Yo-kai Watch 2 Ships Two Million Units

By Spencer . August 1, 2014 . 12:41am

jibanyan Jibanyan the cat yokai from Yo-kai Watch is rubbing his paws in money. Level-5′s RPG series is even bigger with Yo-kai Watch 2. As of July 31, two million units of Yo-kai Watch 2 have been shipped in Japan. Splitting the game into two versions a la Pokémon likely contributed to more copies of the game being shipped.

 

Level-5 sold 1,829,533 units of Yo-kai Watch 2 in Japan according to the most recent data from Media Create.

 

Since the series is so big, we wonder if Level-5 is considering to bring it to the West. Siliconera found a Yo-kai Watch trademark registered in the US earlier this year too.


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  • Adrian Duran

    Come to US, Come to US

    • Tarkovsky

      Only if they localize it properly. Way too many Japanese references in the game that western audiences would not be able to relate to.

      • Namuro

        I would love for them to just go-all-out in its original form. If the West get enough games (or any other media) with pure Japanese content, and the cultural barrier is broken down, localization would be so much easier (well, there are still things like licensing issue, but let’s leave that alone for now). It would also open up people to new things, and expand their knowledge.

        We won’t have to see stuff like onigiri being turned into a footlong, or natives being turned into immigrants anymore. LOL

        If the Japanese can get Western stuff without having to change the contents drastically, I don’t see why the same cannot be applied in the West.

        But of course, what do I know, I’m just a guy speaking his mind on the internet.

        • Tarkovsky

          You make some incredibly valid points. While I would also personally prefer to see content in it’s original form, the issue is that this game is mainly targeted at kids.
          Things like sentos, shrines, children catching bugs in the summer, gacha machines and etc would be extremely mind boggling to them. Also, in my opinion, Western culture is pretty mainstream compared to Japanese culture. Most western movies are imported to Japan while on the other hand, you hardly see any Japanese movies make it to Western shores. As such, Japanese people more or less know what to expect in Western games(I don’t think anything surprises them anymore) while Western audiences would just be confused with Japanese ones. One good example would be hostess clubs in the Yakuza games, I don’t think many people in the West know what the hell they are apart from people who actually know Japanese/Asian culture. Many people think that hostesses are prostitutes when they are not.

          I don’t know, I don’t really have any ideas/suggestions to this but based on the name Yo-Kai Watch filed, I can only hope they know what they are going to do with it. Then again, I can’t really blame them since this game is going to be hell to localize especially with the crazy puns in the Youkai names.

          • Namuro

            Yeah, it’s a hard thing to do, to break that culture barrier, but someone’s gotta do it! Kids are pretty open-minded (mostly) anyway, so teaching them Japanese stuff through this game should be a good starting point, I think.

            These days, Westerners are already exposed to more Japanese stuff than I could ever imagined, thanks to the manga and anime boom. Other stuff like Gachapon and shrine-worshipping are not “that strange” to them anymore, too. But in the end, that mostly applies to those who “seek out” the stuff, while the casual consumers are fed “watered down” or just plain “repackaged” stuff from Japan by the big companies.

            I do understand, though, that’s from the business point of view, they wouldn’t have the time and resources to try and change the consumers. Instead, it’s much better to just change the product, which is easier to do…

            There need to be someone crazy enough to dedicate themselves to educating the mass to learn more and accept the Japanese culture. But who?

          • Tarkovsky

            “There need to be someone crazy enough to dedicate themselves to educating the mass to learn more and accept the Japanese culture. But who?”
            I couldn’t agree more haha.

        • HarakiriKami

          A youkai has a butt and farts on people with his face

          • Namuro

            Yes? What’s your point?

          • Nickie

            And that’s different then 90% of the shows on Nickelodeon now, how?

          • HarakiriKami

            Arent they banning the legend of korra?

          • Nickie

            Yes. Hence why I said 90%. Korra is not included. I’m talking about shows like Spongebob the kid and snake cartoon and other live action crap they have now.

      • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

        DynastyWarriors games say hi

  • Tarkovsky

    Not surprised. It’s only going to get more popular. Level 5 have struck gold and have managed to win the hearts of the kids in Japan.

    • Adrian Duran

      they deserve it

      • Tarkovsky

        Definitely. :)

  • Namuro

    That’s right! All your moniez are belong to me!

    http://www.megahouse.co.jp/images/item/item_0000001309_01.jpg

    • Tarkovsky

      Jibanyan is pretty damn cute.

    • 3PointDecoupage

      So much of my money would go to Jibanyan merch.
      He’s way cuter than pikachu, yoshi, etc IMO. The only ones that beat him are FF9 moogles and prinnies.

    • British_Otaku

      More of a fan of Whisper/Whis, but Jibanyan isn’t bad.

      • Namuro

        When I first saw Yo-kai Watch, I thought for sure that Whisper is going to be “the mascot”, before Jibanyan stole the spotlight.

        But then again, I’ve always thought that Whisper is an equivalent to Q-Tarou, while Jibanyan is pretty much Doraemon; and we know which one is more popular… LOL

        • British_Otaku

          Yeah, the initial material gave the impression that Whisper was the mascot by him starting off the adventure, but clearly they planned for Jibanyan to take it off from there with all of the family variants (not too dissimilar to the Surfing Pikachu/Raichu/Pichu and so on).

          I haven’t seen or played Yo-kai Watch (outside of the demo), but I just find it harder to like something designed to be a mascot or already infinitely popular for being a lazy cat which a Gomu Gomu no Gatling combo.

          Whis seems like a person, one with a deep voice and glorious singing, but a person who you could actually chat with.

          • Namuro

            Whisper sure has a sexy voice… LOL

            Also, I like Jibanyan because he reminds me of this:

            http://img.cinematoday.jp/a/N0038017/_size_560x/_v_1324539135/main.jpg

          • British_Otaku

            Who/what is that person, sorry? I don’t like missing on jokes. >_>

          • Namuro

            The man is “Kiyoshi Atsumi”. He’s famous for his role as “Tora-san” in a classic series called “Otoko wa Tsurai yo” back in the 70s.

            The reason I’m thinking of him is because of the belly-warmer band, plus his facial expression that just looks cat-ish. LOL (Although, the belly-warmer band is usually associated to old folks in general, especially in manga. Jibanyan’s lazy/sleepy attitude may also be a reference to old people as well).

            If you’re interested about him, here’s the wiki:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otoko_wa_Tsurai_yo

          • British_Otaku

            Thanks for the information dump and Wiki link.
            I suppose One Piece’s Zoro’s belly-warmer band, unusual level headedness (for the Straw Hat Pirates anyway) and tendency to sleep could also slip into this as well.

            He has no cat themed costumes but a few attack are themed on tigers and lions, hopefully we will get a crossover of the two someday.

  • James Enk

    is the game that good or is the success because of a trend also?

    • Oxybelis

      Seems good enough + anime + trend.

    • Tarkovsky

      Well it really depends. Do you enjoy Japanese culture and mythology? The game’s battle mechanics are not as deep as that of Pokemon’s. Difficulty is pretty easy compared to Pokemon while the graphics and story are IMO better. Actually, the only similarity between Pokemon and Youkai Watch is the monster catching element. Otherwise they are pretty different. Youkai Watch has more of a realistic setting while Pokemon is pretty fantastical. If you are interested, you should check out some gameplay footage of the first game. Risingfungaming has some pretty awesome let’s play videos of it and he does an excellent job of translating the game’s contents on the go.

    • HarakiriKami

      Great shin megami tensai like game.

  • jugss

    I really want this game to be localized. I’ve watched the anime version and I found the dog really annoying. Can you do battle with other people online in this game? Like Rating Battles in Pokemon?

    • Tarkovsky

      You mean Jibanyan? If so, he’s actually a cat haha. The nyan part of his name is the sound a cat makes in Japanese. Don’t think there are online battles at least not in the first one.

      • Miss_Madness

        I think they mean Jinmenken.

        • Tarkovsky

          Ah ok. Thanks for correcting me.

    • Namuro

      Surely, you’re not talking about Jibanyan, right? I mean…no matter how you look at him, he’s a cat. Unless you’re talking about the Jinmenken.

      Since I don’t really know which Youkai you’re talking about, just don’t use him in the game. LOL

      Edit*

      Yes, there’ll be online battle! As far as I know, there’s a normal battle, and then there’s the special ranking battle that pits a team of Youkai together that looks similar to Streetpass’s Warrior’s Way game.

      http://www.4gamer.net/games/253/G025374/20140626092/TN/056.jpg

      • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

        Yes Youkai Watch 2 has online battle the first one doesn’t

        • Namuro

          Ah, you’re right! Most places just talk about the “Youkai Watch Busters” multi-player mode. So I had to look at 4gamer.net, and they have a section that shows the online battle.

          Thanks for the correction!

  • DanielGearSolid

    Level needs to stop dissing Vita

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      Level-5 rarely develop for anything that not Nintendo Handheld. They have a large backlog of profitable titles.

      So good luck waiting for Vita announcement. It best to get both system.

    • Slickyslacker

      Back in April, L5 said that they were considering “developments” for their cancelled PSP RPG from 2009, called “Ushiro”. If that game ever surfaces again, there’s a fair chance it would be on the Vita.

    • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

      Did anyone buy what they did on PSP? Jeanne D’Arc was CRIMINALLY overlooked. People who love classic Level 5 games still talk about Dark Cloud and Dark Cloud 2, but NO ONE talks about their great little PSP strategy game.

      Maybe they’re still burned by the horrid performance of that title and their Little Battlers eXperience PSP game too. Whenever they go to Sony, they bomb. Sony hasn’t backed them or their exclusive games for a long time, not since the first White Knight Chronicles…

      • DanielGearSolid

        Nintendo doesn’t exactly back them either.

        They just always strike gold 3ds

        I just look at their games, and it seems like easy ports to Vita. Idk tho

  • http://resettears.wordpress.com/ Reset Tears

    As someone in Japan, I can confirm that every child knows Yokai Watch, and that the constantly-ecstatic demon cat can be found in every single store.

    • Tarkovsky

      This. It’s also more popular than Pokemon amongst kids.

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 禍津水樹 (MagatsuMizuki)

    And still Nintendo records a quarterly loss of 10 billion yen

    • http://hatintime.com/ ShadowFang

      You do know that Yokai Watch 2 is the only game in the country to pass a million sales this year though, right?

      When every other games’ sales are piss poor (“huge hits” usually shouldn’t stall out at 200k-250k units sold, Media Create charts), then yeah – it makes sense that people are gonna lose money (o‿∩)

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 禍津水樹 (MagatsuMizuki)

        The sales may be recorded as a success but the underlying factor remains

    • Namuro

      Yeah, just like working in any job. You may sold more products than usual, made a great deal with a big client, earned a bonus, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of debt…

      It’s nothing new.

      • J_Joestar

        though in Nintendo’s case it is closer to “eating into your savings” than “being in debt”.

        • NeptuniasBeard

          It’s more like, “not making as much as before” than either. They are still expecting profits

    • James Robert Thompson

      You have to factor in how many games they’re developing, the Quality of Life services, Amiibo, and that they sold a shed tonne of Wii US at a loss, and gave our free games with every copy if Mario Kart 8… This quarter is a sacrificial lamb ready foe winter

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 禍津水樹 (MagatsuMizuki)

        Ahh thanks

    • NeptuniasBeard

      Just we’re clear, you do know they didn’t actually LOSE money right? They just made less profits than before

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 禍津水樹 (MagatsuMizuki)

        Ya I do, with all the news about changes looming in the company seemed like a bad thing

  • awang0718

    Youkai Watch 2 had the third biggest 3DS debut week ever

  • Nobody

    How many were actually sold?

    • British_Otaku

      1,829,533. It said so in the article and the game specifically sold 180,880 last week. Even if the title had a “massive” drop in interest, I would expect to see 2 million before Mid August and perhaps 2.5 million by the end of the year if it got a second wind push like the first game.

      • Nobody

        Thanks.

      • awang0718

        Assuming Youkai Watch 2 has similar legs as the first game, it should hit 3 million or more by the end of the year.

        • British_Otaku

          I get the feeling it will slow down faster as there won’t be another “anime/manga/marketing” boom which can make something that hit 2 million go on for ages and ages.

          3 Million sounds reasonable, but I’ll wait to see the line up for Christmas still.

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