Yu-Gi-Oh! Video Game U.S. Wild Card Tournament 2004

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Video Game U.S. Wild Card Tournament 2004
TypeNational Championship preliminary
StructureBattle Royal
FormatYu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004
LocationSan Diego Convention Center, California, United States
DateJuly 22, 2004

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Video Game U.S. Wild Card Tournament 2004[1] was a qualifying tournament for the Yu-Gi-Oh! Video Game U.S. Finals 2004. It was held on July 22, 2004 at Konami's booth at San Diego Comic-Con, which was held at the San Diego Convention Center, California, United States. It was conducted using the video game Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004.

The winner of the tournament received entry to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Video Game U.S. Finals 2004, held the next day at Comic-Con.[2][3]

Promotional items[edit]


All participants received the following items:[2][1]


The tournament's winner received the following prizes:[2][1]

The winner also received a trip to Anaheim to see the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2004 for themselves and one guest (must be a parent or guardian if the the winner is a minor), including a bus trip from San Diego to Anaheim, hotel accommodation for 3 days (2 nights), air transportation from Anaheim to their home (only if they do not reside within 100 miles of Anaheim), and $150 spending money.[1]



From July 8 to 19, 2004, entrants could register online,[1] with the first 50 entrants to do so receiving a free 1-day pass to Comic-Con for July 22, 2004 (the day of the tournament). Additional spots were reserved for same-day registration.[2] Players had to check-in between 10 and 11 am on the day of the event, otherwise their position would be made available for same-day registration.[1]

Same-day registration was available at Konami's Comic-Con booth between 10 am and 12 pm.[1]

All entrants were required to live in the US. Entrants needed to bring their own Game Boy Advance system and Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 game cartridge, but Game Link cables were provided by the event staff.[1]

Entrants needed to arrive at the Konami booth between 12 pm and 12:30 pm, with the event planned to start around 1 pm.[1]


The tournament is run as a 120-minute Battle Royal tournament. For the first Duel, tournament staff provide pairings to contestants based on their registration number; for subsequent Duels, players simply look for someone else who had finished their Duel (but cannot Duel the same opponent twice in a row).[1]

All contestants are provided with 10 Star Chips at the start of the event. Before each Duel, both players agree to wager a certain number of Star Chips (both players are required to prove that they had enough Star Chips for the wager); if the players cannot come to an agreement, the wagered number defaults to 4 (or if one player has fewer than 4, the maximum possible number). When a Duel ends, both players note the result on their Duelist Cards, the loser hands the agreed number of Star Chips to the winner, then both players look for a new opponent (aided by tournament staff). Exchanging Star Chips in any other way is prohibited. Any Duelist who runs out of Star Chips is eliminated from the tournament and must leave the play area.[1]

When time is called at the end of the 120 minutes, any unfinished Duels are cancelled and no Star Chips are exchanged for those Duels. The tournament winner is the Duelist with the most Star Chips at the end of the 120 minutes. If their is a tie, a single elimination playoff will be held, with Duelists paired based on their win percentage for the day—the highest-ranked Duelist duels the lowest-ranked Duelist, and so on; in the event of an uneven number of Duelists in the tiebreaker, the highest-ranked Duelist receives a bye for the first round.[1]

Forbidden & Limited List[edit]

The following Forbidden & Limited List was used for the event.[1] This was the same list used for the Toys "R" Us preliminary tournaments.[4]


External links[edit]

  • "Yu-Gi-Oh! Video Game U.S. Wild Card Tournament 2004 Rules & Instructions" (PDF). Konami. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2004. Retrieved 13 February 2021.


  1. a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Yu-Gi-Oh! Video Game U.S. Wild Card Tournament 2004 Rules & Instructions" (PDF). Konami. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2004. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  2. a b c d "Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament US Finals". Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2004. Konami. Archived from the original on 11 July 2004.
  3. "KONAMI HOSTS YU-GI-OH! U.S. FINALS AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2004 TOURNAMENTS". Pojo.com. REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.: Konami Digital Entertainment. 7 July 2004. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  4. Wang, Kevin (August 13, 2004). "Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 - Guide and Walkthrough". GameFAQs. Retrieved 13 February 2021.