Throughout 2015 we've had snippets of information on how Level-5 would team up with partners to try and make Yo-kai Watch as big a hit in the West as it already is in Japan. It was also confirmed that the game would arrive in North America in 2015 (PAL territories in 2016), and now a firm release date has been given.
The first title in the series will hit North America on 6th November, fulfilling the previous 'Q4' promise. In addition Disney XD will be airing the cartoon, kicking off in the Fall; that suggests the cartoon will arrive first as a form of warm-up. Also landing before the game on 3rd November is the series' manga, which will be published by VIZ Media's Perfect Square imprint. Beyond that, the Hasbro range of toys and related non-video games will kick off in January 2016, which will bust some parent's wallets as a big part of that range will be collectible medals.
Level-5 has taken quite a long time to line up its various Yo-Kai Watch products for the West, though it'll now be confident of its chances of success. When you have Nintendo, Disney, Hasbro and VIZ Media involved, there's plenty of cause for optimism. Now we just await details of how all of this will come together for PAL territories in 2016.
Yo-Kai Watch is a phenomenon in Japan; do you think it'll take off in the West?
Further reading: First Impressions: Getting Into the Spirit With Yo-Kai Watch