Yo-Kai Watch - 3DS/2DS

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Adventure: Role Playing
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Level-5 Soft. Co.: Level-5
Publishers: Nintendo (GB)
Released: 29 Apr 2016 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 7+
Connectivity: StreetPass, Internet, SpotPass


As a Western gamer you might not be very familiar with Yo-Kai Watch but, regardless, it's a huge anime and game series in Japan. While the phrase 'big in Japan' doesn't have quite the same cachet among gamers as it once did, Yo-Kai Watch still looks set to capture more than a few hearts over here.

The basic set up is that you play as either Nate or Katie, unwittingly unleashing a mysterious Yo-Kai butler on the world. The upshot is that you get a special watch that enables you to interact with other Yo-Kai. The Yo-Kai, for their part, are a real part of Japanese folklore that are a sort of mix between a spirit and a gremlin. From there on out the game is a mix between catch-'em-all gameplay and role-playing game elements familiar to fans of Pokemon.

The game practically oozes charm and certainly has a lighter, more family-friendly tone than your average RPG. Exploration is a big part of Yo-Kai Watch's appeal, and it's easy to wander round and hunt Yo-Kai at any time. You don't need to stumble around hoping for the best, either - there's a 'hot/cold' radar on screen at all times. While combat is certainly a big part of the game, so is just spending time in its world and getting to know the fictional Springdale.

That said, there is a wireless multiplayer mode that will enable you to take on friends and improve your rank!