As one of Japans most popular trading card games, Yu-Gi-Oh has managed to succeed not only in its native country but in the UK and America too. It has spawned countless imitators and pretenders but has still managed to grow in popularity with novices and trading card game veterans alike.
Yu-Gi-Oh first started life as an animated comic strip by legendary Manga artist Kazuki Takahashi. First appearing in 1996 in Japans most popular weekly comic Shonen Jump. Konami acquired the rights to produce a trading card game based on Takahashis characters and artwork and in 1998 the Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game was launched along with a 27 episode cartoon. A marketing staple with any new game release in Japan, the cartoon soon took up a following of its own and was snapped up by 4Kids; the company behind the equally successful Pokemon animated series.
Yu-Gi-Oh is a game that manages to remain fun to play without being too complex and yet can hold its own with many of the older trading card games when it comes to depth of play. The Yu-Gi-Oh marketing machine has spawned a cartoon series that has just as big a following as the game itself as well as videogames and toys. With a game that seems to grow in popularity as the years go on, older editions are becoming highly sought after by completists and each new release is more hotly anticipated than the last there has never been a better time to stock up on Yu-Gi-Oh!