Yo-Kai Watch 4 - new battle system screens and details shared

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The official website for Yo-Kai Watch 4 has been updated with some new info to go along with a feature in the latest CoroCoro Magazine. This time we're taking a look at the battle system, with new details summarized below.

- take part in battles directly, alongside your Yo-kai
- markers on the ground indicate where enemy attacks will land
- human characters taking part in battle are called “Watchers”
- Watchers use the full powers of the Yo-kai Watch to battle various enemies
- Nate from the original Yo-kai Watch trilogy is one of the Watchers in the game
- he battles alongside some familiar Yo-kai

Yo-Kai Watch 3's Western release is a combination of all three Japanese versions

When Yo-Kai Watch 3 launched in Japan, it originally hit retail with two versions. There was a Sushi and Tempura option for fans to pick from, and then months later, a Sukiyaki versions saw release that let players pick between the Sushi and Tempura versions in-game. The Western version of Yo-Kai Watch 3 is basically all three options combined, as it let's you collect every Yo-Kai in one save file.

Nintendo France commercials - Yo-Kai Watch 3, Super Mario Party

Nintendo France has released two more commercials, which you can see above. One is for Super Mario Party, and the other for Yo-Kai Watch 3.

Yokai Watch Forever Friends DX Kuttari Plush dolls releasing in Japan

Bandai Toys are releasing two Yokai Watch Forever Friends DX Kuttari Plushes in Japan. The pair is due out Dec. 31st, 2018, and the preorder date is Nov. 22nd, 2018.

Yo-Kai Watch Blasters - Version 2.4 now available

Yo-Kai Watch Blasters has been updated to Version 2.4. We don't have full patch notes, but we do have some tidbits on what's included.

- new items can be purchased in the Dimmy Shop;
- provides various improvements related to Big Bosses

Yo-Kai Watch 3 launch shipments for France revealed

Yo-Kai Watch 3 is hitting France on Dec. 7th, 2018, and Nintendo of Europe has detailed just how many units will be available in the region. There will be 15,000 copies available on store shelves that day, and of course, the game will also be available through the 3DS eShop.

Yo-Kai Watch 3 hitting Europe on Dec. 7th, 2018

Join Nate as he travels to St. Peanutsburg for a brand new adventure in YO-KAI WATCH 3, coming to Nintendo 3DS family systems on 7/12! Enjoy new grid-based battles, befriend over 600 different Yo-kai, and meet Hailey Anne – Springdale’s newest hero!

Explore beautifully designed environments, befriend mischievous Yo-kai and join Nate and Hailey Anne on an epic adventure as they attempt to solve the sudden mysterious phenomena surrounding their home-towns, when YO-KAI WATCH 3 inspirits Nintendo 3DS family systems on 7th December in Europe.

With the first YO-KAI WATCH game and its popular sequel YO-KAI WATCH 2 capturing the imaginations of children across Europe, fans of the games and the popular TV series can now enjoy an all-new story, befriend old and new quirky Yo-kai and experience a revamped battle system.

The story begins when Nate Adams’ father is offered a new job forcing them to leave Springdale and relocate to a town called St. Peanutsburg in the country of BBQ. Having just replaced his inoperable Yo-kai Watch with the new Yo-kai Watch Model U, it’s not long before Nate finds himself caught up in another series of mysteries. One day, FBY agents and hilarious duo, Blunder and Folly, come knocking at Nate’s door asking if he’s aware of the UFO which recently crash-landed in the area. Unable to help, Nate sets off to investigate with his beloved friends, Whisper and Jibanyan, and finds himself getting caught up into an assortment of exciting adventures, while meeting with a cast of bothersome, friendly and quirky Yo-kai along the way.

Meanwhile, back in Springdale, a geeky detective wannabe, Hailey Anne Thomas, gets more than she bargained for after trying to hunt down a limited-edition character figure. After entering a shop with high hopes, a mysterious voice entices her to purchase a Yo-kai Watch Model U. Once Hailey Anne discovers the voice belongs to a Yo-kai named Usapyon and understands why he was so eager for her to buy the Yo-kai Watch Model U, they join forces, inspiring Hailey Anne to open a detective agency to solve the troubles of Springdale.

Why has there been so much mysterious activity in Springdale and St. Peanutsburg lately, and why do Nate and Hailey Anne both possess a Yo-kai Watch Model U? Nate and Hailey Anne must travel their own separate paths to discover their shared destiny and unravel the mysteries in each of their towns. Aside from Nate’s and Hailey Anne’s key objectives, players can immerse themselves in many exciting side quests – also known as Requests and Favours – by answering the needs of the local residents, with the hope of a nice reward at the end. They can also take on a range of mini-games and challenges, which include rafting down rapids in BBQ or unearthing treasure maps as they seek out hidden treasures.

The reimagined battle system is the most exciting and tactical in the series to date, so players will have to think and act fast if they’re to win. Using the new Tactics Board, players have the freedom to place their three preferred Yo-kai anywhere on a 3×3 grid. Yo-kai positioned on the front row will see their physical attacks become stronger and will protect Yo-kai behind them. Players can also place Yo-kai next to each other to trigger Linking effects, resulting in combo attacks. There are lots of possible combinations so experiment with different Yo-kai to discover your perfect team.

Players who are eager to test their battle skills against fellow Yo-kai rivals can participate in a range of multiplayer battles including Local Battle, Friend Battle and ‘Merican Dream Battles. In ‘Merican Dream Battle, players can choose between Casual Battle, which has no rules, and Official Rank Battle, where they can battle to gather Rank Points. Outside of the battle arena, players can trade Yo-kai via StreetPass and trade medals over Wi-Fi or local communications. Fans of Jibanyan can get creative with a feature called Build-a-Nyan, where they can design their own cat Yo-kai by giving it a name, changing its colour and selecting which tribe it represents. Collect Originyan parts through the game to change its voice and appearance, and befriend cat Yo-kai along the way to pass their moves onto your customised moggy.

By visiting the in-game Post Office, players can present download codes, QR Codes and passwords to the receptionist to redeem special items and Yo-kai. The Crank-a-kai of which Whisper first appeared in the original YO-KAI WATCH game and popular TV series makes a return and this time it can be used to receive more items and Yo-kai. Both Crank-a-kai coins – an in-game currency – and Play Coins, earned by walking around with a Nintendo 3DS family system, can be used as tender.

It’s also possible for owners of previous games in the series to link their games with YO-KAI WATCH 3 to unlock in-game content. Link YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits, Fleshy Souls and Psychic Specters to befriend an S-Ranking Yo-kai from each game. Players can also link with YO-KAI WATCH BLASTERS: Red Cat Corps and White Dog Squad to unlock an exclusive Yo-kai from each of these titles.

Well that announcement came out of nowhere, and it's sneaking up on Europe fast! As far as we can tell, just a single version of the game will release in Europe.

Level-5 talks Yo-Kai Watch 4 and Inazuma Eleven Ares progress, teases new projects and more

The most recent issue of Famitsu features a detailed interview with Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino. Outside of talking about the revival of Ushiro, Hino touches on some other projects the company has been working on.

- Hino says Level-5 has new title(s) up their sleeves
- Yo-kai Watch 4 and Inazuma Eleven Ares seem to be coming along really well
- the staff are touching them up, so their releases have been delayed
- the announcement of new title(s) in the middle of that process would be rude to customers who are waiting for those games]
- Level-5 is planning a big announcement after those games are released
- for their 20th anniversary title, Level-5 is trying to make a game with an unexpected approach to online

Level-5 wasn't keen on showing Inazuma Eleven Ares and Yo-Kai Watch 4 at TGS 2018

Level-5 recently announced a delay for both Inazuma Eleven Ares and Yo-Kai Watch 4. Some were wondering why the delay cropped up out of nowhere, especially after both games just had some time in the spotlight at TGS 2018. Thanks to an interview with Level-5's CEO Akihiro Hino, we may have gotten some insight.

4Gamer talked to Hino about showing off both games at TGS, and it seems Mr. Hino would rather neither game was shown off. In his opinion, they weren't quite up-to-snuff for gameplay demos.

If possible, I’d prefer it if they weren’t being shown now at all. (Laughs) No, I’m joking. Obviously in both cases we are trying our best to make good games, but bringing them to the show was definitely a case of ‘even though they are not perfect, we have to show them’. It was very much a time demand. For various reasons, I’d prefer people not to see them as they are now.

Nintendo offers up Yo-Kai Watch Blasters items via QR code

If you're playing Yo-Kai Watch Blasters, there's no doubt you could do well with an item or two. Nintendo was nice enough to distribute a pair of QR codes for both games, letting you grab some in-game items, depending on which version you have. Hopefully these items can help lead you to victory!