Do You Want To See Yo-kai Watch In The West?

By Ishaan . February 18, 2014 . 9:42pm

That’s the question Level 5 International America are asking their fans over Twitter. Earlier today, Level made the following tweet:



Yo-kai Watch is a Nintendo 3DS RPG that has you playing as a boy or girl with the ability to see and communicate with youkai. During the course of the game, you explore the town you live in, befriend youkai, and use them in battle against their evil counterparts.


You may notice that Level 5 spelt the game’s title as “Yo-kai Watch,” which is the same spelling they used in a recently filed trademark for the game in America. Hmm…


As Level 5 say in their tweet, Yo-kai Watch—we’re going to start using that title now—has sold very well in Japan indeed. It has sold over 400,000 copies at retail, and a second game is currently in development.


Level 5 also made the same post about Yo-kai Watch on their Facebook page.

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  • Chim_era

    Actually I think most gamers would like to see the localisation of a certain game you have, called Fantasy Life? It’s not a lucrative combination of an anime and a game but I believe it’s the number 1 on many Level 5 fans wishing list.

    However Yo-kai watch looks fun. I am just corncerned it may be “too young” for some of the Level 5 fans out here in America and Europe.

    • Paulette

      You mean too young for Inazuma Eleven/Pr. Layton/Ni no Kuni fans ? Somehow, I don’t think so… but I think Pokemon fans (adults or not) could find this interesting.

      • Pyrofrost

        Agreed, Ni no Kuni was as much “for kids” as it gets. So much so, that it had furigana on every kanji. Western JRPG gamers ate that up, but then they say no to this.
        *mind blown*

    • Slickyslacker

      I’m not sure if L5 has a core demographic in mind. While they would expect some children to pick it up, I think they expect a lot of teenagers/young adults/adults to purchase this.

      It’s not like they expected droves of 8-year-olds to be playing Ni no Kuni, even if the games are childish in nature. Although Youkai Watch is only a bit more mature than NNK, they know who their consistent customer base is.

    • katamari damacy

      Dude, we were lucky SOME OTHER PUBLISHER saw fit to drag Level 5 to release Ni no Kuni in the west when Level 5 thought Ni no Kuni wasn’t worth localizing at all. Same with Nintendo dragging them to release the Guild 05 games (including Attack of the Friday Monsters). Level 5 severely underestimates the appeal of their games in the west since White Knight Chronicles sold so poorly that it forced them to think the West will forever hate their games.

  • Jungo

    Well… is it good? I haven’t followed the discussion, it didn’t seem like a game likely to be localized. Nothing about the premise screams “unique buy me now”, but if it’s well executed I’ll buy it, just like any game.

    • GH56734

      It’s built on the engine for the handheld Ni no Kuni version that was never exported, if that’s any help.

    • Slickyslacker

      Like GH implied, the game shines based on its originality. Much like NNK, its combat system is ambitious and exciting. Not to say that the rest of the game isn’t either.

  • Michael Richardson

    I’ve liked all of the footage I’ve seen of this game. I’ll definitely buy it if it comes over.

    • Terraforce77

      Dat bot doe.

      • PreyMantis

        You can tell it’s a 3DS hater.

        • Terraforce77

          Well clearly now it is fixed, but at one time this person had 100+ down votes. Why would I would that many down votes?

  • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

    Not really no. But release it if you think fit.

    • Saphira

      The upvotes are literally climbing up every second… same with the ones with high down votes for the other comments XD

      • Serge

        I’m pretty sure is a Sony fanboy/Nintendo hater with too much free time on his hands and using some kind of script.

        • BizarreJelly

          I upvoted because I have no interest in Yokai Watch, there are other level 5 games I’d much rather have – I’m sure that’s a reason for a good number of those upvoters.

          • Arcana Drill

            its a bot, or more than 100 people entered the article and upvoted at the same time as a guest.

            *hint* there is someone using this bot for months here.

  • ShinTekk

    Would I like to see Youkai Watch in the West?

  • GH56734


  • It doesn’t appeal to me at all. I don’t care if we get it, or not. Fantasy Life that’s what I really want. Next up is Time Travelers though I know that’s a lost cause.

  • Slickyslacker

    Of course not. I absolutely despise magnificently crafted and beautiful games.

    • Blaz

      Dem stupid questions.

  • Kenny Loh

    To the persons who say “no” as answer, have you try the game already before saying this? Like Ni No Kuni din’t catch my attentions in the first place but when i play it i found it super fun to play and became one of my best jrpg i have played, don’t look everythings just over the covers.

  • Silver Citizen

    I have very little faith in Level 5 so asking this is kinda trollish to me.

    • Ethan_Twain

      Man, what’s your beef with Level 5? Their localization isn’t swift, but they’re pretty consistent. Professor Layton? Always makes it over eventually. Layton X Ace Attorney? Coming courtesy of Level 5. The guild 01 and guild 02 games? Those all came over except for one, and that one (Weapon Shop de Omasse) releases on the 20th. So… tomorrow.

      The games that don’t get localized (Little Battlers, Inazuma Eleven) are the games they make aimed at kids. Those franchises have anime shows, manga, toys… a whole multimedia franchise beyond the games themselves. Localizing all that is a WAY bigger endeavor and it’s totally reasonable that they don’t mess with it.

      Honestly, I’m kinda surprised to hear about Youkai Watch maybe getting localized. That’s another game aimed at kids supported by an anime and merchandise. Not exactly something I would expect to make much money outside Japan.

      • Silver Citizen

        That they skip so many games? That they take so long to localize games? They’re a pretty big company yet they act small.

        • Zero_Destiny

          To be fair they did not have a western branch until 2011, heck they weren’t even self publishing and self funding until pretty recently ether in Japan. So a lot of control over who gets what license back then relied more towards their employer’s (i.e. Square Enix owning DQVIII, Sony owning Dark Cloud, etc.).

          Level 5 International America doesn’t seem to be all too big ether. Their Linkedin page says they have 10 employees ……. But lol that’s gotta be so outta date by now, looking at the office tour on their website you can tell they have more then that. xD

          They’ve seemed to of grown a considerable amount over the small amount of time that they’ve been around, and I think L5IA has really rocked their recent releases. They definitely have been keeping the eShop alive, no doubt in my mind.

      • Fate

        Actually it was announced in within the last two days that LBX is finally making its way to the west. and Inazuma is out on the nintendo shop thing. so pretty much all of level 5’s big stuff is in the west save for that giant turd known as “Gundam Age”.

        • IsaacGravity

          Wait, is it Baku Boost or Wars? Thanks for the share either way.

          As for the question… Ehhh, I’d rather Fantasy Life but if they wanna got for it, go on.

  • Hau To

    Yes. I heard you can put a good amount of hours into the 3DS game.

  • Randy Marsh

    Meh…sure why not?

  • Suicunesol

    It looks like a very well crafted game. That much is certain after viewing so many videos of it. Its town design is leagues and leagues beyond what similar games like Pokemon have. I love monster collecting games, and I love exploration. So why not?

    I’m just afraid that the intended audience (children) won’t buy the game because they’ve moved on to free mobile phone games.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Eh, most people who buy pokemon now adays are college kids…
      So they’ll buy it if its a good game

      Which it is.

  • As much as I would like to say yes to getting this in the US which by the way would be nice I think it would be best it didn’t.

    • nonscpo

      Why, you think it will fail?

      • Well I think it wouldn’t do well in the US due it being made towards children in mind but then again what do I know. If they want to release this here I think it would be best to do it via eShop like they did with Inazuma Eleven.

        • Ryuki

          -looks at pokemon-

          I guess not.

          • Ethan_Twain

            Oh come on. Nintendo’s kids game with over a decade of legacy in anime, merchandise, and video games is NOT an indicator that a new kids game trying to kick off a new anime franchise and it’s own merchandise line will be successful. That’s like saying “Mario sells well, ergo developers will sell a lot of units if they develop retail 2D platformers”.

            Nintendo’s big IP have existed in a bubble for a long time now. Their sales are not indicative of larger market trends or appetites.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            And Call of Duty is?

            Dont bullshit around XD

            This is an rpg and a seriously good one at that.

            Art style is everything eh? Nah? Fuck you.


        • Hound

          A Nintendo 3DS game? For children? Omg, where might we find such a rare beast? (besides in every store that has ever sold 3DS games and in such massive quantities that you’d have to gouge your eyes out in order to avoid seeing them?)

  • I want those robot games….

  • Pyrofrost

    I like how gamers are quick to say “NO” when an opportunity for localization is presented. Then they proceed to complain about the lack of localizations.
    Dem fickle niche gamers.

    • Fronkhead

      It’d also be better if a “no thank you” were accompanied with a suggestion for another game Level-5 could use the same resources localising, or even a reason why, rather than dismissing the possibility of any sort of localisation outright.

      • katamari damacy

        You know Japanese game companies. if the worst game in a series doesn’t sell megagangbusters beyond what they sold in japan that means the entire series is not worth translating at all. See: Yakuza: Dead Souls.

    • Hound

      If anything, most people usually say “YES!” to localizing anything, no matter how it may sound to them. Because a larger selection is beneficial, regardless of whether or not you personally have money dedicated toward buying that game.

      You’re fighting an imaginary monster. Even on their twitter account, almost every answer is “Yes.”

  • I guess it’ll be cute like “Attack of the Friday Monsters”. Yeah, I’d buy it if it was a cheap download.

    • Lumi

      It’s probably a full game

  • Danwen Huang

    I’ll take any level 5 game we can get. Their games always have that charm and is no different with this one :D.

  • Genuine question… Why do people hate this game enough to vote against it in such huge numbers?

    Doesn’t seem anything special to me but it hardly seems like something that should evoke such strong feelings.

    • CozyAndWarm

      If you’re talking about the large numbers of downvotes, it’s an anti-3DS bot that’s been lurking Siliconera lately.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Anti Nintendo.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Would everyone who said no please be so kind as to write down their names, addresses, and list of phobias? Purely for research reasons of course.

    • theBridgeburner

      Yeah, I don’t get the hate.

    • God

      God, Heaven, Chuck Norris.

      • Ric Vazquez

        Zeus, Odin, Buddha and Izanagi would like to have a word with you.

        • God

          I created all those bitches beacuse i was too lazy to watch over all of mankind, what can they do to me?

    • Pyrofrost

      Make sure you don’t hurt nobody! :p

      • Shane Guidaboni

        I didn’t get it, but then I got it.

        • kuma483

          I still don’t get it.

  • Do I want this game, you ask?

    Of course I do! That’s like asking me if I want to breath, dammit! Keep the box art the same, that’s all I ask. Please. (Kanji is slowly becoming a bad influence on me.)

  • Renaldi Saputra

    just bring all your games that you haven’t localized..
    ’nuff said

  • Tsurugi

    Of course, and All IE Classic & IE GO! Games and Danball Senki . I saw in the comments that somebody( sorry forgor your nickname) said it is harder to localize Inazuma because of the anime, series, manga,…But it is not a problem for L5 because the games came first so you don’ t need anything to play the game. So L5 localize all of you got =D

  • Krystal Henderson

    I’ve seen some footage and it doesn’t really appeal to me (the battle system looks interesting though), but more localized games is a good thing, so, sure.

  • Amagidyne

    I’d be all for this in the west. I think it looks cute, like Animal Crossing mixed with Pokemon, and if I enjoyed those, I don’t see why I wouldn’t enjoy this.

  • Guest

    Yes, please! Game looks fun and it assures to cater a young audience which precisely it’s what handhelds need, so please bring it over Level 5, I’ll be saving to support it day one!

  • PenguinPlayer

    I would rather they localized Fantasy Life, but this looks great too, will buy it day one if they decide to localize it.

  • Eric Harris

    Would I like this for the US? Yes. Would I like physical releases of Fantasy Life and the newest Inazuma Eleven first? YES.

  • idrawrobots

    Yes, or course. It’s Ni No Kuni with ghosts.

  • Hau To

    Even though this game is supposed to be made for children, I doubt children are the one to beat this game. There is this time zone called the Night Hours in the game or something like that where if you don’t have a strong party of youkai. You’ll be wiped immediately if you can’t run. Also, I like that there are so many youkai you can collect through battle and giving them their favorite item as a bribe to join your team. I think people here see the kiddish graphics and immediately expect it to be a game gear towards children.

    • Suicunesol

      Naw, I think children can deal with it. They’re smarter than you think.

      And the game really is clearly aimed towards children. The main characters are grade schoolers, the monster designs are very tame, and colors are very bright. It’s like Doraemon. Absolutely good for kids. And the anime too.

      Buuuut that doesn’t mean older kids and teenagers can’t enjoy it.

  • Amber XLeonhart

    Yes! I love level 5 games, if it’s popular in Japan it must be good!

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  • Yᴏsʜɪʏᴀ

    Even if it’s a digital only release, I’ll take it.

  • wahyudil

    this and fantasy Life too please

  • curecurry

    I hope it comes to the West.

    I’ve made a Youkai Watch Fan Community (, anyone interested to join? We can discuss all things Youkai Watch there.

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