Japanese Sensation YO-KAI WATCH Hits U.S. Shores on Nintendo 3DS

The YO-KAI WATCH Video Game Has Sold More Than 8 Million Units in Japan Alone

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Do your socks go missing in the dryer? Are you constantly shopping for useless stuff? Or maybe you can’t stop spilling all of your secrets? All of this could be caused by Yo-kai! Hundreds of these sometimes spooky, sometimes cute and usually mischievous Yo-kai secretly inhabit our world. They can’t be seen by the human eye, but they’re hiding everywhere! In YO-KAI WATCH an original game from top Japanese entertainment company LEVEL-5 Inc. which launches exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Nov. 6, you must explore the in-game world to find and befriend more than 200 of these Yo-kai, each with unique skills, strengths and personalities.

Japanese Sensation YO-KAI WATCH Hits U.S. Shores on Nintendo 3DS (Photo: Business Wire)
Japanese Sensation YO-KAI WATCH Hits U.S. Shores on Nintendo 3DS (Photo: Business Wire)

“After selling millions and becoming a cultural phenomenon in Japan, YO-KAI WATCH plans to make a big splash in the U.S. as part of a broad entertainment blitz, including a video game, toys, a comic book and an animated comedy series,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “People will find it easy to love this charming game and its memorable characters.”

After selecting to play as a male or female character, you begin an adventure in an expansive world filled with hidden Yo-kai waiting to be discovered. As you explore the world, you will encounter Whisper, the self-proclaimed “Yo-kai Butler,” who entrusts you with a Yo-kai Watch. With this special watch, you’ll be able to see Yo-kai everywhere in town and even befriend them. Befriending new Yo-kai is not always easy, though – in many cases, you will need to battle with them and impress them during your battle. Once befriended, you’ll receive a Yo-kai medal as proof of your new friendship. Then you can summon your new friends with their Yo-kai Medals, form a team and challenge troublemaking Yo-kai or solve the problems of people in need. Finding all the Yo-kai in the game (especially the rare ones) and seeing their inspired names and charming designs is all part of the fun.

As you collect Yo-kai throughout the game, you can form teams of six Yo-kai at a time. Since each Yo-kai has different abilities, it will take strategy to form the right team and gain the upper hand when confronting particularly troublesome Yo-kai. By strategically initiating Soultimate Moves and purifying your friendly Yo-kai using the touch screen of the Nintendo 3DS system, you can gain the advantage in battle. You can even feed your Yo-kai food, beverages and medicine in battle to heal them. Your assistance and leadership in battle is crucial to success.

Be part of the newest cultural phenomenon and buy YO-KAI WATCH in stores, in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS or at Nintendo.com on Nov. 6 at a suggested retail price of $39.99. If you want to try before you buy, a free demo of the game is now available to download in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. For people looking to get the game along with a Nintendo 2DS system, an amazing bundle is also available in stores on Nov. 6 at a suggested retail price of $99.99. The bundle includes the Nintendo 2DS system and a pre-installed version of YO-KAI WATCH. For more information about the game, visit http://yo-kai.nintendo.com.

Alongside the video game, the YO-KAI WATCH animated TV show is being broadcast on Disney XD, Mondays at 5 p.m. Full episodes will also be appearing on the Yo-kai Watch Official YouTube Channel on Nov. 5. At the same time, VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint is bringing the original manga series to the West for the first time. Starting in January, Hasbro, Inc. will introduce an innovative YO-KAI WATCH product line featuring a system of play centered around the YO-KAI WATCH accessory and collectable medals, along with board games, plush and figures. Fans can pre-order the YO-KAI WATCH accessory at select retailers starting on Nov. 6 and running through Dec. 31. People who pre-order from select retailers will receive an exclusive* Jibanyan “Paws of Fury” medal, while supplies last.

*The exclusive medal is available at Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, GameStop and HasbroToyShop.com. A deposit of $1 to $5 is required to pre-order the watch, while supplies last. See clerk for details. Pre-order availability: Nov. 6 to Dec. 31. Coming January 2016.

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Nintendo News: Nintendo Download Highlights New Digital Content for Nintendo Systems

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, guide Kirby through a vibrant world made of clay by drawing Rainbow …
In Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, guide Kirby through a vibrant world made of clay by drawing Rainbow Ropes on the Wii U GamePad controller. (Photo: Business Wire)

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse – In this colorful new adventure, guide Kirby through a vibrant world made of clay by drawing Rainbow Ropes on the Wii U GamePad controller. You can even mold your clay Kirby into a Tank, Submarine or Rocket to wreak havoc. Up to three friends can join in and play as Waddle Dee characters to explore levels with you. Kirby and the Rainbow Curse will be available Feb. 20. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Shuffle – Pokémon Shuffle is a free-to-play strategy-based puzzle game featuring a wide variety of Pokémon. Your goal is to clear various stages by matching three or more Pokémon in a row within the number of moves allowed. Know the type of Pokémon and choose them wisely to cause more damage against the opponent Pokémon. You will also be able to raise the level of your Pokémon by using them multiple times. There are 150+ stages awaiting and you will want to collect many different Pokémon – including some Mega-Evolved Pokémon – in order to help you battle efficiently. Challenges await you whether you play at home or on the go. Optional in-game items available for purchase.
THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL – New DLC – New add-on tracks are now available for North American fans of THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL. The update includes music from a variety of Square Enix games, including tracks from CHRONO TRIGGER and NIER. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
Nintendo eShop on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS
Citizens of Earth – Demo Available – Try your hand at being Vice President of the World in the free Citizens of Earth demo, available now in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Recruit friends, family and everyone else around town to join your party and fight your battles! Click here to view a trailer for the game.
Virtual Console on Wii U
AXELAY – The alien Armada of Annihilation is taking over planets, and you are the last line of defense. Guide the Axelay prototype through six levels of nonstop galactic action. Use your vast array of weaponry and dodge enemy attacks at every turn.
Nintendo eShop Sales:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Ice Cream Surfer is 70 percent off (reduced from $5 to $1.49) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 5.
99Moves, Abyss and more titles from EnjoyUp are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 12.
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
Snow Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on Feb. 26.
Chat-A-Lot is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to 3.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 5.
TOYS VS MONSTERS is 25 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 12.
2 Fast 4 Gnomz is 40 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $2.99) until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 12.
Activities:

Pokémon Art Academy Competition – Put your Pokémon creativity on display in an online competition featuring art made in Pokémon Art Academy! Create your masterpiece using the Pokémon Art Academy game for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, and then post your work to the Pokémon Art Academy Miiverse community. The winning artists will receive a 100-card pack of custom-designed Pokémon Trading Card Game cards displaying their artwork.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must (i) be a legal resident of the 50 United States, D.C., Canada or Mexico, (ii) have access to the Pokémon Art Academy game and a compatible device in the Nintendo 3DS family, and (iii) have an active Nintendo Network ID linked to a confirmed email address. Void where prohibited. Contest ends 3/29/15 at 11:59pm PT. Six prizes available to be won, each consisting of 100 Pokémon Trading Cards bearing the drawing of the winner (ARV US $40 each). Odds of winning a prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Eligible entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges to determine the winners, using judging criteria set out in the Official Rules, available at http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-art-academy/competition/rules/. Contest co-sponsored by The Pokémon Company International, Inc. and Nintendo of America Inc.
Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

New themes this week include:
NES: Ice Climbers
Also new this week:

Adventure Bar Story (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Excave (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Flap Flap (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Fishdom (DSiWare on Nintendo DSi; Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
4Elements (DSiWare on Nintendo DSi; Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to the Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console.

The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service that features a wide variety of content, including new and classic games, applications and demos. Users can add money to their account balances by using a credit card or purchasing a Nintendo eShop Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be loaded in the Nintendo eShop on either Wii U or the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, but can be used in either Nintendo eShop if the systems are linked to a single Nintendo Network account.

The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points™, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points™, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop.

Remember that Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 2DS and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. For more information about this and other

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, fans dressed in costume pose for a photograph, while waiting in anticipation to play the action-packed Wii U game Hyrule Warriors before its Sept. 26 launch as part of an off-site event during PAX Prime 2014 on Aug. 30, 2014 in Seattle. (Photo by STEPHEN BRASHEAR/Invision for Nintendo/AP Images)

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, from left, Uyq Nguyen poses with Andrew Hosking, dressed as Ganondorf, at an off-site event during PAX Prime 2014 on Saturday Aug. 30, 2014 in Seattle. Attendees dressed in themed cosplay or exclusive branded T-shirts had the opportunity to enter to win a piece of original concept art from the upcoming Wii U game Hyrule Warriors. (Photo by STEPHEN BRASHEAR/Invision for Nintendo/AP Images)

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Morgen Gage dressed as Saria, slashes through hundreds of enemies while playing Hyrule Warriors, during PAX Prime 2014 on Aug. 30, 2014 in Seattle. Hyrule Warriors launches for Wii U on Sept. 26. The gathering presented excited fans with the opportunity to preview the unreleased game. (Photo by STEPHEN BRASHEAR/Invision for Nintendo/AP Images)

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In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Megan Mann slashes through hundreds of enemies while playing Hyrule Warriors, during PAX Prime 2014 on Aug. 30, 2014 in Seattle. Hyrule Warriors launches for Wii U on Sept. 26. The gathering presented excited fans with the opportunity to preview the unreleased game. (Photo by STEPHEN BRASHEAR/Invision for Nintendo/AP Images)

Nintendo News Roundup: September 2nd, 2014

Here is this week’s top Nintendo news items from us here at On Request Magazine!

1) Two of Nintendo’s most intellectual characters are coming together for the first time when archeologist Professor Layton teams up with bumbling defense attorney Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for a grand adventure in the Nintendo 3DS game Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. They team up to tackle a mystery too big for either of them to handle alone, and combines the puzzle adventure  aspect of Professor Layton with the courtroom drama aspect of Phoenix Wright. The game launched on August 29th, 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS.

2) New lineup for Nintendo 2014 holiday season has been announced. Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS will launch on October 3rd, with the Wii U version set to follow in the holiday season. Fans who register for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the game with Club Nintendo will receive the Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U: Premium Sound Selection. It was also announced that Shulk from the Xenoblade Chronicles franchise would be a playable character in both games. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS will hit stores and the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on November 21st, 2014. Bayonetta 2 will hit stores on October 24th, 2014, and starting mid-September, the new Super Mario 3D Wii U Deluxe Set will include the Wii U console, and physical Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land games at a retail price of $299.99. Also in September, a Walmart exclusive Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set will be released for the same price, and will include Mario Kart 8, the console, and Nintendo Land games. Finally, in October, three new Nintendo 2DS Bundles will hit stores, with bundles including Electric Blue, Crimson Red or Sea Green Nintendo 2DS systems along with a code to download Mario Kart 7 from the Nintendo eShop. They will be available for $129.99 each.