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Yo-Kai Watch
Box artwork for Yo-Kai Watch.
Release date(s)
System(s)Nintendo 3DS
Mode(s)Single player, Multiplayer
CERO: CERO A.jpg All ages
ESRB: ESRB E10.png Everyone 10+
Followed byYo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls
SeriesYo-Kai Watch
TwitchYo-kai Watch Channel
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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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