Yo-Kai Watch is huge in Japan, and now — a full two years later — it’s finally set to make the jump over to North America. Up until today, there was a vague release date for the game, but now the release date has finally been set in stone. Today, Nintendo of America announced that Yo-Kai Watch is coming to North America on November 6. That’s not far off! Of course, if you’re aware of the phenomenon that the series has become over in Japan, it’s no surprise that Nintendo of America is teaming up with a few other companies to bring the game stateside.
If you’ve never heard of Yo-Kai Watch, the press release describes the story and the gameplay.
But what is a Yo-kai anyway? Is it a spirit? A monster? A ghost? Nope – a Yo-kai is … well, it’s just a Yo-kai! You might not see them because they’re invisible, but they’re all around you every day. And they’re often mischievous, mysterious pranksters who like to make trouble for you. Lose your homework, can’t keep a secret or find yourself running late to everything? Yo-kai probably made you do it. The Yo-kai are based on common concerns kids have. By confronting those concerns, kids can learn to overcome them.
You explore the world in the game using your Yo-kai Watch to discover more than 200 Yo-kai, then befriend them and turn them into a team to battle other Yo-kai. Each Yo-kai has its own unique skills and strengths, so you must use them to challenge troublemaking Yo-kai and help people in the game solve their daily problems.
Also according to the press release, the three Yo-Kai Watch 2 accounted for a whopping three out of the six best-selling console and handheld games of 2014. That’s half of the best selling games for the year, and it really gives you an idea as to just how popular this series is. It’s so popular, in fact, that the series has even had the fortune of sharing promotion with McDonald’s. To try and recreate the craze here in North America, Nintendo of America will be joining up with the likes of Disney XD, Hasbro, and VIZ Media.
Starting this fall, Disney XD will be premiering the anime adaptation of the series, with VIZ to publish the manga on November 3. Hasbro, meanwhile, will begin launching their line of toys for the series starting in January. It’s just a matter of time before Yo-Kai Watch hits the United States, but can the the series recapture the success it’s had in Japan? Only time will tell. If history is anything to go by, however, it seems pretty likely. One thing is for sure, I can’t wait to get my hands on the game.Tweet