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NoA PR - Yo-kai Invasion Continues! YO-KAI WATCH 2 Launches in the U.S. on Sept. 30

New Hasbro Toys and New Season of the Show are Also Coming This Year

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Yo-kai phenomenon continues in 2016. The U.S. has seen the launches of the YO-KAI WATCH video game for Nintendo 3DS, a line of Hasbro toys and games, a top-rated animated series that airs on Disney XD and the mobile game sensation YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble all in the last six months. The world of Yo-kai continues to grow as new video games, toys and shows make their way stateside this year.

All things Yo-kai continue on Sept. 30 when YO-KAI WATCH 2 launches in the U.S. exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Already a huge hit in Japan, the sequel to the first smash hit, which is once again developed by LEVEL-5, offers the same deep RPG gameplay and wacky adventures as the first game. The new adventure also offers many new areas to explore outside of Springdale, more than 100 new Yo-kai, a new-and-improved in-game Yo-kai Watch and even the ability to travel back in time! YO-KAI WATCH 2 will also launch with two versions, YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls, each featuring rare Yo-kai that can only be found in their respective games.

“After being such a massive sensation in Japan, it’s great to see the U.S. start to embrace the mischievous and lovable Yo-kai,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We’re excited to continue bringing fun Yo-kai experiences stateside this year.”

To expand the Yo-kai brand, Hasbro will add new items to its YO-KAI WATCH line this fall. New toys include the YO-KAI WATCH MODEL ZERO, designed to look like the watch worn by Nate in Season 2 of the animated series. The watch includes YO-MOTION TECHNOLOGY that brings Yo-kai characters to life in a new way. Fans can insert a YO-MOTION YO-KAI MEDAL into the watch and see a projected animation of that character. Hasbro will also release a new series of collectible YO-MOTION YO-KAI MEDALS, which are compatible with the new watch, as well as custom YO-KAI WATCH accessories, large plush toys and electronic figures. Additionally, fans will be able to collect and trade their favorite YO-KAI WATCH characters in a new way with the YO-KAI WATCH Trading Card Game.

Disney XD has acquired a second season of the YO-KAI WATCH animated TV show, which will premiere this summer. This season, join Nate, Whisper and Jibanyan as they get the new Yo-kai Watch Model Zero. But just because he has a new watch, that doesn’t mean Nate’s life will get any easier. Season 2 has more Yo-kai, more miniseries, more episodes and, most importantly, more laughs! Tune in to see how a new cast of Yo-kai interrupts Nate’s normal life in unexpected and hilarious ways. Fans who missed the first season can catch up before the second season starts by picking up the DVD of YO-KAI WATCH – Season 1 in stores late 2016 or by streaming the show on Netflix now. Fans can also catch the YO-KAI WATCH manga series from VIZ Media (Volume 5 debuts this month).

Finally, all of your favorite Yo-kai have wobbled into a hit mobile app called YO-KAI WATCH Wibble Wobble. This Top Ten app on the iTunes store brings the fun of Yo-kai characters into smart devices with a puzzle-game twist. With new events coming monthly, this game will continue to grow bigger and better.

The original YO-KAI WATCH video game introduced people in the U.S. to the mysterious Yo-kai. In Japan, these invisible beings – not ghosts or spirits… just Yo-kai! – are steeped in folklore and based on common concerns that everyday citizens have. If a child misplaces homework or an adult can’t stop babbling at a work meeting, for instance, it’s probably the work of a troublesome Yo-kai.

For more information about YO-KAI WATCH, visit http://www.yo-kai-world.com/. For more information about the first YO-KAI WATCH video game, visit http://yo-kai.nintendo.com/.

Comments

Surprised this is happening. The merchandise in my area has been on clearance for months and no one will touch it.

YESSSSSS!

I love me some Yo-Kai Watch! Gimme gimme gimme!

Awesome, was really hoping this would be released, it sems to improve drastically over the first game.

Wish more people would givee the series a chance, it's really charming and silly. Shame the damage has been done thanks to the rubbish 'pokemon killer' hyperbole.

Can't speak for everyone but I find the character designs off putting.

I don't know if you mean humans and Yo-kai or just either humans or the Yo-kai, but for me, the Yo-kai designs are the ones off-putting. I find the human designs ok even if they're the standard animé human-type designs.

YES! WOOHOO! SIGN ME UP!

Boy, that was quick.

Finally, it's about time we get some news on a possible release date for Yo-kai Watch 2. I was getting really annoyed over the last few months with all these spoilers and updated reports about YW3,YW Busters, and the YW 2 Kingdoms games when YW2 wasn't even localized yet.

Nice, but might be too soon.i still haven't learned how to do the yo kai dance yet!

Well, you can't say they're not pushing it [now] I suppose.

I think most of us will be playing Final Fantasy 15 instead.

This really surprises me. I thought the first one didn't sell too well here in the United States.

Isn't it a little too soon to release it?

PR Tears of a clown.
They've been known to do this.
Two months later, the'll be saying something along the lines of, "yeah it kinda was a failure here in the states".
September? And they are going to continue to push/force the issue with even more merch that can't fully sell?
Let me tell you this: At best(Best), I can attribute the level Success of Yo-kai to that of Digimon(which was seen as nothing more than a cheap knock off of Pokemon), which pales in comparison to Pokemons success. It's a limited niche of success(as in, only certain small groups would find enjoyment in it). Yu-gi-Oh is a tad more than double the success of Digimon, so that's pretty much my assessment as far as the Success of Yo-Kai goes.

A game that plays itself? In what sense does one 'play' a game like that?
Japan, you can keep Yo-Kai.

In short, its the usual prescripted marketing PR Stint.

Nintendo of America and Co. desperately want to force the success in the US. The truth is, barely anyone is talking about Yo-Kai Watch which actually is sad because the Series is pretty charming. The marketing for the Game (Yo-Kai is why!) was on the verge of embarassement and the Anime Version handled by Disney XD not received that well. Yo-Kai Watch is facing hard times and now they made the smart move releasing the next part I think 3 days after the release of Final Fantasy XV, an RPG which most likely will overshadow any upcoming Games till the end of October because it's still a Franchise beloved by millions of Gamers. But since Nintendo never heard of Achievements and Trophies while constructing the Wii U, I guess the folks at Nintendo of America never heard of Final Fantasy again since the last time the Franchise debuted on a Nintendo System.

Yo-Kai Watch is facing hard times and now they made the smart move releasing the next part I think 3 days after the release of Final Fantasy XV, an RPG which most likely will overshadow any upcoming Games till the end of October because it's still a Franchise beloved by millions of Gamers.

1. The smart move would have been to cut their losses in the west, and transfer this(the unsold merch/etc.) unaesthetic & unwanted franchise elsewhere.
2. Your're still referring to FFXV, right? I got confused when you said, "Franchise beloved" otherwise.

I guess the folks at Nintendo of America never heard of Final Fantasy again since the last time the Franchise debuted on a Nintendo System.

The current folks are nothing but "yes men/women", currently led by a previous "yes man". All they are capable of is localization, Robotic PR, and skivvy Marketing; that's it. Unlike the NOE folks in Europe, apparently. . .

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