A genre of video game that is essentially an electronic CollectibleCardGame. It may be an exact conversion of a real-world game, or it may be something entirely new. If it's a new game, there will probably be rules and game mechanics that wouldn't be possible in a real-world game. If the game has a plot, of course, you can expect the card game to be SeriousBusiness, maybe even not being considered a "game" despite the obvious rules workings.

To simulate real {{Collectible Card Game}}s, you'll have to get cards randomly rather than choosing the ones you want (though in real life, you can usually find single cards in game stores), either by receiving them after battles or by buying booster packs at an in-game shop.

A SisterTrope to FightLikeACardPlayer.
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!!Examples:

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* ''VideoGame/{{Alteil}}''
* ''Angel Master''
* ''VideoGame/AyakashiGhostGuild'' (defunct)
* ''Bahamut Brave''
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', combined with {{RPG}}.
* ''VideoGame/BattleForge''
* ''Battle G.Girls''
* ''VideoGame/{{Calculords}}''
* ''VideoGame/CardCityNights''
* ''Card King: Dragon Wars''
* ''Card Wars - Adventure Time'' and ''Card Wars Kingdom'', based on ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
* ''VideoGame/ChaoIslandTranquilCorruptGenocide''
* ''Clash Royale'', based on ''VideoGame/ClashOfClans''
* ''VideoGame/{{Culdcept}}'', combined with a board game
* ''Dark Summoner''
* Bandai's ''Data Carddass'' [[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike (you can stop snickering now)]] arcade games all feature collectible cards that can be scanned in to play. among them are Ganbaride, Dice-O, and others that tie into anime like ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing'', ''Manga/OnePiece'', and ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
* ''Deck Dragon''
* ''Deckstorm: Duel of Guardians''
* ''Deity Wars'' (''The Code of Truth: Deity Wars'')
* ''VideoGame/DevilMakerTokyo''
* ''VideoGame/DigimonDigitalCardBattle''
* ''Digimon Heroes!''
* ''Dragon's Shadow'' (''Dragon's Shadow: The Beginning'')
* ''Franchise/DuelMasters'', three for Gameboy Advance, one for Playstation 2.
* ''Duel Masters: Entry Gate of Dragon Saga'', a MobilePhoneGame
* ''Earthcore: Shattered Elements''
* ''Eigou no Venus Gear'' (''Venus Gear'' or ''Gear Venus'')
* ''Electro Girl'' (defunct)
* ''VideoGame/{{Elements}}''
* ''Epic Cards Battle''
* ''Eldhelm''
* ''Elemental Kingdoms''
* ''Eredan Arena''
* ''VideoGame/TheEyeOfJudgment'' uses actual physical cards which are scanned with a video camera. Its [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable PSP]] spinoff, ''The Eye of Judgment Legends'', (obviously) doesn't.
* ''Falkyrie no Monshou'' (''Emblem of Falkyrie'')
* ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder''
* ''Galaxy Saga'' (defunct)
* ''Gensou no Minerva Knights''
* ''[[VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft Hearthstone]]'', which is a derivative (i.e., simpler version) of the paper ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' TCG which got discontinued in 2013.
* ''[=HellFire: The Summoning=]''
* ''VideoGame/HeroicArmiesMarching'', combined with TurnBasedStrategy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hex}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'': Cinderella Girls
* ''VideoGame/InfinityWars'', a game developed by Australian-based studio Lightmare notable for its fully-animated cards.
* ''Junketsu Duelion''
* ''Franchise/KamenRider Battle: Ganbaride'', along with its newly released Nintendo DS spinoff ''Franchise/KamenRider Battle: Ganbaride - Card Battle Taisen''
** ''VideoGame/SuperSentaiBattleDiceO''
* ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection''
* ''Kemono Collection''
* ''The Key of Avalon'', a Japan-only series of arcade games where players had to use actual physical cards
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' and its UpdatedRerelease, ''Kingdom Hearts: Re: Chain Of Memories''.
* ''Kiss of Princess''
* ''VideoGame/{{Kongai}}''
* ''Kung Fu Panda: Battle of Destiny'', based on ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''
* ''Legend of the Cryptids''
* ''Lies of Astaroth'' (''Elves Realm'')
* ''Lost Crusade''
* ''VideoGame/LostKingdoms''
* ''Mabinogi Duel''
* ''Makai Touitsu Chaos Blade'' (defunct)
* ''Marvel: War of Heroes''
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT'', a web-based card game accessible via mobile phones. Similar mobile phone card games have appeared for several franchises, including ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' adaptations, the best of which is probably Micropose's one, set on Shandalar and tying up some lose ends from the storyline.[[/index]]
** ''Magic Online'' is a direct simulation of the tabletop game, to the end that the client is actually free, and you have to buy digital cards through the game just as you would buy physical cards to play normally. Furthermore, if you complete a set of digital cards, you can exchange them with [[Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast Wizards]] for a physical copy of that set.
** ''Duels of the Planeswalkers'' (and the current version, ''Duels... 2012'') is a more limited simulation; the full ruleset is supported, but the controls are simplified (for example, available lands are automatically tapped for mana when you cast a spell) and instead of building decks from scratch, you use one of several preconstructed decks, for which you can unlock additional cards to add to (in the original) or swap in (in ''2012'').
** ''Magic 2015'' is a MobilePhoneGame adapatation of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''
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* The ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series is basically one of these, except the cards are "chips".
** Played more straight with the GaidenGame ''Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge'', which plays much more like an actual Card Battle Game than its parent series.
** Played semi-straight with ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'', where Battle Chips are now Battle Cards
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid''
* ''[[VideoGame/MightAndMagic Might and Magic: Duel of Champions]]'', a game developed by {{Ubisoft}} based on ''[[VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Heroes VI]]''.
* ''Monster Battles''
* ''Monster Maestro'' (defunct)
* ''Monster Paradise''
* ''VideoGame/MonsterRancherBattleCardGame''
* ''Monster Summoner''
* ''Moriah Saga''
* ''Order & Chaos Duels''
* ''Patriotism of War 2''
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'' Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution
* ''VideoGame/PokemonTradingCardGame'' ([[RecursiveAdaptation a video game based on a card game based on a video game]] ([[OverlyLongGag from a company that once made card games]])!)
* ''PoxNora'' SOE has a bunch besides Pox.
* ''Quad Clash''
* ''Qurare: Magic Library''
* ''VideoGame/RageOfBahamut'' a simple CCG that focuses on deck building, enhancing, and evolving cards rather than battling strategies. The English version has since shut down, leaving the game Japan-only.
* ''Reign of Dragons''
* ''Samurai Princess Muramasa''
* ''VideoGame/{{Scrolls}}''
* ''VideoGame/SenranKagura: New Wave''
** ''VideoGame/SenranKagura: New Wave G Burst''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shadow Era}}'', a cross-platform, free to play CCG that was designed to be easy to pick up on and play.
* ''Shadowverse''
* ''VideoGame/ShikihimeGarden'', which combines elements from this genre with [[SimulationGame garden simulation]] and RaisingSim gameplay.
* ''Shinki Kakusei Melty Maiden''
* ''Sid Story'' (''Magic School Lussid'')
* ''SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash''
* ''VideoGame/SolForge''
* ''[=SpellStorm=]''
* ''Suikoden Card Stories''
* ''VideoGame/SwordGirls'' where [=CBG=] meets [[ImprobablyFemaleCast cute girls.]] (defunct except Korea)
* ''Star Era''
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Card Tournament'', a spinoff of the fighting game.
* ''VideoGame/ToukenRanbu''
* ''Transformers Legends'' (defunct)
* ''Transformers Rising'' (China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)
* ''{{VideoGame/Tyrant}}'': A spin off of (and sequel to) the game VideoGame/WarMetal.
* ''VideoGame/UrbanRivals'', a [[WebGames browser based]] card-battle with the characters from their WebComic.
* ''Valhalla Gate of Kamigoku''
* ''Valkyrie Crusade''
* ''Venus Blade''
* ''VideoGame/WarOfOmens''
* ''VideoGame/WarshipGirls''
* ''Wars of Seraphine''
* ''Warstorm'' (defunct)
* ''VideoGame/WeissSurvive''
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhDarkDuelStories''
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhTheSacredCards''
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction''
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhForbiddenMemories''
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhTheDuelistsOfTheRoses''
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhNightmareTroubadour''
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhGXSpiritCaller''
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhTagForceSeries''
* ''Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM'' and ''Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM Pocket'' (defunct)
* ''Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation'', a MobilePhoneGame
* ''Zombie Jombie''
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!!Games with Card Battle elements:

* ''7th Legion'', a 1997 RTS that uses cards to boost units.
* ''Age of Ishtaria'' is an RPG with characters represented as cards.
* ''VideoGame/AntiIdleTheGame'' has one of these in the form of the [=TukkunFCG=] mode.
* ''Captain Heroes: Pirate Hunt'' is a shooting game with characters represented as cards.
* EASports' ''FIFA'' and ''Madden NFL'' series have a mode called ''Ultimate Team,'' in which players manage a team using virtual trading cards.
* ''Divine Girls'' is a strategy game with characters represented as cards.
* ''Dungeon Trackers'' is an RPG with characters represented as cards.
* ''Elemental Wings'' is a VerticalScrollingShooter, with characters represented as cards that can be upgraded.
* ''Fantasica'' is a tower defense game where units are represented as cards.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Due to balance issues with the game's level scaling system, gaming the Triple Triad card battle mini-game and junction system while keeping your characters low-level is often the preferred playstyle.
* ''Game of Dice'' is a ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'' clone with abilities represented as cards.
* ''Girls X Battle'' (''Sexy Academy'', ''Ninja Girls: Moe Moe Moe'') is an RPG with characters represented as cards.
* ''Hero Manager'' is an idle RPG with characters represented as cards.
* ''[[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate]]'' ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' has a new mode called "Heroes and Heralds" in which there are multiple collectible cards that can be used in normal gameplay; they add many kinds of StatusBuff such as speed boost, super armor, new combo strings, and many more.
* ''Monster Avenue'' has a board game layout with card collecting.
* ''Rise of Mythos'' is a strategy game with characters represented as cards.
* ''VideoGame/SoccerSpirits'' is a ''VideoGame/CaptainTsubasa''-style soccer simulator, with characters represented by cards that battle each other.
* ''Soul Guardians'' is an action RPG with character abilities represented as cards.
* ''Soul Rage'' is a VerticalScrollingShooter with ability cards.
* ''Spirit Stones'' is a tile matching game with characters represented as cards.
* ''Summoners War'' is an RPG with monsters represented as cards.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Gaiden'' has as bonus mode that tries to distill the classic TurnBasedStrategy formula into CardBattleGame. It doesn't work all that well, since it requires cards with amounts of text that would be impossible in real life and rolling huge numbers of dice to determine damage, but it's still a good GuiltyPleasure.
* ''Sword of Chaos'' is a 3D action game where cards are used for minor upgrades.
* ''Tale Seeker'' is a tile matching game with characters represented as cards.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' had a complete card game called "Xeno Card" as a minigame. Unlike other role playing game card games (such as [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Triple Triad]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX Tetra Master]]), Xeno Card was a complete CardBattleGame, complete with boosters, rarity, card types, stack rules, phases, and such.
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