Recently Nintendo announced that it would be bringing the popular video game series Yokai Watch to the West for a November 6 release date. 

Yokai Watch is a media franchise in Japan that encompasses anime, games, toys, and other merchandise. There's even a feature-length movie coming out in Japan later this year that's been breaking all kinds of sales records. But what is it, even? What do you need to know before jumping in and getting started with the game? 

Here are four things you need to know about Yokai Watch before jumping right in, including a brief explanation of the plot and what the games offer. You might want to share it with all those friends you've got who have no idea how culturally impactful it could end up being. This could be the next Pokemon, you guys. 

The Story
A young boy named Keita Amano happens upon a bizarre capsule machine one day while playing in the woods searching for bugs. He opens one of the capsules, expecting a toy inside, and instead meet a yokai (spirit) named Whisper. Whisper gifts Keita with a special item known as the Yokai Watch, which effectively allows him to see spirits and communicate with them. It so happens that there are tons of different yokai around Keita in the world, and with Whisper and his cat yokai Jibanyan, Keita sets off to meet several different kinds of yokai with whom he can befriend or even battle. Sound a lot like Pokemon? You'd be right, except there's even more of a supernatural element to this plot, and it makes for some pretty freaky ghostly friends. Throw in a dash of lessons to be learned, growing up, and silly adventures, and you've got a recipe for surefire success.

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