Yo-Kai Watch is an incredibly popular anime and video game series geared toward Japanese youngsters. Yo-Kai Watch is centered around a young boy who has the ability to see ghost-like creature called Yo-Kai. Not only that, but he has the ability to befriend them and summon them with a special watch, from which the series derives its name.

Yo-Kai Watch - Netflix

Type: Animation

Languages: Japanese

Status: Running

Runtime: 30 minutes

Premier: 2014-01-08

Yo-Kai Watch - Yo-kai Watch 2 - Netflix

Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls are a pair of role-playing video games developed and published by Level-5 in Japan and Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. The games are a sequel to 2013's Yo-kai Watch, and were released in July 2014 in Japan, and in North America and Australia in late 2016, and in Europe in 2017. Much like their predecessor, the games put players in an open world, befriending and battling various yōkai, which are ghosts and apparitions originating in Japanese folklore, that cause mischief in daily life. In Yo-kai Watch 2, the memories of the protagonists Nathan “Nate” Adams and Katie Forester are erased when their Yo-kai Watch is stolen, leaving them with no recollection of their past adventures. However, they soon stumble across their Yo-kai butler Whisper once again, and their adventures resume. Developed in the wake of the first game's rising popularity, Yo-kai Watch 2 became one of the most highly anticipated releases in Japan in 2014. Released to positive critical reception and an overwhelmingly successful commercial response, the games easily became two of the best-selling games on the Nintendo 3DS, boosted by the established popularity of the Yo-kai Watch anime series and various merchandising efforts. By February 2015, the games had sold 3.1 million copies. A third version of the game, Yo-kai Watch 2: Shin'uchi, was released in December 2014, which further expanded upon the changes introduced in the original versions of the game. By June 2015, Shinuchi had sold over 2.6 million copies. The game was released in English regions as Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters on September 29, 2017.

Yo-Kai Watch - Development - Netflix

The games were developed in the wake of the booming popularity of the Yo-kai Watch franchise in Japan. Sequels to the original Yo-kai Watch game were planned from the very beginning, including the plan to split the sequel into two versions, Ganso and Honke. The decision to create two different versions of the game came about as a marketing strategy to appeal to children, and a response to the development team finding that many children and their parents were playing and sharing one copy of the game with each other, thus, two copies of a game would be a plausible resolution.

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