Nintendo 3DS fans haven’t had much to be excited about in a post-Switch world. But there is a new Yo-Kai Watch coming this fall. Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad will release September 7, exclusively on 3DS.
Yo-Kai Watch Blasters is a multiplayer spin-off that supports up to 4 players in online and local co-op.
Unlike the main series’ turn-based battles, Blasters features real-time action combat. Over 400 new and returning Yo-Kai from the first two games can be fought and befriended. Each Yo-Kai falls into one of four roles: Attacker, Healer, Ranger, and Tank.
Missions can be completed to receive items and Oni Orbs. Equip items to Yo-Kai and use orbs to level up, unlocking new abilities for each Yo-Kai.
Like the Pokémon series, Yo-Kai Blasters will be sold as two different versions: Red Cat Corps and White Dog Squad, referencing series stars Jibanyan and Komasan respectively. Each version features different Yo-Kai, missions, and bosses.
If you have save data from any of the three versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2, you can link it with Yo-Kai Blasters for a special Yo-Kai reward. Link Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits to get Jibanyan S. Link Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls for Komasan S, and last year’s Psychic Specters for Komajiro S.
The Yo-Kai series is very popular in Japan, but a bit behind in the US. The Blaster spin-offs originally launched in Japan in 2015 as Yo-Kai Watch Busters. Japan has already seen Yo-Kai Watch 3 (in 2016), with the fourth game coming to Nintendo Switch later this year. Western ports of Yo-Kai Watch 3 and 4 have not yet been announced.
Yo-Kai Watch Blasters is rated E for Everyone with Comic Mischief and Fantasy Violence. It’s out September 7 on Nintendo 3DS.