We have some major news coming your way, Yo-kai Watch fans! In a recent Nikkei Trendy interview with Akihiro Hino (President and CEO of Level-5), he said some very interesting things regarding Yo-kai Watch’s future and other points of interest regarding North America and Japan.
First, upcoming in Japan:
- Yo-kai Watch’s third film will feature both live action and anime elements. Level-5 originally wanted to go with a full CG film or full live-action film, but it was estimated to take two years to produce the movie. It is Level-5’s goal to release a new Yo-kai Watch film each year.
- The third 3DS game installment of Yo-kai Watch will have double the ROM size that of Yo-kai Watch 2, which means a boat load of content in the game. Likely unlocking a bit at a time over several DLC updates.
- Level-5 is shocked with Yo-kai Watch Puni Puni’s success in Japan. Level-5 plans to focus more on smartphone compatibility, even going so far as to say that they plan to put future Level-5 titles up for mobile. The company realizes that change is happening amongs kids and gaming, and that the smartphone industry is growing further.
And now, onto even bigger news… the future:
- In North America, the anime has been getting favorable TV ratings. The sales for the 3DS game have reached 400,000 copies, but according to Hino, he says this is not nearly enough. Level-5 plans to push Yo-kai Watch even further to increase popularity over the coming year. While no specific details are given, Hino explains that North America will get content Japan has not recieved, whether it be before Japan, or concurrently.
- In Japan, Hino believes that after 2016, the Yo-kai Watch franchise will take a large break. He says he will focus on more new projects, such as Level-5’s upcoming Snack World. There’s more to the interview regarding Level-5, which you can read here.
Fans, how do I feel about all this news? To be honest, I we’re all pretty excited over here. Level-5 is still working hard to push Yo-kai Watch in North America, even if expectations were not met, they’re not giving up. Whatever exclusive content North America gets that Japan does not have, I hope it will help to attract a wider audience. Could we see Yo-kai based on Hasbro franchises like My Little Pony or even Transformers in Yo-kai Watch 2? Or even see Yo-kai Watch cross-promote with the newest Pokemon games? Who knows?
And with Japan, I am glad that Yo-kai Watch 3 will be the last game for a while, fans need time to play, absorb, and enjoy these games without feeling the pressure to race on to the next game. YW3 will be seriously jam-packed with content that makes me even more hyped for YW3 than YW2. The series could really benefit by turning in a direction similar to Pokemon’s release schedules, with releasing a new main Yo-kai Watch game every 3 to 4 years.
Let us know your opinions on the news. What exclusive content can you see coming for this year in North America?