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Yo-kai Watch 3[1] is a role-playing video game developed and published by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS. As indicated by the name, it is the third game of the main series of Yo-kai Watch video games, initially released in two versions, branded Sushi and Tempura in Japan in July 2016.[2] A third version of the game, branded Sukiyaki, was released in Japan in December 2016, adding minor enhancements upon the original versions of the game. An English version based on Sukiyaki was released in PAL regions in December 2018, and in North America two months later.[3][4]

Yo-kai Watch 3
Yo-kai Watch 3 (North American cover art).png
North American cover art
Developer(s)Level-5
Publisher(s)
Director(s)Ken Motomura
Producer(s)Akihiro Hino
Designer(s)Tatsuya Shinkai
Programmer(s)Yuji Mori
Tetsuo Mori
Artist(s)Takuzo Nagano
Miho Tanaka
Writer(s)Akihiro Hino
Keitaro Sato
Composer(s)Kenichiro Saigo
SeriesYo-kai Watch
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
Release
  • JP: July 16, 2016
  • PAL: December 7, 2018
  • NA: February 8, 2019
Genre(s)Role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

The game follows the interconnected stories of two protagonists who both possess watches allowing them to see, befriend, and summon creatures called yo-kai: Nathan Adams, a boy who recently moved to the fictitious Southern United States city of St. Peanutsburg, and Hailey Anne Thomas, a self-styled otaku "outcast" who deals with yo-kai in the upstate city of Springdale. Unlike the first two games, the player is not given a choice to select Katie Forester as the protagonist instead of Nathan Adams.

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GameplayEdit

SynopsisEdit

Nathan Adams (Amano Keita in the Japanese release) has moved from the upstate American city of Springdale to the southern town of 'BBQ' after his father was transferred (in the original Japanese release, the move is overseas from Japan to America). The yo-kai around BBQ have corresponding "American" looks and abilities.[5] Unlike the first two games, the player is not given the choice to select between Adams and an equivalent female protagonist, Katie Forester.[6]

Meanwhile, back in Springdale, which served as the setting for the first two games, Hailey Anne Thomas (Inaho Misora in the Japanese release) is now a playable character who has formed a yōkai detective team.[5]

DevelopmentEdit

Level-5 announced details for Yo-kai Watch 3 at a press conference in April 2015. The developers promised at least three large-scale feature updates would follow the release of the game.[7]

Details for the third version of the game, Sukiyaki, were announced in October 2016. Sukiyaki included a separate multiplayer mode based on the spinoff game Yo-kai Watch Blasters, the ability to unlock "God Yo-kai" by linking all three versions together, and would tie in to the story of the third Yo-kai Watch movie, Yo-kai Watch: Soratobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan!.[8] The Yo-kai Watch Blasters Treasure mode was added to Sushi and Tempura as the first major update, after the release of Sukiyaki.[9]

Version 3.0 of Yo-kai Watch 3 was launched in Spring 2017, adding new Enma, quests, locations, dungeons, and yo-kai.[10] The next major feature update, version 4.0, was launched in Summer 2017, with similar added features.[11]

LocalizationEdit

The original Japanese release involves a culture shift from a Japanese setting to an American one; rather than a similar overseas move, the western release of Yo-kai Watch 3 frames the same shift from Springdale to BBQ as a move from a Japanese interpretation of an average American city to a representation of the Southern United States. The cultural contrasts the protagonist experiences are changed to highlight the cultural clash between what he is used to in upstate America, and the culture of a city in the American south. In order to make the localization feel more "realistic", the awkward nature of this cultural clash is often played for comedy purposes. For example, an early plot element in the original Japanese release of the game involved the protagonist not understanding the local residents because he didn't know English, with minimal straight comedy. In the localized release, the protagonist now fails to understand the thick southern drawl of the residents, and turned into a full-on comedic premise.[12][13][14]

According to prerelease coverage and marketing materials, the localization turned America into the fictitious country of BBQ, with Nathan Adams moving to the city of St. Peanutsburg within BBQ.[15][16] However, in-game dialogue makes it clear that this is not the case and that 'BBQ' is within the same state (as it makes frequent reference to Springdale being "upstate", and Nate and his family having moved across-state, rather than overseas).[17]

MarketingEdit

The covers for the initial Sushi and Tempura versions were released alongside the announcement the game would be split into two versions in April 2016. The cover for Sushi features the American equivalents of Komasan and Komajiro, renamed the KK Brothers; the cover for Tempura has Tomnyan, the American version of Jibanyan.[18] Sushi & Tempura sold 632,135 copies combined during its release week, less than half the combined first-week sales of Yo-kai Watch 2.[19]

Sushi and Tempura were bundled together as the Sushi/Tempura Busters T [Treasure] Pack (スシ/テンプラ バスターズTパック), released on December 15, 2016 alongside Sukiyaki. Sukiyaki sold 337,979 copies during its release week; the Sushi/Tempura Busters bundle sold 17,709.[20]

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
Famitsu37/40[21][22]
GameSpot6/10[23]
Nintendo Life9/10[24]

Yo-kai Watch 3 was positively reviewed in Famitsu, scoring 37/40 for both the Sushi & Tempura versions.[21] The Sukiyaki version received the same score.[22]

In the United States, GameSpot scored the game 6/10, calling it "a fun time" and "a cheerful, wacky playground where Pokemon-like creatures happen to live."[23] Nintendo Life was significantly more enthusiastic, scoring the game at 9/10 and declaring it "a triumphant last hurrah for one of the [3DS] platform's most beloved series."[24] Overall, the game was rated with 80% favorability on Metacritic.[25]

SequelEdit

The fourth game in the series, Yo-kai Watch 4, was released for the Nintendo Switch in Japan on June 20, 2019.[26][27] Yo-kai Watch 4 was confirmed for a western release at a panel held during the Anime Expo in July 2019, but specific regions and release dates were not announced.[28]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 妖怪ウォッチ3
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  3. ^ "Western Yo-Kai Watch 3 Release Is Like 'Sukiyaki+'". Siliconera. December 7, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Yo-kai Watch 3 launches December 7 in Europe". Gematsu. October 30, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Romano, Sal (April 12, 2016). "Yo-kai Watch 3 launches in Sushi and Tempura versions on July 16 in Japan". Gematsu. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  6. ^ Jenni (February 21, 2019). "Yo-kai Watch 3's Dual Protagonists Give The Game More Personality". Siliconera. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Romano, Sal (April 7, 2015). "Yo-kai Watch 3 announced for 3DS". Gematsu. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  8. ^ Romano, Sal (October 13, 2016). "Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki announced". Gematsu. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  9. ^ Romano, Sal (October 15, 2016). "Yo-kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki debut trailer, details". Gematsu. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  10. ^ Romano, Sal (March 14, 2017). "Yo-kai Watch 3 version 3.0 update launches this spring in Japan". Gematsu. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  11. ^ Romano, Sal (August 29, 2017). "Yo-kai Watch 3 version 4.0 update now available in Japan". Gematsu. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  12. ^ Craddock, Ryan (September 27, 2018). "Yo-Kai Watch 3 Is Finally Headed To Europe And North America This Winter". Nintendo Life. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "Darn tootin': Yo-Kai Watch 3 review | Technobubble". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  14. ^ rawmeatcowboy. "GoNintendo Review - Yo-Kai Watch 3". GoNintendo. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  15. ^ "Yo-Kai Watch™ 3: World | Welcome to St Peanutsburg". Nintendo UK. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  16. ^ Sato (January 24, 2019). "Yo-kai Watch 3 Trailer Introduces Nate, Hailey Anne, an And Some Of Its New 'Merican Yo-kai". Siliconera. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  17. ^ Παπαμήτρου, Κώστας. "Yo-Kai Watch 3 - GameOver.gr - Νέα, Reviews, Previews Παιχνιδιών, Gadgets". gameover.gr (in Greek). Retrieved May 26, 2019.
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  19. ^ "This Week In Sales: Yo-kai Watch 3, Trails in the Sky the 3rd Evolution, And Uppers Make Debuts". Siliconera. July 23, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  20. ^ "This Week In Sales: Yo-kai Watch 3 Cooks Up Its Sukiyaki Version". Siliconera. December 23, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  21. ^ a b "Famitsu Reviews Yo-Kai Watch 3". My Nintendo News. July 31, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  22. ^ a b Romano, Sal (December 13, 2016). "Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1463". Gematsu. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  23. ^ a b Clark, Justin (February 15, 2019). "Yo-kai Watch 3 Review - Tokyo To Texas". Gamespot. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  24. ^ a b Reseigh-Lincoln, Dom (December 5, 2018). "Yo-kai Watch 3 Review". Nintendo Life. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  25. ^ "Yo-Kai Watch 3". Metacritic. Retrieved May 3, 2019.
  26. ^ Craddock, Ryan (May 17, 2019). "Yo-Kai Watch 4 Release Delayed Yet Again". Nintendo Life. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  27. ^ "妖怪ウォッチ4 ぼくらは同じ空を見上げている" [Yo-kai Watch 4: We're Looking Up at the Same Sky]. Nintendo of Japan. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
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