The Yo-Kai Watch world is expanding today with the release of the new Yo-Kai Watch 2 Nintendo 3DS games.
Is Yo-kai Watch cooler than Pokemon? My 7-year-old son's definite answer is "Yes!" Yo-kai Watch has similarities with Pokemon, but has also unique aspects that make it especially attractive for younger kids. Some Yo-kai characters look very similar to Pokemon, but its the story setting that makes a big difference. Yo-kai are responsible for real world issues that kids are experiencing. Yo-kai are invisible animal spirits that are responsible for things like not able to wake up or being hungry all the time.
In the Yo-kai watch world a boy named Nate got a special watch that enables him to see Yokai. His mission is to sort out problems that trouble-making yo-kai cause.
Nintendo releases today Yo-kai Watch 2 for the Nintendo 3DS. The games in two flavors with "Bony Spirits" and "Fleshy Souls." This is similar to the Pokemon Moon and Pokemon Sun releases coming to 3DS later this year. The difference between Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls are rare Yo-kai that can only be found in their respective games.
The Yo-kai Watch franchise is still very young compared to Pokemon. Yo-kai launched in Japan in 2013, while Pokemon has a 20 year history. The world of Yo-kai is despite the short history already very large.
Yo-kai is not just on the 3DS. There is an animated Yo-kai Watch TV series that is now in its 2nd season airing only on Disney XD. Season 1 of Yo-kai watch is streaming on Netflix.
The first English-language film based on Yo-kai Watch will be in select theaters for one day on Saturday, October 15 only. Why the Yo-kai Watch movie will only be released in such a limited fashion is curious. I assume this is aimed at boosting the hype for Yo-kai Watch. The second trailer for the first Yo-kai Watch movie has just been released. Watch it below.
We don't have a 3DS in our household. My kids play on the iPad and iPhone and we still own a Wii, which after all this years is a great console for kids. There are two Yo-kai watch games for iOS and Android. Yo-kai Wibble Wobble is a puzzle game that lets you battle Yo-kai. Both of my sons love this game.
The Yo-kai Watch Land app works in conjunction with the Hasbro Yo-kai Watch toy. The app uses augmented reality to bring the Yo-kai represented on the collectible medals to life. The app provides information about each Yo-kai - think Pokemon Pokedex.
The Yo-kai Watch toy is a huge wearable watch. It is really big. Kids can slide in a medal and the watch will make music and sounds specific to the Yo-kai on the medal. The Yo-kai Watch is super loud too. On trick is to put tape over the speaker slits to muffle it. There is no volume control. The Yo-kai Watch Season 1 is a favorite toy of my sons. The use for role-playing stories in the Yo-kai world.
Hasbro is releasing a new Yo-kai watch to match the watch Nate wears in season 2 of Yo-kai Watch. The Yo-kai Watch Model Zero is shipping now for $29.99 on Amazon.com.
Besides the new design, the Yo-kai Watch Model Zero has a built-in projector to display short Yokai animations on near-by surfaces. The Yo-kai Watch season 1 is still available as well.
I prefer that my kids are into Yo-kai Watch and not want to play Pokemon Go. As no Yo-Kai game is requiring to go outside and walk around, Yo-kai is much safer to play and a lot less hassle.
Yo-kai Watch will be hot Holiday toy and video game trend for kids this Holiday season. Nintendo has with Pokemon and Yo-kai watch to very popular franchises going into the Holiday shopping season 2016.
About Yo-kai Watch
YO-KAI WATCH is an original concept created by renowned Japanese game company LEVEL-5, Inc. and the Nintendo 3DS video games have sold 6.5 million units in Japan. With an imaginative plot, great characters, comedy and adventure, YO-KAI WATCH has become one of the most popular franchises of all time in Japan.
The story centers around a young boy who gets a special watch empowering him to discover and summon mysterious Yo-kai that help him solve problems in his daily life usually caused by other trouble-making Yo-kai. The YO-KAI WATCH animated series, a joint production effort of LEVEL-5, Inc., Dentsu Inc., and TV TOKYO Corporation, is the top-rated show for kids 4-12 across all genres on TV TOKYO and has the highest average household ratings among all regularly scheduled animated programs on the network.