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  • Summary: Play as yourself or one of eleven playable characters from the series, like Yuma, Astral, Tori, Shark and more, each with their own storyline and earn an invite to the World Duel Carnival where you can battle with more than 40 Duelists from the TV show! Players can enjoy a Story Mode and a Free Duel Mode where they can play with more than 5,700 cards.

    -The very first Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL video game and the first Yu-Gi-Oh! video game available for the Nintendo 3DS handheld system.
    -Twelve playable characters, each with a unique storyline that can be experienced through Story Mode.
    -Battle with more than 40 colorful Duelists.
    -Customize your Deck with more than 5,700 cards from the official Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME.
    -In-game animated cinematics, and exciting Monster summon effects bring Duels to life.
    -Explore all the options in Free Duel Mode and customize card sleeves, game mats, and even Deck Lists to Duel for hours.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Aug 20, 2014
    Konami may have created the most robust digital version of its popular CCG yet, but it has married it to a distinct lack of gameplay modes and player interaction. [Sept 2014, p.123]
  2. 60
    Lacking the multiplayer makes it difficult to really get into Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival. What's in the game is perfectly functional and the core game is one of the most popular and lasting CCGs for a very good reason, it's difficult to really get into a game such as this that lacks the social experience.
  3. Aug 11, 2014
    Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival is an interesting duelling card game on the 3DS but lacks any real replay value, especially with no 2-player support
  4. Jul 21, 2014
    Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: World Duel Carnival is kind of a mess. Besides being quite noob friendly, it fails on almost any other level with a lazy story mode, no multiplayer features and an outdated pool of cards. Fans be aware: even you may not like this.
  5. Aug 6, 2014
    No multiplayer mode, a confused plot and messy UI. Let's put aside this episode and wait for something more compelling on the 3DS.
  6. Jul 24, 2014
    Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival appears as a mutilated effort which lost a lot of its content on the journey from Japan to the Western markets. The lack of a multiplayer of any kind and its short lifespan, as well as an overall sub par visual outlook, mean that only the most dedicated fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series will find reasons to appreciate this game, as it still manages to keep the spirit of the series intact.
  7. Aug 4, 2014
    If you’re considering this game, stay away. There are better Yu-Gi-Oh! games out there, and there are better digital card games out there. The only reason I can think of to buy this - and there’s no hyperbole here - is for the three exclusive physical cards it comes with.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Oct 18, 2014
    This game is somewhat different from the other Yu Gi Oh games they made before. I give it a 10 because it underrated, and here is a through explanation of what this game did well and not so well.

    Pros: Much better UI, lot of new cards, AI response time is much faster, lot of different characters with decks you play therefore lot of strategies you can use, and learn a lot about the card game in general.

    Neutral: 1. It had no 3D graphics, I think it a good thing since they always made poor 3D models in the game, might as well get rid of it all together.
    2. You are given a lot of cards when you start the game, that kind of get rid of the fun of collecting cards but it also remove the annoyance of buying hundreds of packs to get that 1 card.

    Bad: 1. It had less story line than other Yu Gi Oh games. The previous didn't have a big focus on story but this one had even less.
    2. As the Yu Gi Oh franchise is making more lighthearted games and anime, story is less serious than said compare to the past Yu Gi Oh generations. Clearly aimed only on little kids, but funny thing is the game can have a lot of depth.
    3. Little way to customize you own character or have any mini games or game play. Game is still heavily about dueling, there isn't much else to the game. Take for example, Pokemon had implanted a lot character customization and mini games for the Pokemon, but this game had no such side activities.

    Conclusion: The game aspect on dueling, and the way it present the dueling mechanic had improved a lot. However, the story element is more lackluster and less focused on compare to previous tittles. Also those mini games that make games whole are clearly missing.

    Suggestions: Use some time to make a better story line, add mini games, and continue the good work on the dueling interface.

    For 20 dollars this game is still worth it if you are a Yu Gi Oh fan or a newcomer. This game is clearly underrated and should deserve better. I said it deserve a 8.3 or 8.5 and definitely not 5.6 for the fact it half the price of a regular 3DS game and just had a better dueling feel to it compare to the old ones.
  2. Sep 8, 2014
    Why this game is underrated? I like this game and I played it about 28 hour. In my opinion, this game deserve 7.9 what I would like to say is play this game and don't listen to those people who say this game sucks they are just haters who try to stop us from playing this game. So I recommend you to buy this game in 25 sept. As for me I own Japanese version so I am going to buy us version as well, because this game is amazing. Expand
  3. Sep 26, 2014
    I have looked forward to the american release of this game since I stumbled upon in early 2014 and after purchasing the game I found that some of the features I was looking forward to were not present. The individual story mode play through's are vary similar and don't feel like your progressing, unlike the classic "follow the main character" stories that have been the staple up to now. I also miss having to purchase cards and as a result playing the game lacks a feeling of progression. I mean sure you unlock a new character every so often but other than offering a new deck to play story mode with it doesn't do much else.

    On the positive side the deck builder has been upgraded to include a word search option which I have been waiting for since I first picked up "Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX: Aim to be Duel King!" in 2005 and god has it helped with building theme decks or finding fusion monsters for deck building. and the option to turn the ban list off was nice you can build decks that are just fun to play.

    Alas though it is imposable to show your friends your awesome decks in multi player mode because the multi player mode doesn't exist... I had several friends waiting with me to buy this game so we could all play together and i am the only one who ended up purchasing it because of this massive drawback. What was Konami thinking when they said "lets take out multi player in a TRADING CARD GAME" I realise that the American release had all the cards unlocked from the start and trading really wasn't an issue but playing endlessly against NPC's for no other purpose then to see if you deck works and then finally finishing it to realise "What now"? I've finished this deck who do I use it against? at least with the DP system playing endlessly against NPC's meant you could buy and unlock more cards to use so it didn't feel like a colossal waist of time.

    The only other thing i can say is it is useful to build a deck here, try it out and then buy the cards for it online so you can play for real. Maybe that was the plan all along....

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