Yo-Kai Watch 2 finally has a US release date: September 30, for Nintendo 3DS. The sequel will see the franchise take another cue from Pokémon (and most recently, Fire Emblem). Two versions will be released – Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits, and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls. Like Pokémon, each version will include exclusive Yo-kai found only in that version. “We’re excited to continue bringing fun Yo-kai experiences stateside this year,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo VP of Sales and Marketing.

The sequel will feature over 100 new Yo-Kai to befriend and battle. A new storyline involves time-travel with a new super-powered watch. This time around the story also changes depending on if you select Nate or Katie as your character. Yo-Kai Watch 2 features new mini-games, riddles, secrets, rare and legendary Yo-Kai, and a unique train system.

The multi-media franchise explosion continues as well. Notably Disney XD has ordered a second season of the Yo-Kai Watch anime, premiering this Summer. The first season will be available to purchase on DVD this Fall. New toys – including the new and improved watch (with a projector!), collectible medals, and plush toys are coming this Fall.

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I loved the first Yo-Kai Watch. It perfectly scratched that Pokémon collect-a-thon itch while introducing a unique combat system and kid-friendly world. Reviews from the Japanese version claim the sequel is even better. I’m also looking forward to the dual version release as a good excuse to trade Yo-kai and try the expanded multiplayer modes. It will be interesting to see how it fares alongside Pokémon Sun/Moon, which will be released two months later.

Yo-Kai Watch 2 was released in Japan in 2014. The third game in the mega-hit series is coming to Japan this summer. All have been developed by Level-5, one of the largest Japaneses video game companies.

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