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'Yo-Kai Watch 2' invades the US this September

The 'Pokemon'-like franchise is set for a sequel to both its video game and anime series this fall.
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Yo-Kai Watch 2 is on the horizon, and it's headed to the US this September, with a second season of the anime series to follow. Originally launched last November for western audiences, the 3DS title served up decadent and accessible role-playing goodness, with collecting elements for the youngsters and meaty side quests and commentary for adults.

The sequel launches September 30 with over 100 new Yo-kai to collect and fight alongside, a new town outside of the area of Springdale, time travel, and a new and improved Yo-kai watch. Its being split into two distinct versions, each with its own rare Yo-kai that can only be found in its unique game: Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls.

The second season of the animated series will follow heroes Nate, Whisper and Jibanyan as they continue their adventures with the brand new Yo-kai Watch Model Zero. There's also a whole new line of toys coming by way of Hasbro to snap up, including the new Yo-kai Watch itself.

While Yo-Kai Watch didn't enjoy the exact same success as Pokémon in the west, it still managed to grab plenty of consumers' attention, with plush Yo-kai, collectible medallions, trading cards and various other merchandise selling like hotcakes behind Nintendo's 3DS release and in support of the series that airs on Disney XD. Not long ago Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble, a mobile tie-in, debuted on iOS, enjoying a comfortable Top Ten spot in the App Store.

Now might be a good time to brush up on your "Gera Gera Po" dance moves, play the original Yo-Kai Watch or watch the series on Netflix. There's a lot to catch up on.

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