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.”
Next Level Games have posted some gorgeous artwork from the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto celebrating the fact that Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon sold three million copies. The artwork was produced back in March, but it’s only recently that Next Level Games have showcased it via Twitter.
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Famitsu recently had the opportunity to sit down with Level 5 president and CEO Akihiro Hino. The publication quizzed Hino about whether the immensely popular Yokai Watch will make its way over to the west. The anime is apparently destined for western shores, but we’ve hardly heard anything about the game. Hino told the magazine that international expansion “in consideration in a big way.” Hopefully that means we should get some news about a future western release. You can read how Yokai Watch was engineered to be a massive hit, right here. We also posted the first forty-two minutes of Yokai Watch 2 which you can view, here.
Nintendo announced after today’s E3 Digital Conference that Fantasy Life will be coming to the west. Players embark on the adventure of their dreams as they craft, cast, battle and role-play. The innovative Life system lets players change to one of 12 Life classes at virtually any time to access different abilities. The huge fantasy landscape is filled with surly dark paladins, slick pirate captains and others who share a taste for the unknown.
Yokai Watch has shipped over one million copies in Japan following an announcement from Level-5. According to figures released just over two months ago, the anime RPG had reached 500k on the Nintendo 3DS but in a short space of time has rocketed to a milestone mark. It’s believed sales have been boosted due to the popularity of the animated TV series, which began airing in January.
A sequel to the popular fantasy RPG will launch for Japan on July 10, and will come in two versions for avid fans of the series. Though western audiences are yet to get their hands on Yokai Watch, Level-5 have not ruled out the possibility and are considering bringing the game over.
Nintendo has released a new trailer for Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy to coincide with the puzzle game’s arrival in North America. The Nintendo 3DS-exclusive title, which is now available in stores and on the Nintendo eShop, centers around Professor Layton and his assistants Luke and Emmy as they journey to uncover the mystery surrounding the ancient Azran civilization. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy has been available in Europe, Australia and Japan since last year.
Level 5 have mentioned on Facebook that Yokai Watch has been a massive success in Japan. Interestingly, the company asked its fans whether they would like to see the game and anime come to the west. Just last month the company filed a trademark for Yokai Watch in the US, so it sounds as though it’s coming at some point.
Between the strong sales of the game and the popularity of the new anime, Yo-kai Watch is a verified success in Japan!
Would Yo-kai Watch be something you’d be interested in watching or playing in English?