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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
Publisher(s)Level-5, Nintendo
Year released2013
System(s)Nintendo 3DS
Followed byYo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls
SeriesYo-kai Watch
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)CERO All agesESRB Everyone 10+
LinksYo-kai Watch ChannelSearchSearch

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 was hesitant to localize the game, so Nintendo localized the game and published it first in North America in November 2015, then in Europe in April 2016.


In the game the player searches around Springdale 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 Medallium, 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 Springdale, a boy named Nate Adams (or alternatively a girl named Katie Forester) 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 Nate a device known as the Yo-kai Watch. Using this, Nate is able to identify and see various different Yo-kai that are haunting people and causing mischief. Together, Nate 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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