Popular Japanese game Yo-kai Watch will arrive in the U.S. on November 6, Nintendo has announced. Based on an original concept from Level-5, Yo-Kai are invisible, often mischievous and mysterious pranksters that make trouble for you. According to Nintendo, the Yo-kai are based on common concern kids have and by confronting those concerns, kids can learn to overcome them.
Yo-kai Watch will be available for the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS handheld consoles and players will use their Yo-kai Watch to discover over 200 different Yo-kai, befriending them and turning them into a team to battle other Yo-kai. Similar to Pokemon, each Yo-kai has its own unique skills and strengths.
The Yo-kai phenomenon has resulted in several different partnerships for the franchise. Starting this fall, Disney XD and other Disney XD-branded platforms will debut the animated comedy series based on the game. On November 3, VIZ Media’s Performance Square imprint will launch the Yo-kai Watch manga, written and drawn by Noriyuki Konishi. The manga will be rated “A” for All Ages and will be available exclusive in print on a bi-monthly basis.
Next year, Hasbro will launch innovative play experiences for the Yo-kai Watch franchise in North America and Australia, including toys and games centered around collectible medals, each presenting a unique Yo-kai.
Nintendo also revealed that the franchise has more than $2 billion in retail merchandise sales, including games, music and publishing. Over eight-million units of the Nintendo 3DS game have been sold.
“The strength of the Yo-kai franchise demands strong partners,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Our Nintendo 3DS system is the perfect platform to bring this fun, one-of-a-kind video game experience to life.”