Yo-Kai Watch 3

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Improved Yo-Kai Watch tale is the biggest and best yet.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Players build bonds of friendship with various Yo-kai spirits while keeping them from causing too much mischief and mayhem in the real world. The game continues the series’ focus on friendship, helping others, and on finding creative solutions to problems.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Both protagonists in the game are generally good kids, with a strong desire to help out others. Many times, the heroes try to avoid a fight when they can, preferring instead to work with the Yo-kai, to offer them friendship, and to find alternative solutions to the problems facing both Yo-kai and the humans.

Ease of Play

Basic controls are easy to pick up and play for most ages. The combat has changed considerably from previous Yo-Kai Watch games though, with players taking more direct control over character positions and completing a wider variety of actions to activate special “Soultimate” moves.


Yo-kai regularly battle each other other, but all of the violence is cartoonish in nature. When defeated, Yo-kai simply get knocked out and disappear in a puff of smoke, with no graphic violence ever shown.


There’s no profanity anywhere in the game, though it does have its fair share of tongue-in-cheek “potty humor” jokes. There's a possibility that players might be exposed to some offensive language based on the names other players give their Yo-kai before sharing them via StreetPass.


Yo-Kai Watch 3 is a continuation of the Yo-Kai Watch brand, which includes cartoon, toys, and other licensed merchandise. There's also interaction with some real-world merchandise, with QR codes and the like included that unlocks new characters and content in the game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yo-Kai Watch 3 is a continuation of the popular role-playing adventure game series for the Nintendo 3DS/2DS. Players befriend and recruit mischievous spirits called “Yo-kai”, calling on them to help battle enemies and overcome various obstacles in a brand-new adventure set in the Yo-Kai Watch universe. The game introduces some new mechanics to the series, but still maintains relatively easy to learn and all ages gameplay. Although the Yo-kai battle each other regularly, the violence is cartoonish in nature and not graphic in the slightest. While there’s no profanity in the game, it’s not shy about its occasional use of crude humor and references. There’s also a small risky of receiving a Yo-kai from another player via StreetPass with a potentially offensive name. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 11-year-old Written byswirlous omai February 11, 2019

yee hay

hello again Yo kai watch 3 is a very great game with ease of play and good times for all but my ONLY warning the game uses the word hellish but if you are f... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 20, 2020

Great game, does not dissapoint!

This game is like the others in the series: Fantastic! Although I would absolutely recommend the Japanese version over the English, this game is still a good ad... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bysmccue21632 November 22, 2019


its really a great game, kids wont get bored of it
and it teaches the difference between american and japanese cultures

What's it about?

In YO-KAI WATCH 3, those mischievous Yo-kai spirits have gone global. After his dad gets a new job, Nate and his Yo-kai friends leave their home of Springdale behind and move overseas to St. Peanutsburg, a city in the fictional USA stand-in country of BBQ. Exploring their new home, Nate and his friends meet a new slew of ‘Merican Yo-kai and, in the process, find themselves embroiled in a brand-new adventure. Meanwhile, in another area of town, an inquisitive young girl named Hailey Ann investigates unusual sightings and odd events going on around town. Stumbling across another Yo-kai Watch, Hailey Ann learns of the existence of the Yo-kai and sets out to discover the connection between these spirits and the recent string of strange happenings. Players follow both heroes in their parallel stories, meeting and recruiting over six hundred different Yo-kai along the way.

Is it any good?

One of the great things about these adventure games are that, while they’ve always got a sense of familiarity to them, they’re also never afraid to reinvent themselves in fun new ways. With Yo-Kai Watch 3, the series gets some of the biggest changes yet, combining all the things that worked before with complete overhauls of things that didn’t. This is just the shot of ectoplasmic adrenaline Yo-Kai Watch needed to keep from feeling stale. The result is a game that is the biggest and best to date, and a near perfect title for both longtime fans and newcomers to the franchise.

The most obvious change in Yo-Kai Watch 3 is in its battle system. In prior games, players simply spun a disc around to change the lineup facing the enemies at any given time. Yo-kai still do their basic attacks automatically, but this time around they can move around within a 3x3 grid. This gives players much more control over their team’s position, as well as the ability to actively avoid certain attacks. Also, rather than split the game up as two separate releases, Yo-Kai Watch 3 runs its two stories parallel to each other in one package. If that’s not enough, the game also includes a new “Zombie Night” mini-game, dungeon exploring with the Blasters T team, and a surefire favorite, the “Create-a-Nyan” app, which allows players to customize their own “Nyan” (cat) yo-kai. It’s a ridiculous amount of content crammed into one game, and more than enough to keep fans coming back for more Yo-kai fun.

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