Persona News Blowout.

Persona News Hyper Mega Blast Body Slam Edition XY Gold Plus.

(There’s a lot of news with Persona stuff.)

Ga-reetings and welcome friends of all things Persona! If you were until now unaware, Atlus recently held a big bang blowout of a newsfest and gave us some delightful teasers for what we can expect from our favorite series within the next year. Keep in mind this is all announced as far as Atlus of Japan is concerned, and nothing has been promised to hop the ocean, but given the series’ international appeal, it’s a safe bet we’ll be seeingmost of this at some point! There’s a lot to go into so jumping right in seems best. Let’s start with probably the biggest teaser of them all, the next entry into the franchise: Persona 5!

Persona 5

Great little teaser. Nothing’s really revealed as all we see are some chairs with ball-and-chains around them and an Adult Swim style bump saying “You are slave. Want emancipation?” I don’t know what’s up with that, but my personal hope is that we’re growing up from high school to a sort of wage-slave job. There you are living the doldrums of your dead-end life when something Persona-y happens and sparks a crazy adventure that breaks you free and teaches you to move forward in life.

Or it’s more high school drama. I really don’t care either way, I want in.

The interesting thing is that we’re looking for Winter 2014 for a release date, and on PS4. So much like Persona 4 before it, they plan on holding for a year after the new console launches to put a game out on the old one. Not a bad idea, I mean more people have PS3’s than 4’s at this point. But more so, it’s cheaper. I’m honestly surprised this wasn’t coming out for Vita given the popularity of Persona 4: The Golden, but at the same time I’d bet we’ll see a re-release at some point.

Persona The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold

More update than sequel, like Street Fighter 2 Turbo rather than Street Fighter 3, this version of the incredibly good Persona 4: The Arena appears to be leaping from arcades to PS3. That means more fighting game goodness. The introduction of Yukari and Junpei from Persona 3 helps bolster the ranks. As does the addition of a new character, Sho Minazuki

Ultra Suplex Hold is a way better subtitle than “Turbo”

The game will also continue where the storyline from Persona 4: The Arena left off, so it can be considered a sequel in that regard. Who knows what craziness awaits, but between playable shadow versions of all the characters (which is more like a “B Mode” than an actual additional character), and all the new characters (including one Adachi if the trailer is hinting correctly!), this game is shaping to be tremendous on every level.

If you missed the original announcement for this in September, here ya go!

Persona Q: Shadows of The Labrynth

It turns out this is the game I’m most excited for, although I bet some of that has to do with the fact that Persona 5 had no footage and Persona Q is on the 3DS. This game boasts a gorgeous and adorable artstyle featuring the cast of Persona 3 and 4 having to fight something evil. It appears Tartarus is back, or something very similar has arrived, and along with it are all your favorites. At first I thought this would be some mini-game collection or a Mystery Dungeon style game, but taking a look at that trailer shows that the combat is almost identical to that of Personas 3 and 4.

Dat Austin Powers logo.

It seems weird to bring this out on 3DS when only Vita and PS2 owners have had a shot at the series. I wonder if there’s a reason why 3DS owners are getting this specifically, but as an owner of all the things, I am in no way, shape, or form bothered by this. I look forward to it, in fact!

Persona 4 Dance All Night

So. It’s a Persona 4 rhythm game. Two of my favorite things together rarely ends poorly so I’m down. I enjoy the look of the main characters Rise, Yu, and Kanami, who hardcore fans may recall was Rise’s rival in her social link. The art style and dance moves look gorgeous, and the music sounds superb, so while this seems like a bit of a ‘just for fun’ type of game, I’m all about it. We’ll hopefully see more on it later this year.

I can’t stop laughing at the English in this trailer. It’s so great.

So what do you think? Any of these you’re excited for? Running out to by a Vita so you can watch Yu Narukami dance for hours on end? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Smash Bros.: The Next Generation – Mario Galaxy’s Gateway Galaxy

In space, everyone can hear you Smash!

A long while ago there was a teaser image on the Smash Bros Miiverse Community featuring Kirby with a hammer. The background of that image was a of a gorgeous celestial sight we hadn’t yet seen in Smash Bros. 4, and there was a strangely familiar glow to Kirby’s body. Now we know we were right when we thought it was a hint for a Mario Galaxy stage! This one is based loosely off the Gateway Galaxy stage, as evident by the large house and twisty dirt road. This one doesn’t feature all the same terrain, as it appears a small forest has sprouted up in the background!

Seriously though, look how cute he is!
Seriously though, look how cute he is!

There was a secondary post in this weeks mention of a Mario Galaxy stage, mentioning that there was relative gravity to the stage. If you look you can see how the stage has a curved surface, as opposed to the flat ones we’re used to. But you don’t remain straight walking up and down that hill like you might in the hills on Yoshi’s Island and in Distant Planet stages. Instead, characters will find gravity pulling them always towards the center of the planetoid, and thus if you’re standing on, say, the left edge, jumping will not take you straight up from the perspective of your TV, but will take you away from the center of the planet, just like it would in Mario GalaxyNow, if you haven’t played the titular game from the level, you might find this more than disorienting, but if you have, you may just find this to be a unique experience for Smash!

With this kind of relative positioning, I wonder if this will be a “Tourney legal” stage?

References to the Mario Galaxy series include the Face Ship, Captain Toad’s ship, and Bowser’s star-bound Air Ships. I have yet to see any signs of the star-eared bunnies, but there are some strange planetoids floating on just the right edge of the topmost image. Whether those are part of the background or something that interacts with the players is unknown thus far. There’s also a few neat little platforms that serve platformy purposes! I’d imagine they move around but I don’t know. There’s also speculation that the stage itself moves round, but we’ll see about that! If it does, I wonder if our perspective will be forced to rotate with it or if it’ll be like running on top of a giant hamster wheel.

The Face-ship flies by Petey Piranha the Dinosaur’s egg from Good Egg Galaxy! In short: REFERENCES!

The Music Wishlist for Gateway Galaxy

It’s to be noted that I originally had a lot more music, but the more I went through the Galaxy albums, the more I realized that everything else should get shoved onto it’s own stage, and this should be all exclusively the brilliant orchestral tracks that we got from two of the greatest video games ever put to disc. I kept a few extras, but this list is extensive so prepare for a lot of good music after the jump!

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