Yo-Kai Watch 2 launching Sept. 30th!

The month of September has been filled with a wide selection of games for Nintendo 3DS, such as popular RPGs like Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. Now to finish off the month is the next game from a popular anime and game series in Japan that made its roots in the West just last year, Yo-Kai Watch 2; releasing in two versions: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls on September 30th.

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Yo-Kai Watch 2 may be the sequel to the first game in the series, released around the holidays last year, but it can still be enjoyed without having played its predecessor; making it perfect for series newcomers and veterans alike. For those unfamiliar with the Yo-Kai Watch series, many have compared the series to Pokemon in terms of it being a monster-collection game. I would argue that monster-collecting is the only similarity between these two franchises, as the Yo-Kai Watch series’ games are arguably more driven by unique stories and the concepts behind the Yo-Kai characters have clearer connections to Japanese folklore and even modern pop culture. All that said, it’s best to treat Yo-Kai Watch as its own series rather than constantly make comparisons to Pokemon and enjoy it for what it is.

The story of Yo-Kai Watch 2 follows protagonists Nate Adams or Katie Forester (depending on player choice) as they encounter and befriend over 200 various and mischievous Yo-Kai spirits across a wide open world to explore and embark on an epic quest based on the plot of the first Yo-Kai Watch movie, set to premiere in North American theaters on October 15th. Yo-Kai Watch 2’s gameplay stays close to that of the original, with new features including improvements to the real-time Yo-Kai battle system, a local multiplayer minigame Yo-Kai Watch Blasters, and trading between games with friends to fulfill that dream of befriending every in-game Yo-Kai. In the spirit of dual-version games like the Pokemon series, the two versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2, Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls, are distinguished by a handful of Yo-Kai exclusive to their respective versions, but can be traded between games as part of the aforementioned new features in the game.

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Exclusive Jibanyan Medals included with physical versions and in-game bonus Yo-Kai Robonyan F (left) and Sailornyan (right) included with digital versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2.

There are special incentives for purchasing either version of Yo-Kai Watch 2 in digital or physical form. Physical versions of the game come packaged with exclusive Yo-Motion Medal toys (while supplies last) to use with the Yo-Kai Watch Model Zero toy and QR Codes usable for in-game bonuses, while digital versions of the games will include codes to unlock special Yo-Kai to battle and befriend in-game. Check out the official Yo-Kai Watch 2 website for more details.

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Don’t miss the charming and mysterious adventure of Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls, coming to Nintendo 3DS on September 30th! You can get a taste of the games before they launch by playing the free demo on the 3DS eShop, available now!

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