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Next year we will most likely see the release of yokai watch 4. 3DS is probably one platform it will release on.  Switch then seems like the next most obvious. 

 

But my question is,  could we see it on ps4? 

 

A few years back you'd have called me crazy if I said the best platform for dragon quest and monster hunter fans would be the ps4. But now ps4 has dragon quest builders,  dragon quest heroes 1&2 and soon to have the superior version of DQ11 exclusively at launch. Even DQX is coming soon.  Monster Hunters next mainline entry will be ps4 exclusive in Japan. 

 

So while yokai watch might not seem like an obvious fit for PlayStation it's definitely possible. If you were Sony a few years back looking at the biggest third party games in Japan not on Playstation you'd probably highlight monster hunter,  dragon quest and yokai watch.  2/3 are now there so could YW follow suit? 

 

The biggest negative against this is the fact YW probably wouldn't be a good fit for the ps4 audience unlike MH and DQ. 

 

Thoughts? 



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Unlikely, but I wouldn't rule it out after the mini flop that was YW3.



Why though ? Yokai Watch is made to cater to the Pokémon audience which is mobile...



Luke888 said:
Why though ? Yokai Watch is made to cater to the Pokémon audience which is mobile...

They said the same thing about Monster Hunter.



Kyuu said:
Luke888 said:
Why though ? Yokai Watch is made to cater to the Pokémon audience which is mobile...

They said the same thing about Monster Hunter.

Yeah, but that was the developers decision to go a more western console focused market. Plus, PS consoles really isn't that popular in Japan anymore. Level 5, specifically Akihiro Hino said that they're developing multiple Switch games so it'd be safe to bet one of them is a YW game. They'd be insane not to. In 4 months, Switch has already surpassed 1/5th of Japan's PS4 install base, this is the time to make sure you leave some kind of mark on Switch. 

As for the OP, no. Not unless Level 5 all of a sudden wants to prioritze the West over the East in terms of their target demographic.



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Level-5 is working on a Switch game and would not doubt if it is a YW game. Even MH I could see somewhat plus been ported to consoles before but YW seems far less likely. YW is far more tailor made for a portable system.



Yokai Watch appeals heavily to the mobile market. Putting it on the PS4 isn't a smart move



Ljink96 said:
Kyuu said:

They said the same thing about Monster Hunter.

Yeah, but that was the developers decision to go a more western console focused market. Plus, PS consoles really isn't that popular in Japan anymore. Level 5, specifically Akihiro Hino said that they're developing multiple Switch games so it'd be safe to bet one of them is a YW game. They'd be insane not to. In 4 months, Switch has already surpassed 1/5th of Japan's PS4 install base, this is the time to make sure you leave some kind of mark on Switch. 

As for the OP, no. Not unless Level 5 all of a sudden wants to prioritze the West over the East in terms of their target demographic.

The key difference here is PS4 version being suggested as an enhanced port rather than exclusive. Publishers will rethink the value of home consoles in Japan if MHW and DQXI turn out massively successful. I'm actually quite surprised with how well PS4 did in Japan considering its weak Japanese lineup from launch up until FFXV.



Ljink96 said:
Kyuu said:

They said the same thing about Monster Hunter.

Yeah, but that was the developers decision to go a more western console focused market. Plus, PS consoles really isn't that popular in Japan anymore. Level 5, specifically Akihiro Hino said that they're developing multiple Switch games so it'd be safe to bet one of them is a YW game. They'd be insane not to. In 4 months, Switch has already surpassed 1/5th of Japan's PS4 install base, this is the time to make sure you leave some kind of mark on Switch. 

As for the OP, no. Not unless Level 5 all of a sudden wants to prioritze the West over the East in terms of their target demographic.

But if Level 5 are making a Switch version, there isn't much reason not to port it to the PS4, unless Ninty pays them not too.



The first Yokai Watch was going to be on home consoles back in 2011 when it was shown so it´s not a crazy idea. But I think the IP is going to stay with Nintendo :)
Yokai Watch 3 keeps selling and with the release of the "Selects" version on july it will mantain its legs so I would not consider it a flop.
If the IP launches on another console not related to Nintendo I would totally buy that console, I love Yokai Watch