Game sales in hobby stores were up from 5 to 10 percent in 2009 despite the worst economy in generations, according to a report in the new issue of Internal Correspondence. The growth was driven by a resurgence in Magic: The Gathering sales and by board game sales up by double-digit percentages. Yu-Gi-Oh! and the return of HeroClix also helped support improved sales. Non-collectible miniature sales were slightly down, and RPG sales were down approximately 10 percent in 2009.
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it will release its newest trading card came, Absolute Powerforce Special Edition, with super rare copies of Dandylion and Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon, to retail and hobby outlets on March 30.
The Absolute Powerforce Special Edition includes three Absolute Powerforce booster packs and one super rare variant card. Absolute Powerforce Special Edition makes it easy for Duelists to get their own super rare copies of Dandylion and Red-Eyes Darkness Metal Dragon. These monsters have only been available as magazine subscription promotional cards, and have never been available in stores until now.