Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers debuting in NA on 3DS

By Alice O'Connor, Dec 19, 2012 6:45am PST

Over 15 years after its debut on Sega Saturn in Japan, Atlus's Shin Megami Tensei spin-off Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is due to finally arrive in North America in the form of a Nintendo 3DS revamp. Soul Hackers hit Saturn in 1997 then PSone in 1999 but never officially launched outside Japan. The revamp is due in spring 2013.

As you may guess from its name, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers throws cyberpunk and demonic horror together for first-person dungeon-crawling fun. The 3DS edition boasts an extra dungeon, an automap on the bottom screen, 30 extra demons to battle or befriend, faster load times, a new intro movie, and more improvements.

The revamp was released in Japan in August, where it did quite nicely. "Soul Hackers' first-week debut at number two among all titles in Japan is a testament to the continuing quality and popularity of the Shin Megami Tensei series, suggesting a bright future on the 3DS," Atlus sales & marketing VP Tim Pivnicny said in today's announcement. "With the vast array of new features, content, and extensive localization, this long-awaited release will be even more exciting for fans in North America."

Atlus does a fine job of rooting through its back catalogue and updating games for modern systems. Persona 4 Golden for the Vita was, by many accounts, one of the finest games of 2012.

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