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Japanese Sensation Yo-Kai Watch Gets 3DS Demo

by Mike Futter on Oct 13, 2015 at 11:10 AM

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While Japan is already on its third Yo-Kai Watch game (not including spin-offs), we’re lagging behind. The phenomenon is finally making its way here next month.

If you’re not sure what Yo-Kai Watch is all about, you can take it for a test drive on your 3DS. Nintendo has just announced that a demo is now available on the eShop.

In Yo-Kai Watch, you’ll uncover a collection of the spirits around the town of Springdale. Once you’ve befriended one, you’ll be able to summon them in battle, charge up their powers, and defeat evil Yo-Kai.

Yo-Kai Watch arrives on November 6 for 3DS. 

Update: Bad news. Nintendo has issued a follow-up tweet with a correction. The Yo-Kai Watch demo won't be available until the eShop update next week. Look for it on October 22.

[Source: Nintendo of America on Twitter]


Our Take
While the immediate comparison that comes to mind is Pokémon, Yo-Kai Watch isn’t a carbon copy. It has its own mechanics and charm that differentiate it from Game Freak’s long-running series. With a big blitz of media, toys, and games hitting this fall, developer Level-5 is giving itself every opportunity to win over America’s youth.