Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチ 1 for Nintendo Switch Youkai Wotchi Wan fo Nintendo Suitchi) is a role-playing game developed by Level-5. It was released for the Nintendo Switch on October 10, 2019 in Japan.

It is an enhanced port of Yo-kai Watch for the Nintendo Switch that has improved graphics, new controls and other changes.

Changes from the original game

This section will highlight differences between Yo-kai Watch and Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch.

  • The textures have been redrawn and graphics now have higher poly-count, to take advantage of the Switch's capabilities.
  • The screen is now slightly more zoomed out, which allows a bigger view of the area especially in docked mode.
  • The game now runs in a smooth 60fps, compared to 30fps.
  • The Yo-kai Cam is not available in this game, due to the Nintendo Switch lacking a camera function.
  • The map at the bottom-right corner can be resized just like Yo-kai Watch 4, that can be changed with the zR button.
  • Character dialogue boxes now have voices just like in Yo-kai Watch 3 and Yo-kai Watch Blasters.
  • An outline of the character is now present when they go under objects, such as the pipes in the Springdale Underground Waterway.
  • The Touch Screen controls for the Yo-kai Lens and some of the Yo-kai purification features during battle have been changed to the Left Stick when the game is played in docked mode.
  • The player now has infinite stamina, just like in Yo-kai Watch 4. However, it is still present during Terror Time.
    • That makes using the Staminum give player a faster speed rather than giving temporary infinite stamina.
  • The Main Menu has been reorganised, such as moving the some of the features to the main part.
  • Loading times for battles and entering locations have been shortened.
  • The function to scan QR Codes for special items have been replaced by scanning Yo-kai Arks like in Yo-kai Watch 4, due to the Nintendo Switch not supporting a camera.
    • Unlike the original game, multiple items are now given rather than just Coins.
  • The player now has the ability to battle with other players online.
  • The Crank-a-kai received some changes:
    • The game now saves automatically when using the Crank-a-kai just like in Yo-kai Watch 3.
    • The player can now use the Crank-a-kai more than three times a day, with the number of cranks being randomized just like in Yo-kai Watch 2.
    • As the Nintendo Switch doesn't have Play Coins, the ability to use that was replaced with something else.
  • The StreetPass feature for Wayfarer Manor was changed. Adding friends for playing with other friends who have a copy of Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch will automatically add their information to it.


Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch was announced on Twitter by the official Yo-kai Watch video game Twitter account at midday on July 29, 2019 in Japan. The tweet gave a release date for the port, and it also left the link to the official website for Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch. [1]

The video game was playable at the Tokyo Game Show 2019, where attendees got a free drawstring tote bag with a design of Jibanyan.[2]


The video game sold a total of 9,426 copies during it's first week, making it at number 3 on the charts.


Both physical and digital editions include a download code to give the player the ability to fight and befriend McKraken in Yo-kai Watch 4.[3]

Pre-order Editions

By pre-ordering a copy of Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch, the game came with a keychain that has a varying design based on where the game was ordered. The Amazon pre-order bonus has a keychain of the game's boxart, while the 7net pre-order bonus comes with a design of Jibanyan with the game's logo on the bottom of it.[4]




Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch
Japanese logo for Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch.
Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch Box Art
Japanese box cover for Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch.
Artwork of Nate approaching the Crank-a-kai, with several Yo-kai behind it.



  • Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch is the first HD port of an existing game in the Yo-kai Watch franchise.
  • Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch is the the second Yo-kai Watch game to be released on the Nintendo Switch. The first is Yo-kai Watch 4.

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