Konami has confirmed that it is bringing Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival to Europe on June 26th.

The first entry in the card-battling series to hit the 3DS, Zexal World Duel Carnival launched in Japan at the end of last year and is based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal anime and manga. This is also the first time that the Zexal universe has been used in a video game.

Konami has confirmed that the game will launch at retail and on the 3DS eShop as a digital download.

Here's the rub, taken from the official press release:

The new title will be available as both a physical and digital product, and is the first time the series has graced the 3DS system. It also marks the first use of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal universe within KONAMI’s video game series.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival is based on characters and events from the popular TV series. The game centres on the titular World Duel Carnival where 11 playable characters are vying to compete. Each character has a bespoke card deck, and this allows users to get straight into the action as they select their favourite character and enter hard-fought duels with the cards they hold.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival also allows the player to develop their character’s deck, with advanced users able to build a custom deck from the 5,500 cards the game contains. Similarly, a total of 40 characters from the TV show feature in the game, who players will meet as they prepare for the tournament. Newcomers to the series will also be able to hone their skills courtesy of the game’s tutorial elements, making Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival the perfect jump-on point for newcomers to the world of Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival will be available digitally via the Nintendo eShop or as a cartridge, the latter of which is exclusively packaged with three highly collectable Yu-Gi-Oh! cards: Snow Plow Hustle Rustle, Night Express Knight and Special Schedule.

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