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The KONAMI Corporation and Upper Deck Entertainment Unleash 'Fury' and 'Destruction' in May with New Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Structure Decks

Built-to-Win Structure Decks Offer Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Fans a Competitive Edge in Gaming

Upper Deck Entertainment (UDE) - in association with the KONAMI Corporation - unleashes fury and mass destruction in May, with the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Fury from the Deep and Blaze of Destruction Structure Decks. Built to win, the new Structure Decks will be available in participating hobby and retail store outlets late May.

Forces of nature and creatures from the deep collide as the new Fury from the Deep and Blaze of Destruction Structure Decks offer competitive-themed decks modeled after the popular decks available only in Japan. Tournament-ready right out of the box, each deck includes staple cards for experts and beginners alike to use in their quest to become "The King of Games." Each structure deck contains 40 cards, one rule booklet, and one game mat. In addition, each deck will contain one Ultra Rare card, and a Dueling Guide to help beginning and expert Duelists improve their current decks.

UDE currently hosts a series of Regional Tournament Weekends nationwide for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Each Regional Tournament Weekend event offers a total of four invitations to the U.S. Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG National Championships. U.S. Nationals will be held in Columbus, Ohio at the Origins International Game Expo on July 2. Players are invited to Nationals by winning slots at UDE Regional event weekends or by placing in the top four at a Nationals last chance tournament.

During the game, players duel each other by summoning monsters and activating spell and trap cards. Using a Starter Deck and/or booster sets, Duelists collect cards to play their hands against other duelists. Duelists with well-constructed Decks, powerful monsters, solid strategy and a little good fortune are the winners in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG is a product of the KONAMI CORPORATION, and is distributed worldwide (with the exception of Asia) by the Upper Deck Company.

For more information on UDE and its products, Internet users can log on to www.upperdeckentertainment.com.

About Yu-Gi-Oh!™

The object of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is to win a Match (which consists of three duels) by reducing an opponent’s "life points" from 8,000 to zero. This is accomplished through a series of turns using a deck with a minimum of 40 cards and a combination of strategy, skill and luck. Three main types of cards are used in Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG: Monster Cards, Spell Cards and Trap Cards, with each category being further divided into sub-categories. For more information on the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME or Upper Deck Entertainment, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or www.ude.com.

Konami has shipped over 4 million units of Yu-Gi-Oh!(tm) videogames in North America since the series' debut in March 2002 including: Yu-Gi-Oh!(tm) Forbidden Memories for Sony PlayStation®, Yu-Gi-Oh!(tm) Forbidden Memories Premium Edition for Sony PlayStation®, Yu-Gi-Oh!(tm) Dark Duel Stories for Nintendo Game Boy® Color(tm), Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul for Nintendo Game Boy® Advance(tm), Yu-Gi-Oh!(tm) Dungeon Dice Monsters for Nintendo Game Boy® Advance(tm), Yu-Gi-Oh!(tm) The Duelists of the Roses for Sony PlayStation® 2, and the recently released Yu-Gi-Oh! ™. Worldwide Edition Stairway to the Destined Duel for Nintendo Game Boy® Advance(tm). The games are recognized for the deeply strategic and challenging gameplay based on the mega-popular Yu-Gi-Oh! universe.

The Yu-Gi-Oh!™ franchise is based on the Yu-Gi-Oh!™ comic series from artist Kazuki Takahashi that first appeared in Japan in 1996. It is currently being serialized in SHONEN JUMP, the monthly manga magazine published by VIZ, LLC. The comic spawned a hit cartoon TV show, a top-selling collectible card game, several videogames and other licensed merchandise. Yu-Gi-Oh!™ follows the adventures of Yugi, a young boy who possesses the "Millennium Puzzle" that allows him to transform into the "Game King" whenever he is challenged.

4Kids Entertainment Inc. manages the merchandising and television rights to Yu-Gi-Oh!™ in the United States. The animated series, Yu-Gi-Oh!™ King of Games is broadcast 11-times per week on Kids WB.

About Konami Corporation

Konami Corporation is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties, specializing in the home video game market. Konami Corporation’s action and adventure titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill® and Castlevania®, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment in the US and Konami of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products distributed by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. can be found at www.konami.com/usa.

Source: The Upper Deck Co, LLC
Date: May 13, 2005

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