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Yo-kai Watch 4 coming to Playstation 4

Oct 25, 2017
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Just uploaded on Level-5's official channel.
Recouping losses? Struggling with Switch tech?
Strange that a series that spent its life on Nintendo (and mobile) is suddenly making the jump to Sony.
Watch as this doesn't change anything about localization.
 

Velezcora

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Nov 16, 2017
2,202
I wonder if that's why it doesn't run so well on Switch. Was never intended to be a Switch exclusive just a timed one. I really can't stand timed exclusives. Just put them out on everything or don't.
 

Bitanator

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Oct 27, 2017
5,626
I would hope for more multi-platform games now between switch/ps4. It makes perfect sense.
 

kadotsu

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Oct 25, 2017
2,381
PS4 will become a hand me down console very soon, so this is an understandable move.
 

Hate

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Oct 26, 2017
3,819
Well maybe they just want a more stable game and not bother with optimizing Switch.
Still, I wonder how the sales would work since there’s zero audience on the PS4.
 

Lant_War

The Fallen
Jul 14, 2018
8,945
Woah, didn't expect this. Wish I could get into Yokai Watch, tried the first one on the 3DS but I could never shake off the feeling of bootleg Pokémon
 

KenyaPSP

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Aug 26, 2019
11
This really sucks because there’s no way the PS4 version will ever leave Japan since Nintendo handles Yokai in the West.
 

Piston

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Oct 25, 2017
4,702
Not that surprising. The game didn't do well on Switch in Japan.

The series is losing popularity and they are going to try to milk what they can out of it to re-coup and find a new franchise. I doubt this does significant numbers anywhere.
 

Delaney

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Oct 25, 2017
699
I was actually surprised this wasn’t released alongside the Switch version after their Inazuma Eleven strategy.
 

NotLiquid

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Oct 25, 2017
14,239
Releasing a late port in a floundering franchise on a console that's floundering in Japan to attempt recouping losses is quite the Level-5 move
 
Oct 25, 2017
13,265
They would need a strategy for Ares first.
Pretty sure it's this (and everything else right now).



How is this possible?

How do they go from creating the biggest phenomenon in Japan since Pokemon with Yokai Watch, to crashing and burning in so little time? What went wrong?

I'm scared for my man Layton too, I don't want his house to burn down.
Astonishing mismanagement. Nobody asked for a Ni no Kuni movie, but they had one made anyway. It bombed.
Nobody asked for a port of YW1 for Switch so soon after YW4. But it's coming anyway.
Megaton Musashi is still nothing more than a trailer.
Snack World failed to launch, and the market they made it for (Merica) still doesn't have it.
 

Ozzie

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Jan 12, 2018
408
It's not going to sell any better unfortunately. Damn, it kind makes me sad to see the state Level 5 is in.
 

IDreamOfHime

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Oct 27, 2017
3,955
Level-5 just shot themselves in the foot.
I don't know how much the rest of you know about Japanese culture (I'm an expert), but honor and shame are huge parts of it. It's not like it is in America where you can become successful by being an asshole. If you screw someone over in Japan, you bring shame to yourself, and the only way to get rid of that shame is repentance.
What this means is the japanese public, after hearing about this, is not going to want to purchase Yo-Kai Watch for any system, nor will they purchase any of Level-5s games going forward. This is HUGE. You can laugh all you want, but Level-5 has alienated an entire market with this move.
Level-5, I suggest you publicly apologize and cancel Yo-Kai Watch for PS4 or you can kiss your business goodbye.
 

Heartskips

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Oct 25, 2017
14,630
Desperation move.

They should just pretend this game never happened and make a new 4 following 3's gameplay. 4 battle system is trash and static.
 

Zippo

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Dec 8, 2017
5,390
Given how quickly they ran this series into the ground, not surprised they're trying to get sales elsewhere.
 

Raonak

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Oct 29, 2017
967
Hmm, never played this series but heard a lot about it.

Hopefully it comes to the west, id be keen to get it.
 

Itsuki

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Oct 26, 2017
138
ouch. I think I remember the game was selling millions when the series was in its peak..
I remember how the watch toy was too hard to get back in 2014-2015, where in some places the only way to buy it was by lottery. And I will never forget how Jibanyan replaced Pikachu in some visuals like on Korokoro.
Franchise has been in a downhill since 2016 and I blame Level5 management.
 

NotLiquid

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Oct 25, 2017
14,239
I'm pretty sure there will be overlapping markets here, so it's definitely not a zero audience thing.
Yo-Kai Watch 4 hasn't even released in the west yet, and those localizations are usually done by Nintendo, so they'd have to have another publisher pick the title up if they want it on PS4 for overseas territory.
 

Strings

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Oct 27, 2017
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I literally just finished it on Switch a week ago, despite the horrible performance issues o.o

Anyway, game is great, and makes me way more excited for the next Ni No Kuni than Ni No Kuni 2 did lol.
Woah, didn't expect this. Wish I could get into Yokai Watch, tried the first one on the 3DS but I could never shake off the feeling of bootleg Pokémon
If you were like me and hated the combat of 1 (and the little bit of 2 I played), then this is significantly better, and way closer to the original Ni No Kuni.
 

Shoichi

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Jan 10, 2018
3,082
Level5 trying anything they can do to save the series. It's their fault for it losing so much steam so quickly. Rather than throwing everything they got and releasing year after year of games. They could have spread it out like Pokemon so people weren't overwhelmed with it.
 

Manatron

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Feb 6, 2018
66
Level-5 seems to be going multi-platform in general. When they announced Inazuma Eleven Ares it was for PS4 and Switch, which was also previously a Nintendo handheld exclusive.

Ares also seems to be trapped in development hell, so that continues to be a bummer.