Level-5 has Trademarked a Few Yokai Watch-Related Titles in the USA

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It seems like developer/publisher Level-5 is finally ramping up their localization for Yokai Watch.

The game(s) were confirmed for a western release back in August, but now we’ve learned the company has filed trademarks for both “Jibanyan” and “Whisper” in the United States. The marks were both filed on December 9th, and further investigation led us to a trademark for “Yo-Kai Watch,” filed under video games, this past January.

It’s worth noting that Japanese developers tend to file trademarks before a game’s official reveal/confirmation, when in this case it hopefully leads to an official release date.

We’ll keep you guys posted.

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  1. Phelan
    December 17, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Bad news :/

    Would be better if Level 5 had different publisher :/ Sadly discriminATLUS has a long history of pissing on Europe.

  2. William Calderwood
    William Calderwood
    December 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Wait are you serious? I didn’t even know it’s coming to the west. Yokai Watch is huge overseas.

  3. MaidKillua
    December 17, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve heard the name of this game before but still have absolutely no idea what it actually is. Though I doubt we’ll see it in Europe any time soon if at all so it doesn’t particularly matter

  4. Siveon
    December 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Pokemon is meh for me, never got into that PvP metagame.

    But Pokemon with Japanese demons/yokai/monsters/etc? I’m sold.

  5. Zombie_Barioth
    December 18, 2014 at 7:37 am

    They actually want to make a “global expansion” so theres a good chance Level-5 will push for a EU release.

    As for Atlus, well, they are technically Atlus U.S.A. I doubt they’re much bigger than XSEED so they probably have enough trouble handling the US, let alone all of EU. Thats where Rising Star is supposed to come in.

  6. Phelan
    December 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Aye… but you know who is the biggest publisher for Vita in EU?

    NISA is… Nippon Ichi Software AMERICA. Atlus just doesn’t care, if they wanted they would be able to release it without any problem just like NISA is doing.

  7. Zombie_Barioth
    December 19, 2014 at 12:14 am

    One being better doesn’t mean the others simply don’t care. XSEED isn’t much better either, so I find it hard to believe only NISA cares about it’s EU fans.

    Don’t quote me on it, but I think they’re somewhere between Nintendo’s Treehouse and NISA in size, so they might not have the resources to handle as much. NISA has 165 employees (27 temp) to Atlus’s 121, a difference of 44, thats roughly 1/3 of Atlus.