Lost MegaTen games

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)

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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)

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Remake of the second Famicom game.

Shin Megami Tensei if… Hazama Edition (真・女神転生if...ハザマ編)

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An original RPG based on the Super Famicom game “Shin Megami Tensei if…”

Shin Megami Tensei – 20XX (真・女神転生-20XX)

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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)
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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)

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Turn-based RPG with randomly generated dungeons.

Shin Megami Tensei Tokyo Requiem (真・女神転生 東京鎮魂歌)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Original story based on Persona 2: Sin.

Persona 2: Punishment INFINITY MASK (ペルソナ2 罰 INFINITY MASK)

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An original story set after the events of Persona 2: Punishment.

Persona 3em (ペルソナ3エム)

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This is Persona 3 nipped and tucked to work as a mobile game.

Aegis THE FIRST MISSION (アイギス THE FIRST MISSION)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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Original story based on the Digital Devil Saga games.

Another Bible (アナザ・バイブル)

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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-)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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SRPG based on the Devil Summoner Setting.

Majin Tensei Blind Thinker (魔神転生 Blind Thinker)

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Majin Tensei spinoff in the same SRPG style.

Majin Tensei Blind Thinker II (魔神転生 Blind ThinkerII)

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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.