異次元世界の迷宮、喋る扉、 十字架に架けられた少年、 そして悪魔に虐げられた少年──不思議な夢から目を覚ますと、井の頭公園で殺人事件が起こり街が騒然としていた。と同時にパソコン通信により不可解なメッセージが送られていた。それは悪魔を自分の「仲魔」として、いつでも召喚することができる「悪魔召喚プログラム」であった…。
Sen kyūhyaku kyū jū X-nen hachi tsuki Tōkyō Kichijōji
Shujinkō no shōnen wa hahaoya to futa ri kurashi no tīn'eijā. Aru yoru, shōnen wa kimyōna yumewomita...
I jigen sekai no meikyū, shaberu tobira, jūjika ni kake rareta shōnen, soshite akuma ni shītage rareta shōnenーーFushigina yume kara mewosamasu to, Inogashirakōen de satsujin jiken ga okori-gai ga sōzen to shite ita. Todōjini pasokon tsūshin ni yori fukakaina messēji ga okura rete ita. Sore wa akuma o jibun no "naka ma" to shite, itsu demo shōkan suru koto ga dekiru "akuma shōkan puroguramu" deatta.
Kichijōji, Tokyo, August 199X
The Protagonist, a young man who lives with his mother, begins to have strange dreams...
An otherworldly labyrinth, a talking door, a crucified man, and a man tormented by demons.When he awakens from his dream, he finds the neighbourhood in a frenzy over a murder in Inokashira Park. He then receives a mysterious message via computer: a "Demon Summoning Program" that allows the user to ally with demons and summon them at will...
Shin Megami Tensei (Game)
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Shin Megami Tensei is a 1992 role-playing game for the Super Famicom, and the first entry in the Shin Megami Tensei series. It was developed and published by Atlus and released on October 30, 1992 in Japan. A port for the Super CD-ROM²[a] was released on December 25 of the following year. A remaster of the game featuring new content was released for the Mega-CD on February 25, 1994, while a separate remaster for the PlayStation was released on May 21, 2001. An expanded version of the PlayStation remaster was released for the Game Boy Advance on May 28, 2003. This version was later ported to iOS on February 24, 2012, featuring the higher quality music from the PlayStation version of the game.
The iOS version received an international release on May 17, 2014, being the only occasion where Shin Megami Tensei was officially localized and released outside of Japan. This version has since been delisted from the App Store and is no longer available; however, on February 28th, 2021, gymzatan released a script to extract the iOS localization and patch it into the Game Boy Advance version.
The Super Famicom version of Shin Megami Tensei received a fan translation by Aeon Genesis and released on June 30, 2002. A separate fan translation for the PlayStation version was released on August 10, 2022.
異次元世界の迷宮、 喋る扉、 十字架に掛けられた少年、悪魔に虐げられた少年、 謎の女、 そして怪しい儀式── パソコン通信により、不可解なメッセージが送られて来た。そしてプログラムをダウンロードすると、それは悪魔を自分の「仲魔」として、いつでも召喚することができる「悪魔召喚プログラム」であった......。
I jigen sekai no meikyū, shaberu tobira, jūjika ni kakerareta shōnen, akuma ni shītagerareta shōnen, nazo no on’na, soshite ayashī gishiki ── Pasokon tsūshin niyori, fukakaina messēji ga okuraretekita. Soshite puroguramu o daunrōdo suruto, sore wa akuma o jibun no "naka ma" toshite, itsu demo shōkan suru koto ga dekiru "akuma shōkan puroguramu" deatta.......
An otherworldly labyrinth, a talking door, a crucified man, a man tormented by demons, a mysterious woman, and a strange ritual. A mysterious message is sent via computer. Attached is a program that, when downloaded, turns out to be a "Demon Summoning Program" that allows the user to ally with demons and summon them at will...
世紀末。 日本の首都、東京。 母親と二人暮らしの少年は ある夜、奇妙な夢を見る。異次元世界の迷宮、喋る扉、 十字架に掛けられた少年、 悪魔に虐げられた少年、 謎の女、そして怪しい儀式 1人の少年に、悪魔は舞い降りた──不思議な夢から目を覚ますと、公園で殺人事件が起こったらしく、 街は騒然としているようだった。 パソコン通信により、不可解なメッセージが送られて来た。 そしてプログラムをダウンロードすると、それは悪魔を自分の「仲魔」としていつでも召喚することができる「悪魔召喚プログラム」であった……。
Akuma o shōkan shite jiyū ni kontorōru dekiru "akuma shōkan puroguramu". Makai to kashita tōkyō o butai ni, shōnentachi no kimyōna tabi ga hajimaru.
Seiki matsu. Nippon no shuto, tōkyō. Hahaoya to ni nin kurashi no shōnen wa aru yoru, kimyōna yume o miru. I jigen sekai no meikyū, shaberu tobira, jūjika ni kakerareta shōnen, akuma ni shītagerareta shōnen, nazo no onna, soshite ayashī gishiki 1 nin no shōnen ni, akuma wa maiorita─ ─Fushigina yume kara me o samasuto, kōen de satsujin jiken ga okottarashiku, machi wa sōzen to shiteiru yōdatta. Pasokon tsūshin niyori, fukakaina messēji ga okuraretekita. Soshite puroguramu o daunrōdo suruto, sore wa akuma o jibun no "naka ma" toshite itsu demo shōkan suru koto ga dekiru "akuma shōkan puroguramu" deatta……
The “Demon Summoning Program”, which allows you to summon and control demons at will, becomes the catalyst for the strange journey of three young men living in Tokyo, which has been turned into a demon world.
At the end of the century, in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. One night, a young man living with his mother has a mysterious dream. An otherworldly labyrinth, a talking door, a crucified man, a man tormented by demons, a mysterious woman, and a strange ritual.When he awakens from his dream, he finds the neighborhood in a frenzy over a murder in Inokashira Park. He then receives a mysterious message via computer: a "Demon Summoning Program" that allows the user to ally with demons and summon them at will...
"Akuma shōkan puroguramu" subete wa soko kara hajimatta──.
It all starts with the “Demon Summoning Program”...
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The CD-ROM² version doesn't change much from the Super Famicom release, but adds a few features like a reworked soundtrack, cutscenes, and additional demons.
There is a bug present in this release that prevents the player from defeating an end-game boss, but can be bypassed if the player exits and re-enters the overworld from a different area.
The Mega-CD version includes many changes over previous releases. The graphics and soundtrack have been reworked, with a new additional track for the Cathedral of Shadows being included. All regular item boxes have been removed, leaving only the special chests that contain gemstones in the game.
There are some changes made to the overworld and dungeons such as new underpasses in the overworld and the Basilica having its layout completely redesigned.
Similarly to the CD-ROM² release, the Mega-CD version also includes cutscenes, but now featuring voice acting.
New demons have also been added to this version.
The PlayStation version is based off of the Super Famicom release and includes new features and quality-of-life improvements such as a new interface, Quick Saves, two difficulty settings (Normal and Expert), smoother navigation controls, upgraded graphics and 3D environments, and an upgraded soundtrack featuring a new track for the Fiend battles.
The Expert difficulty setting retains the original difficulty of the Super Famicom release while the Normal difficulty setting provides an easier experience, with a lowered encounter rate and the player's party receiving less damage in battle.
The Wii version of is a direct port of the Super Famicom release and was part of the now defunct Virtual Console line of downloadable games. The game is exactly the same as the original release due to it being an emulated Super Famicom rom. The title screen of the game version is used as the icon on the Wii home menu.
Game Boy Advance
The Game Boy Advance version is largely based off of the PlayStation release, aesthetically and gameplay-wise, though the 3D environments have been changed to 2D and the game has a reworked overworld map. The soundtrack has also been reworked due to the Game Boy Advance using a weaker soundchip.
The difficulty is now that of the Normal difficulty setting from the PlayStation release, with no option to change it.
A feature unique to the Game Boy Advance (and iOS) release is the inclusion of A-Mode DDS. This includes a dictionary for analysed demons, Visionary Items, which provide behind-the-scene perspectives into characters, and the Demon Bank, which allows the player to store demons to allow for more space in their current stock.
The Wii U version of is a direct port of the Super Famicom release and was part of the now defunct Virtual Console line of downloadable games. The game is exactly the same as the original release due to it being an emulated Super Famicom rom. The title screen of the game version is used as the icon on the Wii U home menu.
The iOS version is a port of the Game Boy Advance release, though the game now uses touchscreen controls. The soundtrack has been replaced with that from the PlayStation release, with remixes of some tracks from the PlayStation release of Shin Megami Tensei if... being used in favour of the original.
The Nintendo Switch version of is a direct port of the Super Famicom release of the game and comes as part of the Nintendo Switch Online (NSO) service. The game is exactly the same as the original release due to it being an emulated Super Famicom rom. However, the NSO application itself allows players to make up to four save states and rewind gameplay. The Super Famicom version's box art is used in the NSO app's game selection screen.
Shin Megami Tensei originally began development as "Megami Tensei III" and was initially intended to be a follow-up to the Megami Tensei games published by Namco for the Famicom. During development, Kouji Okada and the president of Atlus, Naoya Harano, directly went to Namco's chairman Masaya Nakamura to ask permission to publish the game on their own. Nakamura readily agreed, presumably due to the friendship he shared with Harano and Atlus owning the trademark to Megami Tensei prior to working with Namco. After this, the game's development changed direction and all story connections to the previous two Megami Tensei games were dropped.
With the game being developed on the Super Famicom, Atlus were able to pursue new ideas not originally possible on the Famicom while also incorporating the strongest points from the previous two Megami Tensei games. In light of this, the title was subsequently given the prefix 真 Shin, a Japanese word meaning "true" to symbolize the series's rebirth and in aligning with the staff's true vision for the game. The game's writer, Ryuutaro Itou, described Shin Megami Tensei's development as essentially being a remake of Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II, with the staff all having the implicit understanding there would be a Law Hero, a Chaos Hero, and a protagonist starting from a neutral standpoint whose subsequent actions would determine the game's ending.
|Japanese||真・女神転生 Shin Megami Tensei||True Goddess Reincarnation|
Japan icon for the iOS version
Title screen of the Super Famicom version.
Title screen of the PlayStation version.
A Japanese ad for a character profile book based on the game
- The Super CD-ROM² is a CD-ROM peripheral for the PC Engine. Overseas, this peripheral was not released as a purchasable add-on, but is included as part of the TurboDuo.
- 懐かしの任天堂ハードのゲーム集｜真・女神転生. Retrieved October 31, 2023. nintendo.co.jp.
- List of Virtual Console games for Wii (Japan). Published February 13, 2007. Retrieved October 31, 2023. wikipedia.org.
- List of Virtual Console games for Wii U (Japan). Published July 3, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2023. wikipedia.org.
- メガテンの生みの親，岡田耕始氏が自身を捧げたRPGという祭（後編）アトラスの栄華と迷走，そして新たな挑戦 ビデオゲームの語り部たち：第32部. Published September 27, 2022. Retrieved September 17, 2023. 4Gamer.net.
- Translation: "We grabbed the strongest points of Megami Tensei 1 and 2, and turned many ideas we could not use on the Famicom into reality through the Super Famicom. This is... a true Megami Tensei..." Shin Megami Tensei Series 25th Anniversary Memorial Book Megaten Maniacs, Atlus. Published by Atlus. p. 19.
- Game Shokunin. An Interview with Ryutaro Ito (Megami Tensei). Retrieved September 17, 2023. Blue Forest Bible on Tumblr. Blog.
|Shin Megami Tensei series|
|Mainline Games||Shin Megami Tensei • II • if...• Nine • III: Nocturne (Maniax) • Strange Journey (Redux) • IV • IV: Apocalypse • V|
|Spin-off Games||Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Revelation • Imagine • Synchronicity Prologue|
|Mobile Games||Demon Summoning Program • Kētai Akuma Densho • J • 20XX • if...: Hazama Hen • Devil Colosseum 20XX • Tokyo Requiem • II Gaiden: Ma To Hōkai • Devil Hunter Zero • Devil Collection • Liberation Dx2|
|Audio Dramas||Tokyo Revelation Gaiden • III: Nocturne Drama CD • Strange Journey Drama CD|
|Manga||Tokyo Revelation • II: Tokyo Millenium • Otosare Shi Tsubasa • if...: Gakuen no Akuma Tsukai • Kahn • Eden • III: Nocturne • Gaiten: Hato no Senki • IV: Demonic Gene • IV: Prayers • DSJ Another Report|