Upper Deck Entertainment Invites Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Fans to Take a 'Sneak Preview' of New Shadow of Infinity Expansion Set

Sneak Preview Event Offers First Glimpse of
New Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Expansion Set Scheduled to Release in Early March
 
CARLSBAD, Calif. – February 8, 2006 — Celebrating the much-anticipated release of the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME expansion set – Shadow of Infinity -- Upper Deck Entertainment (UDE), the official distributor of Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, invites Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG fans to a sneak preview of the upcoming set on Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19.  Held in over 60 North American cities, the Shadow of Infinity Sneak Preview event allows Duelists a chance to get their hands on the new cards before they are available in stores in March.  Duelists can also compete to win prizes, and receive a new and exclusive Sneak Preview promotional card.
 
To find a Shadow of Infinity Sneak Preview event location, Internet users can log on to www.yugiohpreview.com
 
The strongest monsters in the world of “Yu-Gi-Oh! GX” (Cartoon Network’s new animated series) emerge from the shadows in this latest set with the legendary “Sangenma” cards – GX’s newest and most powerful cards that mirror the effects of the highly-sought-after Egyptian God Cards.  Also featuring over 20 additional cards from the “GX” series, the set allows Duelists to swarm opponents with powerful Insects, bring about the “End of the World” with two new Ritual Monsters and have their “Cyber Dragon Hordes” cards get stronger with new and improved Dragons.
 
Each booster pack will contain one special rare card.  Special Edition packs (available late March) will include three Shadow of Infinity booster packs and one Variant Card.  All cards featured in the Shadow of Infinity setcurrently appear on the “Yu-Gi-Oh!” and “Yu-Gi-Oh! GX” animated series, allowing Duelists to create decks and themes seen on television.   
 
Among Duelists, the demand for booster sets has continued to increase as more Duelists compete in the Duelist League and Hobby Store Leagues, held in neighborhood hobby stores across North America.  There are currently more than 700,000 Duelists registered in more than 7,000 stores across North America. 
 
In recent years, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG has earned top spots on the hottest Christmas wish lists at KB Toys, and was listed as one of the most highly sought-after toys in Toy Wishes Magazine, Business Week, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
 
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 tournaments, the latest in Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG news and product introductions, visit www.yugioh-card.com or 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 0.  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 the 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 eleven times per week on Kids WB.

About The Upper Deck Company
The Upper Deck Co. is a premier global sports and entertainment-publishing company that delivers a portfolio of relevant, innovative and multi-dimensional product experiences to collectors, sports and entertainment enthusiasts.  For more information on the Upper Deck Company, please visit www.upperdeck.com.

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, Inc. in the US and Konami of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products distributed by Konami of America, Inc. can be found at www.konami.com/usa.

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