Japanese website Ryokutya2089 has reported magazine leaks for Yokai Watch 4. This new entry in the franchise will be headed exclusively to the Nintendo Switch and is also slated for a 2018 release. As expected, there is currently no word about a potential English release for Yokai Watch 4.
In fact, Yokai Watch 3 for the Nintendo 3DS has also not received an English localization. Currently, only the first two games are available in English. The Switch is region-free, so you'll be able to play Yokai Watch 4 in the event it doesn't receive a timely localization, if one at all. These games do contain a decent amount of dialogue, so perhaps it isn't ideal for non-Japanese speaking fans after all.
This announcement also comes on the back of some interesting comments made by the CEO of Level-5, developers of Yokai Watch. He was recently interviewed by Nikkei Trendy (thanks to Gematsu for a translation) and stated that the company's focus has shifted to the Switch. More specifically, they are looking at moving their property from the 3DS to Nintendo's latest handheld-console hybrid. Of course, this doesn't rule out the PlayStation 4, evident by Ni no Kuni 2 and Inazuma Eleven Ares.
It's very exciting to see Yokai Watch join Pokémon on an HD console for their main RPG game. Both have been massive hits for Nintendo in Japan and will certainly drive more console sales for them in the coming future. On the other hand, the immense popularity of the series has failed to reach western shores. However, with a new approach, we may see the franchise get some more love outside of Japan.
Are you excited by the prospect of Yokai Watch 4, or are you tired of the franchise already? Let us know in the comments section below!