We’ve been waiting for more news regarding Yo-kai Watch’s localization outside of Japan for quite a while now, and Level-5 revealed more details during their Level-5 Vision 2015 event.
CEO Akihiro Hino said that now that the Yo-kai Watch series has found its success in Japan, Level-5 will aim to follow up with a similar level of success in the West, where Nintendo will publish the games. Meanwhile, Hasbro will handle the toys outside of Japan.
Level 5 shared a look at some clips of the Yo-kai Watch anime in its English dub, and talks with the folks from Hasbro who are enthusiastic to start their first step of sharing the series’ love in the West.
Yo-kai Watch will be released in North America in 2016, and following its launch in that territory, Hasbro and Level 5 will roll it out in other territories month-by-month, completing their global launch by the end of 2016.
Update: Nintendo have sent their own press release out about the release of Yo-kai Watch in the West. Nintendo’s press release does not mention a release window for the game, but confirms that the franchise is launching in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Korea.