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Yo-kai Watch
Yo-Kai Watch logo

Yo-kai Watch EU cover

Yokai-watch-boxart

Yo-Kai Watch Japanese cover art


Boxart covers of Yo-kai Watch.
Publisher JPLevel-5
WWNintendo
Developers Level-5
Designer Tatsuya Shinkai
Genre Role-playing game
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Android[1][2]
iOS[1][2]
Release dates Nintendo 3DS
NANovember 6, 2015[3]
JPJuly 11, 2013
EUApril 29, 2016[4]
AUDecember 5, 2015[5][6]
KONovember 26, 2015[7]

Android/iOS
JP2017[1][2]

Ratings CERO : All Ages
ESRB : E+10
PEGI : 7
Website Official Japanese website
Official Japanese smartphone website
Official North American website
Official Australian website
Official South Korean website
Successor Yo-kai Watch 2

Yo-kai Watch (Japanese : 妖怪ウォッチ Yōkai Wotchi) is the first game of the Yo-kai Watch series released for the Nintendo 3DS by Level-5.

The game was first announced in the Japanese magazine CoroCoro which Level-5 revealed the game was in development.

The game was released on July 11, 2013 in Japan and on April 2015, Level-5 announced that Nintendo would handle the localization of the game in the west. At the E3 of 2015, Nintendo revealed that the game will release in North America on November 6th 2015.[3], the game was later released in South Korea on November 26, 2015, and Australia and New Zealand on December 5, 2015[5]. In February 2016, Nintendo of Europe revealed that the game will release in Europe on April 29, 2016.[4]

During LEVEL-5 Vision 2016, it was announced that Yo-kai Watch would be released for Android and iOS devices in the fall of 2016 as Yo-kai Watch for Smartphone (Japanese : 妖怪ウォッチforスマートフォン Yōkai Wotchi for Sumātofon).[1] On October 26, 2016, Akihiro Hino revealed that the game is delyed until 2017 to feature high-end graphics, and that it’ll be easily playable on smartphone with new controls and network compatibility.[2]

Blurb

Weird and wonderful Yo-kai are everywhere!

Befriend over 200 different Yo-kai, all with their own unique personalities!

Use your Yo-Kai Watch to find Yo-kai troublemakers around town.

Strategize your attacks wisely...
To unleash powerful Soultimate Moves!

Download items via the Internet and challenge friends to local wireless battles!

Snap pics of Yo-kai hiding out in the real world with your in-game Yo-kai Cam!

Plot

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Demo

Demo release

The game has an official demo in the Nintendo eShop that can be downloaded as of July 3, 2013 in Japan. When the game was localized in the west, the demo was released on October 22, 2015 in North America.[8] The demo was released in Australia and New Zealand on November 27, 2015.[9] On March 4, 2016 the demo was released in Europe after the Nintendo Direct presentation.

Demo plot

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The game starts when Whisper tells Nathan to go outside and find some Yo-kai's. Once outside, a young girl comes to Nathan and asks him for his help. After negotiating with Whisper, Nathan agrees to help the young girl out. She tells Nathan that three Yo-kai's were causing trouble and revealed were the two are, but tells Nathan that he has to discover on his own were the third one is. After finding all three Yo-kai's, it is revealed that the young girl is in fact Dismarelda, which shocked both Nathan and Whisper. Nathan challenges Dismarelda, but loses, revealing that Nathan has to befriend many Yo-kai's. After that, the demo ends.

Game information

Features

Gameplay

Main article: Gameplay of Yo-kai Watch

Yo-kai

Main article: List of Yo-kai by Medallium Number (Yo-kai Watch)

Development

On October 14, 2011, Level-5 announced a new game at their Level 5 Vision conference in Tokyo, and the title was revealed as Yo-kai Watch. Level-5 didn't reveal on which platform the game shall be released, as they revealed that it would be a multimedia project same as other franchises developed by Level-5. They did released a trailer showing a character with the ability to see and interact with ghosts. He can also use his ghost to battle against other ghosts as well.

On October 14, 2011, screenshots of the game has been revealed as well the screenshots of the anime of the series. October 13, 2012, Level-5 revealed that the game would be released for the Nintendo 3DS in a issue of the Japanese magazine CoroCoro.

Level-5 revealed the character as an 11-year old boy named Nathan Adams, which is also the main character of the game. Whisper and Jibanyan join Nathan and his watch helps him to find Yo-kai when he looks around town. It has revealed that some Yo-kai are friendly, while others are causing ruckus in town and it's up to Nathan to defeat them with a party of three Yo-kai. They then revealed that the game takes place in a regular town named Springdale, and also revealed three other characters that are as well in the game. Katie, Eddie and Bear are all three Nathan's friends as well as his classmates.

They revealed that Whisper is a ghost-like Yo-kai butler, Tattletell is mostly seen stuck on a human's face and Walkappa is a Yo-kai that loves water.

Music

Main article: Yo-kai Watch Original Soundtrack

The Yo-kai Watch Original Soundtrack was composed by Kenichiro Saigo and it includes four discs. The first disc contains 40 tracks in total, which the second disc contains 44 tracks in total, which the third disc contains 48 tracks in total and the fourth disc is a bonus which includes three songs from the animation series.

Pre-order & Bundles

GameStop will give away a free Jibanyan medal if players in America pre-ordering the game at the store which the medal work may vary. Nintendo of America revealed that there will be a Nintendo 2DS bundle containing the game with the cost of only $99,99. In Australia and New Zealand, the games will be bundled with the Nintendo 2DS on its release on December 5th with a cost of $169.95.[10]

Technical details

Japan

Details
Media Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download
Download size 6,345 (794MB) blocks
Supported features Nintendo Network (download items)
Local Play (2 players)
StreetPass
Input / compatible controllers Nintendo 3DS

North America

Details
Media Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download
Download size 6,641 blocks
Supported features Nintendo Network (download items)
Local Play (2 players)
StreetPass
Input / compatible controllers Nintendo 3DS

Version history

Japan

Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.1
1.2[11]

North America

Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.1 November 6, 2015 Gameplay adjustments. Gameplay adjustments.
1.2 February 25, 2016 Adding French and Spanish language. French and Spanish were added to Yo-kai Watch as language options.

Europe

Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.1 April 29, 2016 Gameplay adjustments. Gameplay adjustments.

Promotion

When the game was released in North America, there was a launch party at the at the Nintendo World Store in the Rockefeller Center from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. People that attended the event met Akihiro Hino, the president of Level-5, as well getting an autograph from him from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

Reception

Review scores
Publication Score
Famitsu 36 of 40 (9, 9, 9, 9)[12]
IGN 7.2/10[13]
Always Nintendo 8/10
Game Informer 8.5/10
GameSpot 7/10

Famitsu gave Yo-kai Watch a score of 36 of 40. Japanese reviewer Reona Ebihara wrote "The game gradually expands its feature set as you go, opening up this very unique world that's easy to melt into." as well "The 3D visuals work great, serving especially well to put you right there as you're searching for spirits in the grass. The battles proceed automatically but let you change formations and offer support in realtime, keeping things both simple and deeply strategic." Japanese writer Urara Honma added "The game balances collection, battle, and monster-raising in a really expert manner." as well "The battles use the touchscreen deftly to boost their strategic aspects; it feels really great to control. You won't run into much frustration playing this game, and while it does feel like one big fetch quest at times, the charms of the story more than make up for that."[12]

Yo-kai Watch sold a total of 1.33 million copies in Japan. Since its release in North America and Europe, the game sold a total of 1.58 million copies.

Trivia

  • It took at least two years and four months that the game was released in North America and South Korea after its initial release in Japan. For Australia and New Zealand, it took at least two years and five months after its initial release in Japan. However, in Europe, it took at least three years and four months after its initial release in Japan.
  • The cover art differs from the original cover art. The one closest to the original cover art is that of North America, South Korea and Australia, while Europe has a very different cover art compared to the four.
  • The English version of Yo-kai Watch includes an opening video and a drawing of Jibanyan in the end credits which the Japanese version lacks due to the Japanese version being released first.

Legacy

After the release of the game in Japan, the franchise became a massive success among Japanese children, teenagers and even adults. The game sold in Japan a total of 1.33 million copies.

A year after the original release of Yo-kai Watch, the franchise released Yo-kai Watch 2 as well several releases of side games for the iOS, Android and Nintendo 3DS. After the release of the initial Yo-kai Watch 2 game, a small follow-up known as Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters has released either digitally and physically for the Nintendo 3DS. The franchise is known to collaborate with different game companies, such as Koei Tecmo and Ubisoft.

After the mass popularity of Yo-kai Watch 2 in Japan, Level-5 became more serious to bring the series to the west. Yo-kai Watch was released in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea in 2015, while Europe had a release window in 2016. In Europe, 700,000 copies of Yo-kai Watch were sold, mostly in France. Despite the minor success it had in America, Yo-kai Watch 2 came out in North America in September 30, 2016 in a hope that the success of the franchise in Japan will also happen in North America.

The sequel to Yo-kai Watch 2, Yo-kai Watch 3 was announced by Level-5, and released on July 16, 2016 in Japan.

Gallery

 
Yo-kai Watch starting symbol
Yo-kai Watch 3DS icon.
 
Yo-kai Watch demo starting symbol
Yo-kai Watch Demo 3DS icon.

Game covers

 
Yo-Kai Watch Japanese cover art
Japanese cover of Yo-kai Watch.
 
Yokai-watch-boxart
NA boxart of Yo-kai Watch.
 
Yo-kai Watch EU cover
European boxart of Yo-kai Watch.

Logo's

 
Yokai Watch Logo
Japanese logo of Yo-kai Watch.
 
Yo-Kai Watch logo
Western logo of Yo-kai Watch.
 
Yo-kai Watch for Smartphone
Japanese logo of Yo-kai Watch for Smartphone.

Video Gallery

Japanese videos

Yo-kai Watch for Smartphone

North America videos

European videos

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Yo-kai Watch Smartphone official website
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Yo-kai Watch for Smartphone Gets Delayed To 2017 For Work On Major Improvements
  3. 3.0 3.1 E3 2015: YO-KAI WATCH’S RELEASE WINDOW REVEALED
  4. 4.0 4.1 Great news! YO-KAI WATCH will arrive on Nintendo #3DS in Europe on 29th April!
  5. 5.0 5.1 Yo-kai Watch. What are Yo-kai? - Trailer (Nintendo 3DS)
  6. YO-KAI WATCH TO LAUNCH DECEMBER 5 IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
  7. Official Nintendo Korean website
  8. Try The Yo-kai Watch Demo Next Week
  9. Australia/New Zealand Nintendo website
  10. Nintendo AU/NZ official Twitter Feed
  11. [http://www.youkai-watch.jp/yw/topics/update.html Yo-kai Watch Official Japanese website (update)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Japan Review Check: Yokai Watch, New Super Luigi U
  13. YO-KAI WATCH REVIEW


Main games
Yo-kai WatchYo-kai Watch 2Yo-kai Watch 3
Side games
Yo-kai Watch BustersYo-kai SangokushiYo-kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version
Mobile games
Yo-kai Taiso Dai-ichi Puzzle da nyanYo-kai DaijitenYo-kai Watch: Gerapo RhythmYo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble

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