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A new wave of details on Yo-Kai Watch 4 has come out. Get the full rundown on Kitaro, Gacha, and Konkatsu below.

■ Medama-Oyaji Has Gone Missing!? Look for Him with Kitaro

Kitaro and Medma-Oyaji from GeGeGe no Kitaro will appear during an in-game quest. Natsume and the Yo-kai Detective Team meet him in the park.

Help Kitaro search for Medama-Oyaji, who he seems to has lost sight of. Listen to the eyewitness accounts of the yo-kai, and track down Medama-Oyaji!

■ Each of the Four Worlds Has “Gacha”

Gacha machines with different appearances exist in each of the four worlds of Yo-kai Watch 4. By advancing the story, you will be able to visit a facility known as “Gasha Land” in the Yo-makai world at any time to play gacha. Get coins from treasure chests and rewards to play tons of gacha!

—From left to right: modern day gacha (Keita’s world), future gacha (Natsume’s world), past gacha (Shin’s world), and yo-kai gacha (Yo-makai world).

■ Develop the Skills of the Six Watch Users

There are six Watch users that can participate in battle. Each has a different weapon and special moves. And by strengthening their Watch Skills, you can battle at an even greater advantage. Strategically alot points to develop each character!

—The six chosen Watch users. From left to right: Shin, Touma, Keita, Natsume, Fumi-chan, and Akinori.

—Each character’s watch has six parameters: Ghost, Body, Technique, Heart, Love, and Friendship. You can obtain the points necessary to strengthen these parameters through means such as leveling up in battle.

■ New Yo-kai Befriending System: “Konkatsu”

The yo-kai befriending system in Yo-kai Watch 4 is completely new. By “Soulsucking” from yo-kai during battle, you will get “Souls.”

By trading in Souls, which are crystallizations of a yo-kai’s power, “Konkatsu” (Soulmatching) consultant Konsaru will introduce you to wonderful new friends. Discover who you are fated to meet!

Ni no Kuni animated film launches in Japan on Aug. 23rd, 2019, new characters revealed and synopsis shared

Let's hope it gets localized

The upcoming Ni no Kuni animated movie has been given a release date. It will hit theaters in Japan on Aug. 23rd, 2019. This info comes from the movie's official website, as well as a new synopsis, and the reveal of two more characters. Check out that info below.

The calm, cool, and collected, wheelchair-bound Yuu, the popular Haru from the basketball team, and Haru’s girlfriend Kotona are high school students who have been friends since childhood. One day, Yuu and Haru are transported to a magical world parallel to the real world called “Ni no Kuni” after trying to save Kotona, who was suddenly attacked by someone. Ni no Kuni is a world where “another version of oneself” exists, connected to their parallel self. Yuu gradually becomes attracted to the princess of Ni no Kuni, Asya, who is the spitting image of Kotona. However, he is faced with a cruel rule: “In order to save Kotona’s life, Asya’s life must be taken.”

Haru wants to save Kotona. Yuu wants to protect Asya. When it comes to the “ultimate decision,” where the lives of those dear to them hang in the balance, what decision will Yuu and Haru make?

Ojii-san (voiced by Tsuyoshi Muro) – A mysterious old man who goes to the same hospital as Yuu, and who Yuu has known since childhood. He has alwas cheered Yuu up.

King Flounder (voiced by Masatou Ibu) – The King of Evermore in the world of Ni no Kuni where Yuu and Haru wander into.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 gets a 20-second online commercial

Yo-Kai Watch and learn

Yo-Kai Watch 4 was recently pushed back to June 20th, 2019. While we wait to see if that date sticks, Level-5 has shared a quick new commercial for the game. It's certainly looking good! Hopefully the delays aren't indicative of any major issues.

Yo-Kai Watch 4's Japanese site shares new screens, art, and gameplay details

Learn what's new in Yo-Kai Watch 4

Check out the site for more screens and art

The official Japanese site for Yo-Kai Watch 4 has been updated with a handful of new details. Check out a full rundown of the info below.

- Hailey Anne Thomas and USApyon appear in the game, but it doesn't seem Hailey will be playable
- Keisuke (Natsume’s brother) and Ayame are in the game
- newly-confirmed Yo-Kai include Kyushii (Lightside), Zukkyushii (Shadowside), Hareonna (Lightside), Ameonna (Shadowside), Ungaikyuu (Lightside and Shadowside), and Hinoshin (Lightside and Shadowside)
- two new characters include Itsuki and Tae
- the game includes a strange underground where you can find Lord Enma’s Palace
- this is where the ruler of the Yo-kai world resides, but the current ruler is Kaira, not Lord Enma
- the game begins Nate hanging around in his room when his Mom asks him to run some errands
- once he’s done, Nate notices that Whisper is behaving strangely, and finds out he's been possessed by Hungramps
- Nate then sends Jibanyan to fight the Yo-kai and free Whisper
- afterwards Nate goes out and ends up meeting Katie, but you find out it's actually Mimikin posing as her
- Whisper checks his Yo-kai Pad and sees that lots of Yo-kai are gathering at Mt. Wildwood in search of treasure
- Nate ends up finding a mysterious key that opens a door to the world of Natsume
- the game has 6 playable characters, and you can strengthen them thanks to their Skill Trees
- you’re free to choose how each character will grow by selecting which branches to focus on
- you will need to make sure your Yo-kai Watches are well powered up if you want to get the upper hand in battles
- once you have selected a character to strengthen, you have to select the branch to power up
- branches include Heart, Technique, Body, Bewitching, Friend, and Love
- Stopwatching lets you check out details about your opponents and your allies both before and during battles
- this can also be used to switch party members and use items
- Stopwatching has 4 functions:

Basic Information
Use items
Place target pin
Switch party members

- befriending Yo-kai is done via a gameplay system known as Konkatsu, with a character called Konsaru
- during battle, you can collect the “soul” of enemy Yo-kai, and then, you bring that “soul” to Konsaru
- Konsaru will trade the soul for a Yo-Kai's Ark
- Konsaru provides 4 services:

Matching: you can trade the souls collected for some Yo-kai. Even if there’s two of the same Yo-kai, their nicknames and levels may be different. If you meet the right conditions, you can trade for whichever Yo-kai you want from the list.
Training: you can use the souls collected to train Yo-kai, and make them stronger.
Soubi Custom: you can use the souls collected to craft or strengthen some weapons to be used by the 6 Watchers.
Souls list: allows you to check out the various souls collected.

- each world has its own Crank-a-kai
- you can use coins obtained from various places to use the Crank-a-Kai and get Yo-kai
- once you’ve found a Crank-a-Kai, it will automatically appears in Gachaland, so that you don’t have to travel to each world
- each time you use a Crank-a-Kai, you get Gacha Points that you can then trade for various prizes
- if you tap the Yo-kai Ark toy distributed in theaters, you can unlock a special item in-game: the Kokusou Nekotama

Inazuma Eleven Ares' 'Confrontation' Mode detailed

A footie face-off

The third blog post for Inazuma Eleven Ares has gone live on the official Level-5 blog. This update contains new info on “confrontation mode,” which you can find below.

- the team have reached the point where they can actually incorporate the new system in the game
- you get to choose the course based on the current situation
- Lob Pass: you send the ball over the other players, where you think a teammate will be able to get it.
- Wall Pass: you send the ball to a teammate on your right and left, before moving through the other team’s defenses, and then getting the ball back from them
- Dribble: you dribble and pass the other team’s defenses without passing the ball to anyone
- if you can use a Hissatsu Technique, you can always use it to break through the defenses
- it's a bit more complex than your usual battle commands from RPGs, but arrows on-screen and other visual cues help guide
- one screen allows you to quickly check out the GP and TP of each player in a handy list

Yo-Kai Watch 4 suffers another delay, bumped to June 20th, 2019 in Japan

Yo-Kai Watch it get pushed back again

Level-5 seems to be having a ton of trouble with Yo-Kai Watch 4. The game has suffered numerous delays, and the company has now announced yet another setback. The title was slated for a June 6th, 2019 release in Japan, but now it's coming out June 20th, 2019. Level-5 says this delay is due to the company wanting to further enhance the game's quality. We're not quite sure what you can do with an extra 14 days, but hopefully it works out!

Purex reveals Yo-Kai Watch-themed Switch accessories for Japan

Ghost-proof your Switch

Accessory maker Purex has a new wave of officially-licensed Yo-Kai Watch accessories heading to the Switch. The lineup includes the compact cases seen above, which require users to detach the Joy-Con from the console before storing. The company is also releasing a soft pouch, which lets you keep the Joy-Con attached.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 to include a cameo from Kitaro

A very fitting cameo

This week's issue of Famitsu reveals a cameo for Yo-Kai Watch 4. We now know that GeGeGe no Kitaro‘s Kitaro will make an appearance in the game as guest role. GeGeGe no Kitaro is a yokai-themed Japanese manga series created in 1960 that ran for nine years.

Snack World, the scrumptious cross-media project from LEVEL-5, is ready for delivery in 2020

Yet another confirmation of localization

LEVEL-5 abby Inc. has sent out the following email to confirm Snack World's release outside of Japan. The email doesn't specifically state that the Switch game is coming, but there's no doubt it's part of the efforts.

From the creators of YO-KAI WATCH, Ni No Kuni, and Professor Layton, journey to SNACK WORLD, a nutty place where mythology, fairy tales, and technology are fusion fare! When an evil mogul wrongs the young hero Chup, the boy and his bite-sized crew embark on an epic adventure to seek justice. The smash hit SNACK WORLD video game debuted in Japan on Nintendo 3DS platform in 2017 and on Nintendo Switch in spring 2018. The companion consumer products line won Best Japanese Licensed Character (New Face) at the Licensing Japan Character and Brand Licensing Trade Show in April 2018. The tasty franchise continues to dominate at Japanese retail and indicates similar success abroad.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 character profiles, and a few more gameplay tidbits

CoroCoro provides a scoop

This week's CoroCoro includes a feature on Yo-Kai Watch 4 that offers up a handful of new details. Check out a summary of the article below.

Characters

Keita / Nate

- Weapon: Pico Pico Hammer
- Special Move: “Minna Henge Attack”. Converts energy collected in order to increase the attack power of allied Yo-kai

Fumika

- Weapon: Hamisen
- Special Move: “Minna Henge Healing”. Converts energy collected in order to heal allied Yo-kai

Natsume

- Weapon: Naginata
- Special Move: “Minna Henge Guard”. Converts energy collected in order to increase the defense of allied Yo-kai

Touma

- Weapon: Sword
- Special Move: “Hyoui Shoukan”. Transforms into Fudou Myouou, Genbu, Ashura, Byakko.

Akinori

- Weapon: Morning Star
- Special Move: “Genjuu Shoukan”. Summons Suzaku, Kirin, Genbu, and Byakko, and allows you to use their techniques.

Shin

- Weapon: Bat
- Special Move: “Minna Genki”: revives all fallen teammates, and give them a stats boost.

Gameplay details

- there’s a skill tree for each Watcher (characters with a Yo-kai Watch)
- this allows you to make them stronger, have them learn new skills, and more
- Yo-Kai Watch 4 has several different Crank-a-Kai, and they can be found in each of the 4 worlds of the game
- these allow you to summon various Yo-kai (including rare ones)
- once you’ve found one, you will be able to access it directly from a place called “Crank-a-Land” in Japanese
- during battle, you can get special energy from enemy Yo-kai that you can then use to befriend specific Yo-kai
- you can also use that energy to strengthen Yo-kai you already have, and create/strengthen equipment