Level 5 Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Level 5 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Level-5 To Bring Ushiro to Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/n1zwv/level-5-to-bring-ushiro-to-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/n1zwv/level-5-to-bring-ushiro-to-nintendo-switch Tue, 23 Oct 2018 12:47:55 -0400 Erroll Maas

The preview for a new issue of Famitsu has teased that a horror RPG known as Ushiro, which was originally planned to launch on the PlayStation Portable and first announced in 2008 before it was canceled, will now be coming to Nintendo Switch.

Ushiro was originally planned to be a cross-media project, and despite the game's cancellation, it still received both light novel and manga adaptations.

A trailer for the PSP version of the game was first shown at Tokyo Game Show 2008 and can be found on YouTube. It shows some of the purported gameplay, although it is unknown how different the Nintendo Switch version will be.

More information about the formerly canceled title has not yet been revealed, but it will be available when the full issue of Famitsu is released.

In addition to more information on Ushiro, this upcoming issue of Famitsu is set to have a 40-page feature for the 20th anniversary of Level-5, which will include an interview with Level-5 president Akihiro Hino.

Ushiro will come to Nintendo Switch sometime in the near future. Keep an eye to GameSkinny for any updates on the returning title and the release of this new issue of Famitsu.

 

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New Gameplay and Story Details for Yo-Kai Watch 4 Emerge https://www.gameskinny.com/um8ci/new-gameplay-and-story-details-for-yo-kai-watch-4-emerge https://www.gameskinny.com/um8ci/new-gameplay-and-story-details-for-yo-kai-watch-4-emerge Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:40:54 -0400 Erroll Maas

The most recent issue of CoroCoro Comic has revealed new details for Level - 5's upcoming Nintendo Switch JRPG, Yo-Kai Watch 4, the first main series title in the franchise to include multiple playable characters.

These characters include former protagonist Keita (known as Nate Adams in the West), new protagonists Katsume and Shin, and other unrevealed characters from the Yo-Kai Watch: Shadowside anime. Whether this means players will have to manage several different Yo-Kai teams has not yet been revealed.

In addition to being playable, human characters will join the battle to fight alongside their Yo-Kai friends. No other details are known at this time.

However, new story points have been revealed. While the protagonists are from three separate worlds, they will work together to unlock a separate fourth world by using a special key known as the Yo-Kai Ark.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 will be the first title in the franchise to launch on Nintendo Switch. The previous titles, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura, and Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki launched for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on July 16, 2016 and December 15, 2016 respectively. Yo-Kai Watch 3 has not yet been confirmed for Western release, but the action RPG spin-off, Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and White Dog Squad will launch for the Nintendo 3DS in North America and Europe on September 7.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 is slated to launch for Nintendo Switch in Japan sometime in winter 2018. 

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Yo-Kai Watch Blasters Heads West in September https://www.gameskinny.com/8sqyf/yo-kai-watch-blasters-heads-west-in-september https://www.gameskinny.com/8sqyf/yo-kai-watch-blasters-heads-west-in-september Thu, 28 Jun 2018 13:38:21 -0400 Erroll Maas

Nintendo and Level-5 have announced that Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad will launch for the Nintendo 3DS in North America and Europe on September 7.

Yo-Kai Watch Blasters -- known as Yokai Watch Busters in Japan-- originally released in Japan on July 11, 2015. Blasters is an action RPG and an expanded version of the Oni Blasters game introduced in Yo-Kai Watch 2, where up to four players play as Yo-Kai and team up to defeat enemy Yo-Kai and bosses and complete missions. Completing missions will reward players with helpful items to use.

Each version of Yo-Kai Watch Blasters will have over 400 different Yo-Kai, missions, and bosses, and players will be able to trade between them. Special Yo-Kai Komajiro S, Jibanyan S, and Komasan S can also be received from linking the save data from Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits, and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls respectively.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on both Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad as it develops. 

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Yo-Kai Watch 4 and Unannounced Yo-Kai Watch Game to be Revealed Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/iwc3h/yo-kai-watch-4-and-unannounced-yo-kai-watch-game-to-be-revealed-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/iwc3h/yo-kai-watch-4-and-unannounced-yo-kai-watch-game-to-be-revealed-soon Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:59:22 -0400 Erroll Maas

Level-5 has announced that Yo-Kai Watch 4 will be revealed with a trailer on June 23 for Nintendo Switch. It is reported that it will launch in Japan in late 2018.

Additionally, another unannounced Yo-Kai Watch game will be revealed on June 27 at Level-5's event for the fifth anniversary of the series.

These announcements come after the previously revealed Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside project, which includes an upcoming game and an anime series, which started airing in April.

It is currently unknown if the Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside game is separate from Yo-Kai Watch 4 or the unannounced Yo-Kai Watch game.

It is also unknown if any of these games will release outside of Japan. The most recent titles in the series, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura, and the updated version, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki, all for the Nintendo 3DS, have not yet been confirmed for a western release.

They originally launched in Japan on July 16, 2016, and December 15, 2016, respectively.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and info on these games as they develop. 

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Yo-Kai Watch 4 Announced for Nintendo Switch in Japan https://www.gameskinny.com/lptyb/yo-kai-watch-4-announced-for-nintendo-switch-in-japan https://www.gameskinny.com/lptyb/yo-kai-watch-4-announced-for-nintendo-switch-in-japan Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:29:32 -0400 Erroll Maas

In the most recent issue of Famitsu, the newest Yo-Kai Watch title, Yo-Kai Watch 4, has been announced for release on Nintendo Switch later this year in Japan.

It has been stated that characters from the Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside series will make an appearance, but whether Yo-Kai Watch 4 is the previously announced Shadowside game or will be similar to previous entries is currently unknown.

Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino added that the game's content will be enhanced and that it will include features that surprise everyone.

Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki, an updated version of both Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi and Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura, was the last mainline Yo-Kai Watch game to release in Japan. No version of Yo-Kai Watch 3 has been announced for release outside of Japan yet, although all prior mainline games have received a Western release, and we may see an announcement in the near future.

Yo-Kai Watch 4 will launch on Nintendo Switch in Japan in 2018. The game has not yet been confirmed for release outside of Japan. Stick with GameSkinny for more information as it develops.

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Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Launch Trailer Released https://www.gameskinny.com/dm2l7/ni-no-kuni-2-revenant-kingdom-launch-trailer-released https://www.gameskinny.com/dm2l7/ni-no-kuni-2-revenant-kingdom-launch-trailer-released Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:26:07 -0400 Zach Hunt

Leading up to this Friday's Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom release, Bandai Namco has unveiled the soon-to-be-released JRPG's launch trailer. Fans of the first game will feel right at home with the gorgeous color palette, sweeping score, and ominous foreshadowing showcased throughout the two-minute trailer.

While the famed Studio Ghibli is not directly involved with Ni No Kuni II (as it was with the first game, Wrath of the White Witch), the Ghibli inspiration is absolutely evident throughout the trailer, portions of which look as if they could've been pulled directly from Hayao Miyazaki's sketchbook. 

So what are your thoughts? Does this trailer have you even more excited to venture back into Ding Dong Dell? Our own reviewer found Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom to be "an immensely satisfying and fun game," and if this trailer is any indication, she won't be alone in proclaiming so.

 

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Will Yo-Kai Watch 3 Release in the West? https://www.gameskinny.com/evbdq/will-yo-kai-watch-3-release-in-the-west https://www.gameskinny.com/evbdq/will-yo-kai-watch-3-release-in-the-west Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:34:19 -0400 Erroll Maas

 In July 2013, Yo-Kai Watch took Japan by storm. This Nintendo 3DS-exclusive RPG centering around Japanese mythological creatures was even seen as a competent competitor to Pokemon, which at the time was experiencing a slight decrease in popularity. The popularity of Yo-Kai Watch  in Japan led to several sequel games, spin-off games, an anime series, several movies, and plenty of toys. Eventually, Yo-Kai Watch even saw a release in North America -- as well as Europe and Australia -- although this wasn't until 2015. Despite the fact that Yo-Kai Watch didn't have nearly as much popularity in the West as it did in Japan, it still had just enough to stay relevant, receiving an English dub of the anime series and first movie, as well as English localizations of Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls, and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters. While Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters was the most recent game in the series to receive a Western release (on September 29, 2017), the most recent iteration in Japan, Yo-Kai Watch 3: SushiYo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura, and the updated version, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki, have not yet been confirmed for a Western release. With its popularity dwindling in Japan and many current and former Nintendo 3DS owners moving over to the Nintendo Switch, will Yo-Kai Watch 3 still see a release outside of Japan? Let's see if we can find out with the available information. 

Nintendo 3DS Still Has Support for Now

While the Nintendo Switch has gained plenty of traction in its first year on the market, the Nintendo 3DS is still going strong with both continuing sales and an already large user base. In the March 2018 Nintendo Direct, several Nintendo 3DS titles were announced, most of which will release in 2018, but some -- such as Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jrs. Journey -- won't actually launch until 2019. Yo-Kai Watch 3 might not be announced for the West yet, but the game could still release this year due to the previous pattern of Yo-Kai Watch releases. The international release of the first Yo-Kai Watch was announced at E3 2015 and arrived in North America on November 6, 2015, and in Europe on April 29, 2016. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls were announced for Western release during E3 2016, and they arrived in North America on September 30, 2016, and in Europe on April 20, 2017. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters, an updated third version of Yo-Kai Watch 2, was announced on July 31, 2017, and released in North America and Europe on September 29, 2017.  From this pattern, it's easy to come to the conclusion that if Yo-Kai Watch 3 is heading westward, then it will be announced this coming summer and will release sometime in fall. However, there are some factors which could cause a longer wait.

Sometimes Localization Can Take Awhile

There were two years between the Japanese and North American releases of the first Yo-Kai Watch game (three years between release in Japan and Europe). While this isn't a long wait compared to some other Japanese games, Yo-Kai Watch had to be changed a bit for Western audiences due to its heavy influence from modern Japanese culture. In the game, it's not as bad as the infamous 4Kids English anime dubs from the early 2000s, but there are some similarities.

Because of all the editing that comes with the localization process and how many other games the main localization team may be working on at the time, there's a possibility it may take a little longer for Yo-Kai Watch 3 to release, although it could still be within 2018. While Sushi and Tempura would most likely see a 2018 release,  Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki probably wouldn't be released until 2019 due to Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters releasing in the West a year after Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls.

Ultimately, It's Up To Nintendo and Level-5 to Decide

Even though Yo-Kai Watch has never had as much popularity in the West as it once did in Japan, all three versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2 managed to be localized in the last two years. If Nintendo wants to keep showing that they will still support the Nintendo 3DS through 2019 despite more fans moving on to the Nintendo Switch, then announcing and releasing Yo-Kai Watch 3 would provide a way to continue that trend. Western fans will be glad that they will be able to play the Nintendo 3DS series in its entirety, and they will hopefully look forward to the possible Nintendo Switch release of Yo-Kai Watch: Shadowside as well as other upcoming Level-5 titles.

Watch Out for Yo-Kai

As previously stated, due to previous patterns, it's possible that Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi and Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura will be announced this summer for a fall release. It could be during E3 2018, it could be some time later, or it could not receive a Western release at all -- although that's not likely. At the moment, Western fans of the franchise will just have to hope for the best and expect their mischievous yokai friends to make another appearance soon.

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Level-5 Reveals New Gameplay Trailer for Inazuma Eleven Ares https://www.gameskinny.com/hec1z/level-5-reveals-new-gameplay-trailer-for-inazuma-eleven-ares https://www.gameskinny.com/hec1z/level-5-reveals-new-gameplay-trailer-for-inazuma-eleven-ares Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:19:38 -0400 Erroll Maas

During the latest Inazuma Walker broadcast, Level-5 revealed a new gameplay trailer for Inazuma Eleven Ares, the next game in their strategic soccer RPG series, Inazuma Eleven.

Additionally, the new anime series of the same name and based on the game was announced to premiere globally on April 6, 2018.

Inazuma Eleven Ares will launch for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android in Summer 2018 in Japan. It is currently unknown if the game will release outside of Japan.

If the game does release outside of Japan, it will be the first in the series to release in Europe since the two-version game, Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stones: Wildfire and Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stones: Thunderflash, which released on March 27, 2015. It would also be the first in the series to release in North America since the enhanced Nintendo 3DS version of Inazuma Eleven, which released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on February 13, 2014, and at this time is the only game in the series to see a North American release.

If Inazuma Eleven Ares doesn't see a release outside of Japan, interested fans will still be able to play the game due to both the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch being region-free, although it would likely only have Japanese language support.

Keep an eye on GameSkinny for more Inazuma Eleven Ares news updates.

 

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Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside Project Revealed in CoroCoro https://www.gameskinny.com/jpaql/yo-kai-watch-shadowside-project-revealed-in-corocoro https://www.gameskinny.com/jpaql/yo-kai-watch-shadowside-project-revealed-in-corocoro Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:09:17 -0500 Erroll Maas

In the latest issue of CoroCoro magazine in Japan, it was revealed that Level - 5's Yo-Kai Watch franchise will have a new iteration known as Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside, which will include games, toys, and an anime series.

Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside is set 30 years after the adventures of Nate (known as Keita in Japan), the main character from the previous Yo-Kai Watch games. Nate has long since lost his ability to see Yo-Kai, so his daughter, Natsume, and son, Keisuke, take the starring roles this time around. In Shadowside, Yo-Kai can switch between their "lightside" and "shadowside" forms, which change their appearances, personalities, and abilities. Shadowside is also notable for its shift in art style, which is darker and creepier than the previous art style of the franchise.

The anime series is a sequel to the movie Yo-Kai Watch Shadowside: The Return of the Oni King, which released in Japan on December 16, 2017. The Shadowside anime series will premiere on April 13, 2018.

All previous Yo-Kai Watch games have launched on the Nintendo 3DS, but it's currently unknown which systems the Shadowside game will launch on or if it will follow the story of the anime series.

The previous Yo-Kai Watch games, Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi and Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura, released in Japan on July 16, 2016. An updated version titled Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki released on December 15, 2016. Yo-Kai Watch 3 has not yet been confirmed for Western release, but all other main series Yo-Kai Watch games prior to Yo-Kai Watch 3 have released in North America and Europe.

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New Details for Inazuma Eleven Ares Emerge https://www.gameskinny.com/xtxzg/new-details-for-inazuma-eleven-ares-emerge https://www.gameskinny.com/xtxzg/new-details-for-inazuma-eleven-ares-emerge Tue, 14 Nov 2017 12:21:15 -0500 Erroll Maas

An interview with the Level-5 president and CEO, Akihiro Hino, has been released in the newest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine. During the interview, Hino revealed a handful of new information about the upcoming Inazuma Eleven Ares, the newest game in the Inazuma Eleven soccer RPG series. The game is set to release after the start of the Inazuma Eleven Ares anime series.

Although the Inazuma Eleven series was originally intended for children, the developers are including more enjoyable features for older fans. Hino feels that Inazuma Eleven Ares has the potential to become as popular as Yo-Kai Watch (another series developed by Level-5) and hopes that everyone will play the new game. With the way development is progressing, players will be able to feel that they are truly playing a soccer game. The series' longtime feature of scouting players for your team will return and you will be able to scout players from the teams you have defeated.

It was decided that the game's scale was becoming too much for the Nintendo 3DS to handle, so the new game will be on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. In addition, Level-5 decided to support as wide a range of platforms as possible so that more people will get the chance to play the game. The game will also be supporting smartphones due to the needs of the current generation, though there will  likely be some differences in game design between the console and smartphone releases of the game.

Hino would like the game to have many different new features, including the ability to take screenshots. All assets the game is using are brand new, and there is a new player-related system that has not appeared in previous entries.

Inazuma Eleven Ares is slated for a Summer 2018 release in Japan for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. At this time, it is currently unknown if the game will have an official release outside of Japan.

Stay tuned in to GameSkinny for more Inazuma Eleven Ares updates.

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Yo-kai Watch Busters 2 for 3DS Announced for Japan https://www.gameskinny.com/wzxws/yo-kai-watch-busters-2-for-3ds-announced-for-japan https://www.gameskinny.com/wzxws/yo-kai-watch-busters-2-for-3ds-announced-for-japan Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:07:21 -0400 adelgirl

Developer Level 5 has announced that there will be a new game in its Yo-Kai Watch Busters series for 3DS. Dubbed Yo-Kai Watch Busters 2, it's set to release in Japan during Winter of 2017. But currently there's no release date for North America or other countries. 

The Yo-Kai Watch Busters series takes place in the same world as the original Yo-Kai Watch series, but you play as a Yo-Kai instead of a human with the Yo-Kai watch.

The first game in the Yo-Kai Watch Busters series was released in Japan on July 11th, 2016. It was never released in any other country, though, so there's no precedent for fans who want to see the series come to the West. But in the main series, Yo-Kai Watch 2 was released outside of Japan around the time that Yo-Kai Watch 3 launched in Japan. So there's a chance we'll see the original game in the Yo-Kai Watch Buster series drop for the West right around the time the sequel releases in Japan, though. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information about this launch as it's revealed! 

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New Ni No Kuni II Information Details Higgledies and Kingdom Mode https://www.gameskinny.com/ltc4q/new-ni-no-kuni-ii-information-details-higgledies-and-kingdom-mode https://www.gameskinny.com/ltc4q/new-ni-no-kuni-ii-information-details-higgledies-and-kingdom-mode Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:40:26 -0400 Erroll Maas

The official Japanese website for Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom was recently updated with brand new information regarding some of its new features, including Higgledie Leaders and Kingdom Mode.

Set for release on November 10, 2017 on PC and PS4, this new RPG from developer Level-5 and publisher Bandai Namco is the anticipated sequel to Ni no Kuni and seeks to improve and expand on the original experience. According to this new information on the website, here's what players can expect.

Higgledie Leaders & Battle Advice

In addition to the previously revealed Higgledies -- Pikmin-like groups of elemental creatures -- there are Higgledie Leaders. Higgledie Leaders can bring together a large group of Higgledies. Once a circle is made around the group, the Leader will be highlighted by an icon. If the player sends a command to Fire Higgledies, they will create a defensive barrier around main character Evan, which can negate damage. Different Higgledie Leaders will have different abilities.

Higgledies seem to be a replacement for the Pokémon-like familiars of the first Ni no Kuni. According to the game's website. Higgledies are 'spirits of hearts" only visible to those with pure hearts. They come in several different elemental varieties, and more details about how players will obtain them in the game are not yet known.

In addition to help from the Higgledies, the character Lofty -- who takes the support role of Mr. Drippy from the first game -- will sometimes give the players battle advice on which attacks to use against certain enemies.

Kingdom Mode

There will also be a new Kingdom Mode, where the player's kingdom can be developed and will benefit them later on in the game. To improve the kingdom, the player must focus on several different aspects -- including the castle, its various facilities, and people of talent around the castle. The player will benefit from introducing new technology and people to the kingdom, and the kingdom will improve more when people of talent are assigned to the correct areas.

More information on these features is planned to be released in the near future.

Stay tuned into GameSkinny for more news and information leading up to the game's release.

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The Sexy Brutale Walkthrough - How to Solve the Murders of Greyson Grayson and Redd Rockridge https://www.gameskinny.com/j2pb0/the-sexy-brutale-walkthrough-how-to-solve-the-murders-of-greyson-grayson-and-redd-rockridge https://www.gameskinny.com/j2pb0/the-sexy-brutale-walkthrough-how-to-solve-the-murders-of-greyson-grayson-and-redd-rockridge Wed, 03 May 2017 11:00:58 -0400 Rob Kershaw

The Sexy Brutale is a deliciously dark murder mystery, where only you, Lafcadio Boone, can help stop numerous party guests from meeting their grisly ends. The puzzles start off simple enough, but will soon require you to use a combination of acquired powers and the unique time travel mechanic to help save the attendees.

The fifth victims you need to save are Greyson Grayson and Redd Rockridge. This delightful duo is planning to steal a priceless egg from the mansion, but end up in a deadly magician's act which leaves Redd electrocuted and Greyson skewered by swords in a cage.

But that doesn't need to be their ultimate fate -- read on to learn how to save them.  

Solving the Murders of Greyson and Redd in The Sexy Brutale

From your start point, head to the room marked below with the bloody shield.

 

You'll need to wait patiently for the thieving duo to leave the room. At about 2:45pm, they should have left. Once they've gone, go to the open safe and grab the lighter.

 

 

Now go back to your starting point. Towards the southwest of the room is a candle. Light it with the lighter.

 

 

The light from these candles allows you to see and converse with ghosts. This is handy, because shortly after a ghost will appear in the room. If you talk to him, you'll learn that there is a circuit breaker hidden behind a bookcase in the library. This will be marked on your map.

 

 

You can go to that location to familiarize yourself with it, but there's not much point -- since if you head west to the theater, you'll trigger a cutscene which will restart the day anyway. However, it might be useful for you to learn its location beforehand -- it isn't essential, though.

 

 

Once the day restarts, head straight there and activate the circuit breaker.

 

 

To turn off the electricity, you also need to activate two switches simultaneously. One is in the room with the circuit breaker, which is where Redd will come. If you want to get the full experience, you can spy on him trying to unsuccessfully turn off the power. You need to note the exact times he pulls the lever: 8:40pm, 8:55pm, 9:10pm, 9:25pm and 9:40pm.

With this information, you need to restart the day. When you wake up, go to the room with the other lever in it, marked below with the bloody shield.

 

 

It may be easier to use the grandfather clock to fast-forward time to 8pm, as this will save you waiting, and negate the need to dodge past anyone who comes into rooms you're in. Whichever option you choose, simply go to this room and pull the lever as soon as the clock hits one of the times mentioned above.

 

 

Thanks to Redd pulling the other lever at the same time, the electricity will be turned off, and both Redd and Greyson will be saved!

 

You've now prevented five out of the seven murders. Don't flag -- you're not far from the end! 

For more GameSkinny walkthroughs on solving other murders in The Sexy Brutale, check out our guides below!

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Upcoming Inazuma Eleven Game to Release on "High-End" Console https://www.gameskinny.com/fypme/upcoming-inazuma-eleven-game-to-release-on-high-end-console https://www.gameskinny.com/fypme/upcoming-inazuma-eleven-game-to-release-on-high-end-console Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:52:36 -0400 Erroll Maas

During last week's Inazuma Walker live stream, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino teased that the newest game in the Inazuma Eleven series, Inazuma Eleven: Ares, will release "on something other than 3DS."

Hino later clarified his initial statement saying:

"It may also release on what you might call a higher-end gaming console... just maybe."

Due to two high-quality screenshots seen late last year, there has been speculation that Inazuma Eleven: Ares could be on the Nintendo Switch, or possibly the PlayStation 4.

The Inazuma Eleven series has a history of being on Nintendo systems, getting its start on the Nintendo DS in 2008, and has several sequels on the system and Nintendo 3DS, with a few spin off titles on the Nintendo Wii.

Most games in the Inazuma Eleven series have only been released in Japan, with a few seeing releases in Europe as well. In America and Australia, the only Inazuma Eleven game ever released was an enhanced port of the first game on the Nintendo 3DS eShop in 2014.

It's unlikely that Inazuma Eleven: Ares will be localized. But because the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 are both region free, it may be the second Inazuma Eleven game American and Australian fans will get the chance to play.

Inazuma Eleven is currently available as a digital download on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

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Fantasy Life: Where Casual Play Takes a Beating https://www.gameskinny.com/o0yny/fantasy-life-where-casual-play-takes-a-beating https://www.gameskinny.com/o0yny/fantasy-life-where-casual-play-takes-a-beating Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:00:01 -0500 Ryan Friend

Creative powerhouse and Japanese publisher Level-5, developers of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King and of the popular Yo-kai Watch series, have recently released Fantasy Life for the Nintendo 3DS. It's a roleplaying game that attempts to meld the crafting spirit of Runescape with a pinch of Animal Crossing.

Here’s a list of some of the game’s perks, the roses, along with some of the downfalls, the thorns.

Roses

Exploring Reveria

Fantasy Life does a great job of allowing players to explore the world of Reveria on foot or on horse. You can explore deserts, tropical beaches, an ancient ruin, damp caverns, fire caves, and there is a DLC magical tall tower equipped with tougher creatures for players who have already beaten the original game.

Home Maker

While traversing the land, Woodcutters can acquire unusual types of wood which allows them, as Carpenters, to create furniture. Players can design their own recovery room where they can also fast travel to, store quest items, place furniture, windows, change the wallpaper and keep raw materials safe. Each village has one of these rooms, but they are only available for a high price.

MMO Fervor

Players can play the game with NPCs for allies, or with others using the Nintendo 3DS' online features. Each character can be fully customized, and because of the crafting feature of the game, costumes can be vary drastically modified. In some RPGs a player can only be one class but in this game players can eventually tackle each career to get the most out of their money.

Monsters, Armor, and Skins, Oh my!

Even though at times creatures seem casual, larger monsters are no joke and will wreck a beginning player’s world. Armor upgrades definitively serve as a motivating factor to survive and help the longevity of adventuring; armor has a wide selection of skins that, when the player wears them, all look very appealing -- both graphically, and aesthetically. It is kind of entertaining to mix and match outfits depending on what tasks the player is trying to accomplish.

Reward System

After a player completes the Hero rank for each career, King Erik rewards them with a unique item or armor, which serves an excellent incentive to achieve higher ranks for each career. Level 5 truly has succeeded in providing a variety of rewards for completing each careers challenge or sub quest.

Thorns

Simple Simon Dungeons

Reveria is a vast open landscape full of encounters and NPCs, yet the game’s dungeons lack depth, direction, and splendor that other JRPG titles such as Wild Arms and Final Fantasy series have to offer. In Fantasy Life there are no locked doors -- except for one area in the Ancient ruins to be fair -- zero hidden traps, or secret devices that help bring an epic dungeon to life.

Sleeping Plot

The story itself is very campy in that one of the kingdoms is threatening to use stink bombs. While this overall appeals to a youthful audience, and has very little effect on Reveria -- except that certain locations are blocked off until specific chapters are completed -- the world would seem much more immersive if villages changed appearance depending on the chapter.

Tedious Crafting System

Crafting enters the world of annoyance. What should be a fun event driven game becomes a taunting game about pressing the A-button when a circle lines up in the center, to a rapid pressing of the button, to a game about simply holding the A-button down.

After working on or accomplishing a task in the real world, the last thing a player wants to do is follow this mini-game every time they decide to craft something new; eventually players unlock the ability to speed up the process but crafting takes an extensive amount of time for the tiniest of uninteresting challenges.

While a Blacksmith can create powerful, menacing looking hammers, the player cannot use them in combat nor develop fighting techniques based around the individual career. Woodcutters cannot fight with axes, Miners cannot slice enemies with sharp pickaxes, Cooks cannot fight with fancy frying pans, and Tailors cannot weave traps with their fabric needles or use them like rapiers in a piercing fashion. The game is designed and anticipates players becoming Paladins, Hunters, Magicians, and Mercenaries to develop combat skills and techniques.

Ineffective Apparel

Even though a Tailor can craft a Tuxedo that says in description, “a classy look for more formal gatherings. Suitable even for an audience with the king.” The wearing of the Tux has no effect on the surrounding NPCs behaviors or attitudes, including that of King Erik.

Buds

Casual gamers will enjoy this whimsical romp of an RPG while the hardcore audience will be turned off by the overall campy plot. Crafting has a lot to offer but there’s always room to provide the ability to customize individual weapons by allowing changes to the hilt, size of the blade, or adding gems to the actual appearance besides just the stats. With some minor tweaks to the world, Level 5 could have easily made Fantasy Life stronger for both groups -- casual, and hardcore players.

According to Gematsu.com, Level 5 is working on another graphically beautiful social RPG called Snack World, in which players will be able to play on either 3DS (July 2017), iOS, and Android platforms (April 2017) and is being referred to by bloggers as "higher-casual fantasy." Like the Amiibo technology, Snack World will utilize an electronic toy called Fairy Electronics.

Hopefully Snack World will fill the gap by adding unique combat moves, introduce more challenging dungeons, utilize the plot and incorporate in-game mechanics that affect the behaviors of the surrounding NPCs.

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PlayStation Experience Brings a Number of New Trailers, Here's a Highlight Reel https://www.gameskinny.com/8gn3p/playstation-experience-brings-a-number-of-new-trailers-heres-a-highlight-reel https://www.gameskinny.com/8gn3p/playstation-experience-brings-a-number-of-new-trailers-heres-a-highlight-reel Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:03:10 -0500 Kris Cornelisse (Delfeir)

The latest PlayStation Experience has just wrapped up, and with it came an astonishing array of announcements and advertisements... by which I mean trailers. Showcasing a wide variety of games to be released in the future (or, in the case of Let It Dieright now) for the PS4 and Vita, there's a lot of information to go through.

A full rundown of all the announcements can be found on the official PlayStation Blog which is still being compiled, but I've cherry picked a few of the bigger trailers to go over now.

The Last of Us: Part II

This is obviously the big one everyone is talking about -- a direct sequel to 2013's much acclaimed The Last of Us. We've already covered this one, so I don't have much more to add except that Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann had the following to say about sequel concerns in a panel about the game:

"I played with so many ideas that had different characters and it never felt right. The Last of Us is about these two characters specifically. So yes, the Part II is saying this is a complementary story to the first game, but the two together are going to tell this larger tale.

"All I ask is that fans of the first one put faith in us and trust us. We're going to do right by you."

Part II won't be surfacing until 2018, however, so you've got plenty of time to enjoy some of the other games in this article first.

The Last Guardian

It's been a really long time coming, but The Last Guardian is finally releasing around the world in a matter of days. Following in the wake of the longer featurette trailer last week, this short snippet attempts to wrench your heart and showcase the gorgeous design of the game.

We'll soon know if the game is able to deliver on the hopes that were set about in its first presentation nearly a decade ago. To ease the final stretch of the wait, here's a brief history lesson on the game's checkered development.

Nioh

Team Ninja's latest action/RPG Nioh is clearly drawing inspiration from the Dark Souls series in how it handles combat. That said, the very Ninja Gaiden-esque flare is unmistakable, and calling Nioh a simple imitator doesn't do it justice. Quite frankly, this is looking pretty slick.

Set in a very stylised and supernatural-touched Sengoku period, Nioh will see the main character Geralt -- sorry, William -- battle his way across a Japan in the grasp of civil war. In addition, yokai and other mystical threats are running rampant, and it'll be up to you to stop them.

The developers have been doing their best to take feedback from the demos into account, hence why the game has been delayed to 2017. Hopefully it will be quite the experience when it finally releases in early February 2017.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Right off the heels of their Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite teaser trailer, Capcom followed up with a short gameplay trailer after the conclusion of the Capcom Cup. Almost immediately, they released an extended version of that gameplay trailer, which reveals Captain America and Morrigan of Darkstalkers fame as seen above.

It appears that the game will have a gem system similar to Street Fighter x Tekken that utilises the Infinity Stones, but we have little insight into how this will work just yet. Also like SFxT, the game has dropped down from 3v3 for 2v2. No doubt more details and explanations will surface before long. For now, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is scheduled to be released sometime in late 2017 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

On the subject of fighting games, PSX also revealed the impending arrival of Akuma for Street Fighter V, in addition to five unrevealed characters throughout 2017.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Looking to be the Zoids game we never got, Horizon: Zero Dawn continues to impress visually. With a big open world to hunt robot dinosaurs in, this upcoming action/RPG seems to have a lot of potential.

While nothing particularly new was revealed in this trailer, it's still a good indicator of what to expect from the game when it arrives in late February/early March for North America and Europe respectively.

Worth mentioning is that developer Guerrilla Games has partnered with Kojima Productions, and the Decima Engine used for Horizon will also be used for the upcoming Death Stranding. A new Death Stranding trailer was previewed a few days ago at the Video Game Awards, and Kojima attended a panel at PSX to talk about it.

Pyre

Supergiant Games has been relatively quiet since their initial reveal of Pyre, but they have surfaced again to reveal an interesting tidbit: the upcoming RPG with an interestingly sports-like feel will feature a multiplayer versus mode.

Both Bastion and Transistor before it were purely single player adventures, so this is an interesting departure for Supergiant. However, they insist that the single player adventure is absolutely their focus, and they were unwilling to add this mode if it would compromise that in any way. Since they are now comfortable that it won't, the feature is being added.

Currently only local multiplayer has been confirmed, with online play currently uncertain. The feature was playable at PSX, and though the test only had a mirror match between the two teams in the above trailer, the final mode will feature more variety and customisation. It will also be possible to play the mode in single player against bots.

Pyre will be coming to PS4 and PC sometime in 2017.

Absolver

Described as an online multiplayer combat RPG, Devolver Digital's new game sure looks like one to watch. The combat seems incredibly fluid, and the developers are promising that players will have a huge amount of customisation with their combat style.

As well as PvP between players, it will be possible to team up and cooperate with one another in a variety of PvE dungeons. In addition, there will be a world to explore and encounter one another in, which may force conflict or tentative friendship between players. How exactly this will manifest is unclear, but I'm curious.

Absolver, being developed by Sloclap who was formed by former Ubisoft Paris developers, will arrive in 2017 for both PC and PS4, but the PS4 version is slated to be released first with exclusive content. We'll let you know more closer to the launch date.

Gran Turismo Sport

If I'm honest, I don't believe the latest Gran Turismo will look even nearly as pretty as this trailer does in practice. That said, I'll be quite impressed if it does, because this is really nice to look at.

In addition to the prettier graphical effects, the trailer mentions that some specific tracks and cars will utilise PlayStation VR. Nothing specific has been announced about this, however, but it's something to keep an eye on.

You can find out more about our early Gran Turismo Sport impressions here. The game will be released sometime during 2017 as a PS4 exclusive.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

More than a few people were pretty convinced that this was a teaser for a new Tomb Raider game, right up until it wasn't. Surprise!

Following the well received Uncharted 4, Lost Legacy is to be a standalone adventure that focuses on Chloe Frazer, who first debuted in Uncharted 2. She'll also be joined by Nadine from the most recent game. We don't know much about the game just yet, but with Nathan Drake's story nicely wrapped up, it's nice to know that there are more stories to be told in the setting.

And while we're talking about Naughty Dog, it's worth noting that a new remastered package of the first three Crash Bandicoot games is also on the way. Now if only we could get a new Jak and Daxter game...

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

Studio Ghibli's gorgeous animated art style is renowned the world over, and the first Ni no Kuni displayed that in spades. Now, the sequel is making good use of latest console generation to look even more spectacular.

Revenant Kingdom should prove to be a magical adventure full of heart and whimsy if all goes well. Level 5 has quite the pedigree of solid JRPG titles, so we can certainly be hopeful about this one. Here's to hoping they're able to improve on the awful party AI from the original, though.

NieR: Automata

You wouldn't be alone in thinking that NieR: Automata looks quite a bit like Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which is probably a good sign that Platinum Games is putting their iconic action style to the task.

Will it be better than their somewhat lackluster recent titles? Will it live up to the flawed but fun original by Square Enix? These questions should be answered when the game is released on March 2017 in the west.

The length of this article and the sheer amount of games and trailers on offer really should convey the magnitude of this PlayStation Experience. Despite that, there's still plenty more I chose not to touch on for this article. Whether it's Yakuza, Ace Combat, Gravity Rush, or a slew of other titles both indie and AAA, there was a veritable flood of new gaming information on offer.

This event was definitely one of the premier game industry events of 2016, and it's certainly got me excited for what's to come from Sony in the next year.

If you'd like to find out more, be sure to check the official PlayStation YouTube channel or the official PlayStation blog for an updated list of announcements. In addition, we here at GameSkinny will be sure to keep you updated on any further developments and news for these titles and more.

What was your favourite announcement or trailer from this event? Did I miss something you really wanted to talk about? Share with me in the comments!

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Level-5 CEO Shows Interest in Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/ae17t/level-5-ceo-shows-interest-in-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/ae17t/level-5-ceo-shows-interest-in-nintendo-switch Sun, 30 Oct 2016 15:11:05 -0400 Kiara Halls

Level-5 is the latest in a growing list of third-party developers to express interest in the Nintendo Switch.

In a recent interview with Vandal.net, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino was asked his opinion on the upcoming Switch, to which he replied:

“We plan to make games for Nintendo Switch, but I think it’s very important to find out the best way to get the most out of the console. For that reason, we won’t have any titles at launch, but we’ll work with it as soon as we figure out how to take advantage of it.”

The statement casts some doubt over whether Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom,  announced last year, will be released for the Switch. Though at the very least, we can be sure of a Level-5 game for the platform at some point.

As the developer of massively popular games like Yokai Watch and Professor Layton, Level-5 has been a regular presence on the Nintendo DS and 3DS, but have often outsourced their home console titles to PlayStation platforms, especially for their American releases. However, it seems like the Switch may change things up a bit, likely thanks in part to its portable nature. 

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Yo-Kai Watch 2: Soulcery Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/apasi/yo-kai-watch-2-soulcery-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/apasi/yo-kai-watch-2-soulcery-guide Sat, 15 Oct 2016 14:40:28 -0400 Synzer

Yo-Kai Watch 2 added a new system to power up your Yo-Kai called Soulcery. You can turn Yo-Kai into souls, which are items you can equip. You can also fuse them to make them more powerful, as well as discover a completely different soul.

I'm going to go over how to do this, what are some things you can get, and more. This is also very helpful if you want to get into competitive Yo-Kai battling. 

This guide will go over everything about Soulcery in Yo-Kai Watch 2 including:

  • Soulcery Basics - How Soulcery works and where you can do it.
  • Special Fusion Souls - Special Souls you get only by fusing.

Soulcery Basics

To unlock Soulcery, you must play until you reach Harrisville, which is a few hours into the game, depending on how fast you go through the main story.

There is a temple called Temple of Virtue on the western side of Harrisville. The NPC, Grand Monk, will tell you about Soulcery, then you can do it for yourself.

The method is simple: Take a Yo-Kai you do not want to use, and turn it into a soul. This makes the Yo-Kai into an equip item and it will no longer be usable in battle.

Some souls give things like stats while others give special effects, like increasing the chance Yo-Kai will befriend you.

Fusion

You can power up your souls by fusing them.

yo-kai watch 2 soulcery fusion

  • Pick the soul you want to power up as your first soul, then pick another to fuse into it.
  • This gets rid of the 2nd soul, and puts experience in the 1st.
  • You will see a bar start to fill. When it fills completely, the soul levels up and becomes stronger.

Some souls will fuse together to make a completely new soul. You will get a warning if this happens, in case you don't want the new soul.

Each soul is the same type of the Yo-Kai it came from, like Tough from Goldenyan. You will get bonus experience if you fuse souls of the same type.

Special Fusion Souls

Below is a list of all the special souls you get only by fusing 2 specific souls together.

Some of the names are translated and may not be the exact names in the localized version, but the Yo-Kai required and the effect are exactly the same.

Elements and Techniques
  • Flamurice and Blazion - Fire Soul
    • Changes Normal attacks to Fire attacks
  • Mistank and Mr. Sandmeh - Earth Soul
    • Changes Normal attacks to Earth attacks
  • Chummer and Appak - Water Soul
    • Changes Normal attacks to Water attacks
  • Komiger and Frazzel - Lightning Soul
    • Changes Normal attacks to Lightning attacks
  • Pupsicle and Draaagin - Ice Soul
    • Changes Normal attacks to Ice attacks
  • Blandon and Abodabat - Wind Soul
    • Changes Normal attacks to Wind attacks
  • Tengu and Smogmella - Storm Soul
    • Changes your technique to Storm
  • Alhail and Blizzaria - Blizzard Soul
    • Changes your Technique to Blizzard
  • Drizzle and Faux Kappa - Waterfall Soul
    • Changes your Technique to Waterfall
  • Sir Berus and Eyesoar - Meteor Soul
    • Changes your Technique to Meteor
  • Tunatic and Swelterrier - Incinerate Soul
    • Changes your Technique to Incinerate
  • Statiking and Signiton - Voltage Soul
    • Changes your Technique to Voltage
  • Boyclops and Faysoff - Neutral Soul
    • Enemy element attacks become neutral element.
Affecting Enemies
  • N'more and Furdinand - Hades Soul
    • Reduces amount of HP recovered from Healing Techniques
  • Cupistol and Pinkipoo - Superstar Soul
    • Yo-Kai will befriend you more often
  • Allntya and Greesal - Dark Soul
    • Makes Inspiriting always succeed
  • Dimmy and Blandon - Ninja Soul
    • Makes enemies no longer target you
  • Snaggly and Whinona - Aggravated Soul
    • Makes Inspirit purification harder
Misc.
  • Chymera and Nekidspeed - Speed of Light Soul
    • Gives you a 1 time preemptive strike
  • Swelton and Miropo - Smooth Oil Soul
    • More time to spin Yo-Kai wheel during battle and cancels the Spin-no-rama skill
  • Rhinormous and Beetall - Sparta Soul
    • Makes sure no allies loaf in battle
  • Dazzabel and Leadoni - Stinging Soul
    • Makes enemies target the holder
  • Scarasol and Impass - Guard Soul
    • Holder will always Guard
  • Heheheel and Croonger - Jar Guard Soul
    • Holder takes less damage when Guarding
  • Chilhuahua and Ol' Fortune - Pierce Soul
    • Holder's attacks pierce resistances
  • Hornaplenty and Robonyan - Guarding Soul
    • Rotating the holder into the front line causes them to Guard
  • Hurchin and Pandanoko - Wisp Soul
    • Wisps appear more often, but does not work in multiplayer battles

That's all for my guide on Soulcery in Yo-Kai Watch 2. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Take a Back Seat Pokemon...Yo-Kai Watch 2 releases today https://www.gameskinny.com/cntdf/take-a-back-seat-pokemonyo-kai-watch-2-releases-today https://www.gameskinny.com/cntdf/take-a-back-seat-pokemonyo-kai-watch-2-releases-today Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:40:16 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Today, Nintendo released Yo-kai Watch 2 for the Nintendo 3DS. The sequel is now available a year after the series' debut in 2015.

Developed by Level-5, the game was designed to focus on the market of players whom enjoy monster raising titles. It features a narrative and monster theme based off the Japanese ghost story motif.

These "yo-kai" as they are called, are numerous and can be found haunting many locales. Players assume the role of a young boy or girl that gains the ability to see them. Our heroine/hero is tasked with keeping them under control -- some ghosts have violent and trouble making tendencies.

With Yo-kai Watch 2, the size of the game is much larger than the first. It also allows players to capture over 400 spirits. The sequel is available in two versions; Yo-kai Watch 2: Boney Spirits and Fleshy Souls.

Fans of JRPGs and monster theme games can purchase Yo-kai Watch 2 at retail and digital via the Nintendo 3DS eShop.

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On the Scene of Yo-Kai Watch 2's Sneak Peak Event in Downtown Toronto https://www.gameskinny.com/umg7f/on-the-scene-of-yo-kai-watch-2s-sneak-peak-event-in-downtown-toronto https://www.gameskinny.com/umg7f/on-the-scene-of-yo-kai-watch-2s-sneak-peak-event-in-downtown-toronto Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:15:09 -0400 David Fisher

Nintendo teamed up with Level 5 and Hasbro on Saturday, September 24th to hold a Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls sneak peak event in Downtown Toronto at the 99 Sudbury Event House. The day also marked the first public showing of the Yo-Kai Watch anime's second season, with fans and press getting their first chances to view the first episode of the popular kids show.

Children and their parents smile as they watch the newest episode of Yo-Kai Watch set to air on October 1st this year.

The second season of Yo-Kai Watch shares a similar focus to the video games as Nate and his pal Whisper set out to obtain a Yo-Kai Watch Model Zero. The new version of the Yo-Kai Watch has many new functions, as well as a mysterious past. If the video games are anything to go by, chances are that the anime will take Nate and company into the past to find out the origins of the Yo-Kai Watch Model Zero.

Alongside the second season of Yo-Kai Watch and the upcoming dual-release titles coming to the 3DS is the release of a new series of Yo-Kai Watch toys. The most fetching is none other than the Yo-Kai Watch Model Zero itself, along with a new set of green colored Yo-Kai Medals.

Above are the two versions of the titular Yo-Kai Watch: the Yo-Kai Watch Model Zero (left) and the original Yo-Kai Watch (right)

Similarly, above are the two Yo-Kai Watch styles of medals: the Model Zero series medals (left) and the original series (right)

Nintendo of Canada's Andrew Collins on Yo-Kai Watch 2 and more...

Nintendo of Canada communications manager, Andrew Collins, was also at the event. While there he discussed some of the features of the upcoming Yo-Kai Watch titles, as well as a bit about the series' success both inside and outside of Japan.

On Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Souls and Fleshy Spirits

According to Collins, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls only represents two out of three titles that were originally released in Japan. The third title which was named Yo-Kai Watch 2: Shinuchi in Japan did not make it to North America. It may not be coming overseas, but Collins has confirmed that Shinuchi will not be required to fully enjoy the other two versions.

In Yo-Kai Watch 2, players will be working through two different time zones - the past and present. Collins told the press that each will be important to understanding the origins of the new model of Yo-Kai Watch, and that traveling between these two zones will also reveal various new Yo-Kai that have not been discovered before.

There are over 100 new Yo-Kai to discover, battle, and collect in total in Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls

Collins stated that mastering the new system of fighting with two different Yo-Kai watches will be important to defeating the new Yo-Kai that are appearing in the world of Yo-Kai Watch 2. While the original watch will provide players with a similar experience to the first game, the second watch will allow Yo-Kai to perform special moves that do massive damage provided that players carefully complete different on-screen puzzles and conditions.

Also new to Yo-Kai Watch 2 are the 4 player co-op modes, as well as a 2 player online co-op mode. While there is no competitive battle mode, Collins believes that the co-op modes will be enticing to the child demographic that the games have been geared toward. He also noted that the games will also sport a trading feature - similar to the Pokemon titles - that will allow players to exchange Yo-Kai medals that are exclusive to either version of the game.

On upcoming Nintendo products

I also had a chance to speak one-on-one with Andrew after the presentation. We discussed several topics, ranging from the upcoming Pokemon titles, to future Nintendo games and events.

[Editor's note: A snippet of this conversation has been changed for accuracy at the request of Nintendo of Canada.]

 David: So before we begin, could we maybe talk about Yo-Kai Watch and its popularity here in North America? I originally didn't think that it would actually be popular enough to get a sequel release here.

Andrew: Right. So as you probably know, Yo-Kai Watch is already very popular in Japan right now. When we first launched the game in North America the game started off slow as not many people knew about the game. However, similar to Japan, the games and merchandise really took off after the TV show aired in North America. Almost overnight the sales skyrocketed, and the series has been doing really well ever since.

David: How popular is Yo-Kai Watch in Japan, exactly?

Andrew: From what I understand, Yo-Kai Watch had a movie in Japan around the same time that Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out. Yo-Kai Watch outperformed Star Wars in the box office in Japan. We're also expecting the Yo-Kai Watch movie to come to North America in the future with a TBA date right now.

David: That's actually impressive! Alright, so moving on to other Nintendo news... What can you tell me about the upcoming games such as the Yoshi's Woolly World or Super Mario Maker ports for the 3DS?

Andrew: I think it's important that people understand that both the Yoshi title and Super Mario Maker are not simply being ported to the 3DS. The teams responsible for those games are actually building entirely different games for the handheld console. While the games will be similar in terms of gameplay, the actual games will have new features and changes made to them to accommodate the hardware. A good example of this is in Yoshi's Woolly World for the 3DS where Poochy will have a bigger role than he did in the Wii U version, or how Super Mario Maker will be much easier to share levels with people while on the go.

David: Do you have any comments or info on the upcoming Nintendo titles for mobile?

Andrew: Personally, I am looking forward to Super Mario Run that is coming out for the iPhone devices. I know that they announced it for Japan, and I'm hoping that Canada and the United States will be getting it not long after.  I have played a bit of it already, and I can tell you that it is a fun game for anyone looking to play Super Mario while on the go. As for the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing titles, there isn't any information available for release just yet.

David: So we can't talk about the NX, but what about future Nintendo Directs?

Andrew: Nintendo Directs are actually presented to the communications teams much closer to their release. What I can tell you is that we have a to-be-announced Nintendo Direct that will be discussing the new Animal Crossing: New Leaf update coming out soon. I think it's important that we show this to the fans as we do hope to bring new content to older games in the future.

I also had the chance to ask Andrew about the recent Paper Mario: Color Splash leak that happened earlier this week. According to Andrew Collins, Nintendo of Canada is currently unsure why that leak occurred - stating that he is "about as in the dark as gaming journalism outlets are" at the time of the interview.

In Closing

The Yo-Kai Watch event in Toronto was a fun event where kids got to watch their favorite cartoon, as well as get their hands on some free Yo-Kai Watch gear. While the future is still a bit unclear for Nintendo in the days leading up to the Nintendo NX, the company wants its Canadian fans to rest assured that the lineup leading to the console's release will hold up to the level of quality we expect of the console giant.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a brand new Yo-Kai Watch to fool around with...

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