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This week, Nikkei published a new interview with Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino. It included talk pertaining to topics such as The Snack World and Inazuma Eleven, but also the state of the Yo-kai Watch franchise.

Nikkei pointed out that Yo-kai Watch 3 has sold over two million sales across three entries – Sushi, Tempura, and Sukiyaki. Hino noted that he can’t deny it has fallen much compared to the times of Yo-kai Watch 2, which launched in Japan three years ago. Sales of related products are also accompanying it – think toys, etc.

This information comes from Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima…

This graph shows Nintendo 3DS hardware and software sell-through in Japan from April 2016 through the final week of the calendar year, divided by quarters and compared year-on-year. In looking back on the life-to-date performance of Nintendo 3DS, hardware spread through the Japanese market first before the U.S. and European markets. For the first two quarters, both hardware and software maintained lower trends than the previous year, but for the third quarter, which also includes the holiday period, the release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon drove software sales higher than the previous year, and hardware sales did not lose momentum.

Note: Nintendo 3DS hardware includes the New 3DS, Nintendo 3DS, the New Nintendo 3DS XL, the Nintendo 3DS, the Nintendo 3DS XL and the Nintendo 2DS systems.

Note: Due to the calendar differences, FY16Q3 contains one more week than FY17Q3. Note: FY = Fiscal year (April through March of the following year)

A new Yo-kai Watch comic series is on the way from IDW Publishing. In April, the series will kick off from writer Eric M. Esquivel, illustrator Tina Franscisco, and colorist Dono Sanchez Almara.

Here’s a brief description of the comic:

“The hit anime, manga and toy sensation from Japan comes to North American comics! Join Nate and his Yo-Kai, Whisper, as they battle against ill-intentioned Yo-Kai causing terrible trouble in their hometown!”

Yo-kai Watch’s new comic will have 32 full-color pages for its first issue. It’ll retail for $3.99.

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In the latest issue of Hobby Consolas, the magazine reveals Spain’s best-selling games of 2016 through December 10. Pokemon Sun/Moon came in second, while Yo-kai Watch also made the list at the eight position.

The full results are as follows:

01. FIFA 17 (ELECTRONIC ARTS) – 425,000
02. POKEMON SUN AND MOON (NINTENDO) – 215,000
03. UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END (SONY COMPUTER ENT.) – 200,000
04. FIFA 16 (ELECTRONIC ARTS) – 195,000
05. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD) – 175,000
06. GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2) – 160,000
07. CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD) – 150,000
08. YO-KAI WATCH (NINTENDO) – 95,000
09. BATTLEFIELD 1 (ELECTRONIC ARTS) – 85,000
10. FINAL FANTASY XV (SQUARE ENIX EUROPE) – 45,000

Hobby Consolas also labels Skylanders Imaginators as a “flop”. The game sold 10,000 copies across all platforms.

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The third Yo-kai Watch movie, known as Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Sora Tobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daib?ken da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch The Movie: The Flying Whale and the Grand Adventure of the Double Worlds, Meow!), premiered in Japan this past weekend. It managed to top the Japanese box office, beating out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – which also opened a day earlier. We should note however that Yo-kai Watch’s box office earnings for the Saturday – Sunday time period did not overcome Star Wars.

The new Yo-kai Watch film sold 545,211 tickets for 608,033,100 yen (roughly $5.189 million) on 415 screens on Saturday and Sunday. That amount encompasses 57.5 percent of the opening weekend box office for the previous Yo-kai Watch movie, which went on to earn 5.53 billion yen (roughly $47 million).

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We’ve previously seen Mario toys included in McDonald’s Happy Meals, and now it’s Yo-kai Watch’s turn. Eight different toys from Level-5’s franchise are available in Japan. Continue on below for a video look at the different offerings.

Level-5 intends to continue the Yo-kai Watch film series. During a stage greeting event in Tokyo on Sunday, it was confirmed that a fourth movie is set for Winter 2017. Details regarding the title and more will be shared in the future.

Let’s not forget that the third Yo-kai Watch film is premiering on December 17 in Japan. It features a mix of animation and live-action segments.

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Yo-kai Watch: The Movie added to Netflix

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Yo-kai Watch fans in North America now have a new way to watch Yo-kai Watch: The Movie. Today, Netflix added the animated film to its library. Members can watch the movie as of now.

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Nintendo UK has come out with a new video for all things Yo-kai Watch – the anime, toys, and games. We’ve included it below.

A second trailer has come online for the U.S. run of Yo-kai Watch: The Movie. View it below, and look for the full film in select theaters on October 15.

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