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Why Yokai Watch Shoplifting Made The Evening News In Japan

Right now, Yokai Watch is incredibly popular in Japan. The 3DS games, the kiddy arcade games, the toys, and the anime are all smash hits. And one network news channel recently reported about a Yokai Watch shoplifting incident.


Buying Japan's Most Popular Toy Was Crazy Hard

You know the routine. New popular toy comes out. It quickly vanishes from store shelves. And when it’s finally in stock, you gotta line up. That was this morning, but with a slight twist and months of waiting.


There's A Good Reason Why This Game Is Japan's Current Bestseller

Yokai Watch 2 (妖怪ウォッチ2), the sequel to the exceedingly popular Yokai Watch, has been selling like gangbusters in Japan. And for good reason. Not only is the TV anime going strong and related toys disappearing off of store shelves faster than they can stock them, but the game itself is a whole lot of fun.


How Yokai Watch Was Engineered To Be A Massive Hit

Yokai Watch, Level 5′s popular spirit collecting game, is still going strong, with the game remaining in Japan’s video game sales top 10 list for nearly a year. There’s no catching lightning in a bottle like with Pokémon, but according to developer Level 5, if you really try, you can get pretty close.


Yokai Watch Could Be The Next Pokemon

Yokai Watch? WTF is that?” was my first response when I heard about the 3DS game that had Brian ransacking toy stores. Yokai Watch is pretty much a Pokemon style game from Level-5 of Professor Layton fame, where the objective is to collect cute little fairy-like monsters — called Yokai — to battle with.


Japan's Surprise Hit Is Getting A Special Nintendo 3DS XL

With a sequel for smash Yokai Watch coming out, Nintendo is releasing a special Nintendo 3DS, emblazoned with Yokai Watch character Jibanyan.


A Year-Old Game Rules The Japanese Sales Charts

Sales charts are, as a rule, somewhat dull. That is, except when they are interesting. Funny that, no? And the most recent Japanese sales charts do have one intriguing factoid.


How True Are Japan's Latest Gaming Rumours?

The gaming industry is constantly full of rumours. More so in April where you have the gullible falling for all the crazy April Fools pranks that pop up.


The Video Game Anime That's Taking Japan By Storm

This week, I spent four mornings out and about. I went to store after store. My mission was to locate toys from a popular anime. Boy, did I ever fail.


JRPG That Mocks Boring JRPG Tropes Turns Out To Be Pretty Boring

For as long as there have been RPGs, there have been people making fun of RPG tropes. The Internet is sprinkled with jokes about level grinding and home invasion, to the point where Jokes About RPGs deserve their own slot on the Grand List Of RPG Clichés.