Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny

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Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny
North American box art
  • NA: March 23, 2004
  • EU: November 19, 2004
Mode(s)Single player

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny is a strategy video game developed by KCEJ and published by Konami. It was released exclusively for Xbox on March 23, 2004 in North America, and November 19, 2004 in Europe. Marking the debut of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise on the Xbox, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny brings the world of the popular trading card game to Xbox owners. The game features over 1,000 of the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and integrates the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card gameplay and rules with 3D monster battles. The Dawn of Destiny also includes new duel modes such as Link Duel mode and Triple Duel mode, where players' can test their skills against three duelists.


The game follows the official card battling rules, while bringing the expansive Yu-Gi-Oh! bestiary to life in full 3D. Duelists can watch the results of the cards they play come alive in real-time 3D battles, or use the game's Library feature to browse the hundreds of monsters featured in the game. The total number of cards available in Dawn Of Destiny is well over 1,000.

The player can build up to three decks, which can be stored. The game's deck-building interface is designed to be easy to use. The single-player mode allows fans to duel against favorite characters from the animated series, while the game's "Link Duel Mode" lets two human opponents go head-to-head. As with many earlier Yu-Gi-Oh! releases from Konami, Dawn Of Destiny comes packaged with three (actual) game cards, including the Egyptian God Monster card "Winged Dragon of Ra" (a collector's item which may not be used in official rules duels).


On January 9, 2004, Konami Digital Entertainment announced three games to be released in the Yu-Gi-Oh! series: Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 for the Game Boy Advance, Yu-Gi-Oh! Xbox (working title) for the Xbox, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Power of Chaos: Kaiba the Revenge for PC, all to be released in Spring 2004. Each game starred Yugi Mutou and his loyal card-battling friends and ships with three exclusive limited edition game cards. The game marked the debut of the franchise on the Xbox. 1,000 Yu-Gi-Oh! cards were to be available, including exclusive cards that had never appeared in any other Yu-Gi-Oh! video game.[1]


Aggregate scores
Metacritic53 out of 100[3]
Review scores
Game Informer6 out of 10[4]
Game RevolutionD+[6]
GamePro2.5/5 stars[5]
GameSpot5.2 out of 10[7]
GameSpy2/5 stars[8]
GameZone6 out of 10[9]
IGN5 out of 10[10]
OXM (US)5.8 out of 10[11]
TeamXbox5.9 out of 10[12]
X-Play2/5 stars[13]

The game received "mixed" reviews according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.[3]


  1. ^ IGN staff (January 9, 2004). "Konami Announces Yu-Gi-Oh! for Xbox". IGN. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  2. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny for Xbox". GameRankings. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Juba, Joe (June 2004). "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny". Game Informer (134): 132.
  5. ^ Manny LaMancha (April 9, 2004). "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny Review for Xbox on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 4, 2005. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Ferris, Duke (June 6, 2004). "Yu Gi Oh! The Dawn of Destiny Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Davis, Ryan (March 23, 2004). "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny Review". GameSpot. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  8. ^ Steinberg, Steve (April 8, 2004). "GameSpy: Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dawn of Destiny". GameSpy. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  9. ^ Ceradsky, Tim (April 6, 2004). "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny Review - Xbox". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 29, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  10. ^ Clayman, David (March 31, 2004). "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny". IGN. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny". Official Xbox Magazine: 80. June 2004.
  12. ^ Nardozzi, Dale (March 30, 2004). "Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dawn of Destiny Review (Xbox)". TeamXbox. Archived from the original on January 11, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  13. ^ D'Aprile, Jason (May 27, 2004). "Yu-Gi-Oh: The Dawn of Destiny (Xbox) Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on December 5, 2004. Retrieved September 12, 2015.

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