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"Two heroes, one big Yo-kai Adventure!"
—Game's slogan.

Yo-kai Watch 3 (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチ3 Youkai Wotchi Surī) is a role-playing video game developed by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS. It is the third main series game to be released in the Yo-kai Watch series.

In Japan, Yo-kai Watch 3 was initially released as two versions: Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチ3 スシ Youkai Wotchi Surī Sushi) and Yo-kai Watch 3: Tempura (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチ3 テンプラ Youkai Wotchi Surī Tenpura). It came out in Japan on July 16, 2016.

Yo-kai Watch 3 received a third version called Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチ3 スキヤキ Youkai Wotchi Surī Sukiyaki), which was released in Japan on December 15, 2016. It eventually ended up becoming the definitive version of the game to make up for any lost content, which was released in North America on February 8, 2019, December 7, 2018 in Europe and December 8, 2018 in Australia.

Yo-kai Watch 3 introduces a new system for battling, two main characters that the player can switch between, 'Merican Yo-kai, many new areas, and a few other features.

Blurb

Brand new adventures await in BBQ and Springdale!

Nate and Jibanyan move to BBQ and later meet up with Hailey Anne and Usapyon! Together they'll tackle new Yo-kai related mysteries...

New encounters and new characters!

New battle system - the Tactics Board!

Move Yo-kai medals with the stylus in this dynamic new system!

Unleash powerful Soultimate Moves!

Over 600 Yo-kai, the most in the series!

If you have Link Data from any version of YO-KAI WATCH™ 2 or YO-KAI WATCH™ BLASTERS, special Yo-kai will appear!

Plot

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Nate and his family move to St. Peanutsburg, in a fictitious country called BBQ, after Nate's father transferred his business there. During his story arc of the main game, Nate, Whisper, and Jibanyan befriend Buck, who was able to see Yo-kai because of his stone that he wears on his necklace. Meanwhile, rumors of a UFO circulated around town, as the FBY agents, Blunder and Folly, were investigating the case.

Also available for the first time in Yo-kai Watch 3, Hailey Anne makes her debut in the main series games. Unlike Nate though, her story takes place in Springdale, with Usapyon. In her story arc during the game, she forms the Hapyon Detective Agency, or whatever the player decides to call it. Her story arc involves most of her interactions with Usapyon, and the different cases that the detective agency receives.

Later, Nate, Hailey Anne, Buck, and their befriended Yo-kai team up against a common threat, as the two soon knew what was of the UFO, from the series of events that lead them to this point.

Spoilers end here.

Development

The game was first teased in the March 2015 issue of Japanese magazine Corocoro, along with a video game adaptation of the Yo-kai Watch Blasters mode. The article stated that more information will be would announced at their Level-5 Vision 2015 event.[2]

It was fully unveiled at the Level-5 Vision 2015, as well as the "second season" branding of the franchise. They revealed that Hailey Anne Thomas and Usapyon would be introduced as playable protagonists, and a brand new American-inspied setting called St. Peanutsburg as well as 'Merican Yo-kai. They also confirmed that the game would be receiving four major updates.

Later on in the year, Level-5 announced that the game was aiming for a Summer 2016 release in Japan.

During the April 2016 issue of CoroCoro, the version names of Yo-kai Watch 3 were called "Sushi" and "Tempura". Additionally, a new tribe, the "Wandroid Tribe" made its debut in the game and as well showing a new Yo-kai in it: Sighborg Y.

Level-5 revealed new information about the game after its uncovering in the CoroCoro magazine. A third, definitive version came out later in December 2016 entitled "Sukiyaki," complete with new post-game quests and story-lines, and an update to the former two versions, and the addition of a "Busters Treasure" mode.

Two full-scale content updates released later on through August 2017.

Localization

Nintendo's international Twitter accounts revealed in late September 2018 that Yo-kai Watch 3 would release in the West on February 8, 2019 for North America,[3] "this winter" for Europe,[4] and "this summer" for Australia and New Zealand.[5]

Because Nintendo referred to Yo-kai Watch 3 as a single game and the logo used elements of Sukiyaki's logo, fans speculated that the game's three versions would be combined into one for the Western release. This would be confirmed later in October 2018 when the game went up for pre-order as a single game listing.

The first trailer for the localization was posted by Nintendo's European social media accounts in late October 2018.[6] The trailer covers the game's plot, introduces Hailey Anne, showcases some 'Merican Yo-kai, and presents the Tactics Board.

In a reply to a tweet asking about how players would be able to befriend every Yo-kai if the game is releasing as one version instead of three, the official English Yo-kai Watch Twitter account described the Western release as "a 'Sukiyaki+' or Gold Edition,"[7] revealing that the Western release is a modified Version 4.0 of Sukiyaki.

The game received a launch trailer for its European launch,[8] and another trailer was posted in January 2019 leading up to the North American launch.[9] Nintendo of America posted a recap video covering the stories of Yo-kai Watch and Yo-kai Watch 2 for new fans to catch up and for old fans to get a refresher.[10] The game received its final trailer a few weeks after the game's North American launch in February 2019.[11]

Features

Gameplay

Main article: Gameplay of Yo-kai Watch

Battle System

Yo-kai Watch 3 introduces a new battle system called the "Tactics Medal Board" or "Tactics Board" in the US, which the player can place Yo-kai Medals on the bottom screen. By moving the medals around, the player will be able to avoid enemy attacks on the grid spots, and as well switch out Yo-kai and perform various other actions.[12]

Terror Time

Terror Time now operates on a new mechanic: the player must now obtain a key somewhere on the map, which will open the door to exit the Oni Dimension. At higher levels, either Gargaros, Ogralus or Orcanos hold the key instead, making it necessary to battle said Oni if they want to successfully escape the stage. However, it is possible, although very hard, to steal the key from the Oni's backs while they aren't looking.

Yo-kai

Main article: List of Yo-kai by Medallium Number

The game also debuts new Yo-kai, as well as a new type of them called the "'Merican Yo-kai", that wander the town of St. Peanutsburg. A new tribe was added to the game, known as the "Wandroid" tribe, though this was only including Sighborg Y.

There's also new Legendary Yo-kai, including ones known as "Merican Legendary Yo-kai", and a brand new group of Legendary Yo-kai called the "Legendary Pioneer Yo-kai". Yo-kai Watch 3 (as well as both original Japanese games [Sushi and Tempura]) have many exclusive Yo-kai, including the headliner Yo-kai Koma Knomads (based on Komasan and Komajiro) exclusive to Sushi, and Tomnyan (based on Jibanyan) exclusive to Tempura.

In the original Japanese version, a group of Yo-kai called the "Seven Gods of Fortune" can appear when a Yo-kai medal is charged with a Yo-kai Aura, through the DX Yo-kai Watch Dream Model toy, and its other variants (via the Dream Link items (as well as by the DX Yo-kai Pod and it's Treasure Gear/Treasure Medal packs). The god that appears is different depending on the Yo-kai Aura that was on the medal. They can be scanned through the New Nintendo 3DS screen or by an NFC reader. But because the localized versions of the game removed the function, the alternate option of Ghastly Fragments was still available.

In all cases, this will allow the player to battle and try to befriend one of the Yo-kai for a day. Much like in Yo-kai Watch 2, some Yo-kai can be befriended only separately in one version or the other. Like Yo-kai Watch 2 as well, you can choose specific Yo-kai to follow you. There are over 600 kinds of Yo-kai you can make friends with and use in battle.

Yo-kai Watch Model U

A new watch model called Yo-kai Watch Model U has the ability to see all Yo-kai including the ones from the previous games, as well as 'Merican Yo-kai, who have 'Merican Medals, and other new Yo-kai with the U Medals.

Yo-kai Watch Dream Model

Another new model, called the Yo-kai Watch Dream Model, lets you summon Yo-kai with Dream Medals. It can removed from its wristband base and be inserted into a Yo-kai Blaster in battle to shoot the opposing Yo-kai.

During a normal battle, the Yo-kai Blaster can also serve as an additional befriending mechanic where each projectile "tickles" the opposing Yo-kai, similar to the Model Zero mechanic in Yo-kai Watch 2. While in the overworld, it can be attached into the Yo-kai Drill to break down blocks, or the Yo-kai Cleaner to find items.

Build-a-Nyan

Main article: Build-A-Nyan

Build-a-Nyan (Japanese: マイニャン Mainyan, My Nyan) is a new feature in the game that allows the player to completely customize their own Originyan. The feature does not contain only cosmetic differences, but each Nyan the player creates will also behave differently. The player can decide on the character's face shape, color, eyes, and opt to give them accessories and clothing, as well as tails.

The player can also choose the tribe their created Nyan belongs to, as it isn't automatically a Charming Nyan like Jibanyan. The player also has the option to choose its abilities, like its Inspirit and Soultimate attack. The player can do this by using various "Nyan-Teachers". The default Nyan teacher is Mr. Crabbycat. However, all Jibanyan-based Yo-kai can train your Nyan in specific ways. Being trained by an Nyan cat will take up to 3 real-life hours to complete. However, that can be skipped by using certain bottle items that are found throughout the entire game. These bottles instantly complete one training session.

Zombie Night

Like the Terror Time feature in Yo-kai Watch and Yo-kai Watch 2, Yo-kai Watch 3 contains a feature named Zombie Night (though, this is exclusive to St. Peanutsburg and the boy character). In this mode, Nate arms himself with a special hammer and some body armor, and must survive the night against Zombies, while being instructed by Dr. Francesca Stein. Each objective is divided into "missions" rated in the same way Yo-kai are ranked, in which players are given rewards for ringing the bell at the desired location.

It plays out quite similarly to the Blasters side games, sharing a similar HUD and inventory screen. The major difference is of course, that you control Nate instead of a pre-selected Yo-kai.

Next HarMEOWny Dancing Mini-game

There is a new dancing mini-game inside the NH Theater, Sparkopolis where Nate or Hailey Anne will dance alongside the members of Next HarMEOWny. In this case, it is the instrumental version of Idol Wa Ooh-Nya-Nya No Ken for the localized versions, while in the original Japanese game, it is fully vocalized. (This was likely due to licensing issues that would occur from Avex Inc.)

Blasters T

Main Article: Blasters T

This (Like the Minigame in Yo-kai Watch 2) is a preview into Yo-kai Watch Blasters 2 and contains missions, bosses and rare items.

Version history

In Japan, an update for Sushi and Tempura that includes the features introduced in Sukiyaki was released on the same day the latter game was released. Physical Japanese versions of Sukiyaki included an Enma Awoken Medal.[13]

Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi and Tempura
Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.1[14] July 16, 2016
1.2[14] August 5, 2016 Adds Sighborg Y to battle in the game. Downloading the updates gives the player a Five-Star Coin.
1.3[14] August 31, 2016
1.4[14] September 28, 2016
2.0[14] December 15, 2016 Base version for Sukiyaki.
2.1[14] December 28, 2016
2.2[14] January 18, 2017 Allows the player to befriend four new Yo-kai.
2.3[14] January 27, 2017
3.0[15] April 14, 2017
4.0[16] August 30, 2017 Changelog for v4.0 via Gematsu
Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki
Version Release date Official changelog More information
2.1[14]
2.2[14] Allows the player to befriend four new Yo-kai.
3.0[15] April 14, 2017 https://www.youkai-watch.jp/yw3/topics/release170412.html
4.0[17] August 30, 2017 Changelog for v4.0 via Gematsu

Yo-kai Watch 3 (EU/AU/NZ)

Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.0 December 7, 2018 (EU) December 8, 2018 (AU/NZ) Base Version
1.1 February 7, 2019
1.2 March 20, 2019
1.3 2019

Yo-kai Watch 3 (NA)

Version Release date Official changelog More information
1.0 February 8, 2019 Base Version This is perhaps the same as the EU/AU/NZ release; the only difference is the region coding for the data link, so it is compatible with the NA releases of Yo-kai Watch 2 and Yo-kai Watch Blasters.
1.1 February 7, 2019
1.2 March 20, 2019
1.3 2019

Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki

Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki is an updated version of Sushi and Tempura that was released exclusively in Japan, and was the basis for the international releases of Yo-kai Watch 3 (which was a modified Sukiyaki v4.0).

  • Yo-kai Watch Blasters T is a new evolved version of the Yo-kai Watch Blasters mode from Yo-kai Watch 2. The player can go out and find hidden treasures in Egyptian or temple-themed dungeons and fight against giant Boss Yo-kai.
  • Four God Yo-kai will make their appearance if Sukiyaki is connected with Sushi and Tempura.
  • Much like Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters, you will have an instance in the game, where it is of choosing between Sushi (Koma Knomads) or Tempura (Tomnyan) when playing Sukiyaki during Nate's story arc.
    • This feature is still present in the international release of the game, despite having only one version.
    • During Nate's story Deadcool will show up and ask you if you side with Little Charrmer or Silver Lining. Choosing one or the other will change which Yo-Kai heros show up later and you can befriend.

Sales

Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi and Tempura has sold a total of 632,135 copies in Japan in its first week, which a big decrease in sales compared to the previous entry.[18] It eventually sold a total of 1.3 million copies, placing the sales just over the original Yo-kai Watch video game.[19].

Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki sold 337,979 copies in the first week[20], and eventually 653,000 copies, making it the first Yo-kai Watch video game to sell under a million copies in total. The combined sales of the three versions totals up to nearly 2 million copies sold, which is a third of Yo-kai Watch 2's total sales. Despite the average sales, it has still managed to surpass 10 million copies sold for the franchise itself.

Reception

Review scores
Publication Score
Famitsu 37/40 (10, 9, 9, 9)
GameSpot 6/10[21]
Nintendo Life 9/10

Famitsu gave the video game 37 out of 40, which is one score higher than Yo-kai Watch 2.

Dom Reseigh-Lincoln of Nintendo Life gave the game a 9 out of 10, with most of the praise being towards the amount of extra features.

Justin Clark of GameSpot gave the game 6 out of 10, criticizing the lengthy opening chapters and the "little variance" in Quests, along with some of the simplistic combat but praised the "diverse environments and NPCs" and "well-written dialogue", especially at the tongue-in-cheek references in the latter.

Trivia

  • Yo-kai Watch 3 is the first Yo-kai Watch game in the series:
    • to allow the player to obtain more than two Yo-kai Watch model variants within the same game.
    • to have version-exclusive Legendary Yo-kai.
    • to Have Ranks be interchangeable during Post-game to any low-ranking Yo-kai.
    • to have an auto-saving feature. Though only in the Japanese version as in the international Yo-kai Watch Blasters release integrated it.
  • This is currently the first game to be released in Europe before North America. However, Europe got the Moon Rabbit Crew update in the Yo-kai Watch Blasters video game only eight hours before release in North America.
  • The version names for Yo-kai Watch 3 in Japan, Sushi, Tempura, and Sukiyaki, are all named after Japanese cuisine.
  • The timing of the original two games' release and the definitive version in Japan is near-identical to that of Yo-kai Watch 2, with the first two versions releasing in July and the third being released in December.
  • So far, this is the only game in the series to have multiple versions in Japan while being a single, definitive release outside of Japan.
  • On the German box art for Yo-kai Watch 3, Tomnyan appears to be smaller but is shown more fully. This is the case with the USK game rating sticker. On the main European box art, as well as on the North American cover, Tomnyan's legs seem to be hidden from view.
    • Australia/New Zealand's box art also has Tomnyan's legs hidden from view, but he's instead moved to the side in order to make room for the ACB/OFLC label.
    • Usapyon, along with the stylized number 3, is featured as the icon on the side of European and American game cases. Typically, these icons are used in the 3DS home menu to launch the game However, the icon from Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki (minus the "Su") is used instead.
  • Due to Yo-kai Watch 3’s inherent file size of 27,079 blocks (3.31 GB) filling up 80% of a max capacity Nintendo 3DS game card, it was not possible to include all five supported languages on a single game card for the game’s European release. This necessitated splitting the game’s European release up between multiple single-language versions.
    • This practise used to be common with large games on the Nintendo DS (such as with Level-5’s own Professor Layton series as well as the fourth and fifth generation of mainline Pokémon games), where game card capacities were much more limited.
    • North American copies of Yo-kai Watch 3 received an update on February 8, 2019 that added language support for Spanish and French. European copies of Yo-kai Watch 3 have not received this update as of now.
  • This game shares many similarites to South Park: The Fractured But Whole:
    • Both games was released in the late 2010's.
    • Both games use a tactical grid as a battle system.
    • Both games have two rival superhero teams that eventually work together against an common enemy (in this case The Ghoulfather).
    • Both games have a side quest where you search for pictures in different locations (in this case Two Photos Short of Fifty!).
    • They also have a simulator where you challenge opponents for rewards.
  • In the international version of Yo-kai Watch 3, the function to use the Dream Medals in the game was removed from the original Japanese game. This renders the use of the medals used in the DX Yo-kai Watch Dream toy completely region-locked; making them useless outside of the original Japanese release. However, in its place, there is an alternate option to encounter The Seven Gods of Fortune, because of the removal of the Dream Medals, and that is via Ghastly Fragments.
    • This is similar to the Iron Oni Force machine in Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Moon Rabbit Crew being removed from the free update. Though, the new update to Moon Rabbit Crew also fixed the problem with the Iron Oni Force machine's removal, making the game being fully able to be 100% completed.
    • The international version of Yo-kai Watch 3 also removed the ability to link with Yo-kai Sangokushi and other versions of Yo-kai Watch 3. To resolve the problem with linking with Yo-kai Sangokushi, the key items for the Commander Yo-kai were made obtainable via QR Codes. To resolve the problem with linking with other versions of Yo-kai Watch 3, the player could talk to Mister E at Mount Wildwood to receive an Invite for the Ambrosia Pavilion daily. The player could also talk to Mister E on the Cluvian Continent to receive a Deva Tag daily.
    • Due to all versions of Yo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble shutting down except for the Japanese version, the key items for Wobblenyan, Wibblekoma, and Her Eggcelency were also made obtainable via QR Codes.
  • In the localized versions, it was apparent that the Summon App (the app that was present in Yo-kai Watch 2 and the Japanese copies of Yo-kai Watch 3) was removed. This was because of how Hasbro decided to stop marketing Yo-kai Watch after losing the license. This meant that in the sound files of the games, the original Japanese U and Dream summoning songs were present, as well as the Song Medals that were not dubbed.
    • This also was the case with Yo-kai Watch Blasters, as in Moon Rabbit Crew, the sound files for the original Japanese Song Medals were present (even though most of the Song Medals had localized names and descriptions). Although, in-game, most of the U's summoning songs were dubbed, via the use of KJ (excluding Lord Enma, though it only pertains to the English version, as that was instead replaced by the Wicked U summoning song).
  • Although the Yo-kai names were changed, some Yo-kai still say their verbal tics in English due to their original names. An example would be Grumpus Khan randomly saying "gis" in battle since his original name is Jingisugisu Kan, therefore says the "gisu" part of his name in Japanese.
  • The "globe" on the character switching screen was changed to a popup figure of Springdale and St. Peanutsburg, probably implying that they both take place in the same country in the localized versions. The change seems a bit redundant in the European-language versions as BBQ is called USA there.
  • This is currently the first game in the series not to be localized into Korean.

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Screenshots

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Box art

 
Yo-kai Watch 3 Sushi box art
Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi box art.
 
Yo-kai Watch 3 Tempura box art
Yo-kai Watch 3: Tempura box art.
 
Tempura Busters T Pack
Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi/Tempura Busters T Pack Box art.
 
Yo-kai Watch 3 Sukiyaki cover
Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki Box art.
 
Yo-kai Watch 3 European cover
European Box Art
 
Yo-kai Watch 3 Germany cover
German box art
 
New Zealand cover
Australia/New Zealand box art

Logos

 
Yo-kai Watch 3 logo
Yo-kai Watch 3 original logo.
 
YW3logointernational
Yo-kai Watch 3 English Logo.
 
Yo-kai Watch 3 Sushi logo
Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi logo.
 
Yo-kai Watch 3 Tempura logo
Yo-kai Watch 3: Tempura logo.
 
Yo-kai Watch 3 S&T logo
Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi and Tempura logo.
 
Yo-kai Watch 3 Sukiyaki logo
Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki logo.
 
Yo-kai Watch 3 STS logo
Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi, Tempura and Sukiyaki logo.

Game Icons

 
YW3SushiIcon
Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi 3DS icon.
 
YW3TempuraIcon
Yo-kai Watch 3: Tempura 3DS icon.
 
YW3SukiyakiIcon
Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki 3DS icon.
 
YW3 USA Start Icon
Yo-kai Watch 3 international 3DS icon.

Artwork

 
YW3KeyVisualArtwork
Artwork of Nate and the Merican Yo-kai in St. Peanutsburg.
 
YW3NateRaftBuildingTreehouseArtwork
Artwork of Nate and Jibanyan building a raft at the treehouse in BBQ.
 
YW3 HaileyAnneVisualArt
Artwork of Hailey and Usapyon exploring the Springdale Underground Area.
 
BlastersTVisualArtwork
Artwork of the Blasters T mode.
 
YW3 V4UpdateKeyVisual
Artwork for the Japanese V4.0 update.

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English

See also

External links

References


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
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