The Megami Tensei series is a complex and sprawling one, spanning just about every format you expect it to and even a few you don’t over a couple of decades now (that’s a scary thought!). It shouldn’t really be a surprise then to find that Japanese gamers got to play a few smartphone (pre-iOS/Android) games with a MegaTen flavour, but the shocking part might be just how many there are! The consistently-lovely Ant of Gaming Hell is responsible for bringing these to my attention – he shared a link to a bit of info on the Shin Megami Tensei pinball game, and it’s been nothing but a rabbit hole since then.
So far I’ve found
twenty twenty five twenty seven games for Japanese phones that are based on some branch of the MegaTen series and from what I can gather they were all released between 2004-2008, mostly developed and published by a company now known as Menue (previously Bbmf). There’s a mix of all-new games, remakes (generally with graphical enhancements and a few conveniences, such as auto-mapping), and spinoffs of existing titles. Naturally there’s a lot to cover so I’ll just give some very brief details for now and if there’s a demand for more information I’ll expand later, OK?
All images are copied from a few different Japanese news sites or official announcements as I lack access to either a Japanese mobile phone or a time machine. Sorry about the watermarks on some images and the inconsistent sizing – I’ve got to take what I can get with these.
Digital Devil Monogatari: Megami Tensei (デジタル・デビル物語 女神転生)
A remake of the Famicom game of the same name.
Digital Devil Monogatari: Megami Tensei II (デジタル・デビル物語 女神転生II)
Remake of the second Famicom game.
Shin Megami Tensei if… Hazama Edition (真・女神転生if...ハザマ編)
An original RPG based on the Super Famicom game “Shin Megami Tensei if…”
Shin Megami Tensei – 20XX (真・女神転生-20XX)
Original RPG set a few decades after Shin Megami Tensei II.
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Colosseum 20XX (真・女神転生 デビルコロシアム 20XX)
Spinoff of 20XX. Story centers on two twins; the heroine (who apparently doesn’t actually fight in battle) and her twin brother – organiser of the colosseum and just-so-happens to be possessed by YHVH.
Shin Megami Tensei II Gaiden: Ma To Houkai (真・女神転生II外伝 魔都崩壊)
Turn-based RPG with randomly generated dungeons.
Shin Megami Tensei Tokyo Requiem (真・女神転生 東京鎮魂歌)
Completely original RPG that was split into monthly-released scenarios – it looks like there were six in total.
Shin Megami Tensei Pinball JUDGEMENT (真・女神転生ピンボール JUDGMENT)
Pinball game based on the look of Devil Summoner by Kaze. Kaze made several console pinball and pachinko games, including Akira Psycho Ball (PS2) and Digital Pinball: Necronomicon (Saturn).
Megami Ibunroku Persona: Ikuu no Tou Hen (女神異聞録ペルソナ 異空の塔編)
Side story to the original Persona game, featuring randomly generated 3D dungeons.
Persona 2: Sin LOST MEMORIES (ペルソナ2 罪 LOST MEMORIES)
Original story based on Persona 2: Sin.
Persona 2: Punishment INFINITY MASK (ペルソナ2 罰 INFINITY MASK)
An original story set after the events of Persona 2: Punishment.
Persona 3em (ペルソナ3エム)
This is Persona 3 nipped and tucked to work as a mobile game.
Aegis THE FIRST MISSION (アイギス THE FIRST MISSION)
3D action RPG set a decade before the events of Persona 3.
Illustration Puzzle Persona 3 (イラストパズル ペルソナ 3)
Nonogram (perhaps better known as “Picross-like”?) puzzle game based on Persona 3.
Megami Tensei QIX Persona 3 (女神転生QIX ペルソナ3)
Arcade classic Qix given a Persona 3 flavoured makeover.
Persona Mobile Online (ペルソナモバイルオンライン)
Persona 3 themed phone MMO – apparently required an active MegaTen Online subscription to play.
Megami Tensei CHAINING SOUL Persona 3 (女神転生CHAINING SOUL ペルソナ3)
Puzzle game based on Persona 3. Clearing a stage unlocked a wallpaper for the user’s phone.
DIGITAL DEVIL SAGA Avatar Tuner A’s TEST Server (DIGITAL DEVIL SAGA アバタール・チューナー A's TEST Server)
Original story based on the Digital Devil Saga games.
Another Bible (アナザ･バイブル)
Remake of the Game Boy SRPG of the same name.
Megami Tensei Gaiden Shinyaku Last Bible (女神転生外伝 新約 LastBible-ラストバイブル-)
Remake of the Game Boy game.
Megami Tensei Gaiden Shinyaku Last Bible III Hajimari no Fukuin (女神転生外伝 新約LastBible -ラストバイブル-II 始まりの福音)
Remake of the Game Boy game of the same name.
Megami Tensei Gaiden Shinyaku Last Bible III Mugen no Eiyuu (女神転生外伝 新約 LastBible-ラストバイブル-III 夢幻の英雄)
Remake of the Super Famicom game, and the final entry in the Last Bible series.
Devil Summoner Soul Hackers NEW GENERATION (デビルサマナー ソウルハッカーズ NEW GENERATION)
An original battle-focussed game based on the Soul Hackers setting.
Devil Summoner Soul Hackers: Intruder (デビルサマナー ソウルハッカーズ Intruder)
SRPG based on the Devil Summoner Setting.
Majin Tensei Blind Thinker (魔神転生 Blind Thinker)
Majin Tensei spinoff in the same SRPG style.
Majin Tensei Blind Thinker II (魔神転生 Blind ThinkerII)
Another SRPG based on Majin Tensei, apparently with multiple scenarios.
Jack’s Quest (Jack's くえすと)
I can’t find any images of this one (yet), but from what I’ve read it’s a random-dungeon-exploring RPG starring series favourite enemy Jack Frost.