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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 video game that was originally released for the Nintendo 3DS, which now 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 either been upscaled or redrawn and graphics now have higher poly-count and smoother anti-aliasing, to take advantage of the Switch's capabilities.
  • The screen is now slightly more zoomed out, allowing for a bigger view of the area to be displayed on-screen, especially in docked mode.
  • The animated cutscenes, and more specifically the Bonus Scenes are now shown at native 1080p resolution, rather than downscaled to 544p.
  • The game now runs in a smooth 60fps, compared to 30fps.
  • The Yo-kai Cam is not available in this port, 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, with the zR button.
  • Dialogue boxes for characters now have voices just like in Yo-kai Watch 3 and Yo-kai Watch Blasters.
  • An outline of the player 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 reorganized to combine the bottom screen functions into the form of a tablet in a similar akin to the Yo-kai Pad.
  • 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  • The function to scan QR Codes for special items have been replaced by scanning Yo-kai Arks and Y Medals like in Yo-kai Watch 4, due to the Nintendo Switch not supporting a camera.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.
    • This now makes the Jewelyans harder to obtain, as their required Arks are needed to be scanned to get the items.
  • Jibanyan now shouts out "Paws of Fury!" when doing his Soultimate move, whereas the original Japanese version of Yo-kai Watch didn't have.
  • Robonyan's higher-pitched voice from the original game was changed to his deeper equivalent to match consistency with newer games.
  • The player now has the ability to battle with others 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 Medal icons for Rare Yo-kai in the Medallium have been changed from a gold frame to a regular silver frame with a "R" on the Medal and Legendary Yo-kai medals have a gold frame rather than purple, like in Yo-kai Watch 3.


A Nintendo Switch port of the original Yo-kai Watch video game was teased by Japanese virtual YouTuber Reto-chan on a stream on July 12, 2019 saying that would will come out in conjunction with the Nintendo Switch Lite's release on September 20, 2019.[1]

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. [2]

The video game was playable at the Tokyo Game Show 2019, where attendees got a free drawstring tote bag with a design of Jibanyan.[3]


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.[4]

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.[5]




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Japanese logo for Yo-kai Watch 1 for Nintendo Switch.
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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 in one year.

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Yo-kai Watch Video Game Series
Main series games Yo-kai Watch (3DSSwitchSmartphone)Yo-kai Watch 2Yo-kai Watch 3Yo-kai Watch 4
Spin-off games Yo-kai Watch BlastersYo-kai Watch Busters 2
Yo-kai SangokushiYo-kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special VersionY School Heroes: Bustlin' School Life
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 Sangokushi: Kunitori WarsYo-kai Watch: Medal WarsYo-kai Daijiten
Arcade Games Yo-kai Watch: Tomodachi UkiukipediaYo-kai Watch Busters: Iron Oni Force