This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer-Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.I have two boys. Two boys who love video games. Who try to talk to me about video games, like Yo-Kai Watch. I feel so bad for them since I know I usually have a pretty blank look on my face as I’m listening, thinking, “What is Yo-Kai Watch and why is it taking so long to get to the point!” I have never been a “gamer” and probably am not going to turn in to one now. But I do like to know what kinds of stuff the kids are interested in. I always try to give them at least 5 minutes, of my full attention, so they can explain what’s going on in their video games. These discussions would go on MUCH longer if I let them. Why do kids love the details so much?!
One day on Facebook, I was able to explain to another mom what her son was talking about because I had just learned about it from my kids. And then I knew what I had to do. I need to help other moms. So I decided to take one for the team and have my oldest son explain to me exactly what Yo-Kai Watch is. I did this so that you don’t have to worry about hurting your own kid’s feelings as your eyes start to glaze over. You’re welcome.
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Yo-Kai Watch is a video game based on the collectible, battle cards game that is popular in Japan and is now available in the US. It has similarities to that other popular card game that most elementary aged kids are super in to (rhymes with Shmokemon). So what are Yo-Kai and what are we watching? Yo-Kai are mischievous, made up characters who lurk and wander around their digital world. Your job is to find and befriend these characters. They become your team and, together, you battle other Yo-Kai. The Yo-Kai Watch is a device you wear that helps you to sense when they are near, kind of like a meter, and also lets you call upon specific Yo-Kai for battle. There are 200 different Yo-Kai and they belong to 8 different tribes. If two Yo-Kai from the same tribe are in a battle on the same team, their abilities increase.
Did you get all that?? There is SO much more, like fusing your Yo-Kai, etc. but I just wanted to get you started with the basics. Now if your kids ask for the Yo-Kai Watch video game or to watch it on TV (there is also an animated series on now) you have an idea of what the heck they are talking about. You’re totally going to win cool points with your kids. Again, you’re welcome. I know that some people don’t let their kids play a lot of video games. But I don’t have a problem with them. Most video game worlds are really creative and I love that. (Our kids don’t play any of the mature, violent games). Of course I want them to play outside as well but I truly don’t mind them trying to master a video game. With my younger son (he’s 7) I will hear him get really frustrated when he starts playing a brand new game. And slowly, he’ll start to figure it out. So when he’s stuck on a math problem for homework, I can remind him that if he just keeps trying, he’ll level up just like on his game. And these video games are so interactive now. Both boys have a Nintendo DS handheld system and they can play Yo-Kai Watch together, on their separate devices. I love to hear my older son (age 10 in a few weeks) coaching his brother. There are so many great life skills that come out of playing these games.
What I love even more is when they decide to play Yo-Kai Watch in real life. They use make-believe to find the Yo-Kai and battle each other. I much prefer my kids to play video games then watch YouTube videos for hours (unless it is some sort of life hacks video because my youngest son likes to copy those and those mostly help me out…you guys, he can fold a t-shirt in 2 seconds). Our family is pretty busy and I love that the boys can sometimes just be still for a few minutes with their games. Everybody needs a way to relax. And while mine is with reality TV, I’m ok with theirs being video games. The boys have also talked about finding a career in gaming and that is exciting! Creating games involves engineering, creativity and design skill. I am fine with them preliminarily (let’s face it, they are still really young and if they’re like me will change their career path about 16 times…) wanting to go in to game design. If it means they start thinking about computer engineering at this age, I’m totally cool with that. Overall the kids think Yo-Kai Watch is “pretty fun”. They like the battles the best and love that the “MPC” (characters in the game that are not Yo-Kai) actually have a voice and talk back to you when you encounter them in a game.
Yo-Kai Watch is made exclusively for Nintendo 2DS and 3DS systems as well as the new 3DS XL that we got to try out for this post. (My kids LOVE it!). Yo-Kai Watch is available where ever video games are sold and retails for approximately $39.99.
YO-KAI WATCH GIVEAWAY! Giveaway is now closed! Thanks for entering! Congrats, Amy!
Nintendo has provided me with a Yo-Kai Watch Nintendo 3DS game to give away! (GAME ONLY – I’M NOT GIVING AWAY A DS SYSTEM). To enter, just leave a comment telling me why you think video games are a great way for your kids to relax. I’ll randomly choose one lucky winner to win the game.
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