Duel Masters is a popular trading card game in Japan, and also a cartoon series (on Cartoon Network). The series follows the adventures of Shobu, as well as his friends Mimi, Rekuto and Hakuoh, and like the game itself, is based on the culture of card-duelling. Shobu is the son of a legendary card duellist, Shori Kirifuda, and attends the Junior Duellist Center, along with 40,000 other card-duelling students. Duellists use their collections of cards to summon powerful beings from the Creature World, each of whom can be identified as belonging to one of five distinct civilisations: Fire, Nature, Light, Water and Darkness. Each civilisation has different attributes; for example Shobu’s deck is chiefly a Fire deck, giving him access to powerful dragons, robots and warriors (his favourite card is the Bolshack Dragon), while his friend Hakuoh, leading duellist student at the Junior Duellist Center, plays a Light deck, which typically summons the ultra-tech guardians of floating celestial cities.
Already the subject of two GBA games, the world of Duel Masters is now being brought to the PSOne by Atari in the form of Duel Masters: Sempai Legends. The game puts the player in the shoes of a young duellist, or kohai, who inherits an extremely powerful card from his sempai (senior duellist) grandfather. Before he can add it to his deck though, it is stolen by a mysterious stranger. The player must now travel the land, through towns and villages looking for the stolen card. On his way he’ll have to battle many opponents in duels, and there’ll even be the opportunity to enter tournaments to prove his duelling abilities. The game features every single one of the 180 cards that appear in the series and card game, which includes the 120 original cards and the 60 cards from the add-on expansion, Evo-Crushinators of Doom. The game's tutorial mode not only teaches you to pay the video game but also explains the working of the card game itself. The gameplay is as intuitive and playable as its GBA predecessors, and also allows you to play your friends in two-player mode by simply saving your deck to your PSOne memory card. So now there’s all the excitement from the card game and TV series available on your PlayStation.