Yes, I know, this is a toku blog (the Ultimate Toku Blog. EVER. 😉 to be precise), but in 1999, like everyone else in the US, I just got completely sucked into this. But this bit of news still surprised me enough to blog about it myself.
With a new set of cards being released in lieu of the premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal in Japan (nothing confirmed yet, but I know it will eventually be released in the US) game developer Konami announced that the Guinness Book of World Records has recognized the iconic card game as the best-selling trading card game. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game has sold over 25,175,567,833 cards to date, beating their own previous record of 22,587,728,173 cards set back in 2009.
There’s the really small pic of the certificate from Guinness World Records.
Kazuki Takahashi created the original manga from 1996 to 2004, which has spawned ongoing anime series for which new cards are constantly produced. The card game first shipped to the US in 1999, and has since spread to over 45 countries worldwide. Konami actually first applied for the record back in 2006, when “only” 15.8 billion cards had been sold. And I’m sure that there are plenty of you out there (myself included) that helped to contribute to these overwhelmingly massive numbers. Congratulations Yu-Gi-Oh! and Konami!
-M.C., the Quantum Twin