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  • Summary: Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour brings a new round of dueling action to the Nintendo DS. Utilizing the unique features of the Nintendo DS, players experience the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! on two screens with touch pad controls. Watch monsters rise up from their cards and battle it out on the top screen with amazing 3D graphics. Use the bottom screen strategically as it presents the card playing field in 2D and supports full touch screen control. Wireless duels and card trading. Uses the touch pad and two screens for exceptional control. 3D graphics bring the monsters to life as they arise from the cards. Over 1000 of the latest and greatest cards. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
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  1. I admit that I adore Yu-Gi-Oh! It's a great card game that translates perfectly to the videogame medium.
  2. 80
    Great graphics, an updated card database and an excellent pseudo-adventure mode make this the franchise's best handheld effort to date.
  3. The game has a robust solo mode that smartly challenges the player to rethink his approach as he battles against a diverse collection of card-slingin' strategists. [Oct 2005, p.99]
  4. 72
    It’s simply a blueprint as to where the future of Yu-Gi-Oh games can go on the DS. Hopefully Konami can capitalize on a golden opportunity for a sequel.
  5. 70
    The Yu-Gi-Oh card design is filled with a lot of strategy and depth, and because it's all done on the DS handheld you don't have to invest money in a ton of cards to get into the action.
  6. 70
    For fans of the card game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour is a dream come true. The game takes everything that has made the card game so popular for years, and faithfully puts it all together in one convenient handheld package.
  7. 60
    Players on the fringe of the card game, however, will find more frustration than fun in Nightmare Troubadour.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. Dec 18, 2012
    9
    In my opinion, the first truly great Yu-Gi-Oh! handheld game. Touch controls work to perfection, both screens are very helpful, and the tutorial mode is comprehensive on all of the game's aspects (up until that point). The visuals are only decent, with the monster summoning animations looking pretty nice (especially the God cards), but they don't quite use the full power of the DS. Single player revolves around the Virtual World and Battle City story arcs of the original series' season 3, and is pretty challenging (took me a few weeks to finish). Sound is surprisingly nice to hear and I never got annoyed by the quality or tone. Multiplayer is well-done with no downsides at all to speak of in the dueling or trading. Leveling up is effective and is not a pain that forces me to grind on forever, plus earning new cards did not require a bunch of repetitive playing. I would have liked to have seen an unlockable feature for those that decide to keep on playing after unlocking everything (maybe the ability to use two or more forbidden cards in a deck?), but otherwise there isn't much else to complain about. The AI is also pretty smart when dueling and I didn't see them make too many stupid mistakes. Accessible to newcomers, and great for fans of the original series and its own dueling style. 8.7/10 for me. Collapse
  2. Sep 1, 2010
    7
    Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour is the first Yu-Gi-Oh! game released for the Nintendo DS. The main plot of the game is Seto Kaiba is hosting a tournament again. Once again, there is an evil plot lurking behind an otherwise grand contest. As the player, you have to battle for the title of grand champion, capture all the god cards, and defeat evil with the help of Yugi Muto, Joey Wheeler, and friends. The overall game-play is rather average and can be repetitive. Twists in the plot are infrequent meaning a lot of the time you will be doing the same thing over again. The graphics don't really push the DS to the limit, neither does it show much detail. However, despite its flaws, Nightmare Troubadour is a pretty decent game and it's one of the good Yu-Gi-Oh! games out. Expand

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