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}}''
* ''VideoGame/AyakashiGhostGuild''
* ''BatenKaitos'', combined with {{RPG}}.
* ''VideoGame/BattleForge''
* ''VideoGame/ChaoIslandTranquilCorruptGenocide''
* ''VideoGame/{{Culdcept}}'', combined with a board game
* Bandai's ''[[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike Data Carddass]]'' 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 DragonBallZ
* ''VideoGame/DevilMakerTokyo''
* ''VideoGame/DigimonDigitalCardBattle''
* ''Franchise/DuelMasters'', three for Gameboy Advance, one for Playstation 2.
* ''VideoGame/{{Elements}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheEyeOfJudgment'' uses actual physical cards which are scanned with a video camera. Its {{PSP}} spinoff, ''The Eye of Judgment Legends'', (obviously) doesn't.
* ''[[VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft Hearthstone]]'', which is a derivative (i.e., simpler version) of the paper ''WorldOfWarcraft'' TCG which got discontinued in 2013.
* ''VideoGame/HeroicArmiesMarching'', combined with TurnBasedStrategy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hex}}
* ''VideoGame/InfinityWars'', a game currently in beta developed by Australian-based studio Lightmare.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider Battle: Ganbaride'', along with its newly released Nintendo DS spinoff ''Franchise/KamenRider Battle: Ganbaride - Card Battle Taisen''
** ''VideoGame/SuperSentaiBattleDiceO''
* ''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''.
* ''{{Kongai}}''
* ''LostKingdoms''
* ''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.
** ''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'').
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' series is basically one of these, except the cards are "chips".
** Played 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]]''.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterRancherBattleCardGame''
* ''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.
* ''VideoGame/RageOfBahamut'' a simple CCG that focuses on deck building, enhancing, and evolving cards rather than battling strategies.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shadow Era}}'', a cross-platform, free to play CCG that was designed to be easy to pick up on and play.
* ''SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash''
* ''VideoGame/SolForge''
* ''Suikoden Card Stories''
* ''VideoGame/SwordGirls'' where [=CBG=] meets [[ImprobablyFemaleCast cute girls.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Card Tournament'', a spinoff of the fighting game.
* ''{{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.
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhTheSacredCards''
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction''
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhForbiddenMemories''
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhTheDuelistsOfTheRoses''
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhTagForceSeries''
* ''VideoGame/WeissSurvive''
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!!Games with Card Battle elements:

* EASports' ''FIFA'' and ''Madden NFL'' series have a mode called ''Ultimate Team,'' in which players manage a team using virtual trading 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.
* ''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.
* ''[[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.
* ''7th Legion'', a 1997 RTS that uses cards to boost units.
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