Yo-Kai Watch launches earlier in Australia on December 5th
The latest Japanese phenomenon Yo-Kai Watch will arrive in Australia and New Zealand earlier than expected. Originally announced as coming in 2016, both the game and anime will arrive on this December with the game arriving on December 5th.
The LEVEL-5 developed game, anime series and merchandise is coming to Australia in a combined effort from Nintendo, Hasbro and Channel 9’s GO! Channel. While the game and anime will kick off this year we won’t see any of the toys still until 2016.
If you’re heading to EB Expo you’ll be able to check out the anime comedy series at premierere screenings on Friday at 4:30pm and 8:30am on Saturday and Sunday before the floor opens. Get there early to make sure you get a seat.
But what is a Yo-kai anyway? Is it a spirit? A monster? A ghost? Nope – a Yo-kai is … well, it’s just a Yo-kai! You might not see them because they’re invisible, but they’re all around you every day. And they’re often mischievous, mysterious pranksters who like to make trouble for you. Lose your homework, can’t keep a secret or find yourself running late to everything? Yo-kai probably made you do it. The Yo-kai are based on common concerns kids have, and by confronting those concerns, kids can learn to overcome them.
When YO-KAI WATCH launches for Nintendo 3DS on 5th December, you can explore the world using your Yo-kai Watch to discover more than 200 Yo-kai, then befriend them and turn them into a team to battle other Yo-kai. Each Yo-kai has its own unique skills and strengths, so you must use them to challenge troublemaking Yo-kai and help people in the game solve their daily problems. In Japan, the three YO-KAI WATCH 2games accounted for three of the six best-selling console and hand-held games in Japan for 2014.
In December, Channel 9’s GO! channel will debut the animated comedy series Yo-Kai Watch. The show follows the hilarious misadventures of an average boy and his involvement with the mischievous Yo-kai all around him. Our young hero obtains a special watch, empowering him to discover and summon Yo-kai, befriend them and then work together to solve everyday problems … problems that are often caused by other troublemaking Yo-kai!
The fun continues in Q1 2016 when Hasbro will introduce innovative play experiences for the Yo-kai Watch franchise, with the line set to include toys centred around collectible medals, each representing a unique Yo-kai.
In Japan, the TV program has been the top-rated animated show on TV TOKYO for kids 4-12 years old. The franchise has sold more than USD $2 billion in retail merchandise, including games, music, film and publishing, and more than 8 million units of Nintendo 3DS video games have been sold.