Thursday, April 04, 2013

From the Dept. of Duh: the Shin Megami Tensei PlayStation ports have beautiful box art

While reading through the NeoGAF discussion thread devoted to the announcement of Shin Megami Tensei IV's impending North American release, I came across this post--which featured the box art that was created for the PlayStation ports of Shin Megami Tensei I, II and If.

Although I knew before encountering the aforementioned post that these games had been released for the PlayStation, I don't believe I'd previously seen the gorgeous pieces of cover art that Atlus created for them.

Here, for instance, is the Shin Megami Tensei port's box art:

Beautiful, no? And here is the art that graced covers of the Shin Megami Tensei II PlayStation re-release:

Last, but far from least, here's Shin Megami Tensei If's wondrous box art:

Is it wrong that I now want to learn enough Japanese to justify the purchase of all three of these never-officially-released-in-English PlayStation games?

See also: previous blog posts about awesome box art


Lizzi said...

Wow, those are great! I love the art of the Shin Megami Tensei games. Too bad the first Persona game never was released here. Am I wrong or was there never even one release of a title from the original SMT series?

BTW: it seems like Bravely Default will be localised outside of Japan.

Yaaaaaai! said...

Yeah, they're great, aren't they?

As for SMT being released outside of Japan--the series first left Japan with the release of SMT 3 (Nocturne). All earlier ones were Japan-only, as far as I'm aware.

Oh, and, yes, I read that news about Bravely Default's western release, too. Hopefully it's true!

Kimimi said...

I only have the first but yes, absolutely beautiful art, and even better when shown together! said...

Hey there, Kimimi! Ah, I'm jealous that you have the first. Maybe you should now pick up the others so you have the whole set :)

Steve Pixel said...

"Is it wrong that I now want to learn enough Japanese to justify the purchase of all three of these never-officially-released-in-English PlayStation games?"

Well it's only wrong that you want these more than Soul Hackers, which is actually in English, will be readily available (for a brief period of time), and will be playable on a system you already own.

But it's more fun to want things that are more difficult, isn't it? ;>

However I will concede that the Soul Hackers 3DS box art is just downright ugly. They even crop off that poor girl's head in order to draw attention to her chest:

Kimimi said...

I will do when I get around to it! I'm pretty sure If... had a limited edition to track down too ^^~ said...

Ha! Now, why didn't I expect this reaction from you, Steve? Anyway, thanks for giving me a good laugh this morning :)

BTW, I *may* in fact end up getting Soul Hackers some day ... just not at launch. Plus, isn't it supposed to be sold via the eShop as well? If so, I'll be able to pick it up that way and not have to spend $60, $80, etc. on it (which likely will be the case with the retail version shortly after it's released).

As for me actually going through with buying the PS Shin Megami Tensei titles: I wouldn't bet on it, at least not anytime soon.

If I do a pretty good job of learning Japanese in the next year or so, though, maybe I'll reward myself with these games and a few others I've always wanted to play :) said...

Oh, so you mean there's potentially another awesome piece of box art worth tracking down? Great news, if so :)

Have you ever played any version of If... by the way? I've always thought it sounded interesting.

Steve Pixel said...

Yeah, I forgot about the eShop thng. Not that I will ever by games that way when I have a choice (unless they're significantly cheaper there, of course).

BTW, in case you aren't aware, there are fan translations for the original NES/SNES versions of 1 & 2 which might be a little easier for you to play. They've been working on a translation of IF for awhile, but it must be a tough one cuz nothing's come of it so far. said...

Well, then, I look forward to you getting it some day and letting me know what you think of it!

miruki said...

We got Lucifer's Call (Nocturne in the US) in 2005 over here and after that the two Digital Devil Saga games, all three for PS2 and they are awesome. Sadly I was never able to finish DDS since my PS2 decided to always crash at a certain cutscene... I really hope they'll release them as PS2 Classics for the PS3 some day. :) said...

Hello miruki! I completely forgot that Nocturne was called Lucifer's Call in Europe. Kind of a cool name/subtitle, if you ask me.

Also, I'm surprised some of the PS2 games haven't yet be re-released as PS3 Classics. Maybe soon?

Lizzi said...

Oh I never knew Lucifers Call has a different name over there O_____O
Yes I know of the DDS games, Persona 3 and 4, Devil Summoner on SP2 and the Persona 3 remake for PSP plus a remake of Persona 2. And of course the Persona 4 remake on Psvita. But now that Shin Megami Tensei IV is on it's way I asked myself if there was ever one of it's prequels released out of Japan.
I believe not right?

miruki said...

Hmm, I think I've read *something* about sony acquiring some sort of streaming service which would allow for some possibilities in that regard on the PS4.