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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers

Popular trading card universe enters cart racing track.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Players summon creatures and spells which use electricity, fire, and lasers to slow down opponents on the race track.

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

As with all the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchises, there is a heavy emphasis on buying more cards or watching the show. Each product is related to the next and encourages purchase of more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is some mild, fantasy violence in this game, though it never results in real injury. This is essentially a racing game similar to Mario Kart; but players here use trading cards to summon creatures that will slow down opponents with fire, electricity, and other elements. Unlike most of the other Yu-Gi-Oh! games, this one is playable without previous knowledge of the characters or universe. That means parents can actually participate in the Yu-Gi-Oh! experience if they dare.

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What's it about?

YU-GI-OH! 5D's WHEELIE BREAKERS is a racing game set in the universe of Yu-Gi-Oh!, the popular trading card game and source of numerous animated TV series. This game is based on the animated series Yu-Gi-Oh! 5 D's and follows its format by having players particpate in "Turbo Duels," or battles while atop futuristic motorcyclyes called "Duel Runners." While riding, players cast spells with cards. They also receive points with which to buy more cards and purchase upgrades. Between races, players can arrange the cards in their decks to strategically foil opponents in subsequent contests.

The racing itself is similar to standard go-cart style racing games like Mario Kart, but instead of picking up items on the track, drivers grab cards with Spell, Trap and Monster values. In Story, Grand Prix, or Matchup (multplayer) mode, players can either use Classic or Nunchuk controls. In Story mode, you follow a user-created character whereas in Grand Prix mode you race computer opponents to earn trophies and cash.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

For a game that mashes together two completely different styles of play, Wheelie Breakers does a good job. Using a simplified form of the Yu-Gi-Oh! card games adds a strategic (albeit bizarre) element, and learning the values of these cards becomes essential to success in the game. At times, this can be daunting; there's no tutuorial, unfortunately, and you actually have to read scrolling information about the card while racing, a tricky bit of multitasking. But once you become accostomed to the cards (there are 150, total) and dealing them out during play, it's decent fun and most certainly a must for the Yu-Gi-Oh! fan.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the complex world of Yu-Gi-Oh!, which includes comic books, animated TV shows, videogames, and duelling trading card games. All of these seem to require some understanding of a very involved point system designed perhaps to discourage casual involvement.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$40.00
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Konami
Release date:May 19, 2009
Genre:Racing
ESRB rating:E for Mild Fantasy Violence

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