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Yo-kai Watch 2 is confirmed for release in Europe on April, 2017.

It’s fair to say that Yo-kai Watch hasn’t been quite as much of a hit in the West as many expected. That said, a game doesn’t need to be a phenomenon to be considered successful, and the first title –  released last year – sold at a faster rate in Europe in its first nine months than it did in Japan.

The sequel is now confirmed for release on Nintendo 3DS and will hit stores in Europe on April 7, 2017.

Yo-kai Watch 2 comes in two editions, Bony Spirit and Fleshy Souls. As far as sequels go, Yo-kai Watch 2 is far more than a simple remix of the first game. The big changes are centred around the game’s online features. For the first time, players can take their Yo-kai online to challenge friends in a full suite of online multiplayer modes. Each online encounter earns Battle Points that can be used to buy items that power up and release imprisoned Yo-kai. Players can trade Yo-kai Medals online, too.

Each of the game’s two versions includes exclusive and unique Yo-kai that can also be traded locally and online. It’s not like Pokemon at all, we promise.

If you care about the story, well, you’ll be pleased to know that Nate and his loyal friends, Jibanyan and Whisper, return. Their journey takes them back and forth through time as they uncover various mysteries, discover a new range of quirky Yo-kai, and tackle an eye-watering 80 side-quests which unlock new Yo-kai and other, apparently useful, rewards.

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