! animated TV series.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Dragons of Legend 2 includes all brand-new cards from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! TV series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, the newest generation of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. Duelists can finally complete their collection of the Legendary Dragon monsters from the original show with Legendary Knight Critias and Legendary Knight Hermos.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Dragons of Legend 2 booster pack

Additionally, with the arrival of several long-awaited Toon cards, fans of Pegasus will be thrilled to add to their growing portfolio with cards such as Toon Kingdom and Toon Ancient Gear Golem and those used by original characters Kaiba, Joey, and several characters from the new Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V TV series, which also have never been made into actual cards until now.

Players busy building their collection will be pleased to know that cards in this set work well with the recently released Crossed Souls booster set and Duelist Pack: Battle City, as well as Legendary Collection 4: Joey's World, which includes cards drawn from storylines from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! animated TV series.

Each five-card pack contains four Super Rare cards along with one Secret Rare making it a great way to power-up a Deck for only $3.99 MSRP per pack. The Dragons of Legend 2 set contains 45 cards: 26 Secret Rare and 19 Super Rare cards.

For Duelists looking to gain an edge on the competition, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Strategy Site features articles and tips for players of all levels! A fantastic source of official news and information, new articles are featured almost daily, so you can read the latest tips, watch card strategy videos from the experts, and get news on upcoming cards https://yugiohblog.konami.com/articles/

Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL airs twice on Sundays on Nicktoons. Check local TV listings for upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episodes. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon!

For more information on KONAMI or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit http://www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

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Gerardo Delgado and Mijail Flores Wins Big at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG South American World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) in Lima, Peru
Posted Thursday, 7/9/2015 by PPNSteve

GERARDO DELGADO WINS THE Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME SOUTH AMERICAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER; EARNS CHANCE TO COMPETE IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN KYOTO, JAPAN

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Central American World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) 2015

MIJAIL FLORES OUTDUELS THE COMPETITION FOR THOSE BORN IN 2002 OR LATER AT THE Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME DRAGON DUEL SOUTH AMERICAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER; NEXT STOP, THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

El Segundo, Calif. - July 7, 2015 - The best Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) South American Duelists showcased their Dueling and Deck-building skills in Lima, Peru this past weekend at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG South American World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) and the Dragon Duel South American WCQ (for those born in 2002 or later).

The Centro de Convenciones Atlantic City contained anxious and motivated Duelists intent on representing South America in Kyoto, Japan. Every table held epic back-and-forth card battles. After rounds and rounds of Dueling, it was a weary yet excited Gerardo Delgado, from Lima, Peru, that held the trophy and smiled for the photo knowing he was traveling overseas to battle for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship representing Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE-US).

South American World Championship Qualifier Winner Gerardo Delgado, from Lima, Peru

Delgado leaves Centro de Convenciones Atlantic City with a massive stack of prizes that includes: a Championship Trophy; an invitation and paid travel and accommodations to the World Championship; complete sets of Secrets of Eternity and Crossed Souls booster sets; a 64 GB iPad; two copies of the Super Rare YCS Prize Card; 24 booster packs from recent sets; a WCQ Top Cut and WCQ 2015 Game Mat; WCQ 2015 card sleeves and a personalized shirt upon arrival in Kyoto to wear proudly while competing at the World Championship.

The Dragon Duel South American World Championship Qualifier, for those born in 2002 or later, was an intense battle as Mijail Flores, from Lima, Peru, worked his way through an enthusiastic field of competitors.

Dragon Duel South American World Championship Qualifier Winner Mijail Flores, from Lima, Peru

Flores masterfully played his hand and came out the winner at the end. Flores won a bevy of prizes that included: a Championship Trophy; an invitation and paid travel and accommodations to the World Championship; complete sets of Secrets of Eternity and Crossed Souls; 64 GB iPad; two copies of the Super Rare YCS Prize Card; a WCQ Dragon Duel Top Cut and WCQ Dragon Duel 2015 Game Mat; WCQ 2015 card sleeves and a personalized shirt upon arrival in Kyoto.

Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL airs twice on Sundays on Nicktoons. Check local TV listings for upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episodes. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon!

For more information on KONAMI, the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit http://www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 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 South 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, DanceDanceRevolution 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 25 billion cards worldwide.

The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at http://www.konami.com/

KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at http://www.konami.com

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Noah Greene is set to Represent North America in Next Month's Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME World Championship in Kyoto, Japan
Posted Wednesday, 7/1/2015 by PPNSteve

NOAH REID GREENE WINS THE Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME NORTH AMERICAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER; WILL COMPETE IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN KYOTO, JAPAN

Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) Central American World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) 2015

AUSTIN WESLEY COLLING TOPS THE COMPETITION FOR THOSE BORN IN 2002 OR LATER AT THE Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME DRAGON DUEL NORTH AMERICAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER;
WILL TEST SKILLS AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

El Segundo, Calif. - July 1, 2015 - Music City was turned into Yu-Gi-Oh! City this past weekend as Duelists from across the United States and Canada showcased their Dueling and Deck-building skill in Nashville, Tennessee at the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) North American World Championship Qualifier (WCQ) and the Dragon Duel North American WCQ for those born in 2002 or later.

The Nashville Music City Center was jumping with excitement as Duelists intent on representing North America in Kyoto, Japan were waging epic back-and-forth card battles. After rounds and rounds of Dueling, it was a weary yet excited Noah Reid Greene from Carrollton, GA that held the trophy and smiled for the photo knowing he was traveling overseas to battle for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG World Championship representing Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KDE-US).Noah Reid Greene from Carrollton, GA The North American World Championship Qualifier Champ

Greene leaves Nashville with a massive stack of prizes that includes: a Championship Trophy; an invitation to the World Championship; paid travel and accommodations; complete sets of Secrets of Eternity and Crossed Souls Booster Sets; a 64 GB iPad; and will receive a personalized jersey upon arrival in Kyoto to wear proudly while competing at the World Championship.

In addition to Greene, five of his peers: Chase Robert Cunningham of Wyoming, MI; Maxwell Bryan Schrack from Glen Burnie, MD, Miguel David Soto, Jr. of San Antonio, TX, Matt Kolenda from Niles, IL and Jacob David Phinney of Blanch, NC also earned invitations and travel accommodations to Kyoto to Duel at the World Championship, plus a plethora of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products.

The Dragon Duel North American World Championship Qualifier, for those born in 2002 or later, was a nail biter as Austin Wesley Colling, from Jefferson, OH, worked his way through a stellar field of competitors. Colling creatively and wisely played his hand and came out the winner at the end. Colling won a bevy of prizes that included: a Championship Trophy; an invitation to the World Championship; paid travel and accommodations; complete sets of Secrets of Eternity and Crossed Souls; 64 GB iPad; personalized shirt; additional Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card; and 48 packs from recent booster sets.Austin Wesley Colling, from Jefferson, OH The Dragon Duel North American World Championship Qualifier Champ

Joining Colling and earning his way to Japan was Nathaniel DeAndre Mason, from St. Paul, MN. Mason also secured the following prizes: a Championship Trophy; an invitation to the World Championship; paid travel and accommodations; complete sets of Secrets of Eternity and Crossed Souls; 64 GB iPad; personalized shirt; additional Super Rare copy of YCS Prize Card; and 36 packs from recent booster sets.

Duelists can watch all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL episodes every Tuesday as well as all of classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's on www.yugioh.com in the United States. In addition, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL airs twice on Sundays on Nicktoons. Check local TV listings for upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V episodes. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL every Friday and Saturday on Teletoon!

For more information on KONAMI, the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit http://www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630 to speak directly with a Yu-Gi-Oh! customer support team member.


About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 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, DanceDanceRevolution 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 25 billion cards worldwide.

The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at http://www.konami.com

KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at http://www.konami.com.

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