Yo-Kai might not be a household name in North America yet, but it certainly looking like it will be on everybody’s tongue by the end of 2016. Over the last six months, North America has seen the launches of Yo-Kai Watch for the 3DS, a line of toys and games, a top-rated animated series, and the mobile game sensation Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wibble. The Yo-Kai phenomenon is upon us and it’s not ending anytime soon.
It was announced this morning that Yo-Kai Watch 2 will launch in North America on September 30th, 2016 on the Nintendo 3DS. Already a huge hit in Japan, the sequel to the first smash hit, which is once again developed by LEVEL-5, offers the same deep RPG gameplay and wacky adventures as the first game. The new adventure also offers many new areas to explore outside of Springdale, more than 100 new Yo-kai, a new-and-improved in-game Yo-kai Watch, and even the ability to travel back in time! YO-KAI WATCH 2 will also launch with two versions, YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls, each featuring rare Yo-kai that can only be found in their respective games.
Yes, Fleshy Souls is a really weird name. Like really weird.
To expand the Yo-kai brand, Hasbro will add new items to their YO-KAI WATCH line this fall. New toys include the YO-KAI WATCH MODEL ZERO, designed to look like the watch worn by Nate in Season 2 of the animated series. The watch includes YO-MOTION TECHNOLOGY that brings Yo-kai characters to life in a new way. Fans can insert a YO-MOTION YO-KAI MEDAL into the watch and see a projected animation of that character. Hasbro will also release a new series of collectible YO-MOTION YO-KAI MEDALS which are compatible with the new watch. Additionally, fans will be able to collect and trade their favourite YO-KAI WATCH characters in a new way with the YO-KAI WATCH Trading Card Game.
Also coming for YO-KAI WATCH fans is a new season of the YO-KAI WATCH animated television show. This season, join Nate, Whisper, and Jibanyan as they get the new Yo-kai Watch Model Zero. But just because he has a new watch, that doesn’t mean Nate’s life will get any easier. Season 2 has more Yo-kai, more miniseries, more episodes, and, most importantly, more laughs! Tune in to see how a whole new cast of Yo-kai interrupts Nate’s normal life in unexpected and hilarious ways. Fans who missed the first season can catch up before the second season starts by picking up the DVD of YO-KAI WATCH – Season 1 in stores late 2016 or by streaming the show on Netflix now. Fans can also catch the YO-KAI WATCH manga series from VIZ Media (Volume 5 debuts this month).
The original YO-KAI WATCH video game introduced Canadians to the mysterious Yo-kai. In Japan, these invisible beings – not ghosts or spirits … just Yo-kai! – are steeped in folklore and based on common concerns that everyday citizens have. If a child misplaces homework or an adult can’t stop babbling at a work meeting, for instance, it’s probably the work of a troublesome Yo-kai.
I slept on the first game, but I think I’ll have to check it out. It definitely has an interesting premise. Let me know on Twitter what you think!