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GameZone (Feb 23, 2004)
The game executes exactly what it sets out to do, recreating the card game in a digital format. Where it separates itself from the real game is that it allows you to duel the characters from the show with surprising accuracy, you don’t have the problems of picking up or keeping track of your cards and it allows players to play with cards they either can’t afford or haven’t come across yet. A huge bonus for just about every Yu-Gi-Oh card player because there’s always some other card out there that they want to play with.
GameSpy (Mar 04, 2004)
Think of Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 as being like the latest version of Madden. Gameplay is essentially the same as it's been in the past and the only differences are some minor tweaks and an updated roster. In Madden, you get to play as a young hotshot like Michael Vick -- in Yu-Gi-Oh!, you get to bring it as an evil clown-looking dude with a mess of arms and really pointy teeth. If you played any of the earlier dueling sims and are into all things Yu-Gi-Oh!, it's time to duel ... again.
IGN (Feb 13, 2004)
It's a series that seems to increase in popularity each year it's out. Yu-Gi-Oh has been going strong as a card game ever since it was introduced in Japan almost eight years ago, and it's not really slowing down that much in the US either. On the Game Boy Advance, there are no less than five games featuring the Yu-Gi-Oh branding on these shores, with even more in Japan. Two of these Yu-Gi-Oh games are direct "virtual" versions of the card games, and Yu-Gi-Oh: World Championship Tournament is a follow-up update to this series. The third installment features the same solid and fun strategic design with additional cards to change the way players combat each other, and will be used as the foundation for a tournament scheduled for this Summer. But don't expect anything more than the basic of updates.
N-Zone (Jun 01, 2004)
Eigentlich hatte ich gehofft, dass Konami neben den genannten Verbesserungen und dem obligatorischen Zweispieler-Modus das Spiel auch mit Rollenspielpassagen aufpeppt. Schließlich stand Yu-Gi-Oh! Die Heiligen Karten der RPG-Anstrich außerordentlich gut zu Gesicht, allerdings musste man in dieser Version leider auf einen Mehrspielermodus verzichten. Aber wer weiß, vielleicht überrascht uns Konami ja nächstes Mal sogar mit beiden Features. Immerhin darf man sich nun mit noch mehr Duellanten messen. Wer genau aufpasst, wird jedoch feststellen, dass einige von ihnen immer wieder die gleichen Tricks anwenden. Dadurch ist es nach einiger Zeit natürlich nicht allzu schwierig, ein Duell für sich zu entscheiden. Wie üblich, ist es natürlich erheblich interessanter, die Kartenduelle mit einem Kumpel auszufechten.
Die Riege der Charaktere wurde um einige neuere Yu-Gi-Oh!-Stars erweitert und das Regelset ein wenig verfeinert. Ansonsten fallen vor allem die enorm aufgewertete Sound-Engine mit wesentlich zeitgemäßeren Effekten und der automatische Übersetzungsmodus angenehm auf. Dank letzterem dolmetscht das Spiel automatisch die Aktionen bei internationalen 2-Spieler-Duellen.
70 (Mar 31, 2004)
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament se présente comme la suite du Worldwide Edition sortie un an plus tôt. Il reprend la même interface qui aurait gagné à être améliorée et propose une mise à jour des règles, une centaine de cartes supplémentaires et la possibilité de préparer trois decks distincts. Le soft puise toujours sa force dans les duels en link et conviendra donc parfaitement à ceux qui cherchent à confronter leur jeu avec celui de leurs amis.
GamePro (US) (Apr 28, 2004)
As a collectible card game, Yu-Gi-Oh is a picture of elegance: well designed, fun, addictive, cool to look at, and more strategic than it really has any right to be. As a cartoon, well, it?s barely more than an ad for the card game. And as a Game Boy Advance video game, it?s essentially a way to participate in the YuGiOh! CCG phenomenon without spending a fortune?one $30 cartridge buys 1100 cards, free digital booster packs, and as many duels as you like.
Duel Monsters, the card game at the core of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, involves a surprising level of strategy and skill, and World Championship 2004 does an excellent job of bringing those elements to life. Unfortunately, it’s about on par with a video poker machine in terms of graphics and sound. You will truly have a more sensory-enriching experience playing Duel Monsters with real cards than on your GBA. Plus, unlike previous iterations, you can’t manually input your physical cards to unlock them in-game, which means the only edge this edition has over its predecessors is that it will be the standard for this summer’s Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship – and if that’s a deciding factor for you, then you’re beyond any help I can offer.
GameSpot (Mar 01, 2004)
Though Konami has tried to shoehorn its Yu-Gi-Oh! license into a myriad of different video game archetypes, its efforts have proven most successful when it sticks to emulating the collectible card game that is the cornerstone of the whole Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. The latest for the GBA, Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004, is pure, uncompromised card battling, and it's probably one of the best Yu-Gi-Oh! games to come out on any platform. The game touts a few appreciable improvements over the last Yu-Gi-Oh! card battle game for the GBA, which will probably be enough to win the favor of hardcore Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, but casual card battlers who already have one of the other Yu-Gi-Oh! collectible card games for the GBA can safely skip this one without missing too much.
Ce World Championship est le quatrième jeu sur GBA exploitant la licence du célèbre manga. Il s’agit aussi du second jeu de cartes de la série. Dans cette version, il n’y a pas de scénario. Le principe consiste en une suite de matchs contre une vingtaine de personnages du dessin animé. Il faudra les battre plusieurs fois pour gagner des cartes plus puissantes que celles du départ. Comme dans la Worldwide Edition, on ne compte pas de Tutorial, on doit tout apprendre sur le tas. Par contre, les règles ont été simplifiées. Les néophytes seront peut-être intéressés, mais les fans de la première heure seront sans doute déçus que certaines règles strictes soient passées à la trappe, notamment au niveau des grosses invocations. On obtient donc un jeu un peu moins subtil et plus dynamique.
G4 TV: X-Play (Mar 28, 2006)
While there are many characters to unlock and compete with, it takes a long time to see any of them thanks to the incredibly slow rate at which you acquire powerful cards. Solo play degenerates into tedium due to the brain-dead AI. Link cable play against another human is "World Championship's" only saving grace. If you have friends to play with, the expanded card set may make this worth a purchase. Otherwise, most fans will be better off sticking to the "Yu-Gi-Oh!" games they already have, such as the vastly superior "Stairway to the Destined Duel."