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Yo-kai Watch Blasters (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチバスターズ Yōkai Wotchi Basutāzu, Yo-kai Watch Busters) is a role-playing strategy game that was developed for the Nintendo 3DS by Level-5, and serves as a spin-off from the main Yo-kai Watch games. Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps[1] (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチバスターズ 赤猫団 Yōkai Wotchi Basutāzu: Aka Neko-dan) and Yo-kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad[1] (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチバスターズ 白犬隊 Yōkai Wotchi Basutāzu: Shiroi Inu-tai) was released on July 11, 2015 in Japan and April 19, 2018 in South Korea, and will be released in North America and Europe on September 7, 2018, with Australia and New Zealand getting it the following day.

A free expansion, known as Yo-kai Watch Busters: Moon Rabbit Team (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチバスターズ 月兎組 Yōkai Wotchi Basutāzu: Getto-gumi) adds some more features and exclusive features was released digitally, in Japan on December 12, 2015. It will be released some time after the game comes out in western territories.

As the title suggests, this game is follow-up to the Yo-kai Blasters application that originally came with Yo-kai Watch 2. Unlike the original game, Yo-kai Watch Blasters adds some features that weren't present, making it a separate title.

Gameplay

Yo-kai Watch Blasters is an expansion on the Oni-Busters gameplay that was first introduced in Yo-kai Watch 2. Four players will face up against other Yo-kai and Boss Yo-kai, which in the game the player will play as different Yo-kai and go around town in a beat 'em up action style. Players will team up to form groups of four to take on all Yo-kai, including some bosses. The game series also supports online multiplayer.

Development

Announcement

Yo-kai Watch Blasters was first revealed in the April issue of CoroCoro magazine[2], which was later revealed that the game will come in two versions during the Level-5 Vision 2015, which were called Red Cat Corps and White Dog Squad. The announcement came with a trailer which the game was set to be released on July 11, 2015 in Japan.

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Yo-Kai Watch Busters: Moon Rabbit Team announcement.

In October's CoroCoro Comic magazine, they revealed that the latest Yo-kai Watch Blasters game, Moon Rabbit Team, through an update that included in a box featured in the next month's issue of the magazine. The magazine also revealed that the two versions would have an free update in December.[3]

The official website revealed new features of the game. The update would have new missions, music, Yo-kai and other updates. Some Yo-kai would be introduced in the second movie of the series.

Packaging

In the Japanese prints of the games, Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps contains a medal for Rubeus J, while Yo-kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad contains a medal for Hardy Hound.

Reception

Arcade Adaptation

Main article: Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Iron Oni Army

Gallery

Starting icon

 
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Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps 3DS icon.
 
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Yo-kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad 3DS icon.

Logo's

 
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Yo-kai Watch Busters: Red Cat Corps and White Dog Squad logo.
 
YWB IOA
Yo-kai Watch Busters: Iron Oni Army.

Boxart's

 
Yo-kai Watch Red Cat
Japanese Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps boxart
 
Yo-kai Watch White Dog
Japanese Yo-kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad boxart
 
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European Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps boxart
 
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European Yo-kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad boxart

Video Gallery

Trivia

  • Yo-kai Watch Blasters is heavily influenced from the American franchise Ghostbusters.
  • This game marks the very first Yo-kai Watch piece of media to use to use the English spelling of "Yo-kai Watch" on the Japanese logo, which was announced a few months before Yo-kai Watch was localised into English.
  • This marked the first appearance of Usapyon. Usapyon was actually meant to be first released in Yo-kai Watch 3, with Blasters serving as a cameo, but the former game was then delayed into 2016.
  • In Yo-kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad, players can use Whisper in his past form Whispocrates, while in Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps, the player can use Rudy, the past form of Jibanyan.
  • These games also mark the first appearance of Whisper as a playable Yo-kai.
  • The English localisation for Yo-kai Watch Blasters had remained to be a long-standing rumor, around the time when recast happened. As Yo-kai Watch Blasters came out in Korea before any western territory, it seems that the games were planned to be released earlier than usual which explains the localised visuals in the credits.
    • When the game was announced, it already had an approved age rating making it the first Yo-kai Watch game to have a pre-rated age rating.
  • This game will be the very first to get regional model changes, rather than just textural.

External links


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 VersionYo-kai Watch Busters 2
Mobile games
Yo-kai Taiso Dai-ichi Puzzle da nyanYo-kai DaijitenYo-kai Watch: Gerapo RhythmYo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The YO-KAI WATCH Series is Back with Two New Co-op Action Games - Nintendo Official Site
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