Late last week Level- 5 announced Youkai Watch 2: Ganso and Youkai Watch 2: Honke, two versions of a sequel to the ghost collection 3DS game quickly catching fire in Japan. It appears Level-5 fancies their cute ghost hunting game the next Pokemon, right? Okay, maybe not Pokemon, but at least inspired by Pokemon's successes. Today both games' box arts were revealed as well as the two games' debut trailer. How can ghosts be so cute?
What's made immediately evident from the box arts for each game is that, again taking from Pokemon, each game will have its own unique selection of ghosts to collect. For instance, the gold version of the game has a robot cat, a fire lion and a dragon of sorts, while the silver version, erm, has a tadpole with sunglasses, a lion with a snake tail, and a drunk old man with the body of a poodle. Yeah, pretty sure gold is going to come up on top here.
I find it really interesting watching the trailer and seeing how much Youkai Watch 2 seems to be creatively inspired from Level-5's other games. I see a lot of Inazuma Eleven and Professor Layton in the game's art style and settings, though of course the gameplay is quite unique to itself. Is this the point where I have to start begging for a localization again?
Youkai Watch 2 will be released in Japan on July 10 on the Nintendo 3DS. While the original Youkai Watch has yet to be announced as a localization project for North America or Europe, it must only be a matter of time considering how Level-5 is pushing the series as their next big thing.