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Yo-kai Watch 2 Is A Souped Up Sequel Worth Hunting Down

Just in time for Halloween, Nintendo has released Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls, two versions of a sequel to the crazy-popular handheld game about ghosts who hide among the living and cause all kinds of mischief (and the evil ones who wreak total havoc).

If you’re not totally caught up on the first game, we’ll forgive you, although it’s been out in Japan since 2013 and was released here in North America in fall 2015. The games go hand-in-hand with a franchise that boasts a TV show, movie, apps, toys, comics and more, and experienced an explosion of popularity in the last year. We snagged a copy of Bony Spirits and we’re here to give you the lowdown.

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Yo-kai Watch 2 sets you right back down where you left off, only this time your memory has been wiped—and it’ll take a little bit of hustling around town to get things back to the way they were. After watching your parents have a weirdly intense fight about donuts (yes, really), you’re quickly reunited with your friends and ready to get back to hunting and battling Yo-kai and exploring the many corners of your town.

For those familiar with the first iteration, the basic gameplay elements remain the same: walk around town finding Yo-kai, assemble a team, level them up in battle, and upgrade your rank (and your trusty watch) once you’ve gained enough experience. This time around there are a few more helpful hints and explanations to help you understand and make the most of your gaming experience. This is great for newcomers, as the world of Yo-kai Watch can be a little dense at first glance.

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There are also a whole slew of new elements and mini games to add to the key storyline. One of the most fun additions are “Gates of Whimsy,” mysterious doors that can be located using the watch and transport you to another dimension for short battle or speed-related challenges.

The big game-changer this time around is being able to take the train into different areas (with charming names like San Fantastico), and—wait for it—time travelling 60 years into the past. This means whole new worlds to see outside of Springdale, new people to meet, and new quests to take on—not to mention about 200 brand new Yo-kai to befriend, although some will be exclusive to one version or another.

Yo-kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls are out now on Nintendo 3Ds. As far as souped-up sequels go, this one is definitely worth hunting down.

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