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.
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.
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.
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!