Level 5's bid for global domination with the Yo-kai Watch brand is going to continue later this year, with Nintendo of America confirming that the second entry in the series is heading to North America on 30th September.
It is, as is all the rage at the moment, a dual release - Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits & Fleshy Souls - with each version having unique Yo-kai. The series' own spin on RPG gaming and battling will be present, of course, while the new titles will offer over 100 new Yo-kai whichever version you choose. The pitch for these entries is also promising more areas to explore, while a time travelling mechanic is key this time around.
Level 5 is also teaming up again with the likes of Hasbro and Disney XD to bring more TV shows (this Summer) and toys (this Fall) - details are below.
To expand the Yo-kai brand, Hasbro will add new items to its YO-KAI WATCH line this fall. New toys include the YO-KAI WATCH MODEL ZERO, designed to look like the watch worn by Nate in Season 2 of the animated series. The watch includes YO-MOTION TECHNOLOGY that brings Yo-kai characters to life in a new way. Fans can insert a YO-MOTION YO-KAI MEDAL into the watch and see a projected animation of that character. Hasbro will also release a new series of collectible YO-MOTION YO-KAI MEDALS, which are compatible with the new watch, as well as custom YO-KAI WATCH accessories, large plush toys and electronic figures. Additionally, fans will be able to collect and trade their favorite YO-KAI WATCH characters in a new way with the YO-KAI WATCH Trading Card Game.
Disney XD has acquired a second season of the YO-KAI WATCH animated TV show, which will premiere this summer. This season, join Nate, Whisper and Jibanyan as they get the new Yo-kai Watch Model Zero. But just because he has a new watch, that doesn't mean Nate's life will get any easier. Season 2 has more Yo-kai, more miniseries, more episodes and, most importantly, more laughs! Tune in to see how a new cast of Yo-kai interrupts Nate's normal life in unexpected and hilarious ways. Fans who missed the first season can catch up before the second season starts by picking up the DVD of YO-KAI WATCH – Season 1 in stores late 2016 or by streaming the show on Netflix now. Fans can also catch the YO-KAI WATCH manga series from VIZ Media (Volume 5 debuts this month).
No European release details have been given yet, though they'll likely come soon enough - the first game has only been available in the region for a few weeks at the time of writing.
Are you pleased to see that the series has more big plans for North America? Let us know, and below you can see a Japanese reveal trailer for this sequel from a couple of years ago (we'll replace with a Western equivalent when one is released).