Review of Yu-Gi-Oh Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution — A virtual Duel Monsters museum

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.

Card games with or without motorcycles

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.

That’s game

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!

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YouTuber Announces A Movement To Revive The Bloody Roar IP!?

Today, YouTube content creator @Jerimiahisaiah held a YouTube video premiere event titled, “BLOODY ROAR: THE REVIVAL PLAN | jerimiahisaiah” where he and a friend discuss why the fighting game IP, Bloody Roar, should be reborn or given a comeback in the video game industry.

Though @Jerimiahisaiah streamed this event on his YouTube channel called, Jerimiahisaiah for his fans, his goals are for the series’s creators at Hudson Soft, and its right’s holder, Konami to watch his video. For those who couldn’t make it to the video’s premiere, the VOD version of the streamed video can be watched on his channel now. Click here to watch it.

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Image courtesy of the Jerimiahisaiah YouTube channel.

The video contains a few meaningful, cinematic shots featuring the YouTube content creator, Jerimiahisaiah doing various activities to prove to his audience that he’s serious about his campaign-like project. His first segment features the title, Bloody Roar Extreme, as he discusses the series’s online scene, in-depth game-play, and his hopes for the series’s future.

Here’s the important bits Jerimiahisaiah stated during his “online” discussion segment. Furthermore, he stresses that the scene is “all for fun, and” that he’s doing all this to revive a niche series (referring to Bloody Roar) that “deserves more recognition.”

Online Discussion Segment:

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Image courtesy of the Jerimiahisaiah YouTube channel.

The next segment features Jerimiahisaiah’s friend, scxcr sharing his own ideas about what the game’s old or future developer’s can do with the IP. Here’s a few points YouTube content creator, scxcr, discusses in Jerimiahisaiah’s video.

Scxcr’s Discussion Segment:

  • The new Bloody Roar game could “process what’s going on in the world” besides computers doing the work.
  • The Bloody Roar series established backstories and provided a sense of “world-building to boot[,]” but there are some gaps, left unchecked in the backstories. Re-working and filling in the gaps of the backstories to “create more conflict and (…) dynamic relationships among” the characters, is a suggestion scxcr discusses in the video.
  • He mentions that the “human versus zoanthrope tension” could be built up more since there’s a lack of exploring one’s own take on the situation. He compares common human society disagreements to support his points.
  • The “three different kinds of zoanthropes” he explains in the video–“pure-bloods, awakened, and abominations[,]” already speak to the difference among the breeds, meaning, interesting tension could arise via character interactions.
  • He also urges that current concepts and different character designs should be explored more, and that some old and new mechanics between each Bloody Roar entry should be implemented into newer titles, if created. He also cites a few of Bloody Roar’s original staff members and states that they can be contacted to help with the newer titles.
  • To prove his point, an image of @Jerimiahisaiah is shown in the video asking Bloody Roar illustrator, Naochika Morishita, on Twitter if he’d do the artwork for a new Bloody Roar title. Morishita responded to @Jerimiahisaiah’s tweet and said,  “when there is a chance of course, I’d like to work again.”
  • He adds, that there’s also a plenty of Bloody Roar fans who create art for the series who’d love to work on the artwork for new games.
  • He also wishes that  the old or new developers don’t go the route of “Capcom with any DLC,” and states, “skins, (…) [and] songs” are the most-notable DLC perks needed, if future Bloody Roar entries are successful.
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Image courtesy of the Jerimiahisaiah YouTube channel.

The video concludes with Jerimiahisaiah thanking his fans and supporters who helped him out with the Bloody Roar revival project. The video also has a nice post-credits scene featuring Jerimiahisaiah trying to call Konami via his cell phone. Sadly, he doesn’t receive a response as the call goes straight to voice-mail.

As someone who knows the content creator personally, I can guarantee that he and his friend are being one-hundred-percent honest in this video. Though I’m unaware if he mentioned it, in his video description, Jerimiahisaiah has a hyperlink that leads to a change.org petition titled, “a new Bloody Roar game” created by user Tajh Fletcher.

The petition’s title explains itself, and with a “742” petition signer ratio, the messages shared in Jerimiahisaiah’s video are more than just-genuine.

In any case, I want to wish the content creator and the Bloody Roar community the best of luck in getting into contact with Hudson Soft, Konami, or any other suitable developer about reviving this dormant fighting game series.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Is Coming To Nintendo Switch!

Last night, Gematsu.com reported that Konami revealed on a Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh website that Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution will be heading to the Nintendo Switch in the future. According to Siliconera.com, this title’s been available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC for ages.

Honestly, it feels like the Nintendo Switch port was a given based on this information. Although Konami didn’t upload a teaser trailer for the game’s Switch version yet, you can watch the initial reveal trailer from 2015 by clicking here (footage courtesy of the YuGiOhTCGEU YouTube channel).

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Image courtesy of Steam.

Gematsu.com reports that the game will feature iconic characters from the Yu-Gi-Oh series and “will allow players to duel against” those characters and “other players nationwide” using the Yu-Gi-Oh card game’s latest rule-set titled, “New Master Rule.” For those, like myself, who are unfamiliar with this rule-set, click here to learn more about it.

No other information about the game’s release date and other details have been shared online. However, Gematsu.com states that we will receive more information “in the April 2019 issue of V-Jump, which is due out on February 21[st].” We’ll be sure to cover any new information when the April 2019 V-Jump issue details surface online.

What do you think about this news? Will you be picking up Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution when it comes out for the Nintendo Switch? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and follow us for more Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution news, and everything gaming too.