Although the game has already been out worldwide, Persona Q2 is one of the last games to be released on the Nintendo 3DS. SEGA and ATLUS usually has a demo every year to promote a title that may not get a whole lot of recognition. And while Persona is one of the companies’ fastest growing series in terms of popularity, I would be easy to miss this title on a dying handheld system. However, Persona and RPG fans alike should dust off their 3Ds’s one more time to check out this unique adventure. Click the jump to find out more about the 5-minute hands-on demo.
Nintendo has finally dropped information on when Joker will steal your stocks in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, on April 17th (aka tomorrow). In addition, Nintendo has released a new trailer that goes into great extent over how Joker plays, plus other content from the Persona series. Joker by himself primarily uses a mixture of his knife and pistol to rake up damage, giving him solid ranged and close combat capabilities. But his main gimmick is the ability to summon his Persona Arsene by filling up a gauge, which causes his normal attacks to have additional power and his Specials to change completely as long as Arsene is summoned. He has two different costumes, ones based on his Phantom Thief persona, and the other based on his school uniform, and his taunts can summon Morgana.
Along with Joker, he will be accompanied by a new stage called Mementos, based on the location from Persona 5, the stage receiving music tracks throughout the Persona series, and the addition of Spirits from the Persona series being included. Additionally, new Mii costumes based on Persona 3 and Persona 4 characters will be included, along with the return of the Tails and Knuckles Mii costumes from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS.
So when you get the chance, try out Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and comment on your first impressions.
Atlus of Japan has officially revealed the long rumored Persona 5-related game, a seemingly new game titled Persona 5 The Royal likely planned for the Playstation 4. Not much new information about the game itself has been revealed, but the trailer puts heavy emphasis on a new female character. Based on the very few pieces of information, said character is a first year student who apparently resents the Phantom Thieves, feeling that they don’t actually solve the problems they claim to being fixing. What her exact role in the game is currently unknown.
However, this ties into another rumor that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will introduce a female counterpart to Joker, based on data mining finding code talking about “Jane” as an alternative costume and having a ponytail, the latter notably matching with the design of the new female character teased. Atlus is also promising more information about Persona 5 The Royal on April 24th, which is also coincidentally the same month when Joker is planned to be available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. A possible simultaneous reveal? Well whatever your stance is, Persona 5 The Royal is already shaping up to be an interesting direction in the Persona series.
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If you guys didn’t know, Persona 3 Portable on PSP allowed users to pick the gender of the protagonist character from Male or Female. A lot of people online would rank Persona 3 Portable‘s female protagonist as one of their favorites in video game history. So when Atlus announced Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth would feature Persona 3 Portable‘s female protagonist, people got excited, but worried she would have a minor appearance. Don’t fret, the latest Weekly Famitsu has confirmed that shes a big part of the story.
Not only that, they also talked about how the game will feature 28 Persona-users, each party member being allowed to use two personas and even that Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth will have its own stand alone story. More details after the break:
Atlus has been busy registering Persona domains in the last few weeks, Ryu’s Office, a games business marketing firm registered seven Persona domains for the publisher. It seems like these Persona domains could be related to Persona spin-offs, which Atlus has been notorious for releasing these past few years. Atlus registered the following Persona domains on April 18th.
Below is the domains they registered with guesses by Gematsu.
- P3D.jp (Persona 3 Dancing?)
- P5AG.jp (Persona 5 A…fter Golden?)
- P5D.jp (Persona 5 Dancing?)
- P5R.jp (Persona 5 R…acing?)
- P5U.jp (Persona 5 Ultimax / Persona 5 Arena?)
- Persona-Dance.jp (Persona Dancing portal site?)
- PQ2.jp (Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth 2?)
But back in April 4, Atlus also registered the following domains. Probably to sit on them for the future, of course.
Since Atlus is doing a big Persona concert soon, which is the place they premiered Persona 5 gameplay last year, expect to see something new. Not only that, in a recent survey Atlus hinted that they were going announce a Persona related title this year, so don’t be shocked to hear something on August 2nd or before. What are your thoughts on the registered domain and do you want Atlus to continue making games featuring Persona 5 characters?
The Persona Twentieth Anniversary FES event is being held at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda art museum. The folks at Anime Now have posted a large gallery of photos from the… uh… gallery. The event is being held to recognize the 20th anniversary of the first Persona’s release in 1996 and will conclude on December 18th, 2017. However, tickets are now sold out, so these pictures will likely be your only chance to scope them out.
Not only will you find official artwork, accessories, and merchandise from the series; but you’ll also see Morganna and Teddy roaming, as well as Persona artwork from professional manga artists. Winners from a fan art contest on PIXIV are also on display. It looks like one hell of a gallery.
This is just a fraction of the images Anime Now posted. Be sure to check out their full report for the rest.
Persona 5 has been a stunning success for Atlus since it’s launch on September 15th just a couple of weeks ago. The company announced at the end of this week that over 550,000 copies of the game have been shipped between PS3 and PS4 editions in Japan.
Let’s put that in perspective for Atlus. Persona 4: The Golden, the PS Vita re-release of the last mainline Persona game, had reached 350,000 units in Japan only after almost 2 years of being available. Clearly, Persona 5 is going to be a monster hit for the company and seriously fill parent company Sega’s coffers this year.
To celebrate this achievement, Atlus has announced it will be releasing two free sets of DLC costumes for players. Hit the jump to see pictures of the cast in their swimsuits and Morgana dolled up like a ram.
Here’s a new trailer for Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Atlus’ dancing rhythm game for the PS Vita. P4: Dancing All Night features characters from the popular Persona series- you guessed it, dancing all night. But this trailer boasts more than just a jig with a boy in a bear suit. Dancing All Night features a pretty meaty story mode, told through animated cut scenes and Persona style talking heads. Plus an impressive selection of songs and outfits to dress your favourite Persona 4 characters in.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night will release on June 25th, 2015 for the PS Vita in Japan. Western dates still to be announced sometime within the year.
Atlus has announced that one day before the Persona Super Live 2015 concert starts, that they’ll do a live stream where they’ll announce new Persona stuff and presumably do other Persona things on the Persona Channel website and Nico Nico. This live stream, which will be more than 30 hours long, will start at 1 PM JST on February 4th. So if you’re in Europe it’ll start at 5 AM CET/4 AM GMT, or if you’re in the US it’ll start at 11 PM EST/8 PM PST on February 3rd.
At the very least, we can probably expect news on Persona 5, Persona 4: Dancing All Night and/or Persona 3 The Movie: #3 Falling Down. And who knows, maybe they’ll announce other new Persona stuff while they’re at it. And if it’s going to be anything like the last time they did a live stream where they announced new Persona stuff, most of it’s probably gonna be a countdown and a bunch of crazy stuff we won’t be able to understand even if we knew Japanese.
Altus has now dropped the price of the following PSP Persona ports: Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin and arguably the best deal in the bunch Persona 3 Portable. The titles will now only cost you $4.99 and are playable on both the PSP and the Playstation Vita.
Persona 3: Portable is as enhanced remake of the PS2 Persona 3 game but with added content. The player can now play the game as a female, which alters the game including characters you meet and social links (which are important in this title). In my opinion, Persona 3 Portable is the best version of Persona 3 and its only $5, totally worth it.
Remember that time an onslaught of Persona game announcements was posted on the front page? Well, all four of those announced games have been confirmed for an US release. The first two of those will be Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth for 3DS and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for PS3 and Xbox 360, both of which will be released this Fall. Americans will have to wait a bit longer for Persona 5 (for PS3) and Persona 4: Dancing All Night (for Vita) though, as both of those games won’t be released in the US until 2015.
Sadly for European Persona fans, Atlus hasn’t announced anything regarding a release in Europe. Of course, this could change with Atlus now being a SEGA company, but we’ll have to wait and see if that will be the case. English trailers for Persona Q, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Persona 4: Dancing All Night can be found below after the jump.
Atlus revealed an sequel to Persona 4 Arena today called Persona 4 Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold today. Sure to be put on top of many top 10 best fighting game names lists, this update features a new story along with at least three new characters: Junpei and Yukari from Persona 3 and an original character called Sho Minazuki.
The news that SEGA had acquired Index Corp, and by extension Atlus, shook the gaming world yesterday and left many fans worried for the future of the developer. Atlus’ Head of Consumer Software has released an open letter to the customers to reassure them of Atlus’ future: