Nintendo Publishing Yo-Kai Watch in the West

Nintendo has just announced it will be bringing Yo-Kai Watch to western territories. Unfortunately, the publisher has yet to provide a release date, but we do know it will be available in North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and Korea.

In case you're unfamiliar with this insanely popular Japanese franchise, Yo-Kai Watch is about a young boy who possess a special watch that allows him to tame and summon mysterious beings known as Yo-Kai. The series has spawned a line of profitable merchandise, toys, video games, and an anime series.

According to Nintendo, Yo-Kai "are not ghosts, monsters or creatures. Yo-kai are, quite simply, Yo-kai. They cannot be seen by the human eye, but they are everywhere. Whether born from the soul of a deceased human, or an everyday object discovering its higher purpose, their personalities are distinctly humanlike."

Do you think Yo-Kai Watch will prove to be successful in the west? Could it be the next Pokémon?