Yo-kai Watch Gets Nintendo 2DS Bundle in N. America

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US$99.99 for 2DS system with game pre-installed

Nintendo of America announced on Monday that it will release a bundle with the Yo-kai Watch game and a Nintendo 2DS system on November 6. The game comes preinstalled in the portable system for US$99.99, the same price as a regular Nintendo 2DS (which comes with an offer to download Mario Kart 7 for free).

Nintendo describes the premise of the franchise:

Yo-kai Watch centers on a boy who gets a special watch that lets him befriend and help mischievous Yo-kai and later summon them to fight other Yo-kai. Players can overcome challenges and help various characters solve everyday problems with the help of Yo-kai friends. These eccentric Yo-kai resemble anything from inanimate objects to mythical creatures.

Game developer Level-5 announced the Yo-kai Watch franchise in 2011 with a game, manga, and anime already planned. The franchise's first game for the Nintendo 3DS debuted in Japan in July 2013, and the anime premiered in January 2014. The latests game in the franchise, a third version of Yo-kai Watch 2 and Yo-kai Watch Busters, shipped in December and July, respectively. Yo-kai Watch 3 will follow next summer. Bandai sells Yo-kai Watch toys and game tie-in medals in Japan.

The English dub of the anime premiered on the American television channel Disney XD on October 5. Each episode is also available on the WATCH Disney XD streaming service one day after its television premiere.

Hasbro is handling toy sales and will release the first line of toys in North America in January, with additional markets to follow by the end of next year. Viz Media is publishing the manga starting on November 3. Viz Media Europe also acquired the rights to the anime franchise.

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