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11:45 AM on 03.25.2015

Persona 4: Dancing All Night's Japanese box art is appropriately groovy

Persona 4: Dancing All Night is still slated for a Western release in 2015, but it's headed for Japanese Vita owners on June 25. I'm eagerly gobbling up every single scrap Atlus tosses out until the official release, so check...

Brittany Vincent



Experience Points .08: Persona 4 photo
Experience Points .08: Persona 4
by Ben Davis

Experience Points is a series in which I highlight some of the most memorable things about a particular game. These can include anything from a specific scene or moment, a character, a weapon or item, a level or location, a part of the soundtrack, a gameplay mechanic, a line of dialogue, or anything else about the game that is particularly noteworthy and/or awesome.

This series will no doubt contain spoilers for the games being discussed, so keep that in mind if you plan on playing the game for the first time.

This entry is all about Persona 4. Feel free to share some of your own favorite things about the game in the comments!

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Holy hindsight! Five series that should have been on Wii photo
Holy hindsight! Five series that should have been on Wii
by Tony Ponce

By the end of 2014, Xbox 360 had slid past Wii to become the best-selling seventh generation console in the US. While a fantastic achievement for Microsoft, this event also punctuates the drastic shift in Nintendo's market dominance. Where once Wii was on track to become the best-selling dedicated gaming console of all time, it's now all but forgotten.

There are various reasons why history played out the way it did, but at the end of the day, it's all about the games, and Wii's library had some pretty glaring holes. To be fair, there were a lot of fantastic games on Wii -- Nintendo itself published some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful titles in company history, while several third parties were able to ride the wave to good fortune.

Sadly, the industry at large didn't support Wii in a manner befitting of a market leader, resulting in a legacy of wasted potential. Had these publishers done a better job in leveraging their biggest brands on the little white box, the current gaming landscape could have been much different.

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Tomm Hulett's unified Mario Timeline Theory photo
Tomm Hulett's unified Mario Timeline Theory
by Jonathan Holmes

Game director Tomm Hulett has been working in the industry since he was a kid, starting with a job testing NES games. Since then he's worked on everything from PersonaContraSilent Hill, and Adventure Time, but no matter what he does or where he goes, Mario will be in his heart.

Tomm asked me over a month ago if Destructoid would be interested in hosting one of his pet projects, a split-timeline that poses a theory on how every Mario game is connected that he'd been working on with artist Howard Milligan. I was excited about the idea, but was crestfallen a few weeks later when I saw that someone had apparently beaten Tomm to the punch. I shouldn't have worried. When I told Tomm that someone else has tried their hat at a Mario timeline, he said something like "Oh that? That's nothing. Wait until you see the size of the thing I've got for you."

He wasn't kidding. The image he was working on ended up being too large for Dtoid to host (you can grab it for yourself here), though we were able to shrink it down to a still-massive size for our gallery's servers. I'm not the Mario expert that I should be, but I'm pretty sure each and every game Mario has ever appeared in has found a place on the map, including Hotel Mario and Mario's Time Machine. He even got the the Super Mario Bros. movie in there somehow. The only thing I see missing is Mario Paint, but I suppose that could be construed as part of the "Mario Sports Series." I did have a guy try to convince me that Football was an art once, so I guess it's only fair to call Painting a sport. 

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Persona 4 Dancing All Night's theme is just groovy photo
Persona 4 Dancing All Night's theme is just groovy
by Kyle MacGregor

Atlus has revealed Persona 4: Dancing All Night's main theme, "Dance!," complete with lyrics and everything. Personally, I think that spoils some of the fun. Deciphering the words behind Shoji Meguro's tunes has become a time-honored pastime of mine. Oh well. Still sounds great!

ペルソナ4 ダンシングオールナイト [Atlus]

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10:30 AM on 01.30.2015

Atlus details its full schedule for the 30-hour Persona stream

On February 3 at 11pm EST, Atlus will run a 30-hour stream for all things Persona. It will consist of development talk, looks at new games, and even a few surprises. Recently the full schedule has been revealed, so you can pl...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 01.13.2015

Persona 3: The Movie: Falling Down gets a new teaser trailer

On April 4, the third Persona 3: The Movie will hit theaters in Japan, compliments of Aniplex. It has just released a new trailer for the anime film that you can view above. As an aside, the second film will be out...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 12.06.2014

Persona 5 is definitely coming in 2015, you guys

During the PlayStation Experience keynote in Las Vegas today, Atlus USA confirmed that Persona 5 will indeed be dropping on both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in 2015. We pretty much knew this already, but official announce...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 AM on 12.03.2014

Which Persona crew did you choose in Persona Q?

While the story eventually normalizes with both groups, you have somewhat of a difficult decision at the start of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Do you go with the Persona 3 crew, or the gang from Persona 4? I know a few...

Chris Carter

10:15 AM on 10.15.2014

Here's what the Persona Q Premium and Limited editions will look like

The Velvet Room theme song started playing in my head as I began writing this news blurb this morning. Igor and friends would be glad to know that after all of these years (and games) that the song stuck. It's in there for go...

Dale North



Review: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax photo
Review: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
by Kyle MacGregor

It's still tough to believe a fighting game based on the Persona series exists, let alone is any good, but Persona 4 Arena certainly came as a pleasant surprise. Atlus and Arc System Works are two distinctive studios known for creating very different types of experiences, but somehow managed to meld their unique strengths into a stellar fusion.

It must have been a difficult task, trying to charm two disparate audiences at once, but the developers proved more than capable of surmounting the challenge. Now they've returned with a followup in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, hoping to make lightning strike twice.

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11:00 PM on 09.26.2014

Margaret, Marie, Adachi will be $5 DLC in Persona 4 Ultimax

Marie and Adachi will be free to download for the first week of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax's release. On October 7, they revert to paid DLC, at which point the Sadistic Stud-Keeping Secretary of the Velvet Room, Margaret, will release as well. Each character will cost $5. 

Steven Hansen

6:00 PM on 09.21.2014

Persona 4: Dancing All Night delayed in Japan

Persona 4: Dancing All Night has been delayed in Japan, Atlus has announced. The rhythm game was scheduled to debut this autumn, but is now postponed until next year. No word on how this impacts the western release of the Pl...

Kyle MacGregor

10:45 AM on 09.19.2014

Sega to publish Persona 4 Ultimax in Europe

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is coming to Europe this November, courtesy of Sega. The fighter's release will mark the first occasion Sega acts as a distributor for Atlus since the publisher acquired the Shin Megami Tensei&nbs...

Kyle MacGregor

12:03 PM on 09.10.2014

Persona Q Edition of Nintendo 3DS coming to U.S.

We get some of the limited edition 3DS systems but we miss out on the better ones in USA. But this one makes up for it all. Nintendo will release the Persona Q 3DS XL here, exclusively at GameStop. $199 will get you this Velv...

Dale North



You already know you want it but here's a Persona Q preview anyway photo
You already know you want it but here's a Persona Q preview anyway
by Dale North

It was almost surreal to be playing Persona Q in English for the first time this past week. It came out of nowhere late last year, a fantasy game mixing Persona 3 and Persona 4 characters in a new 3DS game that uses Etrian Odyssey's engine and dungeon play. I didn't believe the game was real after first hearing about it -- it sounded more like fan fiction! Now I'm playing the very first English language build, just ahead of the North American release.

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