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  • Summary: The YO-KAI WATCH game is about hundreds of sometimes cute, sometimes spooky, and usually mischievous Yo-kai that inhabit our world. Yo-kai are not ghosts, monsters or creatures. Yo-kai are, quite simply, Yo-kai. They cannot be seen by the human eye, but they are everywhere. Whether born fromThe YO-KAI WATCH game is about hundreds of sometimes cute, sometimes spooky, and usually mischievous Yo-kai that inhabit our world. Yo-kai are not ghosts, monsters or creatures. Yo-kai are, quite simply, Yo-kai. They cannot be seen by the human eye, but they are everywhere. Whether born from the soul of a deceased human, or an everyday object discovering its higher purpose, their personalities are distinctly humanlike. Expand
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  1. Positive: 46 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. May 8, 2016
    90
    With its fantastic soundtrack, gorgeous visuals and sky high production values, Yo-Kai Watch belies its years to deliver one of the better looking game on the Nintendo 3DS. It’s unlikely to match Pokémon’s success in the West, but judged upon its own merits, this is one of the better 3DS games released in the last few years and a genuine match for the ever-popular Pokémon franchise.
  2. Apr 28, 2016
    86
    Derivative but not too much, aimed to children but also to many grown-ups, we can finally understand why Yo-Kai Watch has unleashed, in Japan, a craze second only to that of Pokémon itself.
  3. Nov 4, 2015
    85
    If you love to sit by the fire and train your Pokémon for hours, perfecting their EV and IV levels so you can be the very best, you likely won't find the same depth in Yo-Kai. Its world and philosophy is much simpler than that. But as a result, none of it feels frustrating or like work, and I'm constantly tempted to jump back into my adventures with Nate and Whisper.
  4. 80
    Yo-Kai watch might seem like another Pokemon clone, but it's anything but. Don't be fooled by its kid-friendly nature; it's charming, endearing, and one of the best 3DS games of the year.
  5. May 5, 2016
    75
    By no means this is the “new Pokemon”, but Yo-Kai Watch is cute, addictive and probably justifies the “fever” that has started in Japan and is now spreading all over the world.
  6. Apr 21, 2016
    70
    Combat is not as tactical nor as deep as one could expect from a RPG. Moreover, befriending Yo-kai can be pretty frustrating at times. However, the game tells a light story full of hope, laughs and happiness. Discovering Yo-kai Watch is a very enjoyable experience that we gladly invite you to try.
  7. Jan 3, 2016
    60
    Yo-Kai Watch's main story can easily be completed in under twenty hours, though there's quite the meaty postgame for those who are enamored with the gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. Nov 8, 2015
    10
    This game is not Pokemon. Thank goodness. The similarities are very few, and this doesn't make or break the game at all. Comparing the twoThis game is not Pokemon. Thank goodness. The similarities are very few, and this doesn't make or break the game at all. Comparing the two is pointless, why not give this great game a fair review. Yo-Kai Watch is a fun and very imaginative creation. I find myself growing more and more addicted to the battle system and trying to find as many Yo-Kai as I can. There's tons of ways to do it too; plenty of quests that might give, or force you to befriend a Yo-Kai, a gambling system in the woods that lets you have up to possibly three a day, a streetpass motel, and probably more. I'm about 8 hours in, I'm not a rush and get it finished type of player. I like details, and Yo-Kai Watch has plenty of little tidbits to make you smile.

    I keep reading reviews about how un-"complex" this game is or how "child-like" it is, and I don't really see that. When I play, I see a witty little girl, who for all I know could be 19 living with her strict parents who don't let her out at night, and she happens to see things others can't. While playing, I saw a domesticated pet Yo-Kai that was turned to ice in the pond, was it a pet that got lost, died and turned to ice in the pond? Maybe. My point, use your imagination guys! And when has whether a game is complex or not ever been a grading criteria? Especially in America, come on, really? The last game I've played, and it's the complete opposite, was the Witcher 3, and I'm pretty sure Yo-Kai Watch is more "complicated" as far as mechanics, battling, befriending, collecting, etc as opposed to button mashing and quest searching. I'm not a hater, I love both games.

    Yo-Kai Watch is addicting, imaginative, cute, and good ol fun. I say try out the game for yourselves! I truly hope some of these mediocre reviews don't spoil the second game from coming to America.
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  2. Feb 17, 2016
    10
    What a excellent new ip for the Nintendo 3DS...this game blew past my expectations on many levels. The tone of the game may be directed for aWhat a excellent new ip for the Nintendo 3DS...this game blew past my expectations on many levels. The tone of the game may be directed for a youger audience but I'm a 33 year old man and it made me smile a lot playing this and I had problems putting it down it was that addictive. The story is done well with an excellent quirky soundtrack with some good music. The Yo Kai are hilarious and it funny to see the different characters they came up with, and looking for the many different Yo Kai is fun and never seems to feel to repetitive or boring. The battle system puts a new spin on things which I find quite enjoyable. You have 6 different Yo Kai on a rotating wheel which you can decide on the fly which ones to swap in and out. The Yo kai attack themselves but you control their super moves and some healing. The battle system can be very strategic and is fresh and fun.... A great new way to do rpg style battles.

    This game is a must play for all 3ds owners of any age.
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  3. Dec 27, 2015
    10
    ok, so i was jay walking and my little ghost buddy was all like "you should follow the rules, its dangerous and you could get in trouble." iok, so i was jay walking and my little ghost buddy was all like "you should follow the rules, its dangerous and you could get in trouble." i ignored him because who cares, its a game. After doing it a few more times this monster pops up and he's pissed that i just waltz across the street instead of hitting the button and safely crossing and he completely 1 shots my entire team.
    11/10 will keep playing the hell out of it.
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  4. Aug 21, 2016
    8
    Level 5 games almost never disappoint, and this is no exception. It is a full of charm RPG with good characters and many things to do! YokaiLevel 5 games almost never disappoint, and this is no exception. It is a full of charm RPG with good characters and many things to do! Yokai monsters are very cool and varied, and although I would like to have more control in the battles (Yo-kais attack on their own), you get to learn as you go in the game that there is actually some strategy involved in these battles. Actions for special moves are very repetitive though. Also another annoying part is recruiting Yo-kais, you may need many attempts even when giving them their favourite food!

    All in all, a very refreshing and fun addition to the RPG library of the 3ds!
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  5. Oct 1, 2018
    8
    Yo-kai Watch is a wonderfully crafted game. It's battle system is unique, the Yo-kai are great (Besides Mama Aura), the writing is laugh outYo-kai Watch is a wonderfully crafted game. It's battle system is unique, the Yo-kai are great (Besides Mama Aura), the writing is laugh out loud funny. The only true problems are how difficult it to befriend Yo-kai, as well as the story being a little messy. Truly a great game! Also it;s definitely not a Pokemon clone. It only took about twenty minutes of gameplay to realize that. Expand
  6. Jul 25, 2016
    7
    SHORT VERSION: It has it's fun moments despite it's simplicity, but I wouldn't call it a "must play".

    I know the rating for "7" appears
    SHORT VERSION: It has it's fun moments despite it's simplicity, but I wouldn't call it a "must play".

    I know the rating for "7" appears mixed, but I'm actually more positive about this game (I just don't feel it's good enough for an "8"). After playing LBX: Little Battlers eXperience, it left a bad impression on me with it's ridiculous story. This worried me since I had also got Yo-Kai Watch, made by the same developer Level-5. I heard about it's popularity in Japan and comparisons to Pokemon, so it had made me curious on whether I'd like it or not.

    GAME-PLAY: Battles feel simple yet fun with this sort-of roulette wheel that allows you to decide which three Yo-Kai will help out in a battle. They all fight by themselves, but you'll have to make sure their health doesn't get low and when will be the right time to perform a Soultimate Attack which can deal a lot of damage to enemies. Boss fights can be really fun and even strategic at times since you have to target certain parts of them for the Yo-Kai to hit.

    The process of befriending Yo-Kai can feel really tedious most of the time. Since there's no "Yo-Kai Balls", they only befriend you by chance after every battle. You can increase your chances by giving them food, but it doesn't work most of the time.

    STORY: Unlike LBX, which tried to hard to be a complex plot only turning itself in to something ridiculous, Yo-kai has a simpler story. For most of the beginning and middle, it doesn't involve trying to save the world or anything like that, It's just you helping friends with problems and befriending more Yo-Kai. At times, it felt pretty similar in tone to Kiki's Delivery Service since it's just you completing everyday tasks (albeit, with strange methods).

    That being said, the characters can also feel pretty bland and forgettable since you really only help each one out with one task and never have to interact with them again. Because of this, some Yo-kai start off interesting but are never developed. Jibanyan used to be a kitten owned by a girl named Amy, but this subplot is never explored. Kyubi is made out like a jerk but he ends up having no relevance besides helping you in the end because he feels like it.

    FINAL THOUGHTS: To my comfort, Yo-Kai Watch ended up being a better game then LBX. It was simple, and it didn't try to be anything more then that. However, this also backfired at certain story moments that made it feel generic. I don't regret playing it, but would I have gotten something else? Eh... most likely. Would I get any of the other installments should they ever get localized? Nah, the first one is enough for me.

    If you're a Pokemon fan, you might like it, but you're honestly better off getting Super Mystery Dungeon and waiting for Sun & Moon. Anyone over the age of 12 might just end up finding it to simple to hold their attention
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  7. Sep 5, 2017
    0
    This is just a bad Pokemon rip-off! It's stupid, has bad graphics, terrible battles, bland story, and stupid gameplay! The battles areThis is just a bad Pokemon rip-off! It's stupid, has bad graphics, terrible battles, bland story, and stupid gameplay! The battles are HORRIBLE! All you do is watch your Yo-Kai battle other Yo-Kai! That's It! Watch Jimmy Whetzel's review for more information! Rating: 0/10 Expand

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