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Yo-kai Watch (game)

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Yo-kai Watch
Yōkai Wotchi
Yo-Kai Watch NA box.jpg
Developer(s): Level-5
Publisher(s): JP: Level-5
WW: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Role-playing
Players: 1
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: Yo-kai Watch 2
Release dates
N. America: November 6, 2015[1]
Japan: July 11, 2013
Europe: April 29, 2016
Australia: December 5, 2015
S. Korea: November 26, 2015
ESRB: E10+
USK: 6

Yo-kai Watch is a Nintendo 3DS role-playing game developed by Level-5, and the first installment in the Yo-kai Watch franchise. While the game was released in Japan in 2013, the game was announced at E3 2015 to be released in North America in the holiday season of 2015, published by Nintendo, and was later released in Europe in April 2016.



Weird and wonderful Yo-kai are everywhere!

Befriend over 200 different Yo-kai, all with their own unique personalities!

Use your Yo-Kai Watch to find Yo-kai troublemakers around town.

Strategize your attacks wisely...
To unleash powerful Soultimate Moves!

Download items via the Internet and challenge friends to local wireless battles!

Snap pics of Yo-kai hiding out in the real world with your in-game Yo-kai Cam!

Nintendo website

Find, befriend and battle hundreds of Yo-kai

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.


  • With the power of the Yo-kai watch, find and befriend more than 200 hidden Yo-kai, found everywhere in the world, and call upon their powers when you need their help.
  • Assemble a team of six Yo-kai in your watch to defeat evil and help people.
  • Each Yo-kai has its own unique skills and strengths, so use strategy to assemble your team to address different problems and fight different evil Yo-kai.
  • Make your Yo-kai Watch more powerful and upgrade your Yo-kai as you play through the story.


One day, the player (as either a boy named Nate or a girl named Katie) is out in the woods collecting bugs when they find an ancient-looking capsule machine. After opening a capsule, a spirit comes out and identifies itself as Whisper, a Yo-kai. Whisper gives the player the titular Yo-kai Watch, allowing them to see and interact with other Yo-kai. Using this, the player and Whisper go around stopping mischevious Yo-kai from terrorizing their home town and making friends with them.


Players use the Nintendo 3DS touch screen to search around the town for Yo-Kai to battle. In battle, players use the six Yo-kai previously befriended to battle opponents. Players can only use three Yo-kai at a time, and can switch between all six by rotating through them on the touch screen. Players can also charge their Yo-kai's special abilities and cure status effects on the touch screen.

Yo-kai can be acquired by giving them their favorite food before battle, the Yo-Kai giving them their medal after the battle to summon them whenever needed. Alternatively, players can use the in-game Gasha Machine by spending in-game currency or Play Coins to earn more Yo-kai.

Technical details

Technical details
Media: Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download
Download size: 6,641 blocks
Supported features: Nintendo Network (download items), Local Play (2 players), StreetPass
Input / compatible controllers: Nintendo 3DS


Version no. Release date(s) Description
1.1 NA: November 6, 2015 Gameplay adjustments.
1.2 February 25, 2016 Adds Spanish and French language support.

External links


  1. Nintendo of America on Twitter (August 19, 2015). Retrieved August 19, 2015.