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Atlus summoning second Persona 3 film in summer 2014


Still no word on a western release though
Nov 25
// Kyle MacGregor
The follow-up to Persona 3 the Movie #1: Spring of Birth will release in Japan next summer, Cinema Today reports. The announcement was made at a special event for the first film, which debuted in Japanese theaters l...
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Persona 3 The Movie trailer is stunningly gorgeous


Animated film premieres in Japanese theaters this Saturday
Nov 18
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus and Aniplex have summoned a new Japanese trailer for Persona 3 The Movie: #1 Spring of Birth, which should evoke fond memories for fans of the PlayStation 2 and PSP role-playing game. The film was first announced back ...
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Blow your head off with this new Persona 3 movie trailer


New character details, too
Oct 18
// Dale North
The official website for the Persona 3 movie, Spring of Birth, has been updated. If you haven't seen it yet, it looks like a Sega Master System box. There's a new piece of art that looks f*ckin' awesome (see in our gall...
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Persona fans: Tanaka's Amazing Commodities exists IRL!


It's a real store now
Oct 14
// Dale North
Persona 3 and Persona 4's television infomercial sales show, Tanaka's Amazing Commodities, was something I always hoped would become a real thing one day. Today is that day. Kind of. Atlus has some fun with jika-net.jp, ...
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Persona 3 movie trailer

Persona 3 film gets dark new trailer, release date


Mitsuru-senpai is back!
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
Atlus' Persona 3 is getting an animated film, Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Rebirth. The fabulous Persona 4 has gotten loads of love in recent years, from an animated series to an exemplary Vita remake in Persona 4: The ...
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Persona 3: The Movie gets trailer, comes to Japan in fall


Atlus anime incoming!
Mar 27
// Kyle MacGregor
At long last, the Persona 3 animated film has a launch window! After being teased for the better part of a year, Atlus has announced Persona 3: The Movie #1: Spring of Birth is set to arrive in Japan...
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Persona 3 film dated for 2013 in Japan


More Atlus anime
Jan 02
// Dale North
The film adaptation of Persona 3 was confirmed in the middle of last year, but we've been left hanging since then. Pull those guns away from your head, people; the film has finally been dated.  The first movie will land...
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Atlus and Level|Up hosting fighting game tournament


Will have prizes for attendees, tourney winners, and viewers
Nov 09
// Brett Zeidler
If you're in or near Walnut, California the weekend of the 17th later this month, you can attend or participate in an Atlus fighting games tournament at Super Arcade being hosted by Level|Up in association with, of course, At...
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Gun to head: Persona 3 film adaptation confirmed


Jun 11
// Dale North
[Update: Atlus responded to our request for more information. You have to see this.] In the final scene of the film Persona 4 The Animation: The Factor of Hope, it was revealed that a film adaptation of Atlus game Persona 3 i...
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PS2 classic Persona 3: FES hits PSN tomorrow


Apr 09
// Dale North
Persona 3 is still one of my favorite games of all-time. I've played it so many times now that it's bordering on crazy, but I may give it another go on my PS3 as it's being re-released as a PlayStation 2 Classic tomorrow on ...
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Persona's Elizabeth prepares to enter the arena


Mar 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
All around babe and Persona 3 Velvet Room guide Elizabeth, is lacing up the gloves as she prepares to enter Persona 4: Arena on April 5th. The arcade game has been getting favorable reviews with gamers clamoring for its summe...
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Persona 4 PS Vita and Persona fighting game announced


Aug 30
// Jonathan Holmes
Atlus made good on their tease, and they kicked my ass in the process. We've got two amazing Persona announcements here. First up is Persona 4 The Golden, a port of Persona 4 for the PS Vita. This enhanced edition will includ...
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Amazon has Atlus games on sale today


Apr 18
// Conrad Zimmerman
Want to save a few bucks on some of the best games Atlus has brought to America? Amazon is giving you that opportunity today. They've marked down a bunch of the publisher's games by as much as 66% percent as part of their Dea...
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A thing of beauty: Plus Kareha's Aegis papercraft


Mar 25
// Joseph Leray
If you still haven't played one of three available versions of Persona 3, you may not see what all the fuss over this Aegis figure is about, but the beauty of a socially maladroit android who shoots bullets out of her fi...
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Videos show Catherine's 'Rapunzel' mini-game and jukebox


Feb 02
// Conrad Zimmerman
The official Catherine website has updated with new screenshots and videos giving a look at some of the elements from the game's adventure portion set in the Stray Sheep bar. Above is an example of the "Rapunzel" arcade game...
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The winners of the Persona 3 Portable Junpei contest!


Jul 08
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Persona 3 Portable was released this week and Atlus was offering Junpei's hat as a bonus item for those that pre-ordered the game. The bonus item is gone now that the game is out, but Atlus did hook us up with ten of the hats...
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We're giving away the Junpei bonus caps from Persona 3 Portable! This cap was a pre-order item, but now that the game is out, it is no longer available from retailers. Never fear though as Atlus has hooked us up with ten to g...

Review: Persona 3 Portable

Jul 02 // Dale North
Persona 3 Portable (PSP)Developer: AtlusPublisher: AtlusReleased: July 6, 2010MSRP: $39.99 [For full background on Persona 3, we'll point you to our two other reviews of the game, as linked above. This review will focus on the changes and additions unique to the latest version] Cramming one of the best PS2 games onto the PSP was probably enough for series fans and PSP gamers, but Atlus added the option to play as a female character, which gives us a different perspective of the game's world. You're still going to school, balancing homework and extracurricular activities. You're still spending the Dark Hour in maze-like dungeons, slowly climbing the tower named Tartarus. And yes, you're still shooting yourself in the head. But now it's all a bit more fresh, as everything is now seen through a female's eyes. Your interactions with all the key characters of Persona 3 are totally different now. Males that were originally just friends are now potential mates. On the flip side, the girls that were originally objects of your affection are now your closest friends. If you've played Persona 3 as many times as I have, expect to be thrown off track for the first few hours of Persona 3 Portable. Sticking it with pays off, as you find that all new character aspects and even dialogue are revealed with your social interactions with these key characters. Beyond that, you'll find that your other school-based social links are totally new, complete with new character art and story paths. The battle side of the game remains unchanged as far as the challenge goes. You're still working your way up through over one-hundred randomly generated dungeon floors with your party of three, using your demon summoning power of Persona to your advantage. What has changed is that you can now independently control each of the three characters in your party by switching off the AI. This gives you more precise control on how each of your battles go down, letting you get in more key hits on the big boss battles. Other smaller upgrades have also been borrowed from Persona 4, including the ability to guard characters in need in battle. You'll also find that you'll tire less easily now, giving you more time in Tartarus. Thankfully, leaving, saving and returning to your last floor is now quite a bit easier than it was in the original Persona 3, which makes for a slightly less challenging game. But, as anyone who played the first game will tell you, this change also makes it more enjoyable. The social side of the PS2 games takes place on fully roam-able 3D areas. These have been replaced with scrolling 2D maps in the portable version, but you probably won't miss the footwork when you see how convenient the new point-and-click navigation is. You'll only need to point a cursor to your desired travel point or character to move or interact, and new contextual jump menus will beam you to far points you normally would have had to exit and enter to. This change makes for a faster experience, though some will find it a bit less immersive. While I'd recommend that the first-time player check out Persona 3: FES for the full-blown exploratory experience, I'm certain that those that have played P3 before won't miss much. As a sort of trade-off for the loss of exploration on foot, you'll get a lot of nice little additions. One is the new art for all the game's locations. Very sharp, stylized 2D art is the new backdrop for your dates, restaurant visits and after-school activities. This format actually seems to work better for the PSP's screen. Returning players will also enjoy some new character art and dialogue, both of which are uncovered as you explore new social links. You'll be impressed how great Persona 3 Portable looks and sounds on the PSP. Other than the point-and-click navigation, you'll find that this portable version holds up very nicely when compared to the console version. The 3D battles look great in motion, and the 2D character art shines outside of Tartarus. P3P sports an upgraded soundtrack that keeps things fresh for returning players, though I miss the original battle song a bit. Persona 3 Portable has to be one of the best-looking role-playing games on the PSP, even beating out polished, high-budget titles like Crisis Core in my mind. The Atlus/Shin Megami Tensei/Persona fan isn't really looking for my recommendation for this release, so I'll speak to two other groups that I think will benefit from this new portable version. The first is the one-time Persona 3 player that would like to give it another go, but also remembers sitting in front of the television for weeks. Get this version, and you'll blow through it so much faster and likely enjoy it a bit more on-the-go. Another is the poor sap that couldn't find time to finish this 70+ RPG in the first place. Yes, it's every bit as good as you've heard, and this PSP version will make it really easy for you to experience and actually finish some time this summer. We loved it before and we still love it. This title would have sit very high on our recommendation list just as a straight PS2-to-PSP port, but the new additions make it appealing to both the new gamer and the seasoned Persona fan. Looking over our PSP game coverage since its release, Persona 3 Portable is near the top of the heap among all the offerings for the system, and definitely at the very top for role-playing games. Score: 10 -- Flawless Victory (10s are as close to perfect as you will get in a genre or on a platform. Pure, untarnished videogame ecstasy.)
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Of all the times I've played through Persona 3, this latest time was the fastest. Well, there was one time that had a lower total playtime, but I skipped all the dialogue. I couldn't do that this last time as some of the dial...

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Retail leak: Persona 3 Portable coming to Europe?


Jun 21
// Dale North
I'm sorry. I didn't think about your feelings, European gamers. I'm always talking about Persona 3 Portable and how it's coming out next month here in the US, but I keep forgetting that you don't have a confirmed release date...
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Before you click play know that I was not blessed with the correct type of face/head to wear a ballcap. It just doesn't work -- I've tried, especially when being beat down by the hot summer sun. But it's not worth it. I look...

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Atlus debuts Persona 3 Portable's full trailer


May 19
// Dale North
Yep, its that same game from the PS2. Well, not exactly the same. They've changed a few things. They've added a female lead character, for one. Oh, and they also put it on the PSP, cleaned up the look, enhanced the battle sy...

Preview: Persona 3 Portable: All new features outlined

May 12 // Dale North
You can play as a girl It's worth repeating again. While you could play P3P with the male protagonist as you did the last couple of times, you'd be missing out on a whole bunch of new story changes that you'd see playing as the new female lead. Plus, she's really cute.  Everything changes, especially the relationships you have with others in Persona 3's world.  Speaking of... Your social link interactions are different (you'll date the boys) When you played it the first time as a male, it was easy to notice that there were plenty of girls to send your affections to in Persona 3. But look at it again: there's plenty of guys too. That's who you'll be courting as the female, obviously. All the main cast can be dated in social link interactions. Junpei? Sure, if he's your type. I'm more of an Akihiko kind of girl. There are also new social links for friends Outside of dating, you'll have the opportunity to join clubs after school, just like in the original game. But, as the female lead, they're different. The three clubs you can join as a female are tennis, volleyball, and archery. I saw a bit of the volleyball club, which is linked to the Chariot arcana. In this one, schoolmate Rio is your friend and Ms. Kanou is your coach. Both have new portraits in P3P, and both are attractive. Too bad you're a girl. Everything outside of Tartarus is in 2D I guess I never really paid attention to the fact that everything is in 2D until now. While this cuts back on the exploration you'll do, it's really neat to see how they've recreated the world in 2D. Thankfully Atlus' artist did a great job, and everything looks fantastic. Iwatodai strip mall looks even more inviting. Duck Burger is now fleshed out in full detail. Somehow the mall looks better than it did in 3D, and the phermone-tastic Chagall Cafe has awesome lighting that I never noticed before. Navigation is easier, faster Because of this change to 2D, you're able to navigate the game's world much faster than before. Instead of trolling school hallways, you'll just point your cursor at where you want to go. It's instant. Pulling in the R triger brings up a hotspot menu that lets you instantly jump to a completely different location. Little talk, save, and action/interaction icons pop up over interest points - all you need to do is point and click. Your desk at school is a save point This is a little one. It's exactly as it sounds: you can save in your seat in class. Cutscenes are out The only negative change I can think of is that the animated cutscenes (other than the introduction) have been cut. Think about it: Atlus would to have had recreated all the scenes with a female lead now. The game does not need cutscenes, but they were nice. The battle system takes from Persona 4 No more stupid AI! I remember screaming at my television for some of the stupid mistakes the AI made for your party members in the original Persona 3. When you could control your full party in Persona 4 -- well, that was like a dream! In P3P you'll have that same control over each party member, letting you dig deeper into the game's tactics system and scream at the TV a bit less. Two new difficulty levels Adding to the three existing difficulty levels are two more, Beginner and Ultra-Hard. The main difference between all levels is the change in balance between the damage your characters put out and the damage you'll receive from enemies. Story elements are the same across all levels. There are part-time jobs now Just like in Persona 4, P3P has part-time jobs. While they're not full-on social links, you'll be able to work to make money and increase traits like charm, academics and courage. New dialogue added While all the original Persona 3 dialogue is in the game, the voice cast was brought back to add voicings for all the new story elements that come with the female lead's story and social links. That means new dialogue from all the cast. Data install feature, downloadable version If you want to avoid switching UMDs, you can opt to install P3P onto a Memory Stick. Atlus says that the install weighs in at about 300mb. You could also just buy the downloadable version of the game and skip the UMD completely. The install helps with load times, but I'm glad to say that the game doesn't really need the help. Awesome loading times even with out install The load times straight off the UMD are very fast! Going from area to area is barely noticeable. The only real load time I noticed was going into Tartarus. Because they've used a lot of 2D, P3P's load times are significantly faster than the PS2 versions of the game. There's a Junpei hat If you pre-order the game at GameStop or Amazon.com, you'll get a sweet pre-order bonus: a hat just like in-game character Junpei.    
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Atlus' portable version of one of their most popular games of all time is coming to the PSP very soon: July 6th. You don't have to ask me twice to play the game I've already played a couple of times again -- I love Persona 3....

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Persona 3 Portable video shows off all the new additions


May 06
// Dale North
I've written about what they've added to upcoming PSP RPG Persona 3 Portable before, but this video does a much better job at lining up what they've added to the game. The most notable, of course, is the addition of a female...
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Junpei ball cap is the Persona 3 Portable pre-order bonus


Apr 28
// Dale North
My friends from Atlus told me that a Junpei ball cap would be a pre-order possibility a few months back. I was excited then. I'm excited now, as it's finally official. I don't know why I'm excited, though. I look really stupi...
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Peek at Persona 3 Portable's localization in this new vid


Apr 14
// Dale North
  Persona 3 Portable is coming for the PSP very soon. We brought you a first look last month, but the build I played still had some Japanese in it. Now, with this new walkthrough video from Atlus, we can get a first full...
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Persona 3 Portable gets a hot Web site


Mar 30
// Dale North
Persona 3 is set to go portable this summer, and if you've read our previews on the upcoming Atlus RPG, you'll know that we're hot for it. There's a new website for Persona 3 Portable now. There you'll find a countdown timer ...

First Look: Persona 3 Portable

Mar 01 // Dale North
First off, let's talk about the technical changes. The PSP game will support installation to Memory Stick to dramatically reduce load times. The game is already fast, but this will make it even faster. The new navigation cuts out walking in favor of a highlight spot that you use to select interaction points. Using either the analog nub or the d-pad, you just point to a person or object to interact. Hitting the R button toggles a hot spot indicator. While I kind of enjoyed the on-foot exploration, I like how this method is a bit faster. If you've played this game a couple of times, you'll also likely enjoy getting to the point a bit faster. On top of that, this method of navigation seems to make more sense for the portable screen size and the lack of a second analog control stick assigned to camera control. As far as the game itself, there are plenty of changes, but I think you'll agree after reading this that they're almost all for the better. Here are the big things: The dialogue is different as a girl, naturally. Along with this comes brand new Social Link opportunities, this time with the boys. You also have full control over your party now. There's now part-time jobs you can take, just like in Persona 4. For all the aesthetic changes you might think you're going to miss, there's significant game play improvements. I'd take more save spots over a 2 minute anime clip any day. The cutscenes are no longer animated. Before you get too upset, think about it. It makes sense. With two choices for main characters, there would need to be double the cutscenes, with the female set requiring a full reworking. Another issue is size, as double the cutscenes would require double the storage space. Know that elements, like art and stills, have been taken from the cutscenes and are used in story segments, so you may not miss the full movies as much. Watching one early scene that takes place before the first key battle, I had to be reminded about how different it was in the original. The original had much more going on, but I honestly didn't miss it or even realize it until I was reminded. One thing Persona 3 players had concern with is the fatigue model. It has been redone in P3P, working closer to that of Persona 4. You'll get tired less often, which means less retreating. Save spots are also far more plentiful, so you don't find yourself flinging your PSP against a wall after losing 5 floors of progress to an untimely death. The menu looks a bit different now. There are slight tweaks, and if you're playing as a girl, everything's pink. As far as the sound goes, there's new music. The score is a sort of upgrade, consisting of both new tunes and some remixes of old ones. I was also told that there is a lot of new recorded voice for the game, so look forward to that. The only other change I can think of that's of note is that "The Answer" chapter from Persona 3: FES is not included in P3P. Game play enhancements and tweaks that came with FES are included, though. Assuming you've played either Persona 3, know that I was able to check out the section of the game right after the intro, getting into the part right before the protagonist receives their power. At this stage of localization, the text was in English, but the voices were still in Japanese. They've still got a couple of months to go on this. Even around this stage, early on, I was able to see the differences in how relations shift with a female as the main character. Just before the very first charge into battle, Junpei sounds a bit different than he did with a male protagonist assigned. For example, he sounds cautious of a female taking lead in this first battle, remarking that she's "just a girl." Even early on, Junpei seems to show some interest in the main character. He's warming up to her, it seems. In the end, just about all of the game's major male characters will be "available." Heck, there's even a change in the Velvet Room for the girl side of the game. Get this: you can even have a relationship with Ken, the youngest main character in the game. I'm not judging you if you want to go that route. I was able to see Yukari's budding relationship with the female protagonist as well. Yukari shares more as a friend, and relates in a totally different way than before with a male protagonist. The dynamic is totally different now. For example, in an early scene where the main character is being visited in the hospital, Yukari says, "Us second year girls have to stick up for each other after all." As far as game play goes, I got to poke around in a few battles in different stages in the game. In the first battle, I got to hear the new battle music. It's no "Mass Destruction," but I still love it. Shuffle Time also changed, and seems a bit more like Persona 4's version. Later, I got to use Atlus' debug save file to battle in Tatarus, with all characters at max level, 999 hit points. Everything was one-hit kills. Good times. Controls were snappy and the loading was fast. Best of all, the game translates very well to the PSP's screen. In fact, the PSP's screen flatters the game a bit. At the time, the female protagonist's equipped armor was called Battle Panties. I forgot how much I love this game. Sure, it's smaller, but this is Persona 3 at its best and most enhanced form. It takes every improvement from Persona 3: FES and Persona 4, adds a female protagonist, many new story elements and social links, and sticks it in your pocket. What else do you even need? Persona 3 Portable will be released on July 6th for $39.99.
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Atlus was nice enough to stop by Destructoid HQ to give us a first look at their progress on a the portable version of a game they already know I love: Persona 3. Persona 3 Portable came out in Japan not too long ago, and it ...

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Dale told me that I could only write this post if I began with the following message: "Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby! Ooooooh, yeah. Baby, baby!" And there you go. Persona 3 Portable, the updated, portable-ized ada...

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Persona 3 Portable: Swag spread is superb


Nov 03
// Dale North
To get the above swag spread, you'd have to be madly in love with Persona 3. I am, but I don't know that I'd spend the money to get all of the above pictured stuff. Someone in Japan bought six copies of this PSP RPG to get th...
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Persona 3 Portable page update: Wallpaper, video, Yukiko!


Oct 26
// Dale North
If you're a Persona series fan and are daydreaming about the release of Persona 3 Portable here in America, you might want be interested in clicking around the P3P webpage to see some of the new updates.Most of the new update...

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