Yo-kai Watch series
Yo-kai Watch is a series of role-playing video games developed by Level-5, themed around the mythological Japanese spirits known as yōkai. After achieving success in Japan, the games began to be released worldwide in 2015, published by Nintendo.
The concept of Yo-kai Watch came about when Level-5 were planning and researching concepts to create a long-lasting franchise. Yo-kai Watch was originally released in Japan in 2013, and was later released internationally in 2015. The games involve players using their befriended Yo-kai to battle against evil Yo-kai, rotating between their currently selected party members at will. The game has since received two follow-up installments, each of them being released as separate versions containing different Yo-kai to collect.
Several Yo-kai Watch spin-off titles have been released for mobile devices. Yo-Kai Taiso Dai-ichi Puzzle da Nyan is a match-three puzzle game released in 2013 in Japan. Yo-kai Daijiten was released in 2015. Yo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble is a mobile puzzle game released in 2015 in Japan, and later released in 2016 internationally. Yo-kai Watch Land is a minigame collection featuring various AR features released in 2016. Finally, Yo-kai Watch: Gerapo Rhythm is a rhythm game that scheduled for release in 2017 in Japan.
A Data Carddass game called Yo-kai Watch: Tomodachi Ukiukipedia was released in early 2014. Following the release of Yo-kai Watch 3, the game was rebranded Yo-kai Watch: Ukiukipedia Dream.
The Oni-Busters side mode featured in the Yo-kai Watch 2 games would be expanded into its own side series, known as Yo-kai Watch Busters. The first games, Red Cat Squad and White Dog Team, were released in Japan in July 2015, while a third version, Moon Rabbit Team, was later released in December, and an arcade version, Iron Oni Army, was also released in December. A pair of sequel games, titled Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Sword and Magnum, are set to be released in December 2017.
Ubisoft and Level-5 would collaborate to release Yo-kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version, a Yo-kai Watch-themed Just Dance game featuring songs from the anime series soundtrack. The game was released by Ubisoft exclusively for Wii U in Japan in December 2015.
Multiple manga series based on Yo-kai Watch have been published. Before the release of the original game, a manga adaptation written by Noriyuki Konishi started publication in CoroCoro Comic in December 2012. Another series, titled Yo-kai Watch: Exciting Nyanderful Days, was published in Ciao magazine starting in December 2013. The franchise has also spawned two yonkoma series: 4-Panel Yo-kai Watch: Geragera Manga Theater, written by Coconas Rumba and began serialization in CoroCoro Comic SPECIAL in October 2014; and Yo-kai Watch 4-Panel Pun Club by Santa Harukaze and published in CoroCoro Ichiban! starting in April 2015. A short-lived series titled Komasan 〜A Time for Fireworks and Miracles〜 was written by Shō Shibamoto and released through Big Comic Spirits between April and September 2015. Finally, a short manga based on the Yo-kai Watch Busters series by Atsushi Ohba ran in CoroCoro Comic from June to October 2015.
The Yo-kai Watch anime series began to air in Japan in January 2014, produced by OLM and currently airing for three seasons. Three feature-length animated movies have also been produced, with a fourth currently in production.
IDW Publishing began releasing a Yo-kai Watch comic series starting in April 2017.
Games published by Nintendo
|Game||JP release||NA release||EU release||AUS release||KOR release||Console|
|Yo-kai Watch||2013||2015||2016||2015||2015||Nintendo 3DS|
|Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls||2014||2016||2017||2016||2017||Nintendo 3DS|
|Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters||2014||2017||2017||2017||2017||Nintendo 3DS|
- How Yokai Watch Was Engineered To Be A Massive Hit. Kotaku (July 10, 2014). Retrieved September 27, 2017.