Yo-kai Watch Blasters
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North American cover art for Red Cat Corps
Yo-kai Watch Blasters[a] is a role-playing video game developed and published by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS. Blasters was originally released in two versions, named Red Cat Corps[b] and White Dog Squad.[c] The game is a spin-off based on the Blasters mini-game in the main series game Yo-kai Watch 2, and was released in Japan on July 2015 and worldwide by Nintendo in September 2018. Human characters are noticeably absent from gameplay, and players control yōkai in a beat 'em up action style instead. The story follows Jibanyan and his Blasters team in stopping Yo-kai shenanigans. Players are to tackle various missions and bosses, and befriend new Yo-kai in the process. The game is intended as a spoof/homage of the Ghostbusters movie franchise, and is named after it in the Japanese release. However, due to copyright and licensing issues, the western release was renamed, and most of the overt references to Ghostbusters were censored (including notable spoofs the Ecto-1 and the Staypuff Marshmallow Man, among others).
In addition, a Japanese-exclusive arcade version, Iron Oni Army,[e] was released in December 2015.
In Yo-kai Watch Blasters, you can play as Yo-kai; there are only four medal slots in Blasters, in contrast to the six slots in the main series games Yo-kai Watch and Yo-kai Watch 2. The Yo-kai USApyon (ＵＳＡピョン) from Yo-kai Watch 3 is a playable character. The game has three types of missions: Story, Patrol, and Boss Rush (Big Boss in the English-language versions). More missions are unlocked as the player progresses in the game. In all missions, players collect Oni Orbs, which are very important as in-game currency. Oni Orbs are used to level up Yo-kai, buy items, make and upgrade equipment, use the Oni Crank-a-kai, etc.
In Story Missions, you can progress through the story, to become the best Blaster you can be. There are two types of Story Missions: Main Missions and Sub Missions. As the name suggests, Main Missions are essential to completing the story. In contrast, Sub Missions are generally optional; however, some Sub Missions are essential to progress in the main story. In some of these missions, you can befriend certain Yo-kai.
In Patrol Missions, you can explore different towns of your choice; within Springdale, you can choose the location you want to patrol in. Many rare Yo-kai that you are able to befriend spawn here. It is recommended that you befriend Yo-kai in Patrol Missions. Players can also perform Mini Missions, which are short missions that reward players with Oni Orbs.
In Big Boss Missions, you can re-fight bosses previously defeated in Story Missions. Each Big Boss Mission has a selectable difficulty level as well. You can fight the bosses in Normal, Super, and Ultra modes, in increasing order of difficulty. In Ultra difficulty players can receive rare items or maybe even befriend the boss.
Each mission has a distinct set of objectives. These may include collecting items, battling Yo-kai, etc. If all the Yo-kai in your team faint, or the timer runs out, you fail the mission. You control the leader Yo-kai (whoever you place at the red section of the Move-out Members menu), and you can switch between the other Yo-kai in your team. Every Yo-kai has a role, and each role depends on what your Yo-kai will do throughout the mission: Fighter, Tank, Healer, and Ranger. It is certainly recommended to balance your team with these four roles.
A sequel, Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Secret of the Legendary Treasure Bambalaya,[f] was also released in two versions, Sword[g] and Magnum,[h] on December 16, 2017. The sequel games are compatible with save data from the first games as well as the three versions of Yo-kai Watch 3.
- Known in Japan as Yo-kai Watch Busters (Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチバスターズ Hepburn: Yōkai Wotchi Basutāzu)
- Known in Japan as Yo-kai Watch Busters Akaneko-dan (Japanese:
妖 怪ウォッチバスターズ 赤 猫 団Hepburn: Yōkai Wotchi Basutāzu Akaneko-dan, lit. Yokai Watch Busters Red Cat Squad)
- Known in Japan as Yo-kai Watch Busters Shiroinu-tai (Japanese:
妖 怪ウォッチバスターズ 白 犬 隊Hepburn: Yōkai Wotchi Basutāzu Shiroinu-tai, lit. Yokai Watch Busters White Dog Team)
- Known in Japan as Yo-kai Watch Busters Getto-gumi (Japanese:
妖 怪ウォッチバスターズ 月 兎 組Hepburn: Yōkai Wotchi Basutāzu Getto-gumi, lit. Yokai Watch Busters Moon Rabbit Group)
- Known in Japan as Yo-kai Watch Busters Tekki-gun (Japanese:
妖 怪ウォッチバスターズ 鉄 鬼 軍Hepburn: Yōkai Wotchi Basutāzu Tekki-gun, lit. Yokai Watch Busters Iron Oni Army)
- Japanese: 妖怪ウォッチバスターズ2秘宝伝説バンバラヤー Hepburn: Yōkai Wotchi Basutāzu 2 Hihō Densetsu Banbarayā
- Japanese: ソード
- Japanese: マグナム
- Sato. "Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps And White Dog Squad Headed West On September 7". Siliconera. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
- "New Games in the Animal Crossing and Luigi's Mansion Series Coming to Nintendo Switch". Business Wire. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
- "『妖怪ウォッチバスターズ2 秘宝伝説バンバラヤー』の発売日が12月16日（土）に変更" [Release date of Yo-kai Watch Busters 2 changed to Saturday, December 16]. Famitsu. 22 November 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
- "『妖怪ウォッチバスターズ2 ソード／マグナム』2バージョンの限定妖怪が明らかに！ 各種特典も公開" [Announcing the yo-kai of Yo-Kai Watch Busters 2 exclusive to Sword and Magnum versions! Various benefits also published]. Famitsu. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2019.