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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children Black Book and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children Red Book are a pair of 2000 role-playing games for the Game Boy Color, and the first entries in the Devil Children series. They were developed by Multimedia Intelligence Transfer, published by Atlus, and released on November 17, 2000. A remastered compilation of both versions with updated graphics was released for the PlayStation on March 18, 2002.

To date, neither release of Black Book or Red Book have been officially released outside of Japan. The Game Boy Color version of Black Book received a fan translation and was released on July 28, 2021.


Nakama o fuyashi, gattai de tsuyoku shiyō!
Kimi wa zen 250 ijō no debiru o deaeru kana?
Collect more devil partners and merge them together to make them stronger!
Can you meet all 250+ devils?

Utsukushī gurafikku! Tsukai yasui shisutemu!
Shin debiru no tsuika! Anime to onaji seiyū boisu!
"Debichiru" ga pawā appu de tōjō da!
Beautiful graphics! Easy-to-use systems!
New demons added! The same voice actors as the anime!
"DeviChil" has powered-up and it's ready to go!


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Version Differences

The protagonist is capable of riding their demon partner in demon-infested areas, which grants a faster walking speed at the cost of an increased encounter rate. Some obstacles can only be traversed when riding your partner, and the kind of obstacle differs depending on the game: Cool can walk on lava and reach blocked areas by digging underground, while Veil's ability to fly allows her to go over cliffs, water, and other kinds of special terrain such as slippery ice and moving sand. As both versions of the game share the same maps, certain areas and items can become harder or impossible to navigate or acquire depending on the version being played.

Some locations contain blue and pink doors next to each other that can only be opened by Setsuna and Mirai, respectively. Whatever items are located inside those doors can only be acquired on one version of the game.

The fusion system differs in both games. In Black Book, fusing two demons will result in a third demon of a different race that can inherit skills from its fusion components. In Red Book, fusing a demon with a weaker demon will strengthen the stats of the former, while fusing with a stronger demon will make the first demon evolve into a stronger demon of the same race. Fusing two copies of the same demon is also possible in Red Book, which will increase the maximum HP and SP of the first demon selected. This strengthening, when performed enough times, allows certain demons to evolve.

Mute-race demons are only available via fusion accident in Black Book, but they appear in the wild in Red Book. The element of partner-exclusive skills that can be taught by a Trainer will change depending on the version: Fire in Black Book, and Wood in Red Book.


Upon booting the game, the player will be greeted by an opening sequence visually inspired by the anime adaptation, and then be prompted to select between playing Black Book, Red Book, or using the Webnet, which allows connecting two save files in the Memory Card to perform the same functions as connecting two GameBoy Color games via Link Cable. Each version of the game now allows for three separate save slots instead of just one.

Visually, the game's graphics were updated but remain a one-by-one recreation of all areas in the original versions. There is now voice acting, with talent from the anime adaptation reprising their roles, but no option to adjust the volume of background music and voice acting separately.

In the original versions of the game, it's possible to run in areas without demon encounters for increased speed, while in the PlayStation version the player will walk in those areas at running speed by default.

The game's story was left mostly unchanged, though the script, previously entirely in hiragana and katakana now contains kanji. However, kanji is still not available when selecting the protagonist's name. The only real alteration was changing the demons who kidnap Nagahisa from Petit Frosts into Jack Frosts.

Twenty new demons were added to the game, sixteen of which are available on both versions and two pairs that are exclusive to each version.

PlayStation-exclusive Demons
Name Level Version
Bunbuku Chagama 10 Both
Bakemogura 13 Both
Moai 19 Both
Kami wo Kure 20 Both
Jersey Devil 21 Both
Keukegen 22 Both
Cyborg Deka 23 Both
Brownie 24 Red Book
Kaguya-hime 26 Black Book
Zenki Goki 28 Both
Nautilus 29 Both
Abe no Seimei 32 Both
Rokurokubi 34 Both
Kiyohime 35 Both
Paramecium King 36 Both
A Bao A Qu 40 Both
Excalibur 46 Both
Jiang Ziya 50 Both
Zeus 60 Black Book
Amaterasu 60 Red Book








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Names in Other Languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 真・女神転生 デビルチルドレン 黒の書 Shin Megami Tensei Debiru Chirudoren Kuro no Sho
真・女神転生 デビルチルドレン 赤の書 Shin Megami Tensei Debiru Chirudoren Aka no Sho
真・女神転生 デビルチルドレン 黒の書・赤の書 Shin Megami Tensei Debiru Chirudoren Kuro no Sho・Aka no Sho PlayStation
True Goddess Reincarnation: Devil Children Black Book
True Goddess Reincarnation: Devil Children Red Book
True Goddess Reincarnation: Devil Children Black Book & Red Book