Yo-kai Watch 3 has arrived
Updated 2022/04/09: No longer in stock in physical form, but the digital form will soon be gone next year
Yo-kai Watch 3 arrived last week, and Nate has a new outfit (which consists of a red short-sleeved jacket that is worn open with a turquoise T-shirt, white cargo pants, and brown high-top sneakers), as opposed to the red shirt with a white star on the front, gray cargo pants, and red, white, and blue Chuck Taylor-inspired sneaker boots (that have zippers in place of shoelaces) that he originally wore in the first two seasons of the anime series, the first two games (including Psychic Specters), and the first half of season 3. Katie Forester (called Fumika “Fumi-chan” Kodama in Japanese) will not be a playable protagonist in this game; in her place, you’ll have Hailey Anne Thomas (called Inaho Misora in Japanese) and her Yo-kai partner Usapyon, which she has similar features that Katie has as you can switch between Nate and Hailey Anne at almost anytime, similar to Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. The game is set in the fictional American city called St. Peanutsburg, where his father Mr. Adams (called Mr. Amano in Japanese) got a new job.
This is the first game that Griffin Burns reprises his role as Nate from season 3 (replacing Johnny Yong Bosch, who originally voiced Nate for the first two seasons and the first two games), as well as Erika Harlacher (later Erica Harlacher-Stone) and Katie Leigh (Hailey Anne and Usapyon, respectively) since the franchise in the west faced budgeting issues and, in the case of the anime, low ratings on Disney XD (US). Others from the first two games and the first two seasons have reprised their respective roles, while the rest of the season 3 cast chose not to reprise their roles except for the above before Kira Buckland became non-binary in mid-2021 (Buckland uses both she/her and they/them pronouns).
Akihiro Hino, the franchise’s creator, announced that the video game adaptation of the series, titled Yo-kai Watch 4, is currently in development. It will be developed and published by Level-5 and will be released on the Nintendo Switch in Japan in 2019. The Yo-kai Watch toy line was discontinued by Hasbro in North America in 2017 and in Europe and Latin America in 2018 as interest in the franchise steadily declined. This was the final Yo-kai Watch game to be released in the west (including North America), two months before Disney XD (US) removed the anime from its regular lineup due to declining ratings which led to the licensors calling it quits on the franchise.
In the end, western games have their weakness: the western video game publishers and developers who do not have any offices in Japan can’t possibly export their games to Japan, because it costs a lot of money as western-developed games will less likely have a Japan release, or will not have a Japan release at all, so I’m going to stick with Japanese gaming, because western games are crap.
Update 2021/01/06: As of August 2020 (just before Disney XD pulled the plug on the anime series and Level-5’s NA branch’s closure), this game is no longer in stock in physical form, so you will have to buy the game in digital form before Nintendo stops selling the game in digital form.
Update 2023/02/02: The eShop for the 3DS and the Wii U will be no longer available after March 27, 2023. As of late May of last year, Nintendo has disabled the ability to add funds to an account in Nintendo eShop on the Wii U or the 3DS, and as of late August of last year, Nintendo has disabled the ability to use a Nintendo eShop Card to add funds to an account in Nintendo eShop on the Wii U or the 3DS.