Japanese smash hit Yo-Kai Watch will finally arrive in Europe on 29th April.
The 3DS role-player is frequently compared to Pokmon for its monster catching and battling mechanics (although I think you’ll find Yo-Kai are actually spirits, rather than creatures).
Yo-Kai has already spawned video game sequels and a spin-off anime series. There’s even a special version of Just Dance themed around the franchise. Now, Nintendo is bringing the series West for the first time.
Developed by Ni No Kuni and Professor Layton studio Level-5, Yo-Kai Watch mixes monster battling with RPG mechanics. The game will arrive in Europe with a huge push – alongside an English-language dub of its anime, plus the inevitable range of toys and other merchandise.
“Yo-Kai Watch is going to be big. Cult classic big. I already am more enamored of it than I’ve been of any Pokmon release in a long, long time,” Cassandra Khaw wrote in Eurogamer’s look at Yo-Kai Watch last year. “But it’s not going to kill one of Nintendo’s biggest franchises. At least, not yet.”