Level-5’s Yo-Kai Watch Nintendo 3DS game has become a pretty big deal in Japan, with it constantly holding a high position in the weekly video games sales charts. A hugely successful television anime series adapted from the game even made its debut on TV Tokyo in Japan this January.
While an international release of the game has yet to be announced, it has been teased for a while now and perhaps more concrete plans are on the way, as it has now emerged that Dentsu Entertainment USA are currently seeking broadcast and licensing partners for the animated series in the United States. As Yo-Kai Watch had always been envisioned as a multi-media franchise, could this mean we might be hearing about news on the game soon?
The story of Yo-Kai Watch centres on Kēta, a 10 year old boy who finds an old capsule toy machine in a nearby forest, from which he rescues Whisper, a “yokai” (spirit from Japanese folklore). To show his gratitude, Whisper gifts the boy with the titular “Yo-Kai” watch, giving him the ability to see other Yo-Kai, so Kēta and his friends start exploring their neighbourhood for more Yo-Kai to battle or befriend.