Today, Nintendo announced that Yo-Kai Watch 2 is set to launch in the United States on September 30th for the Nintendo 3DS.
Often described as “the next Pokémon”, the first Yo-Kai Watch launched last November in the United States, and while it garnered a 77 on Metacritic, it wasn’t the mammoth hit it was in Japan, where it had released two years earlier.
Yo-Kai Watch 2 (released in Japan in 2014) has already shipped 5 million copies, and will look to establish the series further in the western market when it arrives in the US September 30th, the same day Final Fantasy 15 is set to release. Pretty plucky on Nintendo’s part.
Developed by Level-5, Yo-Kai Watch 2 will bring new areas, over 100 new Yo-Kai, a new in-game Yo-Kai watch, and the ability to travel back in time.
Further, Nintendo revealed two versions of the game will be available at launch: Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls. Similar to Pokémon, both feature unique and rare Yo-Kai only available in each respective game.
Nintendo also revealed that Hasbro will be expanding its Yo-Kai Watch toy line this year, featuring: a new watch model, trading card game, and plush toys.
Lastly, to further help Yo-Kai Watch sink its teeth into the western market, Season 2 of the animated Yo-Kai Watch television show will air this year on Disney XD.
Releasing Yo-Kai Watch 2 the same day as Final Fantasy 15 is a head-scratching move by Nintendo. While, the two games have different audiences, Final Fantasy 15 is surely going to gobble up all the press coverage that day. Further, if the first Yo-Kai Watch failed to dig itself a relevant hole in the western market, I find it hard to believe its sequel will.
Tyler Fischer is an Associate Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.