When I was seven years old, the kid next door and I frequently hung out on weekends and nerded out about anime things. We’d watch the shows on a tube TV, and then we’d play a variety of tabletop games about them. And thanks to him, I became a big fan of Yu-Gi-Oh. I played the card game quite often, got hooked on the TV show about it, and even dressed up as Yugi Muto for Halloween when I was 10. However, as I got ready to begin my teen years, I wasn’t keeping up with it as much due to my other interests and how busy my personal life got. But with a little help from the folks at Konami and Other Ocean, Yu-Gi-Oh fans like myself can relive childhood memories and do a little catching up with Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution for the Nintendo Switch.
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A Switch-exclusive enhanced port, Link Evolution contains over 9,000 cards that cover all eras of the Yu-Gi-Oh timeline, from the original series to the VRAINS series and everything in between. The campaign mode has you reliving prominent duels from the manga and anime, and you must win said duels in order to earn currency and unlock booster packs that you can buy in the card shop. There is no voice-acting to be heard, but the dialogue makes up for it since it’s a near-exact copy of the anime’s transcripts. When you feel like you’ve made at least one powerful deck, you can enter multiplayer and play in either a custom or ranked lobby. One gripe I have with it is that even in private lobbies, you can’t use your custom decks if they have “forbidden” cards. It’s not a dealbreaker, but hopefully there will be a patch that allows you to disable this ruling when you make your own lobby.
Since this is just a simulation of a card game, you shouldn’t go into it expecting gorgeous graphics or a large jukebox. However, the playing fields mimic those of the anime quite well, and the 2D characters look as if they just jumped right off the manga pages. And although the music catalog is very thin, it’s still a fitting soundtrack.
Konami has taken its ownership of the Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game quite seriously, and they’ve once again proved it with this very addicting Duel Monsters simulation. Whether you’re a longtime Yu-Gi-Oh supporter or you just like virtual card games, Link Evolution is a must-have for your Switch library. Get your game on!