Ever since the initial release, the Yo-kai Watch series has been doing very well in Japan. Between toys, games, manga, and anime, the series has brought in over $1 billion in Japan. So it should come as no surprise that Yo-kai Watch was at Level-5’s Vision event in a big way. There was lots of talk about the series, specifically for three really major announcements.
First, the one that directly effects us in the west. The original Yo-kai Watch game is coming west thanks to Nintendo. That’s right, Nintendo will be publishing Yo-kai Watch “in the west” and the game is expected to release in North America sometime in 2016. This is a long time coming, as the original game came out in summer 2013 in Japan.
Along with the release of the game, the anime is also being released with a full on dub though no company has been announced for the localization of it. The manga however will be handled by Viz Media. Level-5 is also in talks with Hasbro who are more then enthusiastic about getting the toys out in the West.
In another bit of interesting news, according to Viz Media, the main character, Keita Amano, is having his name changed to Nathan Adams for the western release. Here’s the description:
Nathan Adams is just an average kid until the mysterious Whisper gives him a device that allows him to see what others cannot, Yo-kai of all shapes and forms! Now, armed with the Yo-kai Watch, Nathan, Whisper and their new invisible friends embark on an all new supernatural adventure!
Next is the announcement of Yokai Watch 3 for the Nintendo 3DS, which takes place in the USA in the town of St. Peanutsburg. The story behind the move is the main characters father is transferred for work and relocates to the US. Along with series protagonist Keta Amano, now Nathan Adams in the west, there will be a new protagonist named Inaho Misora who has her own Yokai named USApyon.
Not much else was revealed about the game though they did note they wanted to make the game have a focus on far away lands which in this case means the US. We can expect to see more on Yo-kai Watch 3 later this year.
Lastly is the announcement of Yo-kai Watch Busters. The game is an action-game based around a mini-game in Yo-kai Watch 2 where you use Yo-kai monsters to fight bosses. The company CEO Akihiro Hino says this game was made due to fan feedback wanting the mini-game to be its own title.
Yo-kai Watch Busters is split into two versions, Red Cat Troupe and White Dog Unit. The game will also offer online multiplayer. Both versions are scheduled to release in Japan July 11, 2015.
It’ll be some time before we see either of Yo-kai Watch Busters or Yo-kai Watch 3 in the west but I can imagine they’ll be quick to bring over more Yo-kai Watch content if the release goes well. Are you excited about the Yo-kai Watch news?