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Nintendo announces free Yo-kai Watch Blasters content and Yo-kai Watch 3 release date

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Sometimes, like today, Nintendo likes to do big things with a tiny little press release.

Nintendo today announced the release of a free "Moon Rabbit Crew" update for both of the currently available Yo-kai Watch Blasters games, Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and Yo-kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad. The company also revealed that the third installment in the mainline franchise is headed west.

The "Moon Rabbit Crew" update includes "more missions, areas to explore and Big Bosses to befriend," according to the press release. If you link save data from Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and Yo-kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad, you'll also get special in-game bonuses. A trailer that goes into the details is embedded immediately below.

Nintendo also announced Yo-kai Watch 3 for Nintendo 3DS. It is described as a "robust game" and "loaded with content and features, including new locales, characters and a new battle system."

In Japan, Yo-kai Watch 3 has been available since December of 2016 in three primary flavors: Sukiyaki, Sushi and Tempura. It's unclear from today's press release whether Nintendo plans to localize all three slightly different versions and really crowd shelves, or if one or two of them will remain exclusive to Japan.

The timing to release Yo-kai Watch 3 is definitely right, as the 3DS is going through a bit of a software drought as developers and publishers shift their attention to the Nintendo Switch hardware and a fair few consumers lose interest in continuing to buy 3DS titles. There's a fourth installment in the series due to reach Nintendo Switch sometime in the not-entirely-remote future, so I'm happy to see the third title making it west in some form ahead of that to allow obsessive types like myself to own the whole series without the need to learn Japanese and import.

What about you? Do you plan to snag Yo-kai Watch 3 when it becomes available this February, or are you one of those folks who is done with the 3DS?

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Staff article by Jason Venter (September 27, 2018)

Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.

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