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  • Summary: In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009, players can experience the most robust offering in the World Championship franchise to date with up to 2,800 playable cards. The title features multiple gameplay modes including Story Mode, where players journey from SatelliteIn Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009, players can experience the most robust offering in the World Championship franchise to date with up to 2,800 playable cards. The title features multiple gameplay modes including Story Mode, where players journey from Satellite to Neo Domino City and duel with characters from the animated series in various situations. Players can also compete in the World Championship Mode, where head-to-head battles take place against Yu-Gi-Oh! gamers around the world. Offering more playable cards than any other Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship title, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009 includes playable cards from the latest booster pack "Crimson Crisis," as well as three exclusive trading cards bundled in the package. [Konami] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 80
    There's plenty here for series veterans to enjoy, but the merciless complexity of the AI will intimidate newcomers.
  2. An excellent port of the card game to electronic form. Previous versions have been successful, but the story line and the racing added to this latest edition, plus the inclusion of new virtual cards, plus the limited edition physical cards included in the case, makes this a must-have for any Yu-Gi-Oh fan.
  3. 80
    I'm very impressed with 2009's Stardust Accelerator, as it's entirely a new creation -- still built on the solid foundation of the incredibly deep and strategic Duel Monsters card game design, but with a completely new and unique Story Mode adventure that rivals the feel of some first-party Nintendo console RPGs, like Pokemon Colosseum.
  4. 70
    Fans of the series will be thrilled while the rest of the population is left out in the cold.
  5. Games Master UK
    It's really just for the fans. [June 2009, p.81]
  6. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Yu-Gi-Oh! fans will lap this up, but it's the least beginner-friendly game we've ever played. [May 2009, p.88]
  7. 60
    An update needed for some with the host of new cards introduced, but the basic single player Story Mode feels rushed and tacked on. Unfortunately, you can't help the feeling it's also the reason behind the rehashed World Championship elements, when development time could of went into giving us something fresher.

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  1. May 18, 2022
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I adore the Yu-Gi-Oh anime series. Its an imaginative monster-fight series with great world building and colorful characters. But I have yet to find an enjoyable Yu-Gi-Oh video game. This game has aged like toxic mold. The story mode that's required to unlock a majority of the game's content is incredibly abysmal. I had hoped that the powerful ideals of 5Ds would inspire the developers to make an incredible handheld experience. But this game is nothing but a crappy copy-and-paste job mixed in with a handful unenjoyable difficulty spikes. The card game mechanics feel sluggish this time around, with longer load times and a camera that zooms away from all the action. The previous 2 World Championship games looked and played way better than this. What's with the downgrade? There are less card packs available in the shop and less game challenges to take on. Again, most of it is locked off in the story mode like Duel Puzzles and Tag Duels. So it's like the game is forcing you to take part in the story mode. At first, things didn't look too bad while I was scanning the area. Graphically the game looked pretty good and the music fit the tone of divided future theme of 5Ds pretty well. Little did I know that this was a looks-can-be-deceiving kind of game. Like 2007, the game doesn't know the meaning of an easy mode, with almost every challenge in the game being ridiculously difficult. But unlike 2007, the difficulty is even worse here. Almost every opponent uses banned cards like Monster Reborn and Lighting Vortex. But those challenges are mixed in with racing time trials and block-moving puzzles. The variety doesn't make the game more enjoyable, it just makes more uncomfortable for players who came just to Duel. Its like if I finished a Super Mario Bros level and then an out of nowhere turret section game starts. It gets worse, every once in a while Officer Trudge will target you and a chase mini game will commence. And if passes in front of you...its an automatic game over! I really thought a Turbo Duel was going to start. But to my surprise, I had to wait till half way through the game to participate in one. Before I could even take part in the headline battle mechanic of the series, I had to complete this awful stealth mini game in order to get my cards and Duel Runner back. I know the developers were trying to recreate scenes from the anime, but good god was this level awful. The guards have terribly strong sight range and they automatically catch you if you you dash. Some guards are too far away from the camera to evade! I came here to play card games damn it, why do I have to participate in these awful mini games!? The worst part of the game is where you have to take on 4 clones of yourself in consecutive battles, without saving, or healing. It's almost impressive how unenjoyable this game is. You take a really fun card game and you build mechanics that supply instant frustration into players. I knew I was done with this game when I realized I hadn't collected any new synchro monsters. My deck from my World Tournament 2007 deck was loads more powerful than my new deck. At the end of the day, I was flabbergasted that such a great anime could tie-in with such an abysmal experience. Calling this game wasted potential would be a compliment. Expand

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#98 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#41 Most Shared DS Game of 2009