Play Yo-Kai Watch 2 Before Launch in Toronto

Yo-Kai Watch is making its grand return to the Nintendo 3DS on September 30th with not one, but two games (like you do): Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls. However, you don’t have to wait that long to play it — Nintendo of Canada is giving you the chance to get your hands on it a full six days early!

That is, if you’re in Toronto.

From 12pm to 4pm local time on Saturday, September 24th, Yo-Kai Watch fans can rally to 99 Sudbury Street in Toronto, where they’ll have the opportunity to play the new games, get their face painted, check out the new Yo-Kai Watch toys from Hasbro, watch the first episode of Yo-Kai Watch Season 2, and perhaps best of all, meet and greet with everyone’s favorite truck-sparring cat Yo-kai, Jibanyan!

I've met him twice now. It's never not great.

I’ve met him twice now. It’s never not great.

If you’re not going to be in Toronto that day for the pre-launch, don’t despair; you can still have a chance to demo the game, as Nintendo of Canada has listed the following locations to try the game on October 1st, from 12pm to 4pm local time:

Address City Province
10450 MacLeod Trail SE Calgary AB
3625 Shaganappi Trail NW Calgary AB
13029 97th St NW Edmonton AB
3940 Gateway Blvd NW Edmonton AB
9908 170th St Edmonton AB
261055 Cross Iron Blvd Rocky View AB
4800 Kingsway Burnaby BC
5300 No 3 Rd Richmond BC
1164 W Broadway Ave Vancouver BC
1445 St Mathews Ave Winnipeg MB
1560 Regent Ave W Winnipeg MB
150 West Dr Brampton ON
690 Evans Ave Etobicoke ON
419 Fairway Rd S Kitchener ON
#E002 – 5000 Hwy 7 Markham ON
4559 Hurontario St Mississauga ON
1200 St Laurent Blvd Ottawa ON
295 High Tech Rd Richmond Hill ON
2300 Yonge Street Toronto ON
#C2 – 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr Vaughan ON
50 Thickson Rd S Whitby ON
50 Thickson Rd S Whitby ON
200 Windflower Gate Woodbridge ON
730 Albert St Regina SK

If none of these work for you, it’s possible that they may add more before October, so keep an eye on this page to see if there are any changes.

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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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No activities or Nintendo 3DS themes this week, but at least there’s games! And some good looking ones, too.

Yo-Kai Watch for Nintendo 3DS – I just talked about this at length in my review here earlier this morning. Check it out! The game, I mean, but checking the review out would be nice, too.


Toki Tori 3D for Nintendo 3DS – The Game Boy Color classic arrives on the Nintendo 3DS, with new features and content among its 80 levels spread across five worlds. This puzzle-platformer introduces new tools for you to master as you go along to aid you on your quest, and even has a new time rewind feature!


Battleminer Demo Version for Nintendo 3DS – Not sure if you want to drop full-price for this legally-distinct (one would assume) Minecraft-like game? Then try the free demo!


Rodea: The Sky Soldier for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U – Available November 10th: From the mind of Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Yuji Naka comes this third-person action-adventure game which has you take on the role of the humanoid “sky soldier” robot known as Rodea to defend the sky kingdom of Garuda from the mechanical Naga Empire.

As an aside, I’ve heard that the first run of retail versions of the Wii U release also come with the unreleased Wii version of the title, which I think sports some differences (aside from the obvious ones). I haven’t heard if that’s changed, so if that interests you, be aware.


The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U – Inspired by the new movie and the classic comic strip, help Snoopy and the Beagle Scouts find Charlie Brown and his friends. In the Wii U version, a second player can join in as Woodstock for co-op multiplayer!


Stinger for Nintendo 3DS… or Wii U? – The press release says Nintendo 3DS, but the screens and the game’s page say Wii U, so… yeah. Anyway, who knew Konami was still doing anything with consoles? Yet here we are, with a release of their 1987 cute ’em up Stinger, a shooter for one or two players in which aliens from the planet Attackon have kidnapped Professor Einstein J. Cinnamon so they can zap his brain and steal the formula for the secret bio-nuclear sweetener formula, allowing them to turn Earth into a giant floating ball of cotton candy! (I’m not making any of this up.)

So, uh, if Konami is still doing Virtual Console, then how about Contra already?


Electronic Super Joy for Wii U – Quirky levels full of low-gravity, world rotation, swarming missiles, and giant monsters stand before you as you must run, jump, fly, and smash your way to victory. Check out the trailer here.


Christmas Adventure of Rocket Penguin for Wii U – As if starring a penguin wasn’t enough for you, you’ll be using your Wii U GamePad’s stylus to draw a path for Rocket Penguin to follow. Just be sure to keep his fuel supply in check!

Nintendo eShop Sales (Taken directly from Nintendo’s press release; prices in USD)

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Nano Assault Neo is 25 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $7.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 26
    • SDK Paint is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.99) starting at 9 a.m. PT on Nov. 6 until 8:59 a.m. PT on Nov. 13.
  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS

For more information, screens, and videos for each of this week’s releases, click on the corresponding links above.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at)


This holiday season, the Japanese phenomenon known as Yo-kai Watch is coming to North America, and Nintendo of Canada is ready to push it in a big way.


For starters, the LEVEL-5 (Professor Layton, Fantasy Life) developed title will be the focus of a brand-new Nintendo 2DS console bundle. Retailing for $129.99, the console comes with a pre-installed version of the game beginning November 6th — the same day the game becomes available in stores and the Nintendo eShop for $49.99.

Yo-kai Watch is a slightly Pokemon-esque series, but rather than capturing and training a variety of creatures lurking in the wild, the focus is instead on the more than 200 cute, mischievous spirits that inhabit our world.


To prepare everyone for their arrival, Nintendo of Canada has also announced a series of events taking place at retail stores across the country throughout the remainder of October and November. There, the Yo-kai known as Jibanyan and Komasan (seen above) will be available to make new friends and allow them to try the game out for themselves at the following locations:

Dec. 5: Toys R Us – 10450 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, 11:30am – 1pm
Dec. 6: Toys R Us – 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, 12pm – 1:30pm
Dec. 12: Toys R Us – 3940 Gateway Blvd. NW, Edmonton, 11:30am – 3:30pm
Dec. 13: Toys R Us – 9908 170th St, Edmonton, 12pm – 1:30pm
Dec. 13: Toys R Us – 13029 97th St. NW, Edmonton, 3pm – 4:30pm

British Columbia
Nov. 21: Surrey Tree Lighting Ceremony: Surrey City Hall Plaza, 13450 104th Ave, Surrey, 12pm – 7pm
Nov. 29: Toys R Us: 4800 Kingsway, Burnaby, 2:30pm – 4pm

Oct. 24: Great Wolf Lodge – 3950 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Oct. 25: Toronto West Halloween Fest – Bloor St. W. between Jane St. and Runnymede, 10am – 4pm
Nov. 6: Toys R Us – 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr, Vaughan, 6pm – 7:30pm
Nov. 7: Toys R Us – 690 Evans Ave, Etobicoke, 11:30am – 1pm
Nov. 8: Toys R Us – #23 – 1448 Lawrence Ave. E, North York, 12pm- 1:30pm

Nov. 14: Kirkland Cineplex – 3200 Rue Jean-Yves, Kirkland, 1:30pm – 7:30pm
Nov. 15: Kirkland Cineplex – 3200 Rue Jean-Yves, Kirkland, 1:30pm – 7:30pm

Some select locations will also be privy to giveaways while supplies last, and note that some events may require an entry fee. More dates and locations may be announced, so be sure to check back at this link if you don’t see a location near you in the list above.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at)