In tandem with a major Yo-Kai Watch Blasters update, Nintendo announced that Yo-Kai Watch 3 will arrive in North America and Europe for the Nintendo 3DS in winter 2019. That’s February 6th in the States, while Europe holds to a nebulous “Winter” time frame. It concludes the storyline proper that began with 2013’s original Yo-Kai Watch on the 3DS.

Yo-Kai Watch 3 originally launched in Japan in mid-2016 in both Tempura and Sushi versions. This sequel sees protagonist Nathan Adams travel from Japan to a caricatured version of the United States of America, St. Peanutsburg. A parallel scenario introduces a new playable character Hailey back in Japan with her own new Yo-Kai, Usapyon. Yo-Kai Watch 3 introduces not only new locations, but also an updated battle system unique from the first two games.

The first two games of Yo-Kai Watch 3 sold slower than its predecessor triology did in Japan, as the Yo-Kai Watch phenomenon had cooled down by its 2016 launch.

An enhanced version of Yo-Kai Watch 3, named Sukiyaki, was also released in Japan, though the status on it remains a mystery in the west for now. In the interim, Yo-Kai Watch 4 launches in Japan on Nintendo Switch later this year, and once again is developed (and published in Japan) by Level-5.

Alex Irish
When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.