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Yo-kai Watch 2
Yo-kai Watch 2 logo

Yo-kai Watch 2 Bony Spirits cover

Yo-kai Watch 2 Fleshy Souls cover

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North American boxart for Bony Spirits, Fleshy Souls and Psychic Specters.
Developer Level-5
Publisher Level-5
Designer Tatsuya Shinkai
Genre Role-playing game
Platform Nintendo 3DS
Release dates Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls
NASeptember 30, 2016
JPJuly 10, 2014
EUApril 7, 2017[1][2]
AUOctober 15, 2016
KOApril 20, 2017[3]

Psychic Specters
NASeptember 29, 2017[4]
JPDecember 13, 2014
EUSeptember 29, 2017[5][6]
KOSeptember 21, 2017

Ratings CERO : All Ages
ESRB : E+10
PEGI : 7
Website Official website
Official North American website
Official Australian/New Zealand website
Predecessor Yo-kai Watch
Successor Yo-kai Watch 3

Yo-kai Watch 2 (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチ2 Yōkai Wotchi Tsū) is the second installment in the Yo-kai Watch series. It was developed by Level-5 for release on the Nintendo 3DS as two separate games, subtitled Bony Spirits (Japanese: 元祖 Ganso, lit. "Originator") and Fleshy Souls (Japanese: 本家 Honke, lit. "Head of Family").

It was released on July 10, 2014 in Japan, September 30, 2016 in North America[7], April 7, 2017 in Europe[1][2], in Australia and New Zealand in October 15, 2016 and in South Korea in April 20, 2017.[3]

A third edition, subtitled Psychic Specters (Japanese: 真打 Shinuchi, lit. "Headliner"), followed on December 13, 2014 in Japan and is slated for a September 29, 2017 release in North America and Europe, and a September 21, 2017 release in South Korea.

Blurb

Bony Spirits Fleshy Souls
A mysterious watch that lets you see Yo-kai...

Discover the origin of the Yo-kai Watch!
The strangely charming troublemakers, Yo-kai, are back for an all-new time traveling adventure!

Explore new areas, and become a time-traveling hero with Hovernyan, a mysterious new cat Yo-kai.

Enjoy battles, co-op play, and trading with friends via network play.

Bigger world, better battles!

Over 350 Yo-kai!

Exclusive Medal also compatible with Yo-kai Watch™ Model Zero from Hasbro!

Exclusive Bony Spirits Yo-kai!
Venoct appears in the Bony Spirits story.

Download items in-game weekly via the internet.

A mysterious watch that lets you see Yo-kai...

Discover the origin of the Yo-kai Watch!
The strangely charming troublemakers, Yo-kai, are back for an all-new time traveling adventure!

Explore new areas, and become a time-traveling hero with Hovernyan, a mysterious new cat Yo-kai.

Enjoy battles, co-op play, and trading with friends via network play.

Bigger world, better battles!

Over 350 Yo-kai!

Exclusive Medal also compatible with Yo-kai Watch™ Model Zero from Hasbro!

Exclusive Fleshy Souls Yo-kai!
Battle alongside Kyubi in the Fleshy Souls story.

Download items in-game weekly via the internet.

Plot

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One night, mysterious Yo-kai appear and wipe away the memories of the player and all Yo-kai they befriended during the course of the previous game. The player's family spends the next day downtown, where they decide to buy doughnuts. However an argument erupts when the player's father is set on Spirits doughnuts and the player's mother is set on Soul doughnuts. They reach an agreement by having the player decide. In Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls, the choice is fixed and the player chooses the doughnuts reflected by the game version. In Psychic Specters, the player freely decides which doughnuts and this choice has a major impact on the plot, including which Yo-kai are encountered for the rest of the game.

The player leaves their parents to their next discussion and runs into Barnaby "Bear" Bernstein and Edward "Eddie" Archer, who eagerly show off their new mega watches, triggering a faint reminder of the Yo-kai Watch the player carried until the incident the night before. The player's interest is later caught by the sight of the Memory Shop, which carries watches similar to the ones seen earlier. The shopkeeper digresses that his watches reveal hidden things to people and carry a ridiculously low price of only one-hundred yen (9 dollars in the English version). The player purchases one and the shopkeeper encourages to use it at the gacha machine outside the store.

The player inserts a coin into the gacha machine but is disappointed when a rock pumps out for a prize. The player leaves it behind but is pulled back when a voice calls from the object, beckoning the player to open it. In doing so, the player releases the ghostly Yo-kai butler Whisper from the gachapon, who explains the Memory Shop's Yo-kai Watch is what allows the player to interact with Yo-kai. The player has the feeling of déjà vu, realizing he knows how to operate the Yo-kai Watch. The watch begins to emit strange lights as the player and Whisper find their memories restored.

The player and Whisper seek out their old friend Jibanyan at the Fish Place, where he is still taking revenge on the traffic that ended his past life. Jibanyan is shocked at being spotted by a human and does not recognize the player, so he repeats the story of his tragic death and the player consoles him. Again, the Yo-kai Watch emits unusual lights and Jibanyan recovers the memories of his friendship with the player. Jibanyan returns his Yo-kai Medal to the player and the three friends ponder if the Memory Shop owner knows more about what happened to them.

The group returns to the Memory Shop but discover it has vanished and is nothing but a vacant lot. Nearby, the player and Whisper encounter a cleanly Yo-kai named Brushido. The player summons Jibanyan into battle and Whisper motivates him to fight with the promise of a Chocobar. Brushido is overwhelmed and offers the player his Yo-kai Medal as well. They continue home, unaware that they are being watched by the previous night's culprits, Kin and Gin, alarmed that the player has reacquired the Yo-kai Watch and move for more drastic measures.

Demo

Demo release

A demo version of Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls was released on the North American eShop on September 15, 2016. It features the main area of Harrisville for the player to explore, set at the point in the game at which Meganyan is battled. It also includes two secret battles against Arachnus and Toadal Dude, as well as a demo of Yo-kai Watch Blasters.

The demo version of Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls was released on March 9, 2017 in Europe but has been released earlier through eShop codes in the infoboxes of Nintendo fans. Players who have downloaded the demo received a free Hovernyan theme through the code on their eShop receipt. Unlike North America, the demo can be played for an unlimited time until April 8, 2017. The theme will be available until May 1, 2017.

Demo plot

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The demo starts in Harrisville when Nate visits its grandmother. Nate's grandmother is in shock of something, which Nate rushes towards her. Once in the room where his grandmother is, she tells Nathan that there is something wrong with the donuts which Nate wondering if the donuts are already stale. Out of a sudden, the donut suddenly became huge to everyone's suprise. Lucy noticed that the donut is getting even bigger recalling that the rumors were indeed true. Nate wonders what kind of rumors his grandmother is talking about, which Lucy explains to him that things around the village such as muffins and pancakes becomes huge. Jibanyan is facinated that a big donut is in the room stating that it is a dream of his to eat a donut this big. Jibanyan then chases off to the donut, but the donut moves around the room which heads towards the yard. Jibanyan is then seen running off towards the donut.

Nate and Whisper are heading outside, which they see the donut moving into a shed. Whisper believes that it is the work of a Yo-kai, which Nathan, Whisper and Jibanyan are heading into the shed. Then they find Meganyan in the shed asking them to get him out of the shed and explains everything to them which a battle starts to test Nathan's strength. After Nathan defeated Meganyan, Whisper discovers an air valve on Meganyan, which Jibanyan decides to open it, believing that Meganyan hides the donuts there. Meganyan's size reduced and Nathan, Whisper and Jibanyan sees Hovernyan. Hovernyan introduces himself to the group and apologizes to them. After Whisper found something interesting about Hovernyan, Nathan asks if Hovernyan and Meganyan are the same person. Hovernyan explains the entire sitution to Nathan, but before he goes on further he tells them after he eats another donut.

Game information

Features

Yo-kai

Main article: List of Yo-kai in Yo-kai Watch 2

One of the most notable additions to Yo-kai Watch 2 is the substantial increase in Yo-kai. Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls contain 184 new species of Yo-kai, though some are exclusive to one version and the other. Furthermore, the third version Psychic Specters adds an additional 19 types of Yo-kai, bringing the total Yo-kai Medallium count to 448. Especially notable is the player's ability to befriend Yo-kai who served as bosses in the previous game, with Slimamander exclusive to Bony Spirits and SV Snaggerjag exclusive to Fleshy Souls which was not possible in Yo-kai Watch through legitimate means. Changes were also made to Yo-kai evolution trees. For example, Manjimutt, Tattletell and Noko now evolve by leveling up instead of fusion.

Fifteen Yo-kai in in the game belong to a new Tribe called the Wicked. These Yo-kai can only be battled in Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. However, their Yo-kai Medals were later made obtainable in Psychic Specters.

Befriended Yo-kai can now have their Medals converted into Soul Gems at Harrisville's shrine, which is used to upgrade other Yo-kai the player has collected.

In Yo-kai Watch 2, Jibanyan can be defused from Coughkoff or Roughraff. This change may have been inspired by creative choices made in the anime adaptation after the release of the first game, where Jibanyan became Baddinyan and Thornyan but reverted back to his base form by the next episode. Nosirs also had their first appearance in the anime, before making their video game debut in Yo-kai Watch 2.

Exploration

The player can traverse Springdale, as well as new areas such as San Fantastico, Harrisville and Excellent Tower, which can be reached by train. Time travel is also now an important mechanic, allowing the player to explore Springdale 60 years into the past, where only certain types of Yo-kai can be met.

The Yo-kai Watch light can be used in new ways throughout town. Shining the light in some spots challenges the player to determine which Yo-kai needs to be summoned for a special event. Shining the light on some walls uncovers hidden doors to hostile Yo-kai who yield special orbs.

Most of the Yo-kai are now able to follow the player outside of being restricted to Whisper.

Connectivity

Players can scan the previous Yo-kai Watch game using their Nintendo 3DS to unlock a special Crank-a-kai coin used to unlock their choice of Buchinyan, Komasan or Noko by having a saved picture taken by Yo-kai Cam.

As with the previous game, QR codes can also be scanned from various promotional materials which unlock special items in the game, ranging from normal Crank-a-kai coins to items that reveal Yo-kai into the overworld.

Battles

Contrasting the main battle system, occasionally hostile Yo-kai may challenge the player to a full six-versus-six battle, rewarding the player's victory with bonus items or their Yo-kai Medal.

In combat, opposing Yo-kai's favorite foods can now be seen by hovering over them using the Nintendo 3DS touchscreen once the player has obtained the Yo-kai Watch's predecessor model, the Model Zero. This offers other information including disclosing their elemental weaknesses.

Minigames

The player can participate in many minigames including bicycle racing, eating contests, parades and pole-climbing. These minigames offer items as prizes.

Terror Time

Orbs collected during Terror Time can be used to empower special Crank-a-kai coins if escape from the Oni is successful. A new battle mode called Yo-kai Watch Blasters is also introduced, allowing four players to each choose a Yo-kai and fight against Oni Yo-kai. The 2.0 update also introduced a new Blasters mode called "Psychic Blasters" allowing the player to choose a Yo-kai to fight, also the player can collect some orbs to unlock new bosses in Blasters.

Development

Music

Main article: Yo-kai Watch Original Soundtrack

The Yo-kai Watch 2 soundtrack was composed by Ken'ichirō Saigō who was also responsible for the soundtrack of the first Yo-kai Watch game. It contains new themes, as well as returning ones from the first game and others from the anime adaptation. 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. There is also an app on the Yo-kai Pad which plays music tracks from the game.

Pre-order & bundles

There were various pre-order bonuses for Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls in North America and some parts of Europe. If one pre-orders the physical copy of Bony Spirits, fans will receive a Yo-kai medal that unlocks the Nyaight Soultimate Move for Jibanyan. Ones who pre-ordered physical copies of Fleshy Souls will receive an equally but exclusive Yo-kai medal unlocking Jibanyan's Nyext Soultimate move.[8]

Pre-orders that are made at the Nintendo eShop, will give the player a special code in which they receive an exclusive Yo-kai. Ones pre-ordering Bony Spirits digitally will receive Robonyan F, and ones pre-ordering Fleshy Souls digitally will receive Sailornyan. However, those two Yo-kai can be obtained post-game and are able to be traded.[8]

For ones that have played through the original Yo-kai Watch game will receive a special bonus, as if they have taken at least one photo with the Yo-kai Cam, found on the title screen, they can choose between three special Yo-kai as a gift. The three Yo-kai are: Komasan, Noko, and Buchinyan.[8]

If ones purchasing both versions of Yo-kai Watch 2 at GameStop, they will receive a free keychain of Sergeant Burly and Hovernyan.[9]

Technical details

Japan

Details
Media Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download
Save data 3 save slots
Download size Ganso: 14,885 (1861MB) blocks
Honke: 14,894 (1862MB) blocks
Shinuchi: 14,661 (1832MB) blocks
Supported features Nintendo Network (online play, downloadable content)
Local Play (VS - 2 players; Co-op - 4 players)
StreetPass
Input / compatible controllers Nintendo 3DS

North America

Details
Media Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download
Download size Bony Spirits: 14,459 blocks
Fleshy Souls: 14,457 blocks
Supported features Nintendo Network (online play, downloadable content)
Local Play (VS - 2 players; Co-op - 4 players)
StreetPass
Input / compatible controllers Nintendo 3DS

Europe/Australia

Details
Media Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download
Download size Bony Spirits: 24440 blocks
Fleshy Souls: 24438 blocks
Supported features Nintendo Network (online play, downloadable content)
Local Play (VS - 2 players; Co-op - 4 players)
StreetPass
Input / compatible controllers Nintendo 3DS

Version history

Japan

Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso and Honke
Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.1
1.2
1.3[10] September 3, 2014
2.0[11] December 13, 2014
2.1[12] February 25, 2015
Yo-kai Watch 2: Shinuchi
Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.1 December 24, 2014
1.2[13] February 25, 2015

North America

Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls
Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.1 January 11, 2017 Addition of the French and Spanish languages. French and Spanish were added to Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls as language options.
2.0 September 15, 2017 Implemented the Oni Evolution Update. The Oni Evolution update is now available, which includes new Yo-kai.

+Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters

Europe

Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls
Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.1 June 12, 2017 Minor bug fixes.
2.0 September 20, 2017 Implemented the Oni Evolution Update. The Oni Evolution update is now available, which includes new Yo-kai.

Oni Evolution Update

Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters

Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters is an updated version of Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. It was released in Japan and is slated for a release in North America, Europe and South Korea. The game brings some exclusive new Yo-kai as well as making the stronger Wicked tribe Yo-kai befriendable.

  • An Oni Blasters Mode was introduced, allowing four players to each choose a Yo-kai and fight against Oni Yo-kai.
    • This was included in the American Release of Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls under the name "Yo-Kai Watch Blasters"
  • Exclusive new quests.
  • The game contains 19 new types of Yo-kai as well as new bosses.
  • Yo-kai of the Wicked tribe can be befriended. Their Yo-kai Medals were not obtainable in the original Yo-kai Watch 2 releases.

Reception

Review scores
Publication Score
Famitsu 36 of 40 (9, 9, 9, 9)
Level-Up 6.3/10
Nintendo Life 6/10
IGN 5.5/10
GameSpot 5/10
USgamer 5/10
Metacritics Bony Spirits: 66
Fleshy Souls: 63

In Japan, Famitsu gave Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls a score of 36 out of 40 and later gave Psychic Specters the same rating. Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls sold over three million copies, making it the best-selling game in Japan in 2014. Shinuchi sold over two million copies alone, with the combined sales of Yo-kai Watch 2 are now estimated to be over six million copies.[14]

Yo-kai Watch 2 won three awards at Japan Game Awards 2015, with Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls receiving three awards and Shinuchi two awards. The game received the Famitsu Awards in 2014.[14][15]

However in North America, Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls received mixed reviews upon its release compared to its predecessor. Level-Up gave it a score of 6.3 out of 10, given "With no animation upgrades and a corny narrative, Yo-Kai Watch 2 is an RPG that took one step forward and two —or maybe three— steps back by not contributing with something fresh.". Nintendo Life gave it a score of 6 out of 10, given "Instead of evolving, Yo-kai Watch 2 plays it safe by fusing new content – some good, some trivial, and some bad – onto a recycled frame, and the result is what we refer to as a sophomore slump.".

Gaming website IGN gave it a 5.5. rating out of 10, given "For every new story idea or impressive blend of humor and pathos in its writing, Yo-kai Watch 2 fails to breathe life into the act of actually playing it.". Gamespot give it a 5 of 10, given "The game feels old hat, taking you through well-trod ground–albeit with a fresh coat of paint and a few new faces.". USgamer gave it a 5 out of 10, given "If you’re looking for an alternative to Pokemon, you might want to see if the next game fixes Yo-kai Watch’s woes—if it gets localized, that is.". Despite all of the mixed reviews, Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls did receive mixed-to-positive reviews from Metacritic.

Trivia

  • It took at least two years and one month that the game was released in North America after its initial release in Japan. For Australia and New Zealand, it took at least two years and two 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 box art differs from the Japanese version, however, that of North America, Australia and New Zealand came the most closest. The European version add Nathan at the cover.

Gallery

Starting icon

 
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Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls 3DS icon.
 
YW2BonySpiritsIcon
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits 3DS icon.
 
YW2PsychicSpectersIcon
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters 3DS icon.

Game covers

 
Yo-kai Watch Honke cover
Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso Japanese boxart.
 
Yo-kai Watch Ganso cover
Yo-kai Watch 2: Honke Japanese boxart.
 
Yo-kai Watch Shin-uchi cover
Yo-kai Watch 2: Shinuchi Japanese boxart.
 
Yo-kai Watch 2 Bony Spirits cover
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits North American boxart.
 
Yo-kai Watch 2 Fleshy Souls cover
Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls North American boxart.
 
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Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters North American boxart.
 
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Original Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters North American boxart.
 
YW2BSEURBoxart
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits European boxart.
 
YW2FSEURBoxart
Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls European boxart.
 
YW2PSEUBoxart
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters European boxart.
 
Yo-kai Watch 2 Bony Spirits Italian cover
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits Italian boxart.
 
Yo-kai Watch 2 Fleshy Souls Italian cover
Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls Italian boxart.
 
YokaiWatch2KRGanso
Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso Korean boxart.
 
YokaiWatch2KRHonke
Yo-kai Watch 2: Honke Korean boxart.

Logo's

 
Yo-kai Watch 2 logo
Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso, Honke, Shinuchi Japanese logo.
 
Yo-kai Watch 2 Bony Spirits logo
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits western logo.
 
Yo-kai Watch 2 Fleshy Souls
Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls western logo.
 
PsychicSpectersENLogo
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters western logo.

Video gallery

Japanese videos

Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso and Honke
Yo-kai Watch 2: Shinuchi

North American videos

Australia/New Zealand videos

European videos

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Europe Will See Yo-Kai Watch 2 In Spring 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yo-Kai Watch 2 is set for a release on the 7th of April for the Nintendo 3DS
  3. 3.0 3.1 Official South Korean press release
  4. Official Nintendo of America twitter account
  5. Offical Nintendo of Europe twitter account status
  6. http://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-3DS/YO-KAI-WATCH-2-Psychic-Specters-1243556.html
  7. Nintendo bringing Yo-kai Watch 2 to North America on September 30
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 ‘Yo-Kai Watch 2’ Pre-order Bonuses Detailed!
  9. GameStop - Yo-Kai Watch 2 keychain deal
  10. Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso and Honke offical website - Update page
  11. Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso and Honke offical website - Update page
  12. Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso and Honke offical website - Update page (pop-up)
  13. Yo-kai Watch 2: Shinuchi offical website - Update page)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Official website
  15. Level-5 official blog

In other languages

Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls

Language Name
English
UK flag
Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits/Fleshy Souls
Japanese
JP flag
妖怪ウォッチ2: 元祖/本家
Korean
KR flag
요괴워치2 원조/본가
Chinese
China Flag
妖怪手表2
Français
FR flag
Yo-kai Watch 2: Esprits Farceurs/Fantômes Bouffis
Español
SA flag
Yo-kai Watch 2: Fantasqueletos/Carnánimas
Italiano
IT flag
Yo-kai Watch 2: Spiritossi/Polpanime
Deutsch
Germany Flag
Yo-kai Watch 2: Knochige Gespenster/Kräftige Seelen
Dutch
NL flag
Yo-kai Watch 2: Skeletspoken/Gigageesten

Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters

Language Name
English
UK flag
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters
Japanese
JP flag
妖怪ウォッチ2: 真打
Korean
KR flag
요괴워치2 끝판왕
Chinese
China Flag
{{{zh-name}}}
Français
FR flag
Yo-kai Watch 2: Spectres Psychiques
Español
SA flag
Yo-Kai Watch 2: Mentespectros
Italiano
IT flag
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psicospettri
Deutsch
Germany Flag
Yo-kai Watch 2: Geistige Geister
Dutch
NL flag
Yo-kai Watch 2: Droomfantomen


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