A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: February 8, 2019
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood
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