For those of you who played Duel Masters in the past all of your hopes and dreams of the game returning have come true!
Wizards of the Coast's press release on February 10th confirms that indeed, Duel Masters will return in the United States (and other western Counties) this year in the form of Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters!
Over the past month, WotC has released information weekly about the card game. It is safe to assume that past Duel Masters players, along with the plethora of new young and old players alike the game is sure to attract, will experience a TCG of Japan's highest caliber.
For those of you that don't know, Duel Masters arrived in the USA apprixmately 7+ years ago. It was a game that was largely based off of Magic: The Gathering(as the earliest forms of DM anime suggest, along with shared mana concepts) however less complex. Although Duel Masters offered fair, spectacular, edge-of-your-seat game play, Wizards cut the support off from the game and removed official sanctioned tournaments from hobby shops everywhere, despite its fairly large fan base.
In the meantime, while Duel Masters was discontinued in the Northern America area, game play resumed in Japan. Duel Masters is now one of the most popular TCGs in Japan due to it's potential to be a highly strategic, and most often spur of the moment game play.
Kaijudo adopts the best of both worlds. This year (probably late June) Wizards releases a card game that will combine the highly successful aspects of the Japanese meta with the game play Duel Masters has experienced in the Western Hemisphere. Backed by Hasbro, WotC will also be releasing a TV show called Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters on the HUB network. Fans can also look forward to digital games as well.
As a previous Duel Master player (with a background of competetive Duel Masters tournament play: 15th @ 2005 Duel Masters North American Continental Championships) here in the United States, I beg all of you to offer support to the game. DM was one of the most exhilarating games I have ever played and was highly balanced. Not only must you create a great deck, but you must also be cunning, inquisitive, and able to perform well during spontaneous situations. No matter how well you built your deck, the only sure-fire way to win game after game was through smart playing. Anything could happen at any moment and switch the momentum of the game, and therefore players must be able to read between the lines and above all adapt.
I would love to see sanctioned tournaments continue for this game like YGO and MTG have done in the past.
For any other information pertaining to the games, check out the links below! The Youtube link contains actual game play from the Duel Masters TCG!