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The Newly Released Digimon TCG!

In 2020 Bandai released an all-new Digimon card game! This version brings back the nostalgia of the original Digimon collectible card game, but with all-new and improved gameplay.

The new trading card game features gorgeous Digimon great legend cards designed by the Japanese artist Naochika Morishita. Other talented artists on the team include Watanabe Kenji and Sasai. Digimon is often compared with Pokémon, but the new hyper-realistic TCG card designs are completely different from the simple Pokémon ones. With each pack, the artists deliver stunning new Digimon depictions ranging from cute, to beautiful, to frightening.

The Digimon card game was released in May 2020 in Japan, but the Digimon fan community in the West had to wait until January 2021 to get their hands on their first decks. Every booster since has had a many-month delay before its Western version was released internationally. Don't want to wait for the Western releases? Get your hands on the Japanese versions right here at our store!

All-New Gameplay

The 2020 Digimon TCG comes with an all-new set of gameplay rules, including a memory gauge system, that, according to Bandai, will "start a revolution" in card games. The memory gauge and counter are shared between the players and are used to keep track of the memory paid by each player when playing cards. Each player gets 10 memory, however, if the cost of playing a card is greater than the memory you have left, you can enter into your opponent's side of the memory gauge. Just remember that if you use your opponent's memory, it means the end of your turn!

The TCG decks contain three types of cards. Each category has a different function: Digimon/Digi-egg cards, Tamer cards, and Option cards. First, you hatch the Digi-eggs into Digimon using the Digi-egg deck. Of course, the trademarks of the Digimon games and anime are included in the TCG as well, like the ability to digivolve your Digimon partners. Each evolution gives your partner monster a power boost. Finally, you can use your Digimon to launch epic attacks against your opponent.

The ultimate goal is to beat your opponent by reducing their security stack cards to zero, then finish off with a knockout blow!

History of the Digimon Card Game

Digimon itself began as a counterpart to the Tamagotchi—but instead of simply caring for your virtual pets, the Digital Monster game lets you battle with them! The game was incredibly popular. So popular that the company has since created a global franchise of products including manga, anime, movies, and of course the Digimon TCG.

The first trading game was released in 1997, as card packs that could be purchased from vending machines around the country. Unfortunately, its English version contained a number of errors which made it difficult for the international community to accept. Bandai also changed to certain features in the international release, including the gameplay.

A second Digimon TCG was launched in 2002 when Bandai created the D-Tector Card Game as additional content for their own D-Tector virtual pet toys. Then, from February 25, 2011, to September 28, 2012, Bandai launched Digimon Jintrix, an online card game with a physical card release. Soon after, the mobile device game Digimon Crusader came out, lasting from December 2012 to December 2017.

Finally, in 2020, we got the latest global card game, and the first to feature a complete TCG tied into the Digimon universe since 1999 — fortunately Bandai learned from their mistakes, ensuring that both the Japanese and English versions match perfectly.

Game Changers— The Latest Card Game Packs

As of the writing of this article, Digimon has already released 6 boosters, with Double Diamond being the latest release.

The new Double Diamond booster pack includes the rarest, and the most sought-after Digimon card to date: the alternate art version of the Omni-mon BT1-084. This card is part of the 1st-anniversary celebration of the Digimon TCG, so it is an extra valuable collectors' card that already retails for 5000$. If you get lucky enough to find the Omni-mon when opening your booster packs, it's sure to be the highlight of your collection!

The Double Diamond set also contains paired tamer cards, including the adult versions of the original tamers. These nostalgic cards show fan favorites like T.K. Takaishi and Kari Kamiya all grown up. Unlike Pokémon, the Digimon franchise embraces the aging of its heroes, bringing in new casts of characters with each shift in generation.

The English version of the Double Diamond booster was just released on October 15th, 2021 (but you can find the original Japanese version on our website).

And don't miss the second EX pack DIGITAL HAZARD[EX-02] which has a predicted release date of December 24th in Japan. All Digimon packs have an upcoming English release predicted for some time in the next year. But if you can't wait until then to complete your collection, be sure to check for when we get the Japanese versions in stock!

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