Time to get into the groove with ‘Yokai Watch Dance’

It’s not just the cute characters that made “Yokai Watch” a huge hit, it’s also the anime adaptation’s dance routine. So it’s not surprising that there’s a new “Yokai Watch” dance game for Nintendo Wii U.

“Yokai Watch Dance” is a collaboration between Level-5, the Fukuoka studio behind “Yokai Watch” and France’s Ubisoft, which makes a series of dancing games called “Let’s Dance.” The in-game avatars are dressed as “Yokai Watch” characters, and the set of rhythm games feature all the “Yokai Watch” songs you’d expect, including “Yokai Taisou Daiichi” and “Gera Gera Po no Uta.” Those two alone are enough to keep fans entertained for hours on end. As you’d expect with Yokai Watch games, it also comes with a special collectible medal.

“Yokai Watch Dance” will be released on Dec. 5 for ¥4,622. Since the game requires the Wii Remote, a special edition that includes the controller will also be available for ¥7,236.


‘Pokemon’ wants to pump you up

In the real world, gyms are where people go to pump iron and get in shape. In “Pokemon,” however, gyms are where Pokemon Trainers improve battling abilities and better their Pocket Monsters. So what happens when a real Pokemon gym materializes in Osaka?

The Pokemon Expo Gym at Osaka’s new ExpoCity shopping complex features an array of paid attractions that let fans interact with some of their favorite Pokemon. You can watch Charizard’s Battle Colosseum, one of several digitally projected stage shows and get active with Macho J’s Pokemon Boxercise, a special boxing-type game; Pokemon Battle Bowling, a two-player bowling-themed game; or Smeargle’s Promo Studio, which lets visitors audition for a role as a back-up dancer. There are seven attractions, each costing between ¥400 and ¥600 for tickets.

That’s not all there is to do at the Pokemon Gym: There is also, of course, a shop selling exclusive items and a snack counter serving up Pokemon-themed food and drink. After all that training, no doubt you’ll want a tall glass of Pikachu mango soda.


The force is strong with this one

The world is only a month away from a brand new “Star Wars” film. But what can diehard fans do to pass the time until “The Force Awakens”? You could try “Star Wars Battlefront.”

This new “Star Wars Battlefront” is more of a reboot than a sequel to the two previously released “Star Wars Battlefront” games, taking players to iconic locations from the original films, such as the frigid fields of Hoth, the arid vistas of Tatooine and the lush foliage of Endor.

While there are single-player missions, “Star Wars Battlefront” is primarily an online multiplayer game, where up to 40 players can shoot each other up on one of 12 multiplayer maps. So, expect the kind of chaos and unexpected moments you see in such games, but here they come with a decidedly “Star Wars” twist.

“Star Wars” fans will undoubtably feel the force, as they’ll find they can even play Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker and other major characters if they get a power-up located in the in-game map. Players can also pilot X-Wings, Snowspeeders, Speeder Bikes and AT-ATs.

The game may be relying on its nostalgic appeal, but these days that’s half the appeal of “Star Wars” films anyway.

“Star Wars Battlefront” is now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC for ¥8,424.


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