Yo-kai Watch is role-playing series by Level-5 that was formed as a cross-media franchise. It holds the unique distinction of being the first IP not owned by Nintendo to sell over 1 million copies on launch week in Japan alone since Monster Hunter.
|2013||Nintendo 3DS||Yo-kai Watch||2.97|
|2014||Nintendo 3DS||Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso & Honke/Shin'uchi||7.30|
|2016||Nintendo 3DS||Yo-kai Watch 3||2.21|
|2019||Nintendo Switch||Yo-kai Watch 4||0.29|
|2019||Nintendo Switch/PS4||Yo-kai Watch 4 ++||0.063|
|2019||Nintendo Switch||Yo-kai Watch||0.013|
|2015||Nintendo 3DS||Yo-kai Watch Busters||2.37|
|2015||Wii U||Yo-kai Watch Just Dance||0.026|
|2016||Nintendo 3DS||Yo-kai Sangokushi||0.56|
|2017||Nintendo 3DS||Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Secret of the Legendary Treasure Bambalaya||0.52|
|2020||Nintendo Switch/PS4||Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y – Waiwai Gakuen Seikatsu||0.045|
Yo-Kai Watch was a very unique game in terms of sales curves. At launch, it was far from successful, selling about 50 thousand copies. However, as the anime started airing in January 2014, its sales quickly rose that it was outselling launch week on a weekly basis. Even the announcement of the sequels in March 2014 did not slow it down. It was not until the sequels were released that the game started to lower from the top ten. Even in the end of 2014, the game is still selling a couple thousand a week.
Yo-kai Watch 2: Ganso & Honke
Yo-Kai Watch 2: Shin'uchi
This is a third version of Yo-kai Watch 2 that came out to tie in with the movie. Despite this having little content difference from Ganso & Honke, it nearly matched their combined launch week sales.
Yo-kai Watch is heavily invested in other forms of media that it has also been very successful in Japan.
The Anime has been tremendously popular, surpassing Pokemon on the weekly ratings. It's first movie had over 1 million tickets preordered for it, which is one of the highest ticket preorders in recent times.