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Nintendo announced today Yo-kai Watch is coming to the US on November 6. Later this year, Nintendo, Hasbro, VIZ Media and Disney XD will bring the highly-successful franchise created by Japanese entertainment company Level-5.
Many people have been asking what a Yo-kai is. They are not monsters, nor ghosts, nor spirits. According to Nintendo, “the Yo-kai are based on common concerns kids have. By confronting those concerns, kids can learn to overcome them.”
In the 3DS game, players will explore the game world with the use of their Yo-kai Watch to look for more than 200 Yo-Kai. Your goal: to become friends with them and make a team to battle against other Yo-kai. As with Pokémon, each Yo-kai has different skills.
“When we first started exploring concepts for the YO-KAI WATCH universe, we immersed ourselves in learning about situations confronting kids in their everyday lives. This world – a child’s complicated, scary, confusing, exciting and very funny world – is the foundation of our IP, and the Nintendo game really captures this essence, along with the colorful and often amusing Yo-kai behind it all!” said Akihiro Hino, President of LEVEL-5, Inc.
Disney will bring the comedy anime this Fall, while Hasbro gets to introduce the toys in January.
Yo-kai Watch is the number 1 show on TV Tokyo for kids from 4 to 12 years old.
[Via]: BusinessWire: YO-KAI WATCH Video Game Launches on Nov. 6.