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Yo-Kai Watch reportedly releasing outside Japan in 2015

Level-5's 3DS RPG series has taken off in Japan

Collect-and-battle series Yo-Kai Watch will release internationally starting next year, according to a Japanese report.

The 3DS exclusive RPG series casts players as a young boy or girl who can befriend spirits pulled from Japanese mythology, with the help of the titular Yo-Kai Watch. Players assemble a team of spirits to battle and capture other ethereal entities hidden around their town.

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The first game in the franchise released in July 2013, and it has since been adapted into multiple manga and anime series as well as a successful toy line.

Yo-Kai Watch 2 has sold more than two million copies since it released in July 2014 and has topped Japanese sales charts for five consecutive weeks.

Level-5 president Akihiro Hino told Japanese site Zakzak, as translated by a NeoGAF user, that the developer has already signed on with a foreign toy company to support the launch.

Level-5 is best known in the West for its work on the Professor Layton series and on Ni no Kuni.

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