Yo-Kai Watch Review (Nintendo 3DS)

Yo-Kai Watch Review 3DS

After selling millions and being a cultural phenomenon in Japan, Yo-Kai Watch is coming to the United States for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. The Yo-Kai Watch game is about hundreds of sometimes cute, sometimes spooky, and usually mischievous Yo-kai that inhabit our world. They cannot be seen by the human eye, but they are everywhere. Whether born from the soul of a deceased human, or an everyday object discovering its higher purpose, their personalities are distinctly humanlike.

Yo-kai are mysterious ghosts that are the cause of many happenings in the city of Springdale.

In Yo-Kai Watch, every chapter has its own plot. However, things all end up connecting in the long run. The entire plot revolves around a problem and as always, Yo-Kai is why! Players will spend every chapter defeating the Yo-Kai wreaking havoc or exploring and solving mysteries. If you’re a fan of the anime, you’ll be sure to enjoy the plot since it follows the plot of the TV show very closely.

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The first thing you’ll notice when you start up the game is the beautiful city of Springdale–the area where a majority of the game takes place. At first the city may seem small, but new areas are unlocked as you progress through the story. If you want to take a break from doing the story missions there’s also a plethora of different side quests to take part in as well.

Yo-kai Watch splits its side quests into 2 categories: Favors and Requests. Favors are quests that can be completed multiple times whilst Requests are quests given by townspeople in need and they can only be completed once. Fans of the anime may recognise some of the side quests from different episodes in the anime.

One of the key gameplay mechanics in Yo-Kai Watch is the combat system. Yo-kai Watch kicks the typical Japanese-RPG turn-based battles to side in favor of automatic battles instead. Your Yo-Kai will automatically select their moves while you watch or activate their skills.

This will take some getting used to and can even become annoying at times because sometimes your monsters will loaf around instead of attacking the enemy. The only input the player has in combat are activation of one of the four commands: Purify, Soultimate, Target and Item. Players activate Soultimates and purify Yo-Kai by playing minigames on the touch screen. These minigames range from tapping circles to tracing shapes and they can get in the way of the fun from time-to-time, especially when one of your teammates dies in the middle of your ability’s activation.

Yo-Kai Watch Review 3DS

The swanky battle system!

General battles may not provide a challenge since the battle system is automatic, but that’s when the boss fights come into play. In my opinion, the boss fights make better use of the combat system compared to battling wild Yo-Kai. Players will feel more involved in combat as this provides an extra layer of strategy, tactics and difficulty.

When a group of two to three Yo-Kai of the same tribe are lined up together on the Yo-Kai Wheel (a part of the automatic battle system), they create a unity which gives them bonuses depending on the tribe.

There are multiple ways to collect Yo-Kai for your party and befriending Yo-Kai is the first method. In order to befriend Yo-Kai, you have to find them on the overworld and hope that they want to be friends with you.

If all else fails, you can always use an item to make enemy Yo-Kai like you more. In order to befriend legendary Yo-Kai, you’ll have to fill specific pages in your Medallium and if befriending these magical fiends isn’t your thing, you’ll be able to take part in a process called Yo-Kai Fusion. After completing individual sidequests, you’ll unlock a feature that allows you to fuse Yo-Kai and items into different combinations, and you guessed it, fusing the right combination of Yo-Kai and items together can make them evolve as well.

One last section of the gameplay I wanted to talk about is multiplayer. Multiplayer mode feels like a last-minute addition to the game. It’s local multiplayer-only and the only mode available is PVP. I feel like multiplayer could have been better if it was also online and had more features other than the one aforementioned.

Yo-Kai Watch Review 3DS

Run!!!

Just like Nate in the anime, you too can be a Yo-Kai Watch user in the real world. Using Yo-Kai Watch Cam, you can take pictures of your friends and family members to catch the monsters inspiriting them. If you own any badges (which can be obtained by purchasing real-world Yo-Kai Watch merchandise), you can scan their QR codes to receive a special in-game. This coin can be used in the Crank-A-Kai machine to receive a special item or Yo-Kai.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a brand new Level-5 game or an RPG that’s similar to Pokémon, Yo-Kai Watch might be the game on the market that currently fits your needs. The game may feel short but there’s lots of content that’ll keep you entertained post-game. Yo-Kai Watch 2 is currently out in Japan with the third video-game entry in the series coming to Japan in summer 2016, so if this game performs well in the west, more Yo-Kai could be coming to a town near you! Yo-Kai Watch is coming out on November 6 for an estimated retail price of approximately $39.99.

I proudly award Yo-Kai Watch an 8/10.

Yo-Kai Watch Review (Nintendo 3DS)
If you’re looking for a brand new level-5 game or an RPG that’s similar to Pokémon, Yo-Kai Watch might be the game on the market that currently fits your needs. The game may feel short but there’s lots of content that’ll keep you entertained post-game. Yo-Kai Watch 2 is currently out in Japan with the third video-game entry in the series coming to Japan in summer 2016, so if this game performs well in the west, more Yo-Kai could be coming to a town near you! Yo-Kai Watch is coming out on November 6 for an estimated retail price of approximately $39.99.
Pros
  • Quirky characters
  • Content to boot
  • Fun gameplay
Cons
  • Battle system can get repetitive at times
  • Short
  • Multiplayer feels rushed
8Overall Score
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