*This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.*
Sure, there have been a few, but it’s not all that often that we get to review video games here on Moms Living Thrifty — even fewer times that we’ve been able to give one away. That said, when I found out that I had the opportunity to review Yo-Kai Watch with my son, I was over the moon. I waited to tell him because I wanted him to be surprised…and oh, he was!
He had been asking me for the game for at least a month before this, so when it finally arrived, I hid it from him for a day trying to decide just the right way to surprise him with it. Should I just give it to him? Nah…what fun is that?
I decided I’d make him start going through his toys to decide which ones he wanted to keep and which ones we could donate or sell. I promised him there would be a wonderful surprise when he reached the bottom of his toy box, which was funny because he thought that I meant the surprise would be the joy of having more space in his toy box. Fast forward almost 3 hours later (he played a LOT) and I think I must have had the happiest kid in the city!
Keep reading to find out what he had to say about it!
What is Yo-Kai Watch?
Many of you may already be familiar with Yo-kai Watch, but for those of you that aren’t, it’s an extremely popular video game in Japan that is finally available for the first time here in the United States. The game is exclusive to the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS family of systems, which also includes the New Nintendo 3DSXL.
The game is all about these mischievous Yo-kai, which are sort of like ghosts, goblins, or otherwise uncommon beings that have the ability to wreak havoc when you least expect it. For instance, if you’ve ever forgotten your keys and ended up being late because of it, a Yo-kai could be the culprit. The goal of this game is to find and befriend the Yo-kai, then you can turn them into a team that battles other Yo-kai.
My Son’s Review of Yo-Kai Watch
Time to unwind can be really important for a child, especially if they’re doing great in school and are involved with several extracurricular activities. They need that time to unwind and use their imagination.
When my son comes home from school, we make sure he gets his homework done and gets a little snack. If he doesn’t have baseball practice, a game, cub scouts or anything else going on, then it’s time to unwind. Like many kids these days, he likes to unwind with electronics. His Nintendo 3DS is one of his favorites because it’s portable and it offers so many different games.
As I mentioned previously, he’d been bugging me for nearly a month for the Yo-Kai Watch game, so when this opportunity to review it came along, I couldn’t pass it up.
Since him getting this game was such a surprise, the very first words out of his mouth were said as he was running down the hallway, waving the game case in the air, “Oh. My. Goodness. Mom!!! Mommmm!!! This is the best day of my life!!!”
(I lost track of how many “best days” he’s had so far, but I do enjoy seeing him get so excited.)
The next words? “Where is my 3DS? I can’t wait to play Yo-Kai Watch!”
Once he finally got it started, I tried to get a few pictures of him playing it. That’s hard to do with a little one that moves around like a circus contortionist while he plays. I will forever question how children can be perfectly comfortable in such uncomfortable-looking positions.
I had him tell me about the game while he played it, although I think he was a bit frustrated with me after a while because I kept asking so many questions. Here’s what I was told:
In the game, there’s this kid and I get to play him. Now…I made friends with a yo-kai and he’s kinda like a ghost. Oh, and I have a yo-kai watch. It’s a watch like you wear, but it’s special because it helps me find other yo-kai. Did you know that there’s 200 different ones? That’s a lot!
The yo-kai are invisible, but I can see them when I use my watch. My yo-kai and I are solving a mystery right now, but we can fight other yo-kai that are doing bad things, too! I don’t get to tell my yo-kai what to do though, he just fights on his own, automatically. I can help my yo-kai be more powerful though, like if I activate his soultimate move.
I can’t believe how many yo-kai there are! I hope I can catch them all!
So far, it’s a really fun game, mom. Can you stop asking me so many questions now? It’s hard for me to concentrate.
And there you have it. Mom was trumped by Yo-Kai Watch.
Want a chance to win a copy of Yo-Kai Watch for your child?
If you’ve got a kiddo in your life that has a 2DS, 3DS or 3DS XL, then you might want to stick around and enter for your chance to win your very own copy of Yo-Kai Watch!
That’s right — we’re giving one away!
This giveaway is open to United States residents only. (Sorry to all of our foreign friends!)