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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers Review

by: Finn Orfano ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers is a deep and engrossing drive through great looking terrain in a futuristic world with high-octane motorcycle racing. The card-based system implemented works beautifully along with the game play and control system to create an adventure worth your time.

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    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers for the Wii  

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers is a card battle video game by Konami for up to 4 players that makes Mario Kart seem simple compared to Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers. The game play in this video game is based on the most recent cartoon-spinoff of the original brand concept of Yu-Gi-Oh! In this reality you're taken to a futuristic world where the card battling is combined with high-octane motorcycle racing. You take on the role of an up and coming Turbo duellist as you jump aboard your own Duel Runner motorcycle and race for the finish line. The concept is the same as any race; only in this racing video game they put an outrageous array of obstacles in your way.

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    Do the Controls Included With Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers Work?

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers takes you for a ride  

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers uses a Wii control scheme that works to make the racing intense and the action adrenalin filled. You need to multi-task a lot as you use the controls of this video game but the emphasis is on driving and duelling as you race your motorcycle.

    You use the Nunchuk to control the play of the cards with your d-pad and Wii remote, while you accelerate, brake and turn using the Nunchuk. You also have to spin around to attack, while controlling your D-Wheel with your turning reversed and you going backwards. This can be quite difficult to achieve while trying to keep an eye on the action in front of you.

    The controls work very well in the final analysis and there were no Wii remote accidents or disasters while using the controls. The D-Wheel customization allows you to customize your motorcycle to have a high top speed, tighter turning radius and greater acceleration but these elements don't change how your D-Wheel handles during the races much. They also didn't implement the Wii MotionPlus accessory in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers.

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    How Does Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers Look?

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers has a complete anime based story line and presentation with the charm and style that has entertained Japanese gamers for decades. Creatures appear in fully-rendered cell-shaded 3D above your characters head as your racing that look amazing. They also have fantastic looking attacks they'll throw at the other racers as you put your foot down. Straight shots, area effect attacks, bomb blasts, or walls that drop onto the track and impede your progress. The cell-shaded look of this Wii action title matches the anime look of the characters perfectly. The frame rate was constant and smooth through out the races and even with 8 racers on the track the presentation was rock solid.

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    Is the Game Play of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers Entertaining?

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers is simple yet entertaining fun  

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers uses a combination of card based game play and action packed motorcycle racing to entertain you. The card based game play is for duelling and uses trap, spell and monster cards similar to Yu-Gi-Oh! but the rules are completely different. Spell cards can only be activated from your hand, which means you cannot set spells.

    For duelling, it's quite different. It says it's Yu-Gi-Oh! on the box, but the only thing that's similar is the cards, and the card types. They're still trap/spell/monster cards, but the rules are completely different. You can only summon a single monster at a time, which uses up your speed counters, and the monsters in this Wii action video game have life force that can be extinguished. They did include over 150 varied cards, in 3 different categories, with a rainbow of different effects to entertain your senses. You can even create custom characters with a greater ability to customize your race machine with any of the included cards.

    The goal is to be the first to the finish line during a three lap race. Your opponents will use their decks to set destructive traps, spells and monsters to stop you, so they can be the first to the finish line. A patient hardcore Wii gamer won't have any problem learning the game play with this Wii action title and they'll enjoy unwrapping a fantastic racing adventure.

    The winning strategy involves knowing whether to focus on summoning and supporting your monsters while you're playing. The game play is very complex and deep, with layers upon layers of design depth, and at times it will be a challenge to understand the crazy mess of information that can be scrolling across the screen. They don't provide a tutorial to help the casual gamer understand the steep learning curve of playing Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers. This fact is going to turn some casual Wii gamers away from this title, but if they are patient this video game is a tornado of game play concepts and mechanics that mingles into a satisfying and engrossing video game.

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    The Final Word on Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Wheelie Breakers is a better video game for hardcore Wii gamers than Mario Kart and will allow them to move up to a much deeper and entertaining Wii racing game. Casual gamers will find a deep and engrossing Wii racing game if they take the time and have the patience to unlock all the fun and entertainment included in this title.

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