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Yo-Kai Watch Film Streaming On Netflix

Great news for fans of Yo-kai Watch with the coming of the first film in the series making a a show on streaming service, Netflix. Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie is also available with an English dubbed if the subbed version isn’t your thing. Here’s a bit of a press blurb about the movie:

In YO-KAI WATCH: THE MOVIE EVENT, Jibanyan, Whisper, and Nate meet a heroic Yo-kai named Hovernyan, and must travel back in time to team up with Nate’s adolescent grandfather to stop an evil Yo-kai from taking over the world! Can they discover the secret origin of the Yo-kai Watch and save humanity before time runs out!?

The cast from the English version of the show on the Disney XD channel are all making an appearance in the movie as well.

Review: Yo-kai Watch 2 (3DS)

Yokai Watch 2 is a game that I wasn’t expecting, a game that I honestly thought was going to be a clone of Pokemon. I never got a chance to play the 1st game in the series but I’m so so glad that I gave the sequel an opportunity. This game look, plays and sounds like a dream. Bright and quirky, smooth with an element of strategy and with a delightful blend of modern and boppy tunes that help along a game that has been so excellently crafted.

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For this sequel, developer Level-5, have adopted a familiar approach and released two flavours of the game, Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. Both games are identical but there are some yo-kai you can catch in one and not the other. And that’s about where the similarity to Pokemon ends.

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The story revolves around the main character you play, waking up one day and having no memories of the events of the first game or that yo-kai even exist. It doesn’t take long however for the action to kick in and things resume with you along your new adventure. You’re able to see these ghostly yo-kai using a handy wristwatch which ends up doubling as a handy aid in the game as many add ons become available to you along the way. The game essentially consists of having different tasks or mini quests to complete and along the way you meet, fight and occasionally befriend the titular yo-kai which are scattered throughout the map. The yo-kai are extremely varied in appearance, personality and temperament. You can often thrown a candy to one during a battle and they’ll stop the fight and ask to be your friend.

Speaking of battles, I wasn’t expecting a battle system like this and it took me a little while to get my head around it. Effectively when you battle, you don’t have any control over the moves that the yo-kai do with the exception of the powered up super moves, healing your yo-kai and removing other abnormal statuses. The super moves are quite fun and really well animated but then again, that’s one of this game’s huge strong points: the animation.

It’s a game that looks so beautiful and better than a lot of the other games on the 3DS. Really vibrant visuals with lush colours and an extremely high level of detail for handheld graphics. I would easily say it’s one of the better looking games on the 3DS but let’s not forget that it comes from Level-5, these guys are absolute masters in what they do.

This is one game that I can’t recommend highly enough, I was telling friends about this game within 30 minutes of playing it, it hooked me that bad. Another stellar game from Level-5!

Final score: 9/10

Gaming Life In Japan ~ 4/8/14 – 10/8/14

After a week or so on hiatus, Gaming Life in Japan is back!

Topping the software charts this week was Level 5’s entry for the Nintendo 3DS, Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke with nearly 121k units sold. That brings up the grand total to 2,093,992 units sold, a very tidy figure.

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Second on the charts Bandai Namco’s new entry on the 3DS, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2. Quite a few new entries this week with third spot being held by Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson from Marvelous software also for the 3DS. The aging PS3 gets a mention with Ultra Street Fighter IV from Capcom debuting at number four this week as everyone’s karting game, Mario Kart 8, sits pretty at number five. Number six sees a new debut for the PS Vita this time from NIS with Shin Hayarigami. The PS3 version of the same game rounds out the chart this week taking out the tenth spot.

Looking at hardware, we see the 3DS LL hold a commanding lead with 33,172 units sold as the PS Vita contends with second spot selling 17,084 handhelds.

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Good to see the Wii U finally find some stability in Japan with the console holding the fort down in third with 13,598 units sold the past week.

Software chart

  1. [3DS] Yokai Watch 2: Ganso / Honke (Level-5, 07/10/14) – 120,682 (2,093,992)
  2. [3DS] Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 (Bandai Namco, 08/07/14) – 81,584 (New)
  3. [3DS] Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson (Marvelous, 08/07/14) – 46,494 (New)
  4. [PS3] Ultra Street Fighter IV (Capcom, 08/07/14) – 42,327 (New)
  5. [3DS] Yoshi’s New Island (Nintendo, 07/24/14) – 22,752 (114,229)
  6. [Wii U] Mario Kart 8 (Nintendo, 05/29/14) – 20,860 (599,414)
  7. [PSV] Shin Hayarigami (NIS, 08/07/14) – 12,585 (New)
  8. [3DS] Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Space-Time Great Adventure (Bandai Namco, 06/26/14) – 8,435 (127,842)
  9. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 7,355 (1,234,622)
  10. [PS3] Shin Hayarigami (NIS, 08/07/14) – 5,745 (New)

Hardware chart

  1. 3DS LL – 33,172 (31,740)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 17,084 (17,179)
  3. Wii U – 13,598 (9,646)
  4. 3DS – 7,873 (7,019)
  5. PlayStation 3 – 6,486 (6,605)
  6. PlayStation 4 – 5,470 (5,695)
  7. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,344 (1,506)
  8. PSP – 301 (464)
  9. Xbox 360 – 151 (157)

New Trailers For Yokai Watch 2

Yokai Watch has done amazing business for Nintendo on the 3DS consistently topping the software charts in Japan. It looks like the success will continue for Nintendo and developer, Level-5, with the announcement that Yokai Watch 2 will be coming in two different versions. The two different versions are called Ganso and Honke  and will be available from July 10.

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To give you a better idea, here’s two trailers. The first one is a promo video while the second one is a 15 second video for TV.

Gaming Life In Japan ~ 28/4/14 – 04/5/14

Slowly catching up to these Gaming Life in Japan segments, this one should be the last late one, fingers crossed.

We see Yokai Watch on the 3DS reclaim the top spot while a new entry also for the 3DS takes the second spot. That game being Mario Tour: World Tour with sales of over 58K, that’s a lot of golf! A previous number one, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment for the PS Vita, finds solace in number 3 while Square Enix’s Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call take the fourth spot. Jumping up to the other end with positions nine and ten, we see the highly anticipated Child of Light for the PS4 and the PS3, respectively, complete the top ten.

With all these great selling games for Nintendo, do you think we’ll see a shift on the hardware charts? Of course we do, with the 3DS seeing combined sales of 42K. The Vita received a surge in sales with 25K units shifted while the Wii U saw a climb of sales to over 8K which is great to see.

Software chart

  1. 01./03. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch (Level 5) {2013.07.11} (¥4.800) – 70.021 / 890.525 <80-100%> (+12%)
  2. 02./00. [3DS] Mario Golf: World Tour (Nintendo) {2014.05.01} (¥4.937) – 58.743 / NEW <20-40%> 
  3. 03./01. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment # (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.04.24} (¥6.664) – 26.852 / 163.588 <80-100%> (-80%)
  4. 04./02. [3DS] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call # (Square Enix) {2014.04.24} (¥6.264) – 24.796 / 100.663 <60-80%> (-67%)
  5. 05./04. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo) {2014.03.20} (¥4.800) – 24.596 / 352.188 <80-100%> (+45%)
  6. 06./08. [3DS] Kirby Triple Deluxe (Nintendo) {2014.01.11} (¥4.800) – 11.080 / 601.005 <80-100%> (+44%)
  7. 07./12. [3DS] Style Savvy: Trendsetters – Tokimeki Up! (Nintendo) {2014.04.17} (¥4.936) – 8.289 / 26.532 <60-80%> (+45%)
  8. 08./06. [WIU] Famicom Remix 1+2 (Nintendo) {2014.04.24} (¥3.086) – 8.173 / 19.193 <40-60%> (-26%)
  9. 09./00. [PS4] Child of Light (Ubisoft) {2014.05.01} (¥2.138) – 7.857 / NEW <60-80%> 
  10. 10./00. [PS3] Child of Light (Ubisoft) {2014.05.01} (¥2.138) – 7.857 / NEW <60-80%> 

Hardware chart

  • 3DS: 42.647
  • Vita: 25.606
  • PS4: 11.692
  • PS3: 9.917
  • Wii U: 8.217
  • PSP: 1.906
  • Xbox 360: 146
  • Wii: 126