We all know that Yokai Watch 3 is coming after Level 5 revealed that they’re having a showcase event next month to show off the game as well as other titles. However, we didn’t know that Yokai Watch Busters is coming. If you’ve played the Japanese version of Yokai Watch then you’ll know it’s actually a multiplayer mode in Yokai Watch 2. The mode see’s you play as various Yokai and inevitably take on powerful oni. So yeah, we are now getting a spin-off title. Hopefully we shall hear more about Level 5’s plans for Yokai Watch in the west during their media event which takes place on April 7th.
Well this is certainly an interesting development. Respected developer Level 5 will be holding a showcase in Japan on April 7th from 6PM to 7.30PM JST. There will be a number of new Level 5 titles shown off including Fantasy Life 2, Yokai Watch 3, and Layton 7. There will also be showing the next cross-media franchise teased last year by Akihiro Hino and also a major collaboration title. Sounds as though it should be a really good event.
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.