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Yo-Kai Watch

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Summary: Yo-Kai Watch has a lot of charm: in its story, characters and its titular monsters. However many critics are saying that the gameplay and mechanics themselves are not as up to scratch as Yo-Kai Watch's competition

Game Information

Available on:Nintendo 3DSNov 6, 2015

Developer: Level-5

Publisher: Nintendo

Genres: RPG, Turn-Based Strategy

After selling millions and being a cultural phenomenon in Japan, Yo-kai Watch is coming to the United States for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The Yo-kai Watch game is about hundreds of sometimes cute, sometimes spooky, and usually mischievous Yo-kai that inhabit our world. Yo-kai are not ghosts, monsters or creatures. Yo-kai are, quite simply, Yo-kai. They cannot be seen by the human eye, but they are everywhere. Whether born from the soul of a deceased human, or an everyday object discovering its higher purpose, their personalities are distinctly humanlike. As you explore the world, use your Yo-kai Watch to find them, befriend them, and turn them into a team to battle other Yo-kai. Befriending new Yo-kai may not be so easy, though – in many cases, you will need to battle with them and impress them during your battle. Each Yo-kai has its own unique skills and strengths and you’ll use them to challenge the evil Yo-kai and help people in need of solving daily problems – like an argument with a friend or forgetting something important – which may be caused by mischievous Yo-kai hidden everywhere.

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7.2 / 10.0

As an RPG, Yo-Kai Watch mostly fumbles its battle system and creates a relatively passive experience. However, I adored exploring every corner of its compelling world. The low difficulty ultimately works in its favor — I was always eager to move on to the next charming character or compelling idea. Yo-Kai Watch is a "kids' game" that doesn't talk down to or sugarcoat darker themes for kids, and I appreciated not being talked down to either.

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No Recommendation / Blank

Repetitive but charming, Yo-Kai Watch is a kid's game through and through.

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While it's not Pokemon-killer, Yo-kai Watch delivers a delightfully simple and engaging experience that'll keep you coming back time and again.

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A charming and well-made role-playing adventure, but despite how much it might resemble Pokémon it has nothing like the depth of Nintendo's games.

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Yo-Kai Watch Blasters for 3DS Is Finally Coming to the West in September

Yo-Kai Watch Blasters for 3DS Is Finally Coming to the West in September

Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad for the Nintendo 3DS are finally making their way to the west on September 7, 2018, according to an announcement by Nintendo.

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