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Can Yo-Kai Watch repeat Pokémon's success in the West?

A kids game for handhelds that involves capturing fantastical creatures, then battling them against rival monsters. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

No, it’s not Pokémon we speak of, but newcomer Yo-Kai Watch. Like Nintendo’s critter-catcher, the ghost-hunting series has taken Japan by storm, crossing from 3DS into comic books, a TV show and multiple films.

The first two titles in the Yo-Kai Watch series, created by Professor Layton developer Level-5, have sold over four million units in Japan, and have just begun their transition to the West. A spin-off, Yo-Kai Watch Busters, has sold another one million units. The first game – one of the best-selling 3DS titles to date with over 1.29 million sales – landed in the US last week, with a European debut planned for 2016.

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Masterchief_thegoat1071d ago

kids in states, will eat this up

ABizzel11071d ago

No.

It's a bit too much JP for it to reach the mass appeal Pokemon has obtained. I see it more on par with Dragon Quest Monsters as far as gaming goes than Pokemon, so that's going to limit it child market a bit. And while the show may help, I highly doubt it's going to to anything near the synergy that the Pokemon games and show did for each other.

krontaar1071d ago

It's too late.

We were going crazy for pokemon before the games were even out in the US