What parents need to know about this new RPG game for Nintendo 3DS

Yo-Kai Watch

Yo-Kai Watch is the latest hit game for Nintendo 3DS

It sounds baffling and costly, but actually has a lot to offer families across its TV show, video game and toys . Help is at hand with our parents’ guide to Yo-Kai Watch. Yo-Kai Watch is a role-play adventure game for Nintendo 3DS where you hunt and collect spirits called Yo-Kai with a magical watch.

The cartoon, toys and video game are tied together by a simple concept of Yo-Kai spirits. These characters, of which there are over 200, have various effects on the world and people they inhabit.

Each Yo-Kai is a different light-hearted character with unique traits and abilities. The show is available on Cartoon Network in the UK and the game is playable on Nintendo 3DS.

In the game players take on the role of Nate who with the help of his Yo-Kai watch, sets about cleaning up troublesome spirits from his town. Along the way he is helped by friendly Yo-Kai Whisper and Jibanyan as well as other characters he can recruit.

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Play is a combination of exploring the large urban environment, meeting residents and taking on mischievous Yo-Kai in battles. There are also optional side-quests to earn more points and build your Yo-Kai team.

The battles require more skill than first appears as players need to recruit and employ different Yo-Kai characters in their team to defeat enemies.

During these battles players perform a variety of motions and interactions with the 3DS stylus to help their team win. They can also give enemy Yo-Kai gifts to encourage them to join the team after the battle has been completed. You can also gain Yo-Kai by spending virtual currency in the Gasha Machine.

Yo-Kai are divided into different tribal grouping based on their personality. Selecting the right tribes together is essential to get the most out of your Yo-Kai team. Certain Yo-Kai are required to progress the story and have different rarities.

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Yo-Kai Watch has been compared to Pokemon games because of the multiple characters you collect and the open world adventure. However, this is more of an exploration and adventure experience and one that complements rather than copies Pokemon.

Although there is no multi-player the game offers three save slots that enables different family members to progress the game separately. With over 200 characters to discover and collect, the choices each player makes about which Yo-Kai to befriend result in a different experience.

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Before you splash out on the game you can try it a demo from the 3DS eShop. This grants free access to some early levels of the game.

For more information, check out Family Gamer TV

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