|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Konami||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Konami||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Feb. 23, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
As far as the card roster is concerned, World Championship 2010 includes the biggest card roster yet, with more than 3000 playable cards. Of course, handling all these cards can be a challenge, but the deck creator is robust enough that finding and adding your favorite cards is very simple. In addition to the cards on the cart, fans can also download bonus cards by participating in weekly events that are displayed on the top screen when you log in to the online mode. This community aspect is a great way to keep players coming back to world Championship 2010 and dueling opponents from around the world.
Visually, world Championship 2010 is on par with its predecessors in regards to the story mode. When you are running around in the game's overworld, you'll see some nicely rendered 3D elements, but much of the background is bland. Although the background is plain, the characters sport a fair amount of detail.
Though the overworld just looks so-so, the card battle interface looks great. Cards are reproduced perfectly in the game, and monster animations are snappy and very detailed. The guided elements of the battle system are also nicely implemented in the battle landscape and do not look jarring at all. Most of the guide elements take the form of tiny little icons on top of each card that you can draw on to identify which cards you can use during a given phase. These tiny elements combined with the great art design and animations make the card battles a joy to look at.
It has never been a better time to be a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan. With a great new series on TV and new cards coming out all the time, this series shows no sign of slowing down. The World Championship franchise on the Nintendo DS started slowly several years ago, but I can confidently say that World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia is the best title in the series yet. With a well-rounded story mode, robust online capabilities, and over 3000 cards, this game is a no-brainer if you are a fan of Yu-Gi-Oh!. Even if it has been awhile since you have played a Yu-Gi-Oh! game, the guided card system makes it easy to get back into the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!. Just make sure you pick your cards carefully!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor