We know that Japan loves both the Pokemon franchise and the Yokai Watch 2 series. But just how much? Well, apparently they accounted for nearly half of Japan’ holiday sales. Media Create reports that Yokai Watch 2 has sold 2.447 million across all versions. The sales tracker also says that Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire sold 2.591 million copies across two versions. However that’s only if the double pack was counted as two copies per one unit. Both Yokai Watch and Pokemon accounted for over 45 percent of total video game sales in the holiday season. That’s a great performance from Level 5 and the Pokemon Company.
We just found out that the Yokai Watch anime is coming to the west, which is great news. But what’s next for Level 5? Well the studio boss Akihiro Hino says that in between development of Yokai Watch the team has been busy on a new franchise that Hino fully expects to dwarf Yokai Watch. I suspect we shall hear more about the project sometime next year.
“It takes a lot of time to craft new installments of Yokai Watch, but on some weeks, we’re actually spending more time on our ‘new title. Around this time next year, I think we’ll have something out that’s different not just from Yokai Watch, but anything else we’ve ever done before. 2015 is going to be yet another big year of change for us. 2015 will be a year where we usher in a hit bigger than Yokai Watch.”
We’ve finally received news that the immensely popular Yokai Watch anime is coming to the west sometime next year. As you may expect some of the characters have been renamed for the western release which Level 5 have confirmed will air in the United States and Europe in 2015. What we all want to know is when are we getting the Nintendo 3DS games based on the series. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for an answer.
Popular ghost-hunting title Yokai Watch 2: Headliner has managed to top one million pre-orders in Japan before its release on December 13. Headliner – or Shinuchi in Japanese – is the third version of the game and features a new ghost named Dark Nyan, new quests, the ability to befriend five Kaima ghost leaders and new bosses within the game’s “Busters” mode. It follows both Ganso and Honke which launched back in July for Japan on the 3DS.
At the tail-end of October, reports filtered in that the game had seen over 230k in pre-order sales, but now with only three days to go until its release sales have quadrupled. In fact, the franchise has gone from strength to strength in 2014 with sales of Yokai Watch 2 tipping the scales with over 3 million copies. However, it’s yet to make it to western audiences, though publisher Level-5 has stated that it may hop on over by 2015.
Akihiro Hino, the president of Level 5, has told a Japanese gaming publication that he wants the acclaimed studio to be more like the iconic Disney. Hino says he doesn’t want the company to be completely dedicated to traditional video games, but instead he wants to create a company that’s focussed on providing worldwide entertainment.
NintenDaan has uploaded some footage for the upcoming Fantasy Life on the Nintendo 3DS. The footage comes from the European version which is due for release next week. The videos give you a closer look at the some of the quests and also a look at your starting moments as a tailor. Fantasy Life comes out October 24th in the US.
Level-5 president and CEO Akihiro Hino says we may see a western release of Yokai Watch in the near future. The extremely popular ghost-hunting RPG has sold tremendous amounts in Japan, with its sequel managing to reach the million-selling mark in just four days. In past interviews Hino revealed Yokai Watch was in “serious consideration” for the western market, however according to a recent interview on the Japanese news site, Zak Zak, the game is already in development with plans to release next year.
Level-5 has shown considerable support in the past for both US and European markets and, while this shouldn’t be taken as an official confirmation, it’s certainly highly promising. Here’s what Akihiro Hino said in relation to the game coming to western shores:
“In regards to foreign markets, we have been taking a look at it in regards to Yokai Watch. We are in development planning to release it sometime next year. We think it has a big appeal as a very Japanese-ish fantasy story. We already have support from a foreign toy maker company saying that it will be a definite success.”