Level 5 is taking it to the next level, developing five Yo-kai Watch games before summer 2016 (take that, Pokemon). Yo-kai Watch is, of course, the latest and greatest monster-battle trend blooming in Japan. The news comes from Level 5 today, announcing Yo-kai Watch 3’s Japanese release window being summer 2016. Yo-kai Watch 3 will be the first in the series to take place in the United States, in the fictional town of St. Peanutsburg.
However, before this release Level 5 is certainly busy. Coming this Saturday in Japan, Yo-kai Watch Busters, a multiplayer game coming in two versions (thing any Pokemon game or Fire Emblem Fates) will be released. Meanwhile, in collaboration with Koei Tecmo, Level 5 is helping to produce Yo-kai Watch: Three Kingdoms — presumably a strategy RPG spin-off. Last but not least, Level 5 is taking a very active hand in developing and localizing the original Yo-kai Watch for the West, which will be making its way this fall. Are you excited for the Yo-kai avalanche? Is Level 5 stretching themselves too thin?
We were all a little taken aback during the Level-5 Vision 2015 event on Tuesday when it was announced that Fantasy Life 2 would be skipping the Nintendo 3DS and would be for mobile platforms only. Considering the first game launched exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS we thought it was a given that the sequel would arrive on the platform. This clearly isn’t the case. Here’s what Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino had to say regarding the decision to bring it to mobile platforms.
“I’d say Fantasy Life has elements and mechanisms which adults find soothing. Although children play games on dedicated game systems, recently many adults have been playing on smartphones.”
“The supported hardware for this game was decided based on thinking of an environment where more adults play.”
We heard earlier today from the Level 5 event that Layton 7 and Fantasy Life 2 are exclusive to mobile platforms. That took a few people by surprise who were anticipating these games for the Nintendo 3DS. During the event the president of Level 5 said that he would like to bring Layton 7 to Wii U, but wouldn’t say any more on the subject.
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We all know just how big a franchise Yokai Watch is in Japan and recent figures show that this isn’t going to change anytime soon. Level 5 has announced that the total shipments for all three versions of Yokai Watch 2 have topped six million. You’ll be pleased to know that the anime will be heading to the west soon, so hopefully that means the games will come in due course. Level 5 is holding an event on Tuesday where it will host its annual Level-5 Vision press conference. We are all expecting to see Yokai Watch 3, so it should be interesting.
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.