How in Professor Layton's name hasn't Level-5 announced the localization of Youkai Watch, or Ghost Watch as it's known in North America. Today Level-5 announced Youkai Watch 2, but more than that they revealed that they believe Youkai Watch to be their own freakin' Pokemon competitor. Youkai Watch 2 will come in two purchasable versions, each with exclusive "ultra rare silver" medals. Two versions of Youkai Watch 2, but they still can't but together a version for English-speaking audiences!
For those unfamiliar, Youkai Watch is a super cheerful, young audience focused collect 'em all 3DS title where the protagonist collects ghosts using his fancy watch. It's literally a ghost watch, though I suppose the pun is that players end up watching a lot of ghosts too. I fully support these ridiculous sorts of puns.
I don't support the lack of localization, however! It's a little understandable, I suppose, due to the high dependency on merchandising that Youkai Watch relies on. I believe certain purchasable items interact with the game in interesting ways, which would mean a localization is much more complicated than simply adding English text to the game. A North American merchandising effort is no joke. Still, with a two-version sequel like this now announced...
Youkai Watch 2 will revolve around the mysterious origins of the watch that gives the protagonist boy his powers. Which makes me wonder what the first game is actually about. I guess he just gets his watch and assumes it's divine providence? Ah, it's a kids game. I shouldn't pick it apart. There will also be bike races! See, Youkai Watch adds features at about the same rate as Pokemon too, I guess. Here's something cool: player's of the first game will be able to meet special ghosts in the sequel.
Get hyped for Youkai Watch 2, everyone! If anything, Level- 5 will launch it 10 years down the road like they did earlier this year with Inazuma Eleven's first game. Wait, that's actually kind of heartbreaking. Please, Level-5, please!