Yo-Kai Watch 2 Comes to Canada in September
Plus more toys and season 2 of the cartoon.
Yo-kai are everywhere, causing you problems and messing up your hair. You may not even believe they’re there, but come September, there will be new games, merchandise, and cartoon episodes on the air!
Nintendo of Canada announced today that a sequel to last year’s Yo-kai Watch is coming to the Nintendo 3DS system family in two forms on September 30th, 2016: Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls. In the grand tradition of Pokemon, each version has its own exclusive Yo-kai that can only be found in their respective titles.
Beyond that, the new game promises a greater scope than the original with more than 100 new Yo-kai, as well as a new-and-improved Yo-kai Watch to use in the game itself. The adventure will go beyond Springdale with new areas to explore, and players will even be able to travel back in time (a new ability of the new Watch, perhaps?).
“After being such a massive sensation in Japan, it’s great to see Canada start to embrace the mischievous and lovable Yo-kai,” said General Manager and Senior Director for Nintendo of Canada, Pierre-Paul Trepanier. “We’re excited to continue bringing fun Yo-kai experiences to Canada this year.”
A second season of the animated series is also on the way, as Nate gets the new Yo-kai Watch Model Zero for his adventures with Whisper and Jibanyan. “More Yo-kai, more miniseries, more episodes, and, most importantly, more laughs” are the promise of this season of the show. Fans who missed the first season will have the opportunity to get the entire batch on DVD when it hits stores in late 2016, or by streaming it now on Netflix.
More merchandise is coming, too. Foremost is Hasbro’s replica of the Yo-kai Watch Model Zero seen in season 2, which uses a new series of Yo-Motion Yo-kai Medals to project an animation of the character when summoning. On top of that, there’s also a new trading card game on the way and the ongoing manga series from VIZ Media, who will be releasing volume 5 this month.
For what it’s worth, I’m pretty hyped. I’ve been keeping up with the episodes on YouTube (and holy moly, this show will hit you right in “the feels” when you least expect it, I can tell you right now), and I rather enjoyed the first game. It wasn’t perfect, but I liked what it offered and hope that the new game manages to bring something even better.
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