Card-Based Japanese Role-Playing Games
ConsoleNameReleaseDeveloperLucca's Observations
GameCubeBaten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean2004Tri-CrescendoA curious take on card-based combat, poor quality voice acting
GameCubeBaten Kaitos Origins2006Tri-Crescendo/Monolith SoftSimilar card combat, but now all characters draw from the same deck
JP FCDragon Ball: Dai Maou Fukkatsu1988D&D Corp/TosePlays kinda like a card-based board game
DSDragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu2007BECTaking it all the way back to card-based combat, encounters take a long time but you gain experience between them
JP FCDragon Ball Z: Kyoushuu! Saiya Jin1993D&D Corp/ToseCARDS
GB+GBCDragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors2002Flight-PlanSaiyan-Buu sagas featured, card-based combat, blah blah blah
JP SFCDragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu1992D&D Corp/ToseCombo of two of the FC DBZ games, still with card-based battles
JP FCDragon Ball Z II: Gekishin Freeza!!1991D&D Corp/ToseCard-based combat
JP FCDragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzou Ningen1992D&D Corp/ToseMore card-based combat
PS4Little Town Hero2020Game FreakSee XBO
SwitchLittle Town Hero2019Game FreakSee XBO
Xbox OneLittle Town Hero (DL only)2020Game FreakPlays more like a deckbuilder, the only main RPG element is the skill tree, filled out by points earned in battles that take way too long
GameCubeLost Kingdoms2002FromSoftwareCard-based ARPG, another FromSoft jam
GameCubeLost Kingdoms II2003FromSoftwarePretty much similar to the first, some tweaks to the cards were made
PS5Overrogue (DL only)2022Exe-CreateSee XS
Xbox OneOverrogue (DL only)2022Exe-CreateSee XS
Xbox SeriesOverrogue (DL only)2022Exe-CreateKemco tries its hand at a roguelike deckbuilder game featuring a full party, with varying results
SwitchOverrogue (DL only)2022Exe-CreateSee XS
PS4Overrogue (DL only)2022Exe-CreateSee XS
3DSPocket Card Jockey (DL only)2016Game FreakA game about horse raising and racing via solitare. As in the card game.
SwitchShadowverse: Champion's Battle2021CygamesAn anime-based card battle game where each deck theme has its own level to increase, conferring better cards
SwitchVoice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden (DL only)2022Alim/Square EnixDoesn't drastically shake up the formula from the first 2 games, but does add a monster-taming mechanic and features a female GM
PS4Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden (DL only)2022Alim/Square EnixSee Switch
SwitchVoice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden (DL only)2022Alim/Square EnixSee PS4
PS4Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden (DL only)2022Alim/Square EnixAn experience largely the same as the first game, but with a new, arguably more relaxing story and atmosphere
SwitchVoice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars (DL only)2021Alim/Square EnixYoko Taro makes a card game with a heavy tabletop aesthetic
PS4Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars (DL only)2021Alim/Square EnixSee Switch
PS4Voice of Cards Trilogy2023Alim/Square EnixA package deal containing all three games in Yoko Taro's Voice of Cards trilogy
SwitchVoice of Cards Trilogy2023Alim/Square EnixSee PS4
PSPYu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Tag Force 42009KonamiSee above, with some differenct characters
GBAYu-Gi-Oh!: Reshef of Destruction2004KonamiYou will be judged by many for playing this game and even more for enjoying it- be warned
PS2Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Duelists of the Roses2003KCEJSomething something loose adaptation of War of the Roses in a children's card game with grids to place monsters (that can rank up) on
GameCubeYu-Gi-Oh!: The Falsebound Kingdom2003KonamiIt's an RTS/turn-based RPG hybrid with Yu-Gi-Oh characters. I don't make the rules here.
GBAYu-Gi-Oh!: The Sacred Cards2003KonamiSurprisingly, there's a story surrounding the gameplay of a children's card game. You level by dueling. Shrug.
PS2Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: The Beginning of Destiny2008KCEJAdds more duels to the the PSP Tag Force game, also allows for connectivity with Tag Force 2 to obtain more cards
PSPYu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force2006KonamiSomething something children's card game, beating rivals levels you up and makes you eligible to buy better booster packs
PSPYu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 22007KonamiIf you played the first one, you've played this one; playing the previous game can unlock extra cards