As we all know (and considering how much this site talks about it, you have to know) that all four new Persona games are heading to America. For Persona fans, this is obviously a great thing. For Shin Megami Tensei fans as a whole, it's still pretty good; except for the faction that's getting tired of Persona games, but your day will come eventually, friends.
In the wake of all this news, it makes me wonder how the rest of the series is faring outside of Persona.
SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI X FIRE EMBLEM NOWHERE TO BE SEEN
One of the most unexpected games to come from an Nintendo Direct, on January 23rd, Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem was announced for Wii U as a crossover between Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem. It was a year for both last year, with the stellar Fire Emblem Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV appearing. For a time, there was even a promotion where registering them got you $30 in eShop credit.
However, it's been over a year, and we haven't heard of it since.
Of course, we haven't heard about the Yoshi game either, which was announced in the same Nintendo Direct, so maybe they're both in hiding. Personally, I don't think it's cancelled or anything. Considering that the Wii U is kinda floundering as it is, it's unlikely that Nintendo would just can it, because it needs all the help it could get. Additionally, Sega and Atlus seem to pretty much be bros with Nintendo, so they probably wouldn't pull out.
Maybe an upcoming Nintendo Direct will show up with more details or a gameplay trailer, I hope. I'm going to slaughter everything with Henry and Alice and it will be glorious.
DEVIL SURVIVOR 2: BREAK RECORD DELAYS
Like the first Devil Survivor in the early days of the Nintendo 3DS, the remake of the second game is also arriving. Like its previous game, much of the dialogue is being voice-acted (if there's a dub, I hope it's with the quality of P3, P4, and SMT IV this time around), more content like Overclock's 8th day, and a new female character (getting P4G vibes here).
Unfortunately, the game seems to be having troubled development. Originally announced for Fall of 2013, it's been moved to sometime in 2014. Quality issues have been stated to be the problem.
There's some implied confirmation about the game coming to the West, though: Atlus USA's newsletter during the holidays features the new female character in the "A". I hope that we aren't grasping straws here.
SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI I IOS PORT COMING TO AMERICA
Interestingly, while I was searching around for information for this article, I coincidentally came across this. Announced today, the first Shin Megami Tensei officially comes to America through iOS, slated for March release!
It's no 3DS or Vita port, but let's take what we can get.
SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI IMAGINE SHUTS DOWN
On March 2nd, the Shin Megami Tensei MMORPG will end.
Many MMOs come and go, and Imagine didn't really have a giant audience, but it's still sad to see it go.
The game takes place in between the first two games, set in the post-apocalyptic world with demons running loose. The game contains the series standard of demon negotiation with the usual MMORPG nonsense. One main complaint though is the difficulty in prestiging classes, as it requires lots and lots of repetitive gameplay.
SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI IV SOUNDTRACK RELEASES
Shin Megami Tensei IV's original soundtrack released in Japan on February 27th, which is literally yesterday in some places in the world.. No longer will we have to listen to lower quality versions of the game's atmospheric and occasionally rocking tracks.
Too bad that the main character knows nothing about modern technology and can't play it. Apparently, he thinks it's a small hand mirror.
So, we have some missing games, an upcoming game, a dying game, and a neato soundtrack out. This may be the Year of Persona, but hopefully we can see other Shin Megami Tensei games get announced alongside its brethren.
And, you know, Europe releases. Let's hope for that too.