Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel - GBA

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel (GBA)
Viewed: 2D Combination Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Strategy: Trading
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Konami Soft. Co.: Konami
Publishers: Konami (GB)
Released: 18 Apr 2003 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Connectivity: Link Cable


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Expanding Konami's burgeoning Yu-Gi-Oh! catalogue, which has previously had outings on both the PSone and Game Boy Color, this latest title, Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel, continues their promotion of this popular yet bizarre property. The game takes the form of the typical trading card game but, in this case, comes with a unique feature that allows players to battle it out across the globe.

You begin by being dealt three hands, containing Monster, Magic and Trap cards. Travelling across an expansive game map, you are then challenged by CPU contestants and must use the monsters, spells and traps at your disposal to defeat your opponent. A victory results in additional Duel Points that are added to your score, whilst an additional five cards are also earned up to a maximum of 60.

As is part and parcel of the proceedings with such a game, Worldwide Edition allows players to compete against each other in head-to-head matches, courtesy of Nintendo' s Game Boy Advance Game Link cable. It is also possible to trade cards this way, swapping rarer Monster cards in a stunning recreation of the original Trading Card Game. Using this system, you can browse through each other's accrued cards before completing swap deals to improve your deck.

What is probably the most notable feature of the game, however, is the fact that, via a rather smart little system, games can be played against rival players from different countries. A menu screen invites users to select a language from English, Japanese, German, French, Italian and Spanish, the game automatically translating via the Game Link cable. Exactly how often you're likely to bump into a foreign Yu-Gi-Oh! fan (complete with GBA and a copy of the game) remains to be seen, but it's a nice addition nonetheless, and will hopefully benefit of some use.