Hopefully, Level 5 Shipped More Copies Of Yo-kai Watch 2…

By Ishaan . July 21, 2014 . 9:00am

On July 10th, Level 5 released Yo-kai Watch 2 in Japan. The game was released in two versions—that translate roughly to “Head [of household]” and “Founder”—which sold a combined total of 1,316,707 copies in their first week.


Japanese sales tracker Media Create reports that the Head version sold through 88.77% of its shipment, while the Founder version sold through 95.53% of its shipment.


That effectively means both versions of the game were virtually sold out shortly after Yo-kai Watch 2 was released. Hopefully, Level 5 have been able to ship more copies to meet demand, considering that pre-orders alone should have indicated the need to do so.

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  • ianschopa

    Hopefully, Level 5 will publish a game in the US this generation.

  • DudeJericho

    This series is so unbelievably popular, arguably getting bigger than Pokemon and they still haven’t announced plans to release the first game outside of Japan? Wtf.

    • riceisnice

      It’s the Dragon Quest syndrome.

    • Serge

      I wonder why.

      • otakumike

        lol not much hype here huh?

        • Renaldi Saputra

          1. youkai watch is a childplay for most of ppl, for them childplay aren’t good except pokemon
          2. youkai watch has been accused of another “pokemon rip-off”

          maybe that’s why

      • DudeJericho

        Not as many people curious about this series as me I guess.

      • lol. I totally want Fantasy Life more than this :D AND WE’RE GETTING IT! So I’m happy ( ^ – ^ ). Got it pre-ordered on Amazon :D

        Forgot about Time Travelers though. I’d rather see that localized too, come to think of it. But honestly, I can’t think of a L5 game that I DON’T want to see in English. They’ve never made a bad game.

    • Cazar

      If they bring it over they’re going to have prepare a good marketing strategy if they want to replicate any of that success. Otherwise it’ll likely be doomed to be nothing more than a niche RPG. I’d imagine that they intend to bring it over, but just want to make sure it gets done right.

      • Yokai Watch hit it big largely thanks to the anime, which probably won’t be airing in the West on any kids’ networks any time soon.
        Games aimed toward children are tricky to market, since they’re not going to be researching games online much. They see a movie or cartoon, and then want the game for it.
        It is nice to see something giving Pokemon slightly-sweaty feet for once though, if only in Japan. Maybe over an entire half-dozen people are finally getting tired of that franchise at least a teensy tiny little itty bitty bit.

        • machomuu

          I dunno about that. I’ll bet that we’ll see Youkai Watch on something like Nicktoons. Especially if the game doesn’t do well at first. After all, another Level-5 series, Little Battlers eXperience (Danball Senki) is seeing the light of day on Nicktoons in a month. And after having watched a few episodes of YW recently, I can say without a doubt that it’s a perfect fit for the networks that it might appear on.
          Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if they brought the anime over first for the purpose of advertising the game, despite being the reverse of what happened in Japan. They did it with Inazuma Eleven internationally, and they’re doing it for Danball Senki, and considering the format of YW, it could very well be the same scenario.

          • Seems more anime are showing up on TV in the West than I thought. I’ll say it’s possible for Yokai Watch to make it over then–and chances are if that is planned, then they will likely release the game once it starts airing. Would be curious just how much they would intend to stick with all the Japanese folktale creatures though, considering how localization was handled with shows like Doraemon.

        • HarakiriKami

          Nah the anime just sped its time table up. Game sold 400k by the time the anime released

    • Princess_Eevee9

      It had an Anime series to accompany it just like Pokémon.

      • HarakiriKami

        Pokemon had a complete cross media pollination and staggered release which just made everyone thirsty for pokemon during its first 3 years of release.


        • Princess_Eevee9

          Pokémon was popular because of the positive reception in America for Japanimation and couple that with the Trading Card Game, merchandising, and games with the Anime.

    • Level 5 opens US branch. Takes longer to get games localized.

      • DudeJericho

        Yeah, I do understand that, but it’s just really frustrating. If the 3DS wasn’t region locked I would have just imported it already..

        • machomuu

          This game is a comedy, though. If you can read Japanese and are versed enough in the grammar and the language that you can get puns and such, that’s great, but otherwise YW is a game that would serve much better localized than imported.

          • DudeJericho

            I’ve studied Japanese for 8 years and read their mangas, play their games etc in Japanese. In other words I would actually prefer the J version since I would get most of that stuff ^^

          • HarakiriKami

            I recommend you try EX Troopers, Time Travelers, Beyond the labyrinth and the jake hunter game if you playd those on DS. And those are just from the 3DS’s first year. The library has gone completely insane XD

          • DudeJericho

            Whoa, that’s amazing, I’ll check them out, thanks ^^

        • HarakiriKami

          Might as well just import a 3DS from japan. There’s so many japanese only games for the system lol

          • DudeJericho

            I’ll defnitely check out what they’ve got, but wallet is going to leave me if I start importing like mad lol.

          • HarakiriKami

            You should expect your wallet to be crying. The japanese eshop is like a parrallel universe full of interesting merchandise and lore :P

          • Ric Vazquez

            True that

      • Level 5’s US branch doesn’t appear to be a retail publisher. Rather, they seem to seek out partnerships with other publishers to have their games released in North America.

    • HarakiriKami

      Probably because its trying to mimic pokemon to a T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSU19qzzV7g

      If anything though, the game is far more similar to Shin Megami Tensei than pokemon.

      • machomuu

        Well Youkai Watch isn’t the only series they’ve done this with. The first was probably Inazuma Eleven (Game released -> Anime -> Sequel has two versions -> TCG and merch). Don’t particularly mind since the games are pretty damn good.

        And yeah, I was thinking the same thing, it’s far closer to SMT than it is to Pokemon (though, ironically, the anime’s animated by the same people that animate Pokemon).

      • DudeJericho

        Thanks for the informative vid ^^

  • Tetris

    Oh, I wasn’t aware this game had Furigana. If we don’t get this, I can just import.

  • Princess_Eevee9

    Starting to think they’ll be at Yo-Kai Watch number 5 before we even see a hint of localization. Dammit Level-5 if you’re so worried about this game then release the Anime over here too then. Instead of crummy Soccer games…

    • HarakiriKami

      You dont know what you want do you?

      • Princess_Eevee9

        I want to play more RPGs. This is an RPG. Therefore I want this game.

        • HarakiriKami

          Inazuma Eleven is an RPG

          • Princess_Eevee9

            It’s a sports game with RPG elements shoehorned in. No I don’t want the stupid game.

          • HarakiriKami

            Well sucks for you. Play Phantasy Life

          • Princess_Eevee9

            Another pointless RPG so no thank you. I want this one right here that has quality in it.

          • HarakiriKami

            Ha Fantasy life is a better game than youkai watch.

            Guess you really dont know what you want.

            Oh well I doubt level 5 cares. They get your money either way no matter which of the two you buy.

            Buy Shin megami tensai 4 while you’re at it if you’re jonesing to get Youkai watch.

          • Princess_Eevee9

            Along with Bravely Default that’s been beaten. And I have to wait a month after Europe gets the gane to enjoy Fantasy Life god damn.

  • machomuu

    Well the creator already said sometime ago that he plans to bring the series to the West.

    • HarakiriKami

      They’re looking for a partner for the anime

  • Göran Isacson

    That is some crazy amounts of cash the game’s made. I wonder though if it could meet the same success in the west: Pokemon were by and large just cute, cuddly animals. Spirits and ghosts are usually more rooted in folklore and culture, so I wonder if they’ll have the same appeal outside Japan. Suppose the only way we’ll find out is if they test the waters…

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