Coming to Nintendo 3DS on April 29th 2016, YO-KAI WATCH® is a brand new videogame series full of many exciting things to discover. As such, we’re sure there are a lot of questions about what the game is and what there is to do. With that in mind, we invited members of Nintendo UK’s social media community to ask their burning questions about YO-KAI WATCH. We received some great queries and even some funny ones, so please read on to find our answers and discover more about the mysterious Yo-kai that hide all around you…
Just a quick one from a Mario veteran and a noob everywhere else, what is YO-KAI WATCH? – Theodore Murton, Instagram
What a great place to start! YO-KAI WATCH is a brand new game for Nintendo 3DS, by Level-5, the same company that created the Professor Layton series, Inazuma Eleven and Little Battlers eXperience, and developed Dragon Quest IX for Nintendo DS! As you might expect from Level-5, YO-KAI WATCH is an RPG! In it you search the town of Springdale to find the mysterious Yo-kai that are hidden all around you. Once befriended, they’ll join you on your adventures and help you out in battle against other Yo-kai. The game was first released in Japan in 2013 and has been a smash hit, spawning several sequels and spin-offs, so we hope that you love it too!
Launch: May 01, 2016
The Mythical Pokémon Darkrai is here to give your next opponent nightmares with the Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection—Darkrai! Inside each collection, you'll find not only a Darkrai collector's pin and full-art foil card, but also two booster packs from the special Pokémon TCG: Generations expansion! Step forward into a new level of play with the Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection—Darkrai!
The Pokémon TCG: Mythical Pokémon Collection—Darkrai includes:
A never-before-seen foil promo card featuring Darkrai
A Darkrai collector's pin
2 special Pokémon TCG: Generations booster packs to expand your collection!
A code card for the Pokémon Trading Card Game Online
Keep up the Pokémon 20th fun with Darkrai in May! First, be sure to visit participating GameStop stores May 1–24 to get the Mythical Pokémon Darkrai for your game! The Pitch-Black Pokémon comes with a collection of powerful moves and a valuable Ability, making it ready for your next battle. To get Darkrai, head to GameStop and pick up a code card, then enter the code into your game. Get details on this Darkrai at the Pokémon 20th site. And while you're at GameStop, be sure to check out limited-edition 2" Darkrai figures and 8" crushed-velvet plush, available only while supplies last!
For a limited time, tune in to Pokémon TV to watch the full-length movie Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai! Ash encounters a mysterious Pokémon unlike any he's ever seen before—a Pokémon that is causing terrible nightmares for people and Pokémon alike! Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai will be available for only a short time, so watch it on Pokémon TV while you can! Remember you can watch Pokémon TV on Pokemon.com and the Pokémon TV mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
Darkrai joins the Pokémon TCG action with its own special collection. The Pokémon TCG: Mythical Collection—Darkrai contains a Darkrai pin and foil Darkrai promo card, as well as two booster packs from the Pokémon TCG: Generations expansion. This collection is available at PokemonCenter.com and where Pokémon TCG products are sold.
Stay up on all Pokémon 20th celebration news throughout the year here on Pokemon.com and on the Pokémon 20th official site!
We have fresh news for you: starting yesterday, April 28, and until the 18th of May, Teslagrad for Wii U is 30% off on the Nintendo eShop worldwide. No restrictions this time! Now you can shout it to the four winds.
Birmingham, UK, April 29th 2016 - Zelda for NX/Wii U may have been delayed, but that hasn't stopped videogame merchandise company Merchoid.com from releasing brand new images of their officially licensed Zelda cosplay hoodies. The his and her hoodies (dubbed the 'Hero of Hyrule' and 'Heroine of Hyrule') are modelled after the costume worn by the game's hero, Link. The new images show the hoodies being modelled in a Hyrulian forest setting. The female Heroine of Hyrule Hoodie is now in stock at Merchoid.com, and the male Hero of Hyrule Hoodie is due to out early next month.
Talking about the game's delay, Merchoid's Community Manager, Jessica Adams says "The delay on the new Zelda game is a little disappointing; I think everyone was expecting a dual console Christmas release. I'm happy to say though, that our Zelda cosplay hoodies have arrived on time and are looking great! Hopefully that will be enough Zelda to see the fans through to next year!"
Merchoid's Legend of Zelda Cosplay hoodies are officially licensed by Nintendo and available to buy from Merchoid.com for £39.99/$54.99/€59,99 (all of which includes free worldwide shipping).
Key product points:
Two versions of Zelda cosplay hoodie; 'Hero of Hyrule' for men and 'Heroine of Hyrule' for women
Zip-up style hoodie in forest green, designed to replicate Link's outfit
Link to both hoodies: http://www.merchoid.com/official-legend-of-zelda-merchandise/
Hoodie details include wraparound buckle with detailing, Phrygian style hood and rear Hylian shield
Available to preorder from Merchoid.com now for £39.99/$54.99./€59,99; ships April 2016
Both products are officially licensed by Nintendo
Get ready for a deep, charming RPG adventure set in the mysterious world of the Yo-kai in YO-KAI WATCH®, out now only on Nintendo 3DS family systems. Investigate hundreds of sometimes cute, sometimes spooky, and usually mischievous Yo-kai who are causing all sorts of problems for the residents of Springdale. When something goes wrong in our everyday life, Yo-kai is why! You can learn all about this strange phenomenon at our YO-KAI WATCH website.
Yo-kai are charming, funny, outrageous characters that can be found everywhere, living in their own secret world from our own, and with a habit of causing a lot of weird problems for people – often with hilarious results! As the new owner of the powerful Yo-kai Watch, a watch with a lens that allows the normally hidden Yo-kai to be seen, you must solve the mysteries of the Yo-kai and protect the town of Springdale.
Find them, befriend them, turn them into a team and then challenge evil Yo-kai to help people in need! Assemble a team of six Yo-kai on your Yo-kai Wheel and call upon them when you need their help. It takes more than just a strong party of Yo-kai to win battles though. Players must also have a smart strategy, as battling the powerful Yo-kai bosses is sure to keep even the most proficient YO-KAI WATCH players on their toes. You can get a taste of the action in the YO-KAI WATCH demo*, now available to download from Nintendo eShop.
Befriend magical Yo-kai and save the town of Springdale in YO-KAI WATCH, out now only on Nintendo 3DS family systems.
YO-KAI WATCH is available from shops and as a downloadable version from Nintendo eShop now, only on Nintendo 3DS family systems.
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pokémon Rumble World for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, which finds players battling and befriending more than 700 Pokémon, is getting a physical retail version … and it’s available in stores today! Last year, Pokémon Rumble World launched as a digital-only game in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. This new retail version contains all the same action-adventure gameplay, and is now available in stores at a suggested retail price of $29.99.
“We love giving our fans as many purchase options as possible,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Players that love collecting physical games and all things Pokémon will now be able to add Pokémon Rumble World to their Nintendo 3DS collection.”
Playing the Pokémon Rumble World game is perfect for the Pokémon 20th celebration, as the game features more than 700 Pokémon. In the game, players control a Toy Pokémon and battle and befriend as many Pokémon as possible in dozens of stages in many different areas. The more Toy Pokémon players befriend, the better chance they have to defeat other Pokémon.
Using the StreetPass, SpotPass or “Call Someone Online” features (which, excluding StreetPass, require a wireless Internet connection), players can invite fellow players’ Mii characters into their castle town to assist them by providing helpful items. Players can even customize their Mii characters with outfits and a custom message.
For more information about Pokémon Rumble World, visit http://www.pokemonrumble.com/world/en-us/.
Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
Dagda, the god who resurrects the progtagonist of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse for his own bidding, literally leaves his mark on the hero. And at ATLUS, we're letting players leave Dagda's mark or those of the game's two paths, Peace and Anarchy, with the metal emblem set that will come in every pre-order and launch copy of SMTIV:A while supplies last! The three pins are metal and roughly .75" in diameter each, and have a high shine finish!
Overlapping the story of the original SMTIV, the upcoming game focuses on a Hunter cadet protagonist who gets killed by one of the demons treating post-apocalyptic Tokyo as their personal playground. However, the mysterious god Dagda resurrects the protagonist in exchange for his fealty, and sets him on a perilous path that treads a fine line between peace and anarchy. Is Dagda simply an opportunistic lesser god or is he part of something much bigger? Find out when Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse arrives on Nintendo 3DS systems in the Americas this summer. Available physically and digitally for $49.99/CA$64.99.
The plot of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse overlaps with Shin Megami Tensei IV (and features some familiar characters), but no previous experience with the original is required! The game features:
Divine Intrigue - Choose between peace or anarchy while being a pawn in the gods' chess game.
Combat Partners - Hunting demons is dangerous, so count on some backup! Alongside the standard three demons, players will be able to rely on one of seven partners to help win battles.
Oodles of Demons - Be on your guard because Tokyo is infested with a series record 450+ demons to fight, fuse, or recruit.
Revamped Demon Fusion - Demons will have affinities for certain skills, so players can better plan the outcome of fusions.
Classic SMT Combat - Prospective Hunters will exploit weaknesses, boost attributes, and unlock skill bonuses with the returning Press Turn and Smirking systems.
28th April 2016 – The fate of two nations is in your hands when Fire Emblem Fates releases exclusively for Nintendo 3DS family systems on 20th May. The latest in the long-running series of strategic turn-based RPGs will see players choosing to side with the Hoshido family they were born to, the Nohr family they were raised by, or forge their own path in one of three unique campaigns in Birthright, Conquest and Revelation respectively.
Fire Emblem Fates is the latest title in the franchise following 2013’s acclaimed Fire Emblem: Awakening, and will release in Europe on 20th May following the series’ best-ever launch in the United States earlier this year. Each entry in the Fire Emblem series spans across different nations and continents in the same world at various points in its history, and sees the player take control of an ever-growing army as they attempt to prevent war and restore peace to their realm.
For the first time in the Fire Emblem series, the player’s customisable avatar, Corrin, is the lead protagonist. Raised as royalty in the Nohr Kingdom, their life is forever changed when they discover that they were actually born to the Hoshido royal family, but were kidnapped as a child by the evil Nohrian King Garon. However, both nations are on the brink of war, and Corrin must now choose whether to help defend the kingdom they were born to, help reform the regime they grew up in, or reject both sides of the conflict in an attempt to broker peace between the nations.
Each path that Corrin can choose – protecting Hoshido in Birthright, siding with Nohr in Conquest, or refusing to choose in Revelation – will change the story in significant ways, providing wholly different Fire Emblem experiences each suited to different play styles and player experience levels. Those who play Birthright will be able to take on the Challenge Maps, which allow players to earn experience and money whenever they choose, much like Fire Emblem: Awakening. As such, this path is ideal for newcomers, or those for whom Awakening was their first experience with the series. Conquest, however, contains a different cast of recruitable characters and does not have these Challenge Maps, resulting in more limited character growth and finances, and thus a tougher challenge more akin to older games in the Fire Emblem series, and is therefore most recommended for franchise veterans. The download-only Revelation path represents the ultimate challenge of the three paths, and will reveal the truth behind the war, and is thus recommended especially for those who have finished one or both of the other story paths. Revelation will also include the Challenge Maps and allows recruitment of all but two characters from the previous two campaigns, with one new character exclusive to the Revelation story.
Battles in the Fire Emblem series often see players take their small force of recruited soldiers against ever-increasing armies as they attempt to restore peace to their nation. Combat is turn-based, requiring careful planning as any false moves or failed attacks will see units become exposed and vulnerable to the enemy’s attack. Making strategy even more important is the fact that, should one of the player’s units be cut down in battle in Classic Mode, then they’ll either be killed off for good, or will become too injured to ever return to the battlefield to aid you.
The release of Fire Emblem: Awakening saw the introduction of Casual Mode, where fallen characters are revived after each battle. Fire Emblem Fates introduces Phoenix Mode, where any fallen allies will revive after each in-game turn, providing a new, easier difficulty level for newcomers and players who want to concentrate on the story. With Phoenix Mode, Casual Mode and Classic Mode, players of all skill levels will be able to cut through the combat in a way that best suits their abilities.
Those familiar with the Fire Emblem series may also find themselves approaching combat in ways they haven’t before. By accessing Dragon Veins on the map, new pathways can be created and travelled across, while the terrain can be changed in order to aid progress or hinder the enemy, opening up unprecedented tactical possibilities. The weapons triangle – where axes beat lances, lances beat swords, and swords beat axes – has also been expanded to include magic, bows and additional weapons, making careful planning and strategy even more important if you wish to keep your allies out of harm’s way.
After each battle, players can spend time in their base of operations, which allows them to interact with recruited characters, bolster their defences to keep out invaders and build new structures, some of which are exclusive to the Hoshido or Nohr sides and allow the purchase of new weapons and items. Friends can face off against each other in turn-based combat in both online and local multiplayer; each side can take five of their favourite units into battle to see who is the ultimate strategist.
Meanwhile, tapping in the Ike, Lucina, Marth or Robin amiibo (sold separately)* will cause these heroes of past Fire Emblem games to appear in the player’s castle. After the third time these heroes have visited your castle, they can be challenged in combat. Should you prove to be the superior strategist, then they will join your force and can be used as an ally in future battles.
Both Birthright and Conquest are wholly different campaigns that contain unique challenges, and by accessing the Branch of Fate on the main menu, it’s possible to purchase the opposing path at a reduced cost, as well as Revelation when it launches on 9th June, using Nintendo eShop funds. Strategists yet to decide which version they want to play through can find out more about these games in two Developer’s Commentary videos, A Tale of Two Families – Birthright and A Tale of Two Families – Conquest, now available on the Nintendo YouTube channel and the Fire Emblem Fates gamepage.
Those who want even more content have the option of purchasing Fire Emblem Fates Map Pack 1 via the Dragon’s Gate, accessible after the completion of Chapter 6, from 20th May. The eleven downloadable maps that make up this pack will be released periodically from launch through to July, providing a series of extra challenges, opportunities to gain more experience and money, and even recruit a new character. Late July will also see the launch of Map Pack 2 in Europe, which will include another six downloadable maps, providing plenty of content to keep strategy fans busy throughout the whole summer. An additional free piece of content will also be made available during the distribution of each Map Pack.
Fire Emblem Fates will also release as a Limited Edition, featuring a Game Card with all three story paths included, an artbook, a landscape dual-sided poster and an exclusive SteelBook® case. This Limited Edition also lets players get their hands on the Revelation story path before it releases on Nintendo eShop at the later date of 9th June. The New Nintendo 3DS XL Fire Emblem Fates Edition** is also released across Europe on 20th May, providing the perfect opportunity for budding strategists to join the ranks of Nintendo 3DS owners and experience the latest entries in the Fire Emblem series. Owners of New Nintendo 3DS systems will also be able to purchase new cover plates that feature the warring families of Nohr and Hoshido.
My Nintendo members will also be able to exchange 20 Gold Points for a 10% discount for Fire Emblem Fates ahead of its launch, with the discount applied for purchases from Nintendo eShop between 20th May and 16th June. Those purchasing Fire Emblem Fates via Nintendo eShop in the first four weeks after launch will also receive a free download code for the Two Kingdoms theme.
Fight for your friends in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest, fight for your family in Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, or fight for the truth in Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation: the choice is yours. Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest for Nintendo 3DS family systems launch across Europe on 20th May, and as a Limited Edition on the same date that also includes Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation before its arrival on Nintendo eShop on 9th June.
28th April, 2016 – Europe is preparing for a wider Yo-kai invasion as YO-KAI WATCH® launches on 29th April exclusively for Nintendo 3DS family systems. A cultural phenomenon in Japan, YO-KAI WATCH for Nintendo 3DS marks the franchise’s first entry into Europe, and will soon be joined by an animated comedy series and fun toy range in 2016.
With over 10 million units in the game series shipped worldwide to date and a top-rated TV show in Japan, the arrival of YO-KAI WATCH in Europe is highly anticipated. The first season of the YO-KAI WATCH animated TV show began broadcasting for the very first time in the UK on Cartoon Network on 23rd April. Arriving in stores throughout 2016 is a full toy range created by toy giant Hasbro, including the Yo-kai Watch and collectible Yo-kai Medals. Each medal is compatible with the Yo-kai Watch toy and also has a unique QR Code that can be scanned into the YO-KAI WATCH® game itself to get coins that can be used in the Crank-a-kai to get Yo-kai or other items. A variety of merchandise including apparel, comic books, stationary, Yo-kai themed snacks, and more are also on the way.
A look into the world of Yo-kai can be found in the Theme Song trailer, premiering today.
YO-KAI WATCH for Nintendo 3DS has already proven itself a hit with critics who have been charmed by its imaginative plot, great characters and hilarious comedy:
“Incredibly charming and worth playing…” – Destructoid
“…great sense of humour, unique combat, and collection hooks that sink in quickly.” – Game Informer
“Level-5 has successfully created a large, complex world filled with so much unique material and style...” – Nintendo World Report
In YO-KAI WATCH players will investigate strange goings on in their town of Springdale, where the hundreds of mischievous and invisible Yo-kai are behind many of the problems facing local residents. As the owner of the powerful Yo-kai Watch, a watch with a lens that allows the normally hidden Yo-kai to be seen, players will need to befriend as many colourful Yo-kai as they can and rely on their help in protecting the town from a mysterious force. With unique and funny characters, a large town full of shops, parks and bustling city streets to explore, plus hundreds of quests to complete, YO-KAI WATCH offers Nintendo 3DS owners a uniquely fun experience for all ages.
Get ready for an introduction to the wonderful world of the Yo-kai when YO-KAI WATCH launches for Nintendo 3DS family systems on 29th April in Europe.