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IGN (Aug 27, 2004)
Look out card battle enthusiasts, there is a new kid in town seeking to knock Yu-Gi-Oh! off its throne. Duel Masters is elbowing its way into the hearts and minds of kids everywhere with a slew of trading cards, video games, and of course, a cartoon series. Its first state side release on the Game Boy Advance is Duel Masters: Sempai Legends, a solid first entry for the card game that is only hampered with a few minor problems.
GameZone (Jun 24, 2004)
Honestly, how many more card duel games can we get? Pokemon, Digimon, Yu Gi Oh, Magic, etc, etc, etc. This isn’t a complaint really, it’s just that I can’t keep up with all of the new titles that keep hitting the shelves (or the ones that enter the house thanks to my 10 year old). Well, here comes another one that I haven’t played until now … Duel Masters for the GBA handheld. While it was a new venture for me to learn a new card game, the good news is that it was pretty close to Magic (which I used to play frequently), so it was a little easier to get into.
Game Chronicles (Jun 24, 2004)
Duel Masters: Sempai Legends is yet another collectible card game to ride the Yu-Gi-Oh tidal wave. If you’ve ever played another card game like Yu-Gi-Oh or Magic The Gathering then you already have a good idea of what to expect, and even if you have no idea what this fad is all about, Sempai Legends is still a pretty cool RPG-lite.
Jolt (UK) (Nov 15, 2004)
Duel Masters is yet another example of how today’s youths are suckers for all things shiny and collectible, and for Sempai Legends, that even extends to the box and limited edition cards contained within. Make no mistake about it, this game is the fodder on which cash-cows feed, and while it’s not bad, that’s largely by virtue of the fact that Duel Masters itself is a pretty good card game.
GamePro (US) (Aug 04, 2004)
The Darwinian process continues unabated as trading-card games vie for their survival. Teaming up with Atari, Wizards of the Coast has opened up a new assault against Yu-Gi-Oh, Pok?mon, and the omnipotent Magic franchises in the form of Duel Masters: Sempai Legends.
The proliferation of collectible card games in recent years has seen a number of videogame tie-ins (not to mention cartoons). The latest license to find this treatment is Duel Masters, from Wizards of the Coast – a Japanese game that is beginning to make inroads here in North America.
65 (Jul 11, 2004)
While not the strategic game it could be and not providing the best challenge for seasoned gamers, Duel Masters: Sempai Legends is a good title for younger or new players looking for a way into the trading card video game world. So, if that applies to you, then maybe this game is something to look into, otherwise, a sequel is likely in the works that will probably remedy some of the mistakes made in this game. Solid, but not great.
GameSpy (Jul 09, 2004)
Yup -- that's your "Yugi Sense" tingling. With Duel Masters: Sempai Legends, Atari gives gamers a new way to do their handheld card-based dueling. While it doesn't let you bang away with the 1000-plus monsters available in the Yu-Gi-Oh! games (at least not yet), it does offer somewhat deeper and more complex gameplay. Toss in the harrowing tale of a boy trying to find a stolen, priceless card, and you have a pretty solid package. There are a few rough edges, but if Atari plans on cranking out dueling games as fast as Konami does, those edges should be buffed smooth in no time.
50 (Nov 03, 2004)
Avec Duel Masters : Sempai Legends, la GBA se dote d'un nouveau jeu axé sur les duels de cartes. Puisant certaines idées dans les règles de Magic : l'Assemblée, ce titre ne parvient malheureusement pas à nous séduire autant que le concurrent Yu-Gi-Oh!, et seuls les fans de la série y trouveront leur compte. Les amateurs de duels de cartes peuvent toutefois tenter l'expérience pour découvrir un autre style d'affrontements par créatures interposées.
NintendoWorldReport (Jul 08, 2004)
Just in case you ignored my warning up top, I’ll repeat it. If you already like Duel Masters, have lots of the cards, and like its game mechanics, go ahead and get the GBA version. It sports a whole lot of what you already like. But if you are like me and are getting quite burned out on the whole card battling scene, this game most definitely will not change your mind about it.
Diehard GameFan (Jul 05, 2004)
Damn, this game could have turned out a lot better. I mean WOW. This little chocolate nugget has a nice creamy center, but the chocolate surrounding it is so congealed and rotted that no one dare come near it. Then you find out that the chocolate really isn’t chocolate. Meaning, there IS fun to be had here, but it’s tucked away so far in there that it’s not worth the time finding. Those who don’t play Duel Masters should stay AWAY. Those who DO should wait a few months until the next title hits the market. Maybe the game will be better, but I’m not hedging my bets just yet.