Yo-kai Watch is the new and upcoming monster befriending series that is capturing the hearts of gamers around the U.S. In every store you go in you can find Yo-kai Watch toys and games being sold and the commercials for the show are on every tv channel you turn to. The games had a successful launch a few weeks ago with the second games in the series Yo-kai Watch Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. This week Level-5 and Nintendo contracted with Fandango to bring the movie to select theaters across the nation winning, even more, fans over.
The movie is based loosely on the plot of the second games with some key elements changed to make it more fitting to fit in a movie time slot. Some of this article will cover key details from the movie and game so to avoid spoilers stop here!
Yo-kai Watch The Movie takes place mostly in the past where Nate ventures to learn the origin of the Yo-kai Watch. It connects back to the T.V. series which shows key points leading up to the movies events including the interference of the antagonists. Like the show the movie has heavy comedy built into it, but for story lovers, there is a heavy overtone of seriousness when it comes to Nates Grandpa. The movie starts when the Yo-kai Watch mysteriously disappears overnight with memories associated with it and the shopping district comes under attack by a giant cat Yo-kai. Upon the realization that Nate has lost his memories he regains the ability to see Jibanyan and Whisper and win the battle against Meganyan who convinces him to go visit his grandma in the country.
Upon, arriving he stumbles upon Meganyan again who he has to save from being trapped in a shed. Upon releasing Meganyan he turns into Hovernyan who tells Nate his grandpa who he never got to meet is in trouble in the past and needs his help. With the use of an item, they teleport back in time where Nathaniel, Nate’s grandpa has gone into a depression and refuses to finish making the Yo-kai Watch. Because of this, there is now time interference causing the watch to never even exist. This sets our heroes on an adventure to help Nathaniel realize he has friends in the Yo-kai and convince him to finish the watch. Along the way, they will end up confronting powerful enemies that have been working behind the scenes to skew the friendship between the humans and Yo-kai and must uncover the truth hidden in the past.
The movie also has heavy Star Wars references and parodies the series many times throughout it. The movie has enjoyable content for both kids and adults to enjoy. Depending on your age you will be able to take the jokes as they really are and appreciate the story itself at different depths. The movie is also a great companion to the games and can quickly bring you up to speed on the series as whole if you haven’t had time to check it out as of yet.
If you have caught em’ all in Pokemon Go or you’re waiting for the second season of Pokemon releases then I’m sure you’ve looked into to pre-ordering the newest 3DS games Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. As you may have noticed, however, these game won’t be here until sometime in November leaving you in a collection slump. Fear not though, for Nintendo has your back as long as you are able to gain access to a 3DS. The game Yo-kai Watch is a monster collector based on a watch that can summon creatures by inserting the friendship medal they award you for pretty much just feeding them a lot of food.
Yo-Kai Watch 2 has just released and is a huge monster collecting game by the same studio(Level-5) that made the insanely beautiful and popular Ni No Kuni game for the PS3. Yo-kai Watch is similar to Pokemon in enough ways to scratch the itch you have for new Pokemon. The games currently have 3 versions out in the non-eastern part of the globe titled Yo-kai Watch, Yo-kai Watch 2 Fleshy Souls, and Yo-kai Watch 2 Bony Spirits. Yo-kai Watch 2 is split into two different versions that contain different Yo-kai depending on the ones you pick much like Pokemon. They each have over 200 Yo-kai to befriend and features online battle to challenge your friends with when you assemble your ultimate team.
On the story side of things Yo-Kai Watch has a very comical narrative to it and never tries to take itself to seriously. The collectible creatures in Yo-kai Watch all have quirks about them generally related to their names. Fidgephant, for example, is found in the game causing mischief because anyone he is around ends up having an uncomfortable urge to run to the bathroom. The world of Yo-kai Watch is filled with sidequests detailing the mischief that the different Yokai causes for the humans around them and it’s your job to generally stop them with a battle. The main story itself is usually a little more serious, but it still has a lot of light-hearted moments throughout it to keep things colorful and fun. The first game takes around 12 hours to get through and the second has been quoted to be pretty expansive giving you a lot more to play.
The battle system that we mentioned above is also quite different from Pokemon. Each Yo-kai has a level and most of them have evolutions/fusions to help make them more powerful. The battle will have you spinning a wheel to switch out Yo-kai and using mini-games to build up their soultimate moves to deal massive damage to the opponent. There is also mini-games to help break status effects and collect bonus items that fly across the screen. The system is generally a complicated mesh of micro management that is easy to learn and get into quickly. Just make sure to keep a good balance of firepower,defense, and healing throughout your team and you can do just fine.
If you do end up getting into Yo-kai Watch on the side almost every store carries Yo-kai Watch merchandise as of right now so feeding your inner collector is easy. Currently, you can buy yourself a Yo-kai Watch and the medals. There is also a huge line of small medal moments toys that come with the Yo-kai posed with its medal to put on a shelf. On top of all of that a new line of giant plushes have just come out of the show’s mascots Jibanyan and Whisper.