Shuffle your deck; it’s time to check out the Best YuGiOh Gameboy Games of 2023!
YuGiOh is a one of the most recognisable Anime characters in the world. With his pointy hair, trademark card flick, and punky look, he’s taking both the gaming world and our TVs by storm over the years.
The best YuGiOh games have kept us happy on our home consoles, but what about when we want a portable card (or dice) battling fix?
The best YuGiOh games for the GBA and GBC are still super exciting to play in 2023, so much so that they’re pretty much on rotation around the Retro Dodo team on a weekly basis.
Still, you didn’t come here to listen to me waffle on about how much I beat Brandon in multiplayer modes or why I wish I had Yugi’s hair; check out the first title in our list below and happy deck building!
10. Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Masters: World Championship Tournament 2006 (2006)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Masters: World Championship Tournament 2006 might well be one of the longest Gameboy titles I’ve ever written down.
Like many of the other best YuGiOh Gameboy games in this list, the WCT2006 sees players collecting cards to make decks and battling with them.
The main difference, however, is that players don’t battle other anime characters, but rather monsters with decks that have been fashioned around them.
Plus, if you’re suffering from a stint of imposter syndrome and want to know if you’re really as good as the game says you are, then you can duel yourself!
If you’re just after a good old fashioned duel, then the Free Duel mode will suffice. Still, if you’re angling for a more challenging experience, then the challenges and themed duels should give you a run for your money.
Plus, players can trade cards using a GBA Link cable, one of the best Gameboy accessories.
9. YuGiOh GX Duel Academy (2006)
YuGiOh GX Duel Academy slides into 9th spot in our best YuGiOh gameboy games list.
This game follows the anime series pretty closely, sticking true to the plot of the first GX show.
Join the Duel Academy (I guess you didn’t telling about that bit) and compete to become the King of Games.
That’s a title I wouldn’t mind having instead of Editor!
Customise your character, get into the zone, and bring your card-wielding A-Game.
One of the notable features of Duel Academy which had YuGiOh fans all excited was the PDA system.
That’s right; change settings in the game to avoid constant and incessant card activation notifications while your opponent is playing. If they had implemented this earlier, I might still have hair!
8. YuGiOh World Championship Tournament 2004 (2004)
Fancy feeling like you were at the actual Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004? Grab a copy of this game, gel up your hair, and relive the action!
There’s isn’t much different to the 2006 version of the game, but this game will always hold a special place in my cold heart as it’s one of the first titles I played back in the day.
With over 1,100 cards to collect and duel with, you won’t get bored making different decks and combat combinations.
That means beating back over 25 opponents and wiping them off the championship will feel different every time!
If you don’t know your YuGiOh rules and etiquette, then you might want to do a bit of brushing up before you start playing this game. It’s more for experts than beginners, so don’t feel too disheartened if it takes you a while to get into your card-battling rhythm.
7. YuGiOh Dark Duel Stories (2002)
YuGiOh Dark Duel Stories takes the 7th spot in our list of the best YuGiOh Gameboy games!
How many of you can remember grabbing a copy of this game on the GBC back in the day? It was only the third YuGiOh game released outside of Japan.
And just like when we finally got our hands on the best Fire Emblem games in the West, we couldn’t resist getting on on the YuGiOh action!
I’m going to annoy a lot of people by saying this, but it feels a lot like the Pokemon Trading Card Game, another one of the best Gameboy Color games of all time.
Battle characters from the Anime series, create cards, and build a gnarly deck that no one will dare challenge.
Now, where did I put that purple and blonde wig?
6. YuGiOh The Sacred Cards (2002)
YuGiOh The Sacred Cards brings more RPG-style gameplay to the YuGiOh GBA series. Collect Egyptian god cards while battling your way through the challenges posed in Battle City.
If you’re looking for a more brain-teasing and complex YuGiOh game to sink your teeth into, then this is the title for you. It requires the same type of strategy you’d expect from a chess grand master, all while revolving around the events of YuGiOh Series 2.
One of my main bug bears about this game is that it’s too short. The graphics are great, the animations are smooth, but there’s just not enough content for this game to get a better rating in our esteemed list.
Still, with around a million sales overall and sequel to keep the fans happy, it’s still a success in it’s own right.
And you can always play it again to make the fun last longer!
5. YuGiOh Reshef Of Destruction
Seeking out Egyptian God cards never looked so darn good! YuGiOh Reshef Of Destruction sees players working through Domino City, setting out on a quest to find missing Millenium Pieces.
If you like games with tonnes of missions and side quests, RoD will make you smile like a Cheshire cat. That is until you realise how insanely difficult it is…
Seriously, this could one of the most difficult handhed games we’ve ever played. It’s not one for the faint of heart and features some of the toughest battles of any of the bet YuGiOh Gameboy games that have ever existed.
That being said, the gameplay and exploration between battles along with the cutscenes is are all brilliant.
Keep collecting stronger cards as you move through the game and honing your battle technique as you square up against harder and harder opponents.
You might need to have a couple of standby Gameboys for when you smash them in anger… just a tip!
4. YuGiOh Dungeon Dice Monsters (2001)
YuGiOh Dungeon Dice Monsters is another one of my personal favourite GBA games.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any nerdier, we bring the dice game created by Duke Devin in the TV show based around a card game.
Still, it mixes things up a little and adds a new level to our best YuGiOh Gameboy games list!
Even if you’ve never seen an episode of YuGiOh before, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that players use Dice in this game as opposed to cards.
The front cover gives that much away…
Move through levels rolling dice and summoning epic monsters to defeat your opponents. Use 15 six-sided dice to defeat Monster Lords and be the ultimate dice master!
3. YuGiOh Eternal Duelist Soul
YuGiOh Eternal Duelist Soul takes the 3rd spot in our best YuGiOh Gameboy games compendium!
And one of the reasons we love this game so much is the fact that it’s based solely on the television series.
That’s right; it’s my Saturday mornings in a GBA game!
Play against famous faces from the first-ever YuGiOh series, unlocking a new tier of opponents every time you defeat a foe.
There’s a cool feature in this game called the Game Calendar. Certain things happen on certain days, with decks becoming available to use or foes appearing for challenges. It keeps things fresh and keeps you guessing about what might be popping up next.
With over 800 cards on offer too, there’s definitely not a shortage of deck possibilities!
2. YuGiOh Monster Capsule GB (2000)
YuGiOh Monster Capsule GB takes the silver medal in today’s list.
This game never released outside of Japan, so the chances are some of you might not have had the chance to play it before. Still, it’s well worth a shot and one of my favourite GBC games for Nintendo’s iconic handheld.
Monster Capsule GB is turn-based battling at its finest. If you’re into your RPG battle titles, then working out attacks based on the terrain you’re in and Pokemon-style elemental weaknesses should be a breeze.
So what’s the story here? Why is this game so special?
Well, the Millenium Ring has corrupted Seto Kaiba. Kaiba tricks Yugi and Co into entering a duel tower, and the Millenium Ring turns Yugi’s companions into miniature figurines.
I know, it all sounds like a terrible nightmare, but it’s just a computer game, so don’t worry!
Take part in battles with multiple monsters, but be warned. If the monster one of your cards is destroyed, it’s gone forever. Choose your decks wisely, folks!
1. YuGiOh Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel (2003)
The results are in, and YuGiOh Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel is officially the best YuGiOh Gameboy game!
If you loved Eternal Duelist Soul, then this strategic sequel masterpiece will provide many more exciting moments for you to tackle.
The general pace of duels is faster in Stairway to the Destined Duel. The storyline is simple, but the gameplay continually drives forward and doesn’t let up, keeping players hooked even deeper than Eternal Duelist Soul.
Collect over 1,000 cards and battle through the Ghoul’s Pyramid.
Plus, you can get extra cards in-game by entering passwords found on YuGiOh cards! How cool is that!
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.