While the rest of the world patiently waits for the localization of Yo-kai Watch 2, Japan is already preparing for the release of the third entry in the mega successful franchise. With the July 16 release date, developer Level-5 has released a few more details about the much anticipated sequel.
Jibanyan, a cat-like Yo-kai, has become the mascot for the franchise and one of the most recognized and beloved characters of contemporary Japanese culture, so it should come as no surprise that the feline is getting the VIP treatment. In Yo-kai Watch 3, gamers will actually be able to customize their own Jibanyan– in the appropriately titled My Nyan mode, players will be able to alter their Jibanyan’s facial features, color scheme, and voice while also getting the opportunity to dress it up and accessorize it to their liking. Your custom Jibanyan will also be able to follow you into battle.
Yo-kai Watch 3 will also introduce some new characters, including Maruda and Kakuri, who have more than a passing resemblance to Mulder and Scully from the X-Files. The homage goes beyond appearances, though, because the characters work for the FBY and are apparently involved with something called the Y-Files. Considering the fact the franchise is largely targeted to a younger Japanese audience, I can’t help but wonder how many players will get the reference. Regardless, as an American who grew up watching X-Files, I approve.
Finally, the zombie trend that quite appropriately just won’t die has made its way to Yo-kai Watch 3 thanks to the addition of Zombie Night. In this mode, players will have to beat back zombies with a magic hammer while trying to ring the Daybreak Bell, to end the night of horrors.
Yo-kai Watch is pretty much as big right now as Pokémon was at its zenith, so I would expect to hear a lot more about the third installment before its release next month. Maybe something will be said about number two seeing daylight in the rest of the world as well.