Big news came at E3 as we finally have footage of YO-KAI WATCH 2! There are lots of things to cover for this week, so I will help recap everything incase you have not seen the whole interview. With that said let us begin!
Let us provide you an overview of the new details in the first YO-KAI WATCH trailer first, which you can find here.
- The trailer states there will be bigger worlds, battles, and an all-new adventure! The story revolves around going back in time 60 years to find about the origin of the Yo-kai Watch. They also give out a few new localized names for the Yo-kai Watch 2 Yo-kai not seen in Wibble Wobble, which includes Faux Kappa and Failian.
- The Yo-kai Watch 2 trailer ends with the box arts for the games. The American box art is very similar to the Japanese box art, with the font being different and Jibanyan & Hovernyan being slightly larger. There is also a special offer where you can get one of three exclusive Yo-kai if you have the first Yo-kai Watch game.
- We cut back to Akihiro Hino with his Type-Zero Watch, who states that YO-KAI WATCH 2 was a big hit in Japan, and he wants to do the same in North America. He says that the Yo-kai in the franchise is very charming and very unique personalities that makes collecting fun and that he designed the battle system to make it suitable for all ages.
- Hino then talks about the new Yo-kai for YO-KAI WATCH 2. He introduces Hovernyan, who one of the main Yo-kai you will meet in YW2, the Yo-kai who was originally the sick giant Yo-kai named Meganyan you see below.
- Hovernyan is the equivalent of Nate’s Jibanyan as he is Nate grandfather’s partner Yo-kai back 60 years ago. Nate travels to Hovernyan’s time to visit the old village of Harrisville, which Hino said is based on another town in Japan. To travel back in the present, you have to use a Yo-kai called Miradocs and find him around the old village.
- Hino discusses that the designs of the Yo-kai and how it is done. First, he thinks of the concept of the inspirit ability the Yo-kai could have and then build the character design around it. He works very closely with his staff by doing some brainstorm sessions when he makes each Yo-kai.
- Hino says the world is so expansive in Yo-kai Watch 2, that Level-5 created mini games and new elements to have the game stretch with content within the huge world.
- He discusses the classic Yo-kai, which are closely tied to Japanese culture. Every child knows these youkai in Japan.
- Hino showcases the new Busters mode, where 4 players can join to stop other Yo-kai from causing trouble.
- Hino says the decision behind having two versions of YW2 is that they want players to have communication with each other when playing the games.
Nintendo also released a press release detailing everything about Yo-kai Watch 2, which you see below:
- Embark on an all-new adventure in Springdale with more than 350 new and returning Yo-kai to discover and befriend-each with a unique look, personality, and Soultimate Moves.
- Assemble your team of 6 Yo-kai on your Yo-kai Watch to battle troublemaking Yo-kai, solve people’s problems, and end a civil war between competing Yo-kai factions.
- Touchscreen-based battle actions initiate powerful Soultimate Moves, purify inspirited Yo-kai, and heal your Yo-kai.
- Ride trains to new surrounding areas, such as the countryside village Harrisville and seaside town of San Fantastico.
- Travel back in time to discover the origin of the Yo-kai Watch and meet Classic Yo-kai from 60 years ago, while you ensure the Yo-Kai Watch Model Zero is created and your timeline is preserved.
- Team up with up to 4 players in an all-new action-based local multiplayer mode (additional games and systems required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.).
- For the first time, challenge your friend’s team over the Internet in addition to local wireless in 2-player multiplayer battles.
- Get one of three special Yo-kai (Buchinyan, Noko, or Komasan) by using data from the original YO-KAI WATCH game.
- Will launch with two versions – YO-KAI WATCH 2: Bony Spirits and YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls each featuring Yo-kai that can only be befriended in their respective games.
- Collect, detect, and connect real-world Yo-kai Watch™ YO-MOTION medals (each sold separately, available late 2016), for use with the Hasbro produced Yo-kai Watch Model Zero™ watch (each sold separately, available late 2016), and scan the codes on the back of the medals to get in-game content, like new Yo-kai, items, or other bonuses.
- In addition to the games, Disney XD has acquired a second season of the YO-KAI WATCH animated TV show, which will premiere this summer.
And that is all I can recap in the YO-KAI WATCH 2 demonstration at E3. If you want to watch the whole video, you can click here. What do you love about the game so far? Let me know in the comments below!