Yo-Kai Watch is a 3DS RPG that launched one of developer Level-5's most successful cross-media franchises in Japan alone. As hero Nate or heroine Katie, the player is granted the titular device and the ability to see Yo-Kai (supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore) after an encounter with the friendly spirits Whisper and Jibanyan. Together, the three travel across their city in search of other mischievous Yo-Kai haunting the populace.

Players must challenge these Yo-Kai in turn-based battles where they can summon up to three other Yo-Kai at once from a pool of six. Player Yo-Kai can be swapped during battle as desired in similar fashion to Nintendo's Pokemon series. Defeating other Yo-Kai will reward Nate or Katie with special Yo-Kai Medals they can later use to summon the spirits to their cause, thus increasing the player's roster of team members. There are eight classes of Yo-Kai, each with different strengths and weaknesses against one another; this encourages players to aim for variety when recruiting Yo-Kai to summon. Indeed, players are required to collect certain Yo-Kai in order to progress through the main storyline.

New Yo-Kai can also be earned randomly through a special "vending machine" that uses in-game currency or 3DS Play Coins. Collecting a combination of specific Yo-Kai also unlocks unique Yo-Kai to summon.

In addition to the main storyline, Yo-Kai Watch offers a number of side quests including the option to enter a "nightmare" realm where the goal is to collect special items from treasure chests while avoiding and escaping from powerful Yo-Kai. Other special items can be earned from bug-catching or fishing minigames throughout the city.

Nintendo will handle publishing duties for Yo-Kai Watch video games outside of Japan, and the North American debut of the first game will be joined with licensed toy merchandise localized by Hasbro as well as an international release of the television anime series.

Official URL

Official Site (JP)
Official Site (NA)

The holiday season will be upon us before we even realize what time it is. Thankfully, we have... posted Aug 24, 15 11:37am

Yo-Kai Watch, Level-5's exceptionally successful cross media franchise that began as a series of... posted Aug 19, 15 3:53pm

Ciel Phantomhive
Jul 12, 15 6:57pm
added 6 new concept art
Ciel Phantomhive
Jul 12, 15 6:55pm
Ciel Phantomhive owns Yo-Kai Watch
Jun 23, 15 9:22pm
added 12 new screenshots

The long wait is over, Level-5 fans. Today Nintendo announced that they've reached a deal to... posted Apr 07, 15 8:03am

Youkai Watch, Level-5's quirky ghost capturing game, may be coming westward in 2015 according... posted Aug 19, 14 12:54am

Jul 19, 14 12:12pm
added 7 new concept art

How in Professor Layton's name hasn't Level-5 announced the localization of Youkai Watch, or... posted Apr 11, 14 7:53am

After a wait of a year and four months, Level-5 is finally showing some initiative and gauging... posted Feb 19, 14 2:19pm

Feb 19, 14 9:44am
added 3 new screenshots
Nov 18, 13 6:49am
added 25 new concept art
Apr 26, 13 8:49am
added 5 new screenshots

Last year, Wrath of the White Witch developer Level-5 revealed a new game called Ghost Watch. Looked rather cute,... posted Oct 15, 12 2:59pm

  • Genre: Fantasy RPG (3DS)
  • Theme(s): Anime
  • Developer: Level-5
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Released
    North AmericaNov 6, 2015
    EuropeQ1 2016
    JapanJul 11, 2013
    AustraliaDec 5, 2015
  • Also known as:
  • Youkai Watch in Japan
$  Compare Prices
2 want | 1 own
0 / 10
View all 21 screenshots