After years of hopes, rumors, and speculation, Nintendo fans are finally get their wish. Atlus announced today that Persona 5 Royal, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 3 Portable are all coming to the Nintendo Switch, which has long been considered the natural home for the popular RPG series.
The announcement, which came during today’s Nintendo Direct Mini, aligns with the earlier news that the series will be coming to Xbox and PC. It’s a big move for the Persona games, which have traditionally been tied to PlayStation platforms outside of Persona 4 Golden’s earlier release on PC.
First released in 2006, Persona 3 achieved cult popularity with its day-by-day approach to life in a Japanese high school, which it mixed with a dark, supernatural storyline. It was subsequently followed by Persona 4 and Persona 5, which expanded the formula in various ways.
When Persona 5 was released in 2017, many fans hoped the series would make its way to Nintendo Switch in relatively short order, not the least because Persona 4 Golden was so well received on the handheld PlayStation Vita. But while there were many teases and hints over the years, including Joker joining Smash Bros. Ultimate, the move never came to fruition until now.
With the Nintendo Switch release, Persona 3, 4, and 5 will be available on major major platforms. All three are technically enanced editions of their original releases, though Persona 3 Portable is in some ways more of a point-and-click visual novel due to the limitations of the original PSP release on which it’s based. It is, however, the only entry with a story starring a female protagonist.
Persona 5 Royal launches October 21 on PC, Xbox, and Switch, with all downloadable content confirmed for the PC and Xbox versions. Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable will follow at a later date on the Switch.
In the meantime, check out the rest of our coverage of today’s Nintendo Direct, which includes announcements for the Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection and much more.
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Author: Kat Bailey