SDCC 2019 Preview | Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution
Back at San Diego Comic-Con, GotGame was invited to check out Konami’s newest Yu-Gi-Oh! title. Titled Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution, this marks the first Switch title for the popular card game. The series has gained some popularity with the mobile game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, and now with the Switch, it’ll have a broader audience.
Link Evolution focuses on familiarizing players with the card game. My demo was brief, but it was enough to know that the game acts as a sort of tutorial for the real battles. With story elements from each Yu-Gi-Oh! series, the game takes a feature introduced in each one to add to the game. There is the original series, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, Zexal, Arc-V, and new to this game, VRAINS. The game lets players start a story with whichever series they wish, though for newcomers, it’s likely best to start with the original.
Each series introduces a new concept, whether it be GX’s Fusion Summoning or VRAINS’ new Link Monsters. The overall game uses the current New Master Rule set, but players can familiarize themselves with each concept through the story. Taking the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX route, I played through one of the tutorials of the demo.
Each series stars a different character, but sometimes characters will show up in other stories. For example, in my GX demo, I played as Jaden Yuki, but the previous story’s Yugi Muto appears very early on. For anyone that has watched Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, they’ll probably know the concept. Jaden attends a school for duelists, organized into three houses based on the Egyptian God cards. Falling into the Slifer Red house, Jaden is considered bottom of the barrel. If you’ve watched the series, then you would know that Jaden is no pushover.
As mentioned before, this demo acted as a tutorial, so with the GX introduction of Fusion Summons, that was they key feature of my demo. The tutorial duel is against Jaden’s teacher, Dr. Crowler, who seems deadset on expelling Jaden. Despite this, the tutorial acts like any other one, where you’re taught how to play using new rules. Players start with 8000 life points, draw cards and utilize their wit and skill to outplay their opponents.
Since it was a tutorial demo, my cards were preset and had me do things in a set way. I had to do quite a few fusion summons, set a couple traps, and perform a few attack phases to get to victory. To be completely honest, I’m not an expert on the card game, but it was easy enough for me to understand most aspects. Assuming players know what they’re doing or have completed the six stories, they can freely jump into online play. With over 9,000 cards to work with, there is plenty of strategy for players.
While not in my demo, I understand that certain iconic monsters have special summon animations. It’s a cool touch to the presentation, but for the most part, the game uses a generic card interface. I personally would love to see a Yu-Gi-Oh! card game where the monsters actually appear on top of the cards like the anime. I suppose it does make it easier for players to see the cards. Even so, it would be a great change to the presentation to add the monsters, though it would understandably take a lot more work. The story also presents itself using still anime artwork and text, which is normal for the games.
Overall, Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution will likely please Yu-Gi-Oh! fans. There’s a lot to work with for card enthusiasts and being on the Switch for portability is a plus. While my demo was brief, I could tell that this would be a great way for people to learn the game. Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution comes out next week on August 20th. It will be available exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, and those who purchase the physical edition will get three exclusive cards. Are you looking forward to the new game? Let us know in the comments below.