…I refer, of course to Persona 5 being released on the Nintendo Switch sooner than later. Originally released on the PS4 and PS3, rumors have been rampant Atlus will bring what some have called the Greatest RPG Ever to the Nintendo Switch between this announcement and Persona Q2, which includes the playable cast of Persona 5 (as well as P3P’s Female Protagonist) coming to the Nintendo 3DS.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl started the trend of including non-Nintendo Characters beginning with Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake (the latter absent from Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U). Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U marked the first time the game was released on two platforms though both games were mostly the identical (graphics and sound quality aside of course). Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features every fighter to have ever appeared in the previous released combined as well as a few new faces such as the long-requested Ridley.
Cloud from Final Fantasy VII, Ryu from the Street Fighter games and Bayonetta from her namesake game were introduced in the 3DS/Wii U version as DLC Characters (all coming with a stage). Bayonetta 2 was released on the Wii U while various Street Fighter games have been released on Nintendo consoles over the years (the last being Super Street Fighter IV 3D).
As for FFVII…there are the rumors Square Enix is trying to figure out a way to release their previously announced FFVII Remake on the Switch. The original FFVII was originally released on the Playstation 1 back in 1997. It was re-relased on Steam a few days ago. Those who know their gaming history know its PS1 release marked the end of Square-Enix’s partnership with Nintendo for almost 5 years. FFVII, FFVIII and FFIX were all released on the PS1. FFX, FFX-2, FFIX and FFXII were all released on the PS2 (though the FFXII spinoff title Revenant Wings was released on the Nintendo DS). I assume most know FFX, FFX-2 and FFXII were re-released in HD on the PS4, Vita and Steam. FFXIII (and its two sequels was released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 while FFXIV and FFXV were both released on the PS4, Xbox One and Steam. It is worth noting NONE of the Final Fantasy games released after VI were re-released on Nintendo consoles despite Square Enix releasing other games on Nintendo consoles. Time will tell if that will change.
Getting back to the Persona games though.
For those who haven’t played Persona 5 yet (Shame on you, it’s worth getting a PS4 just to play even if you’re not into RPGs), the playable cast have a separate identity when they’re in the Metaverse unlike the previous games. Ryuji is Skull, Morgana is Mona and Ann is Panther for example. The codenames go with their role as the Phantom Thieves in the game without going into plot spoilers.
Persona 3 and Persona 4 maintained their popularity over 10 years after their original releases on the PS2. Persona 3 got a re-release on the PS3 P3:FES) and again on the Vita (P3P), the second of which introduced the fan-favorite (but non-canon) Female Protagonist. Persona 3 also got an Anime in the form of 4 movies that cover the events of the game. Persona 4 got a Vita port, Persona 4 Golden which introduces an additional but non-playable character named Marie. Persona 4 also got a direct sequel on the Vita (later released on the PS4) in the rhythm game Persona 4 Dancing All Night. Persona 3 and Persona 4 got 3 crossover games in Persona 4 Arena (PS3 and Xbox 360), Persona 4 Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold (PS3 and Xbox 360) and of course, Persona Q1 for the 3DS. Persona 3 and Persona 5 also got a rhythm based game each set to be released sometime this month. If you have Crunchyroll, you probably already know about the Persona 5 Anime. The Anime covers the events of the game up to the last two palaces, which will be covered in an OVA to be released sometime next year.
Having said all that, fans have been calling for the Nintendo 3DS and Switch releases of the Persona 3 and Persona 4 games. Given the Vita is essentially dead, it makes the most sense to re-release Persona 1 through 4 on the Nintendo 3DS and Switch. P3P and P4G could both be released on the New Nintendo 3DS without a significant graphics or sound downgrade while the originals and the Dancing games could be released on the New 3DS or Switch as-is. It could also open the door to Persona 1 and 2 getting re-released as well.
Persona 5 marked the return of the Negotiation system, which had been absent from Persona 3 and Persona 4. It was also much darker than Persona 4 and had more gameplay, which were two of the biggest complains series fans had with Persona 4.
While Persona 3, 4, and 5’s main protagonists have an official name in the spinoff games and Anime–Makoto Yuki (P3), Yu Narukami or Souji Seto (P4) and Akira Karusu or Ren Amaya (P5)–canonically they do not have a name. Persona 4’s protagonist goes by Yu Narukami outside the base game except in the case of the Manga in which he goes by Soujo Seto. The real name of Persona 5’s protagonist is Ren Amaya in the Anime but is otherwise known as Akira Karusu. The player can enter whatever name they want in the source games if you’re wondering why. The main protagonist is also the only character with the power to use Personas other than their trademark Persona (Orpheus, Izanagi and Arsene).
Anywho, I do think we will see Persona 5 get a Switch released. Bethesda figured out a way to fit Skyrim on the Switch (admittedly with a MASSIVE graphical downgrade but a small price to pay to play Skyrim on the go!). I see no reason why Atlus can’t port Persona 5 as well as Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable to the Switch and/or the New Nintendo 3DS. Why Persona 4 Golden/Persona 3 Portable and not Persona 3/Persona 4? The extra content in both of those games. I do think P3P and P4G can be compressed enough to fit on the Nintendo 3DS but it would make more sense to put them on the New Nintendo 3DS especially with the video cutscenes in Golden.
For now one can play all five Persona games with a PSP Go or Vita, PS3 and PS4. The PS3 is a must-have for playing digital copies of PS1 and PS2 games. Persona 1 was released on the PSP and you can buy it digitally to play on a PSP Go. You can also play both halves of Persona 2 (Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment) and Persona 3 Portable on a PSP Go. Eternal Punishment was released on the PSP but Innocent Sin was released on the PS1 for those who are wondering. The ordering is Eternal Punishment, then Innocent Sin. If you have a Vita, you can play the first four (technically 5) main series Persona games on one console. If you want to play Innocent Sin and the PS2 versions of Persona 3/Persona 4 you will need a PS3 though. Of course, you can play Persona 5 on the PS3 or PS4 currently.
…At the end of the day, all we can do is wait and see.
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