Level 5’s Next Major RPG Has A Number Of Areas To Explore

By Sato . July 11, 2013 . 10:50am

Level 5’s ghost-collecting 3DS RPG, Youkai Watch, is their third cross-media franchise after Inazuma Eleven and The Little Battlers, which have shared success as a game and anime. It takes place in the monster-filled Sakura Town, with many places to visit while searching for youkai.


The above is a full view of Sakura Town’s map, where many youkai are hidden throughout the area. By using your Youkai Watch, you’ll be able to see them unlike the regular citizens who are oblivious to the ghostly creatures.



Namahage (the youkai pictured above) appears in front of “bad children” who cross the street on red lights and is quite the fearsome youkai you wouldn’t want to mess with. However, they say that if you obey the rules something good may come from it.



The convenience store above is called “Anything-Mart” is where you can purchase items with different effects such as healing and more, for your youkai. They also sell different foods which can be used to help befriend enemy youkai. Like humans, the youkai have their preferences in food so some may be more effective than others.

We previously reported that you can go fishing and bug catching in Youkai Watch, which may have left you wondering how that could come in handy when you should be catching ghosts. By taking live creatures to the Jungle Hunter shop, you can exchange them for various items, including some that can change your youkai’s personality.




Next up is Oomori Mountain, shown above. This is where you’ll first meet Whisper, who’s been stuck inside the old capsule machine. By using special coins, you’ll be able to acquire more youkai through the old device. Oomori Mountain is an ideal place to catch youkai, along with insects and fish.





Sakura New Town is the quiet hometown of the main character. It’s considered a part of Sakura Town, and consists mainly of residential areas, a school and a park. This is where you’ll encounter the likes of Nogappa and others, along with various events and happenings.



Dandan-zaka (above) is one of the oldest areas of Sakura Town. There’s a cemetery and an old-fashioned candy shop that is managed by a single old lady. It seems like this area will be filled with plenty of tougher youkai.


Central Sakura City (above) is the main area of commerce. This area is full of shopping centers, including a game center and restaurants. The “Shoubushi” youkai seemed to have possessed a classmate, causing him to spend all of his money on arcade games!




The shopping arcade district (above) isn’t as fancy as Central Sakura City, nor does it have many thriving businesses, but it is the home to many unique stores, such as the Mekkemon store that specializes in junk. Apparently, some youkai has been causing a child to be a hikikomori (shut-in).



Finally, above is a look a Soyokaze Hills. This area is considered to be the “rich” area of Sakura Town. It’s an upper-class residential area that features a museum and an outdoor stage where the people gather. The Maboroushi youkai can be found hiding under cars in this area.


Youkai Watch will be available for Nintendo 3DS in Japan today.


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  • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

    It will come later down the line to west after it succeeds.

    • Guest

      Cardboard Senki and Fantasy Life have succeeded and nothing has happened on the west so far :P

    • Pedro Tavares

      Just like all the other games from Level 5?

  • puchinri

    Wow. That’s pretty impressive. I’m really excited, and I really hope the game comes out in the Western territories. ♥

    • Pedro Tavares

      Unfortunatly if this goes the way the other Level 5 games not called, Layton or Guild 0wtv, it won’t :(.

      Inazuma Eleven comes out here but not in the Us and it comes late as heck.

      • Shane Guidaboni

        American’s don’t like soccer, apparently.

  • Lord Búho

    This has Ni no Kuni written all over it, I love it.

  • My 3DS needs this game! I really do hope L5 are planning to bring over a couple of their 3DS titles to the west.

    Edit: Can’t wait to see where it ranks in next weeks sales charts. Good luck.

  • rurin

    The environments look so fun to explore!!

  • Suicunesol

    I’m so impressed by how fully-featured the town in this game is. It’s got everything–shopping malls, museums, grocery stores, restaurants, playgrounds, and a Mc D’s. You can look under cars and search bushes. It’s a real, modern Japanese-style town, leagues beyond the towns in Pokemon, and I hate to say that Pokemon will never reach this level of detail. There’s no obvious grid layout for this game either which makes the environments look very natural.

    I hope this succeeds and makes it’s way here.

  • Logan Moll

    While this looks quite nice, it also looks way too Ni No Kuni-ish. That was a very charming game in many ways, but it had the overall tone of a Disney movie. I’m 23 years old; I’d prefer something aimed for teenagers and above, at least.

    • This aimed at kids – the whole cross-media is to utilises this focus on its target audience. There are plenty of other games you can look at that should tickle your fancy, just saying.

      Edit: Ni no Kuni, a collaboration with Studio Ghibli, is more adult-orientated with a more child-like appearance, IMO.

      • Logan Moll

        Well, I’ve played through the entirety of Ni No Kuni and even got the platinum. That is a Disney movie in JRPG form, plain and simple.

        There are obviously other games out there that are targeted at older folk. I, however, am quite fond of Level 5. Their work in the PS2 era has resulted in many of my all time favorite JRPGs. I am still longing for those days to return, and I’m disappointed every time I see an announcement like this. Kind of like how Final Fantasy fans have felt this gen (the honest ones, at least) just for totally different reasons.

        • Well, each to their own, I guess.

          I’ve seen other users asking “for more Dark Cloud,” so I can understand where you are coming from. I think from previous cross-media projects, they see the success and the rewards the reap from those ventures that they plan to continue with.

          However, there have been titles like Fantasy Life and Time Travellers that show some deviation from the mean. I hope that they do plan to make a game to your liking in the future.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    I was impressed when Whisper yelled at me for crossing the street recklessly. Did not see that coming.

  • Xillia

    it looks cute, but how come nobody ever makes those amazing RPGs like Suikoden – Wild Arms – Arc the Lad – older Final Fantasy and Star ocean – Shadow Hearts ……… and all those Fantasy RPGs !!

    those are the best, why did they stop making them : (

    love you Tales for keeping alive <3

  • RedShadoww
    • I love Japan. Thanks for sharing! :D

  • A number of areas to explore? In an RPG?? My word!!

  • Pedro Tavares

    I’m starting to think we need some kind of Twitter campaign, to Nintendo, Level 5 international and Level 5 Jp, lets annoys the crap out of them to see if Nintendo publishes the games themselves.

    It worked when you guys didn’t have Xenoblade chronicles in the US and you guys made that campaign and it also worked with Bravely Default apparently.

  • Göran Isacson

    So much stuff to do. So much love for all this effort, this is the kind of game little me would obsess over for months man. Not so sure I’d have the time for it now, but still- mad props to them for putting so much work into this.

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Impressive indeed!

  • British_Otaku

    Even more environments? And I can get punished for crossing the road when I shouldn’t? :O

    I may import it if there is another Level 5 sale or if it takes a few years before a localisation announcement… >_>

  • Slickyslacker

    I love detailed, stand-alone games like this with interesting premises and seemingly boundless universes. Niche RPGs are few and far between in NA and EU, and to echo puchinri, I sincerely hope that this might make it overseas eventually. It bears an extremely similar vibe to Ni no Kuni (as the obscure JRPG that it is), and looks like the kind of game that Operation Rainfall would promote.

  • Tonton Ramos

    Soyokaze Hills?! (spits drink) Woah that name reminded me of someone familiar…

  • JustThisOne

    God that map is huge! *__* Level 5 seems to always make such tranquil games. I really like the style they’re going for.

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