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Yo-kai Watch 1 and Yo-kai Watch 4 being re-released in Japan with a lower price

Level-5 has announced that Yo-kai Watch 1 and Yo-kai Watch 4: Bokura wa Onaji Sora o Miageteiru are getting budget re-releases in Japan branded as "Level-5 The Best," similar to Nintendo's old "Nintendo Selects" marketing label. Launching on April 22nd, 2021 and priced at ¥3,520 each, you can check out the box-art for both titles above.

New trailer and promo video released for Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y

Class is in session in Japan


Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y is now available for the Switch in Japan. No word on a localization at this time.

Yo-Kai Watch 4++ updated to Version 2.2.0

Yo-Kai Watch 4++ has been updated to Version 2.2.0. Check out the patch notes for this update below.

- adds support for toys set to be released in late April and beyond
- Fixed various bugs to improve the gameplay experience.

Yo-Kai Watch 4++ gets a new commercial

Yo-Kai Watch 4++ launched all the way back in Dec. 2019 in Japan, but Level-5 isn't done spreading the word on the game just yet. Check out the latest 15-second commercial for the game above.

Check out the latest Japanese commercial for Yo-Kai Watch 4++

Level-5 has released another commercial for Yo-Kai Watch 4++ in Japan. This spot centers on Jinpei Jiba. Still no word on a release outside of Japan for Yo-Kai Watch 4++ at this time.

Level-5 bringing Yo-Kai Watch 4++ to World Hobby Fair Winter 2020

There's always more Yo-Kai to catch

Level-5 has announced that they'll be showing off Yo-Kai Watch 4++ at the upcoming World Hobby Fair Winter 2020 event, which takes place Jan. 19th, 2020 in Nagoya, Jan. 25th and 26th, 2020 in Tokyo, Feb. 2nd, 2020 in Fukuoka, and Feb. 9th, 2020 in Osaka.

The game will be on display as part of the Yo-kai Gakuen Y anime booth at the show. Players can give the game a go, get some lessons on Yo-Kai Watch, and even win a super-limited “Benimaru & Awakened Enma” 5-star DX Medal by answering some trivia.

Yo-Kai Watch 4++ updated to Version 2.1.4

Level-5 has updated Yo-kai Watch 4/++ to Version 2.1.4 as of today. This update fixes a bug in the Pura-pura Busters mode where players couldn’t proceed after defeating Sproink (Nobose Tonman) or Hoggles (Onobori Kuroton), along with other minor bug fixes. This update also includes 1-Star Coin and 2 x Crank-a-Kai as a bonus.

Read Famitsu's full reviews for Pokemon Sword and Shield, as well as Yo-Kai Watch 4++

The full details

We may have had the Famitsu review scores for Pokemon Sword and Shield and Yo-Kai Watch 4++, but it's always nice to have some context. If you want to know how Famitsu's reviewers came to the conclusions they did, you can check out the full reviews for each game below.

Pokemon Sword and Shield

1st reviewer: Explorations, battles, and contacting Pokémon; all of them have been legitimately evolved. The Pokémon’s appeals themselves have also increased which is great, from becoming cooler in Dynamax to becoming cuter in Pokémon Camp. Popular features like Raid Battles and Open World are being included in Pokémon’s world, setting out a unique appeal which also leaves a good impression. There are also small “fun factors” spread all around the adventure – from riding a bicycle to changing attire – which is also good. 10

2nd reviewer: The structure of “Wild Area”, where Pokémon of various species and levels appear in a vast field, is revolutionary. It has become possible to swap Pokémon from boxes without having to return to towns, and in the Pokémon Center you can also re-learn moves, which gives more freedom to the composition, making it even more fun. Although the story leaves a rather light impression, gym battles become hype as they are elaborated presentation-wise, such as the Pokémon becoming giants among other. 9

3rd reviewer: The aspect here is that the timeless Pokémon has been inherited by children of the current era. The presentations that reminds me of sports and the champion’s character design among others are like seasonings that grade schoolers might find them interesting, leaving a good impression. I feel like the follow-ups to the Pokémon you didn’t choose at the beginning are being summarized with the game’s tone. Lots of the features are being reset which refreshed me, but it’s a bit unfortunate that the structure of obtaining a Pokémon after battles has been abandoned. 10

4th reviewer: The modeling designs of appearing Pokémon and characters are neat and catchy. The straight-line scenario brings a starting point to the story of growth, and the elaborate field compositions are also good. The battles where type compatibilities come out in reality and the abundance of healing opportunities in the middle of roads are just like the past series titles. With the network connection you can do versus or raid battles with unknown people; although they require an appetite for victory and countermeasures, it’s also enriched with methods where you just slightly connect such as trading. 9

Yo-Kai Watch 4++

1st reviewer: YW4 had a hype story with the series all-stars including the movie and anime; The Busters multiplayer gets added here, which makes it a game where you can fully enjoy the real “Yo-kai Watch” world. In multiplayer you can fight by possessing other characters in the map; it brings over the fun factor unique to this game both strategy and control wise which is great. I’m also glad they have an upgrade support from YW4. If I had to speak out my desire, I wanted to play YW4++ from the beginning half a year ago. 9

2nd reviewer: The various additional features – from new yokais to quests – strike my chest. I’m also glad I get to play “Plus Plus Blasters” which allows multiplayer; Although you basically only control the yokai, you can also control the Watchers by “possessing” them which is a good structure. The Nintendo Switch version has a DLC that lets you upgrade to ++, so thankfully people who already have YW4 can enjoy the additional content without having to re-buy the whole game again. 9

3rd reviewer: The main game had appeals in magnificent all-star composition that transcends time and space, and the experience of getting into an anime world; I’d definitely recommend this to people who haven’t experienced it yet. Players who already have it can rest assured as a method has been prepared to obtain the additional features. The “Plus Plus Blasters” has fun multiplayer; as it is on a home console, it would’ve been even better if there were at least one mission where people can cooperate with one console and multiple controllers. 9

4th reviewer: You’ll get moved all around the map even by just progressing with the main story, but as there are sufficient and convenient features related to movement it didn’t cause any hardships. Depending on your action controls, you can somewhat fill the gap on yokai stats in battles, which is also good. The new mode “Plus Plus Blasters” has the appearances of many boss yokai that even your raised yokai would struggle against in the vanilla version. Collecting the newly added yokai among others will give a motivation in playing the game further. 9

Yo-Kai Watch 4++ updated to Version 2.1.3

Level-5 has updated Yo-kai Watch 4++ to Version 2.1.3. This seems to be a minor update, with the only patch notes mentioning that “several bugs have been fixed so that you can play the game more comfortably.” This update comes with a 1-Star Coin and 2 x Crank-a-Kai.

Yo-kai Watch 4++ now available in Hong Kong

Watch out!

Here's a bit of a surprise release. Level-5 has just launched Yo-Kai Watch 4++ for the Switch in Hong Kong. This version of the game supports Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. This is actually the first time a mainline Yo-Kai Watch game has been localized in Chinese, which is pretty great to see!

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