Unveiling the Future with NINTENDO: A Deep Dive into Atlus's Enhanced Game Editions

The Evolution of Gaming: How Atlus is Redefining Enriched Play

It’s no secret that video gaming is a phenomenon in constant flux, with developers continually coming up with new and innovative original titles and, if those happen to make a lasting impact on players’ hearts, inevitably going back to the well to reboot these same experiences, only better and improved. One such developer that always stands out from the pack is the geniuses behind the Shin Megami Tensei series, which now boasts its latest jewel in the otherwise bland crown that is NINTENDO, one that has even gamers foaming at the mouth: Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance. In response to the ruckus erupting because Atlus delisted the original version from the NINTENDO eShop to now make room for the frankensteinian marvel that is this enhanced edition, the perfect time seems to have arrived to assess how Atlus redefines gaming with their enhanced editions, especially on NINTENDO consoles.

Atlus and NINTENDO: A Partnership Crafting Gaming Excellence

However, before we get there, let’s first acknowledge the symbiotic relationship that NINTENDO and Atlus have had in producing gaming experiences that are not just technically inventive, but also rich in depth and layer upon layer of rewarding engagement – pushing the medium in new and intriguing directions and making every single title an adventure into uncharted regions of gaming delight.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance - A Case Study

So, why the buzz around Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance? Not only is it the latest instalment for the NINTENDO Switch, and its predecessor’s biggest expansion yet, but the inclusion of the Qadištu faction and redesigned mechanics should be able to breathe new life into the plot with even sharper gameplay. However, the question remains as to why Atlus had to pull the original game.

A Journey Through Atlus's Portfolio

The Enhanced Remake Dilemma:

Localisation and remastering issues – like what we’re seeing with Growlanser and the Persona 2 PSP re-releases – are a clear sign of how difficult and risky it is to introduce these games to new audiences. These are passionate efforts on Atlus’ part to make their creations available to more people, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any compromises to be made when they find the perfect place between retaining original charm and innovation.

Etrian Odyssey’s Untold Stories:

Etrian Odyssey IV and Etrian Odyssey Untold II: The Fafnir Knight are the enhanced versions of the series that was previously devoid of story, but Ateliers and Etrian Odyssey demonstrate how difficult it can be to balance the games-for-games-sake approach and the inclusion of a plot.

Catherine: Full Body - Amplification or Distraction?

Adding Full Body to Catherine showed how far Atlus was willing to push the story and the gameplay but also illustrated how more isn’t necessarily better.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore - A Harmonious Blend or a Missed Note?

This crossover – so far as I know, a first for Atlus – shows just how ambitious its translators were. But the localisation and censorship issues raised here bring to the fore a tension in enhancing games – how to do so while showing due respect for the source material and audience expectations.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Upgrades - Tactical Enhancements:

The Devil Survivor Overclocked and Record Breaker editions for the NINTENDO 3DS reveal that tactical additions and narrative expansions can build on the sense of an original work without compromising it, and are thus an example of a successful port strategy.

Persona Series: The Apex of Enhanced Gaming

The Persona sub-series is the pinnacle of Atlus’s philosophy of enhancement. The various iterations – from Persona 3: FES to Persona 4: Golden – are deeply cognisant of what fans like about the brand, and amplify that content within the constraints of optional new or improved content. The most obvious example is Persona 3: Portable, which adds the option of having a female protagonist, significantly improving replayability and narrative depth.

Reflecting on NINTENDO’s Role in Shaping Atlus's Enhanced Editions

Its hardware, from the 3DS to then the Switch, made the remakes possible so that Atlus could iterate on its gaming universes. Some of the technology and features of NINTENDO’s platforms have been available only to Atlus, and made the remakes possible – each of these enhanced editions has been a slightly new adventure into new heights in play.

Conclusion: The Future of Enhanced Gaming with Atlus and NINTENDO

The collaboration between Atlus and NINTENDO creates such a template and shows that players can expect great innovation and quality as gaming evolves further. Keep watching the skies for future enhancements! Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance is out now on NINTENDO Switch.


For any gamer over a certain age, NINTENDO is a household name. The Japanese multinational has earned its reputation as one of the world’s leading developers and publishers of video games, from the early NINTENDO Entertainment System (NES) to the brand-new NINTENDO Switch. Having partnered with a legendary developer like Atlus will help NINTENDO continue to enhance its library with new, interesting and unique titles, and no doubt bring further joy to fans all over the world.

Jun 16, 2024
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