Youkai Watch’s Town Is Just Like Ours. Well, Aside From Monsters Being Normal

By Spencer . December 28, 2012 . 5:42pm

imageLevel-5’s next major game is Youkai Watch, which takes place in Sakura New Town. It’s an ordinary town with schools and convenience stores… aside from people living alongside youkai, monsters and ghouls from Japanese folklore.


Keeta (the boy in the red shirt with the giant watch) spends his days with his friends. Fumi is Keeta’s classmate. Keeta runs into Kanchi (the boy with headphones) in his school’s hallway. Kuma is the leader of the punks.


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Keeta can walk into different people’s homes. Fumi has a cute girl’s room. Kanchi’s place looks kind of upscale. Keeta lives at home with his parents and a couple of youkai.

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Whisper, the ghost-like creature, is a yokai butler? (That’s what Level-5 says!) Jibanyan is an earthbound soul that’s Keeta’s friend. Old Lady Bakuro stuck with her human face and Kappa is a water-loving youkai.


Youkai Watch is in development for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • Pedro Tavares

    I hoep this comes out in Europe, I love the art and I love Level 5 games so I assume this will be good.

  • dark zios

    So what kind of game is this, sim, rpg, other?

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Isn’t that Gio from Megaman Starforce?

    • PreyMantis


    • anthony apduhan

      Geo’s taller than Keeta but bares a wee bit similarities of his hair. Also he is cute like Tenma (IEGO) I mean look at his eyes! and his smile.

  • PreyMantis

    The game’s location gives me that early MML3 town vibe.

    • I was thinking Earthbound I guess.

  • Bob Stockalockapoulos

    That’s pretty cool. I’ve always wanted to play in a setting like this. I know a city kinda takes away from the fantasy, but it’s a fresh idea, nonetheless. Not a lot of RPGs have that setting.

    • Suicunesol

      I don’t know about that. Pokemon. Persona. Earthbound. Can’t think of anymore, but in terms of Japanese monster-collecting RPGs, a contemporary setting is not uncommon. The Digimon series, Gyrozetter RPG, and many other shonen franchises are set in typical Japanese towns (albeit idealized).

      • Bob Stockalockapoulos

        Wow, I forgot about Pokemon, but I never played the others. Looks like I missed out!

  • Rei

    The town reminds me of Doreamon

  • Strain42

    It looks like what would happen if MegaTen and Earthbound had a baby…and I totally want to play it.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    I was kinda hoping this would be for HD consoles, judging from the initial teaser trailer from last year…

    But Level-5 generally does good work on handhelds, if Inazuma Eleven and Ni no Kuni (DS) are anything to go by, so I’ll have more faith in this.

    • I wonder if it was going to be for HD consoles and the platform changed due to market conditions, or if it was always meant to be for 3DS in the first place. It isn’t uncommon for a lot of publishers to put out high-res trailers for portable games anymore. I recall Square had some very high-resolution FMV trailers for T3B and FF Type-0 back in the day.

      • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

        This could end up being another “Ni no Kuni situation” where the handheld game comes out first, then the HD platform is announced later.

        Not to knock the 3DS down any (cuz RE:Revelations showed us the system does have the power), but putting out another quality HD game like Ni no Kuni would be nice.

        Edit: Those FMV teaser trailers for T3B and FF Type-0 were just that, FMVs. The teaser for Youkai Watch definitely had some HD 3D gameplay in there (even though it was just of the MC running around town).

        • Sadly, Ni no Kuni on the PS3 bombed really hard in Japan, so I don’t think Hino’s keen on attempting that again. They’re lucky that Namco Bandai picked the game up, and if it sells, it’ll sell on the Ghibli name, but Ni no Kuni was a very rare kind of situation.

          • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

            Maybe this time they could play up on the 3DS/WiiU connectivity angle. That could actually work out well if marketed correctly.

            Then again this is all just guesswork, so we’ll see as we get closer to the release date and beyond.

  • Wackoramaco87

    This looks rather interesting- I wonder if they’ll have a trailer out for this soon! I hope there’s more information out on it in the coming weeks. Sadly though, it reminds me of Ushiro and what could have been. ;__;

  • Elvick

    Dang it, they keep doing region locked systems. ):

  • malek86

    This looks like another attempt at spawning a major kids franchise. These seem to have overtaken Level 5’s almost entire output. Granted, it’s making them quite a bit of money, but I wonder if at some point they’ll just focus entirely on them, especially since their other non-mass market driven products such as Time Travelers or Girls RPG have had less luck lately.

    It’s pretty interesting how Level 5 completely changed focus since their more niche days, thanks to Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven.

    • Ethan_Twain

      You missed some. Girls RPG, Time Travelers, White Knight Chronicles, and Layton X Ace Attorney have all brought back returns ranging from slightly below expectations to abysmal.

      Meanwhile Little Battlers, Inazuma 11, and Professor Layton continue to do acceptably well. And with Layton ending on this next game (which is tragic, but it was time for that franchise) it strikes me that Goukai Watch for the 3DS is aimed to replace that revenue stream.

      The way Level 5’s fortunes have been trending, I wouldn’t wager we’ll see much of anything niche from them. It’ll be kids games with multimedia tie ins and Dragon Quest.

      • malek86

        “And with Layton ending on this next game”

        What, really? When did they say that? It’s true that the series seems to have been losing a bit of steam lately, but to just end it like that…

        • Ethan_Twain

          They did say that. This site is where I read it. They’re wrapping up this second trilogy and calling it quits on Layton. Mr. Hino is the one who said so.

          The original story can be seen here:

          Honestly, I reckon this is something that needed to happen. Layton’s profits have been decreasing with each subsequent release regardless of how good one particular installment may be and… well, they’ve kinda played the formula out by now. At this point Layton either needed to go away, or to get reinvented. And I’m okay with them going with option 1. Better to have 6 great games than 10 games of uneven quality.

          • Agreed. Layton’s had a good run but we haven’t really seen anything new from the Layton games in a long time. If they do insist on carrying on with the Professor Layton titles, I think it’s time for a genre change.

        • They claim that Layton 6 is going to be his “last adventure”. There are many ways to infer that statement, but I guess it does mean the end of the traditional Layton series as we know it in its current form.

  • Phlo

    With all the Japanese cultural references, I’ve got a bad feeling that they won’t even consider localizing this. I mean, we didn’t even get Little Battlers!

  • zferolie

    So it’s like Touhou without all the bullet hell and in a modern setting.

    Well, thats what I got from it.

    I do want a touhou game on a big name system…

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    “Shizzers” remind me of Earthbound, do we have to fight a masochistic baby fetus in this too?

  • Lester Paredes

    It looks interesting. I’d like to play it. And now that I finally have my own 3DS, I can stop complaining and whining about: I wish they’d bring it to the Vita! Though, I still wish they would.

  • Blake Good

    Please don’t tell me that big kid is a bully? I’m so sick of boys getting bullied. Why are girls not bullied that much compared to boys?

    • Suicunesol

      Because the males are supposed to fight for dominance for the admiration of the female. :P

      No, I’m sure girls sometimes get bullied by other girls. It’s just that you see so many more games with young boys as the protagonists.

      • Blake Good

        Well I for one am so fucking sick of it. It’s already bad enough we see fucking bullies in kids shows and movies!

    • Steven Higgins

      They are but male and female bullies are fundamentally different. While males inflict physical harm, females use emotional pain as they’re weapon of choice, so the bullying isn’t as obvious.

      At any rate, I have a feeling that the big guy will go the bully turned ally and lifelong friend route. That seems to be the norm for these types of games/animes.

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