Yu-Gi-Oh! is better than Pokemon.
Debate Rounds (1)
Section 1: Pokemon cards can't hold a candle to the way YGO cards. The YGO cards look like pure awesomeness, and are much more powerful. Like Exodia for instance. In the forum post down below this section, the writer says that having all 5 pieces of Exodia made you the "cool kid", the one all other duelists looked up to and wanted to rob. He also said that being able to draw all 5 pieces was like getting an extra chicken nugget in your happy meal, or watching Goku go Super Saiyan for the first time. Nothing in Pokemon has ever given anyone that feeling, because they don't have any cards similar to that. Unlike YGO, Pokemon doesn't have a lot of ultra rare, super rare, or normal cards that are really good but really hard to find. Every card in Pokemon is super common and extremely easy to get a hold of. But in YGO, people will spend long periods of time looking for a certain card, or set of cards, to "complete" their deck. Like me, for instance, I've been looking for the Melodious Fusions, and once I get them, I'll feel really good, like I have a very powerful unbeatable deck (until I get defeated lol). Pokemon players, don't get that feeling. They don't know what its like, and probably never will.
Section 2: In this Forum on Yahoo Answers, just about everyone picks Yu-Gi-Oh over Pokemon, and they bring up some good points. The YGO card game requires strategy unlike Pokemon, and the show is much better as well. This is clearly plain to see. The Pokemon show is just like the Elder Scrolls series. Sure its full of adventure, but it's literally the same thing over and over again, with no character development and no improvement in the story line at all. In Yu-Gi-Oh on the other hand, the characters are always being developed and there's always something new going on. The only thing that's really repetitive in YGO, is Kaiba's constant desire to finally beat Yugi.
Section 3: And then there's this section. This is another Yahoo Answers Forum, where everyone picks YGO over Pokemon. They either have YGO in first or second place with Pokemon always in third.
Conclusion: The people have practically spoken for me. Yu-Gi-Oh is better than Pokemon. Hands down. But out of respect for those who manage to find a use for those other wise useless cards that are the Pokemon cards, at the end of the day. We'll all enjoy playing the games that we do, and no one can take that away from us.
I thank the readers for taking the time to look at this debate, and I thank my opponent, whoever that may be, for accepting and taking the time to argue their points.
Eh I'm bored, so why not. I'll gladly defend Pokémon in this debate. Good luck in advance to my opponent in the voting phase.
Seeing as this is only one round, I'll lay out the entirety of my points here.
I'll talk about many different sections of the Pokémon franchise:
I. The TCG
II. The Videogames
I'll be strictly talking about these because while the show itself is popular, it pales in comparison to the popularity of the TCG and games.
I. The TCG
Firstly, the Pokémon TCG is definitely a lot different in terms of mechanics than Yu-Gi-Oh. It is not based on "ATK" and "DEF", but rather a set of hit points each Pokémon has and attacks that cost energy, as well as the "evolution" of Pokémon throughout the course of the game. The only example of "evolution" in Yu-Gi-Oh that is notable is the building of Exodia, where five pieces are needed to instantly win the game.
The concept of evolution and energy opens up a whole new strategy behind Pokémon, where managing your evolutions and energy is key. For instance, you have the choice of trying to take out the enemy Pokémon early, or focusing on increasing your Pokémon's strength over time through evolving.
The advantage Pokémon has over Yu-Gi-Oh is that it is a lot more accessible to newcomers, meaning it is easier to understand the core concept of the game and focus on more advanced strategies sooner. In the meanwhile, with Yu-Gi-Oh, its mechanics are more complex (even if slightly so), meaning that at entry-level or younger audiences, most will be attracted to Pokémon over Yu-Gi-Oh.
In addition, it's still alive and has many unique cards to keep fans interested in the series. For instance, the EX Full Art cards:
These cards do end up looking extremely attractive and have a demand on websites such as Amazon, eBay, and other TCG stores (online and physical), so opponent's arguments about Pokémon cards being extremely easy to find doesn't make sense; there is always some degree of rarity based on gameplay value or looks.
In fact, some cards are both: Such as Rayquaza C. Level X:
Apart from costing 20 dollars 7 years after its release, it's still a very powerful combo, making it desired amongst many players of the game.
In addition, the Pokémon Worlds take place every year and is a gathering for players of the TCG and videogame alike to compete for large prizes in scholarships. But I'll cover this in the next section:
II. Video Games
Clearly Pokémon wins here. The Pokémon video game series attracts and entices many new fans with its new Pokémon regions, game design choices, and strategies you can employ during battle. In addition, their sales are extremely high, with a fairly revolutionary game, Pokémon X and Y, having sold 14.46 million copies, and 4 million in the first week alone.  Two new games were just recently announced as well: Sun and Moon. Pokémon is continually finding ways to bring in new people.
In addition, like the TCG, the mechanics of battle in Pokémon are easy to pick up yet allow for a large amounts of depth. Once you understand what types are weak to what and the basics of stats, you can begin to craft your team of six around those ideas and focus on making the "ultimate team". You can do so with a wide variety of Pokémon, instead of a select few "viable" ones. While some are obviously better than others in their own way (Kangaskhan), for the most part people are free to choose the Pokémon they like and that they can build to become champtions and win with them.
In addition, the Worlds' total purse is 500,000 dollars in scholarships.  In addition to being more accessible to most (U.S. instead of Japan), it has a much larger purse for prizes making it more desirable to focus on and attend.
Those are two main points. The TCG is more accessible yet still has room for depth, and has many cool and powerful cards associated with it, attracting traders and collectors. The video games have the same design principle and reward strategic trainign of your Pokémon in their own unique stats.
I thank the opponent for this opportunity to debate, and best of luck in the voting phase!
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