Yo-kai Watch (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチ Yōkai Wotchi) is a role-playing video game and the first in the Yo-kai Watch video game series developed for the Nintendo 3DS by Level-5. It was released on July 11, 2013 in Japan, November 6, 2015 ,in North America, December 5, 2015, in Australia, April 29, 2016, in Europe and November 26, 2015, in South Korea.

During LEVEL-5 Vision 2016, it was announced that Yo-kai Watch would be released for Android and iOS devices as Yo-kai Watch for Smartphone (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチforスマートフォン Yōkai Wotchi for Sumātofon).[1] On October 26, 2016, Akihiro Hino revealed that the game is delayed until 2017 and 2018 to feature high-end graphics, and that it’ll be easily playable ona smartphone with new controls and network compatibility.[2]


Weird and wonderful Yo-kai are everywhere!

Befriend over 200 different Yo-kai, all with their own unique personalities!

Use your Yo-Kai Watch to find Yo-kai troublemakers around town.

Strategize your attacks wisely...
To unleash powerful Soultimate Moves!

Download items via the Internet and challenge friends to local wireless battles!

Snap pics of Yo-kai hiding out in the real world with your in-game Yo-kai Cam!


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Demo release

The game has an official demo in the Nintendo eShop that can be downloaded as of July 3, 2013, in Japan. When the game was localized in the west, the demo was released on October 22, 2015, in North America.[8] The demo was released in Australia and New Zealand on November 27, 2015.[9] On March 4, 2016, the demo was released in Europe after the Nintendo Direct presentation.

Demo plot

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The game starts when Whisper tells Nathan to go outside and find some Yo-kai's. Once outside, a young girl comes to Nathan and asks him for his help. After negotiating with Whisper, Nathan agrees to help the young girl out. She tells Nathan that three Yo-kai's were causing trouble and revealed were the two are, but tells Nathan that he has to discover on his own were the third one is. After finding all three Yo-kai's, it is revealed that the young girl is in fact Dismarelda, which shocked both Nathan and Whisper. Nathan challenges Dismarelda, but loses, revealing that Nathan has to befriend many Yo-kai's. After that, the demo ends.

Game information



Main article: List of Yo-kai by Medallium Number (Yo-kai Watch)

Battle system

Yo-kai Watch has an unique battle system were the Yo-kai fight on their own by using four strategies in battle, which those strategies are Attack, Technique, Guard, and Inspirit. Sometimes the Yo-kai may Loaf around, which if that happens, the player must be patient. If the player wants to help out their respective Yo-kai, they can unleash the Yo-kai Soultimate move. The player has to follow the instructions to fill up their Yo-kai's Soul Meter and unleash their Soultimate Move on the enemy Yo-kai. The player can also pin an Yo-kai, which makes the players Yo-kai focus everyone's attack on one enemy. If the pin hits the enemy, the player Yo-kai friends will target the pinned enemy. Some Yo-kai will Inspirit the player's Yo-kai, which will give them a hard time. Once the Yo-kai is inspirited, they are not able to fight as usual. If the player's Yo-kai is inspirited, they have to turn the Yo-kai Wheel to take out of battle, then the payer has to press Purify, to Purify the inspirited Yo-kai at the right times. If the player succeeds to purify the Yo-kai, they will return to normal and will receive experience points. If the player's Yo-kai HP is low, they can go to Item and feed them to recover HP. If the player will give the enemy Yo-kai food, they may end up becoming their friends. However, all Yo-kai have specific likes and dislikes. The player can only give one item to each enemy Yo-kai. The player can also make use of the Yo-kai Wheel, which they have to turn the wheel to change which Yo-kai will fight. The player has to check their enemy and their allies to choose the three best Yo-kai. If the player places Yo-kai of the same tribe, they will form an unity to take advantages in battle. Through Inspiriting, the player can affect other Yo-kai as well, which the Yo-kai can get good effects or bad effects. Know that every Yo-kai has a special skill, which some can reflect attacks and others can heal, they can also make usage of elemental techniques which the Yo-kai can be strong against some elements and weak against others.


When the player receives Crank-a-kai coins or using Nintendo 3DS Play Coins, they can free a Yo-kai from the Crank-a-kai machine located at Mt. Wildwood. However, the player can make use of it for only three times each day. The player can receive those coins from Yo-kai Cam rewards or from treasure chests. The player can use the QR code at Piggleston Bank to get coins. If lucky, the player might receive a super-rare Yo-kai that can only be freed from the Crank-a-kai machine.


Yo-criminals are Yo-kai who have committed a crime. The player has to catch suspicious Yo-kai when they see them. If the player manages to catch them three times, they will receive one letter of a secret password. However, the player has to pay attention to see is the letter is capitalised or not. The player can also share notes with their friends to complete the passwords. Once receiving the passwords, the player can go to the second post office window in Uptown Springdale. The player has to ask Detective Holdit about the deadline for catching specific crimals.

Yo-kai Cam

With the Yo-kai Cam, the player can use the camera to detect Yo-kai. The player has to select Yo-kai Cam from the title menu in order to use it. They should take a photo of their frieds or family to see which Yo-kai Inspirits them. The player will receive rewards for snapping Yo-kai pictures and completing daily challenges.


The game was first announced in the Japanese magazine CoroCoro which Level-5 revealed the game was in development.

On October 14, 2011, Level-5 announced a new game at their Level 5 Vision conference in Tokyo, and the title was revealed as Yo-kai Watch. Level-5 didn't reveal on which platform the game shall be released, as they revealed that it would be a multimedia project same as other franchises developed by Level-5. They did released a trailer showing a character with the ability to see and interact with ghosts. He can also use his ghost to battle against other ghosts as well.

On October 14, 2011, screenshots of the game has been revealed as well the screenshots of the anime of the series. October 13, 2012, Level-5 revealed that the game would be released for the Nintendo 3DS in a issue of the Japanese magazine CoroCoro.

Level-5 revealed the character as an 11-year old boy named Nathan Adams, which is also the main character of the game. Whisper and Jibanyan join Nathan and his watch helps him to find Yo-kai when he looks around town. It has revealed that some Yo-kai are friendly, while others are causing a ruckus in town and it's up to Nathan to defeat them with a party of three Yo-kai. They then revealed that the game takes place in a regular town named Springdale, and also revealed three other characters that are as well in the game. Katie, Eddie and Bear are all three of Nathan's friends as well as his classmates.

They revealed that Whisper is a ghost-like Yo-kai butler, Tattletell is mostly seen stuck on a human's face and Walkappa is a Yo-kai that loves water.

Western Localisation

In April 2015, Level-5 announced that Nintendo would handle the localization of the game in the west. At the E3 of 2015, Nintendo revealed the game by showing a segment of the dubbed anime with a release for the Fall season of that year.


Main article: Yo-kai Watch Original Soundtrack

The Yo-kai Watch Original Soundtrack was composed by Kenichiro Saigo and it includes four discs. The first disc contains 40 tracks in total, which the second disc contains 44 tracks in total, which the third disc contains 48 tracks in total and the fourth disc is a bonus which includes three songs from the animation series.

Pre-order & Bundles

GameStop will give away a free Jibanyan medal if players in America pre-ordering the game at the store in which the medal work may vary. Nintendo of America revealed that there will be a Nintendo 2DS bundle containing the game with the cost of only $99,99. In Australia and New Zealand, the games will be bundled with the Nintendo 2DS on its release on December 5th with a cost of $169.95.[10]

Technical details


Media Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download
Download size 6,345 (794MB) blocks
Supported features Nintendo Network (download items)
Local Play (2 players)
Input / compatible controllers Nintendo 3DS

North America

Media Nintendo 3DS Game Card
Digital download
Download size 6,641 blocks
Supported features Nintendo Network (download items)
Local Play (2 players)
Input / compatible controllers Nintendo 3DS

Version history


Version Release date Official changelog More information

North America

Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.1 November 6, 2015 Gameplay adjustments. Gameplay adjustments.
1.2 February 25, 2016 Adding French and Spanish language. French and Spanish were added to Yo-kai Watch as language options.


Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.1 April 29, 2016 Gameplay adjustments. Gameplay adjustments.


When the game was released in North America, there was a launch party at the at the Nintendo World Store in the Rockefeller Center from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. People that attended the event met Akihiro Hino, the president of Level-5, as well getting an autograph from him from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.


Review scores
Publication Score
Famitsu 36 of 40 (9, 9, 9, 9)[12]
IGN 7.2/10[13]
Always Nintendo 8/10
Game Informer 8.5/10
GameSpot 7/10

Famitsu gave Yo-kai Watch a score of 36 of 40. Japanese reviewer Reona Ebihara wrote "The game gradually expands its feature set as you go, opening up this very unique world that's easy to melt into." as well "The 3D visuals work great, serving especially well to put you right there as you're searching for spirits in the grass. The battles proceed automatically but let you change formations and offer support in realtime, keeping things both simple and deeply strategic." Japanese writer Urara Honma added "The game balances collection, battle, and monster-raising in a really expert manner." as well "The battles use the touchscreen deftly to boost their strategic aspects; it feels really great to control. You won't run into much frustration playing this game, and while it does feel like one big fetch quest at times, the charms of the story more than make up for that."[12]

Yo-kai Watch sold a total of 1.33 million copies in Japan. Since its release in North America and Europe, the game sold a total of 1.58 million copies.


  • It took at least two years and four months that the game was released in North America and South Korea after its initial release in Japan. For Australia and New Zealand, it took at least two years and five months after its initial release in Japan. However, in Europe, it took at least three years and four months after its initial release in Japan.
  • The cover art differs from the original cover art. The one closest to the original cover art is that of North America, South Korea and Australia, while Europe has a very different cover art compared to the four.
  • The English version of Yo-kai Watch includes an opening video and a drawing of Jibanyan in the end credits which the Japanese version lacks due to the Japanese version being released first.


After the release of the game in Japan, the franchise became a massive success among Japanese children, teenagers and even adults. The game sold in Japan a total of 1.33 million copies.

A year after the original release of Yo-kai Watch, the franchise released Yo-kai Watch 2 as well several releases of side games for the iOS, Android and Nintendo 3DS. After the release of the initial Yo-kai Watch 2 game, a small follow-up known as Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters has released either digitally and physically for the Nintendo 3DS. The franchise is known to collaborate with different game companies, such as Koei Tecmo and Ubisoft.

After the mass popularity of Yo-kai Watch 2 in Japan, Level-5 became more serious to bring the series to the west. Yo-kai Watch was released in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea in 2015, while Europe had a release window in 2016. In Europe, 700,000 copies of Yo-kai Watch were sold, mostly in France. Despite the minor success it had in America, Yo-kai Watch 2 came out in North America in September 30, 2016, in a hope that the success of the franchise in Japan will also happen in North America.

The sequel to Yo-kai Watch 2, Yo-kai Watch 3 was announced by Level-5 and released on July 16, 2016, in Japan.



Yo-kai Watch starting symbol
Yo-kai Watch 3DS icon.
Yo-kai Watch demo starting symbol
Yo-kai Watch Demo 3DS icon.

Starting icon

Yo-kai Watch starting symbol
Yo-kai Watch 3DS icon.
Yo-kai Watch demo starting symbol
Yo-kai Watch Demo 3DS icon.

Game covers

Yo-Kai Watch Japanese cover art
Japanese cover of Yo-kai Watch.
NA boxart of Yo-kai Watch.
Yo-kai Watch EU cover
European boxart of Yo-kai Watch.


Yokai Watch Logo
Japanese logo of Yo-kai Watch.
Yo-Kai Watch logo
Western logo of Yo-kai Watch.
Yo-kai Watch for Smartphone
Japanese logo of Yo-kai Watch for Smartphone.

Video Gallery

Japanese videos

Yo-kai Watch for Smartphone

North America videos

European videos

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Yo-kai Watch Smartphone official website
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Yo-kai Watch for Smartphone Gets Delayed To 2017 For Work On Major Improvements
  4. Great news! YO-KAI WATCH will arrive on Nintendo #3DS in Europe on 29th April!
  5. Yo-kai Watch. What are Yo-kai? - Trailer (Nintendo 3DS)
  7. Official Nintendo Korean website
  8. Try The Yo-kai Watch Demo Next Week
  9. Australia/New Zealand Nintendo website
  10. Nintendo AU/NZ official Twitter Feed
  11. [ Yo-kai Watch Official Japanese website (update)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Japan Review Check: Yokai Watch, New Super Luigi U

Yo-kai Watch Video Game Series
Main games Yo-kai Watch(3DS • Smartphone)Yo-kai Watch 2Yo-kai Watch 3
Yo-kai Watch 4
Side games Yo-kai Watch BlastersYo-kai Watch Busters 2
Yo-kai SangokushiYo-kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version
Applications Yo-kai Watch: Wibble WobbleYo-kai Watch Land
Yo-kai Taiso Dai-ichi Puzzle da nyanYo-kai Watch: Gerapo RhythmYo-kai Watch WorldYo-kai Watch: Medal WarsYo-kai Daijiten
Arcade Games Yo-kai Watch Tomodachi Ukiukipedia/Dream/ShadowsideYo-kai Watch Blasters: Iron Oni Army

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