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This is the first game in the Yo-kai Watch series. For other games in the series see the Yo-kai Watch category.

Box artwork for Yo-kai Watch.
Yo-kai Watch
System(s)Nintendo 3DS
Followed byYo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls
SeriesYo-kai Watch
Release date(s)
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)CERO All agesESRB Everyone 10+
TwitchYo-kai Watch Channel

Yo-kai Watch (妖怪ウォッチ Yōkai Wotchi?) is an RPG developed and published by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on July 11, 2013. Two manga adaptations have been produced, and an anime television series began airing in Japan from January 2014. Level-5 has announced that the game will be translated into English and released abroad.

In the game the player searches around Sakura New Town for Yo-kai using the 3DS' touchscreen. Players befriend Yo-kai by giving them a food that they like before beginning battle, and after defeating the Yo-kai it approaches the player character and gives him or her its Yo-kai Medal, allowing it to be summoned at will. Yo-kai can also be acquired through an in game Gasha Machine by collecting in-game coins or using Play Coins. Certain Yo-kai are necessary for completing the game's main quest, and special rare Yo-kai are acquired through various subquests.

Yo-kai have the capability to evolve into more powerful versions of themselves if they reach a certain level, or they can evolve by combining with particular items or other Yo-kai. The Yo-kai are divided amongst eight different classes, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. There are also Legend Yo-kai that can only be obtained by collecting a particular set of Yo-kai listed in the Yo-kai Dictionary, a compendium of the different Yo-kai the player has encountered or befriended, and also Boss Yo-kai that cannot be befriended.

When the player encounters a Yo-kai, he enters into battle with it using six Yo-kai that the player has befriended previously. The touchscreen is used during battles to rotate amongst the player's Yo-kai in battle at will. It is also used either to clear up status effects on the player's Yo-kai or to charge up the Yo-kai's special abilities.


One day, whilst searching for bugs in the woods in Sakura New Town, a boy named Keita Amano (or alternatively a girl named Fumika Kodama) comes across a peculiar capsule machine next to a sacred tree. When he opens one of the capsules up, it brings forth a Yo-kai (a ghost or a spirit) named Whisper, who gives Keita a device known as the Yo-kai Watch. Using this, Keita is able to identify and see various different Yo-kai that are haunting people and causing mischief. Together, Keita and Whisper start making friends with all sorts of Yo-kai, which he can summon to battle against more ill-intentioned Yo-kai that happen to live in his town, haunting the residents and causing terrible trouble.

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