Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Joins Elite Club Of M-Rated DS Games

By Spencer . December 2, 2009 . 9:50am


Less than one percent of all Nintendo DS games have are rated M by the ESRB and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey is one of them. Strange Journey is the 10th M-rated DS game out of 1,366 rated titles. Compare that to 262 out of 1,940 PlayStation 2 games, roughly 13.5%.


Releasing a M-rated DS game is risky business. That plan didn’t work out so well for Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. Good to know that Atlus didn’t tone Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey down just to get a more common (and parent friendly) T-rating.


After Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey comes out in spring 2010, Atlus will release a limited number of passwords to unlock special rare demons. Players can generate and share passwords from their demon compendiums too. Say, you desperately need an ice demon to beat a boss. You can bug a friend with Odin to make a password so you can press on.


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  • [The Hunter] Doomrider

    Please, just bring this to the PSP, you know, like Rockstar did with another M-Rated DS game of theirs

    • JohnCasey1


    • kylehyde

      Did you know that actually Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars on psp sold less than DS, is not about the console, is about publicity.

      • [The Hunter] Doomrider

        No I didn’t (thanks for pointing it out anyway), and I wasn’t exactly making that comment based on some fact or specific information, I just want it on PSP because I don’t have a DS, i hope it’s not too hard to understand.

        But hey, perhaps it IS hard to understand for some! “Lol?”

        • Joanna

          I’d like some PSP games on the DS as well because I don’t have a PSP, but one can’t always have what one wants. PSP got Persona (and is getting Persona3 remake), DS gets this. Life is just like that. It would be nice to not have to buy every single system to play a single game or two that aren’t on the system you primarily use, but that’s how it works. Otherwise there would not be two systems to begin with. Sucks but what can you do?

          • [The Hunter] Doomrider

            Take Persona! I don’t care! xD

            Joking, of course, even though I would rather have Strange Journey =P

            It sucks

    • Zeik56

      Never going to happen.

  • I can’t find the ESRB listing, wonder what they have to say regarding the M rating.

    • JohnCasey1

      I’m sure we can rule out a penis meter that makes a sad face when it shrinks.

      • Not everyone can be as cool as Travis.

      • Zeik56

        Why would they need a penis meter when SMT already has a giant green tentacled penis monster that rides a chariot? ;P

    • The rating isn’t in the database so we don’t have a detailed description. We have a list of points, though.

      Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey has been rated “M” for Mature with Blood, Fantasy Violence, Language, Partial Nudity, and Sexual Themes by the ESRB.

  • Actually, I don’t think Chinatown Wars did badly; I just think people’s expectations of it were unrealistic. And for what it’s worth, we ARE getting a Dementium 2. It’s just a market that needs to be tapped. The more M-rated games there are on a system, the better they’ll do individually. (Hooray, synergy!)

    • kylehyde

      100% agree with that Ishaan

    • Exactly. For some reason, taking a franchise from another system and tweaking it makes them think it’ll do gangbuster in sales. Not saying that it can’t, but their line of thought isn’t as a smooth transition as they expect it to be. Even a columnist from Gamasutra sided with EA when they said that the “hardcore” crowd just didn’t want Dead Space: Extraction. I couldn’t believe it, but it’s a frustrating predicament for everyone.

  • nonoko

    Cannot. Wait. For. This!

  • Ereek

    Oh, North America, you’re so foolish sometimes. I’m betting that this isn’t going to be any “worse” than Nocturne, which shouldn’t hold the rating in the first place.

    • Think of the children, Ereek!!!

      • Ereek

        I’d rather have my child playing a SMT game over some of these T rated action games with a ton of swearing that pretty much “promote” violence as “cool.” To me the M rating just seems completely bizarre, but I suppose I’m just being cynical.

        • You know I’m kidding. I agree, I’d much rather have my [potential] kid play something that is mature in the true sense of the word like Persona or say, Hotel Dusk than a game that is violent for the heck of it. (NMH being the sole exception. Every man, woman and child needs to play NMH.)

          I don’t think Persona 3 or 4 deserved the M rating at all. In fact, I think Persona 4 is a game that could give a LOT of 16-year-olds something to think about, so it’s disappointing that the ESRB didn’t take this into account while rating it.

          • Thorns on a rose, that’s what they look for, for better or for worse.

          • This reminds me of when I got my Wii…
            I bought the console plus tons of other games and stuff, so they had to look all around the store to get what I wanted, while I was waiting some boy maybe a year younger than I(I’m 15) and his dad came in asking for GTAIV, so the clerk went to get it BUT when he showed it to the boy’s dad he said something like:
            “This game is rated M for Mature, it has lots of blood, drugs, sex, prostitutes and swearing”
            and the kid just stood there, perhaps foolishly thinking he would be getting it anyway, however, the dad was gay to his son’s desires, instead inciting him to leave empty-handed.
            And I don’t mean gay in the homosexual meaning, it’s actually an old english term :).

          • Joanna

            gay = happy in the other sense of the word….so I’m not sure I understand what you are saying. The father was happy that his son left empty handed? huh? why? That’s pretty mean. I mean, if he refused to buy it because of the content then fine, but if he refused to buy it for the sake of refusing to make himself feel gay/happy about his son walking away empty handed then that’s mean. I’m confused. DX

    • shade543

      This game was rated “15+” in Japan, so it is probably worse than the “All Ages” Noctourne.

      • Yeah. At first, I was thinking, “They’ll be strict again and give it an M,” but I noticed the CERO C rating. A C-rated SMT game? Then I expected the M rating.

      • Joanna

        Now this makes the M-rating even more interesting. I wonder what exactly gave it the higher age rating in Japan.

  • Just wondering, what’s the “mature content” in this game? I’m just guessing Mara’s in here…

  • Lilim’s design looks nice. Just sayin’, that’s closer to the art style I’ve come to expect in main SMT titles, haha.

    • discoma

      That artwork’s been around since Nocturne, yanno.

      • It’s been around a lot longer than that. The art style, I mean. Can’t remember the artist’s name, but that person hasn’t really been a part of the latest Persona or Devil Survivor titles. It’s nice to see that person’s stuff come back.

        And it’s what I would expect to see in main SMT titles. Sorry if I wasn’t clear.

        • Ereek

          Ah, you changed your picture.

          The artist is Kazuma Kaneko. I can’t really say I’m the biggest fan of his human character designs, but his monster/demon designs are brilliant.

          • Yeah, I’ve been on a Flonne kick lately. Comes with the territory, I suppose o_O.

            And thanks! Kazuma Kaneko, eh? His human designs have grown on me. I wasn’t and still am not too fond of the Persona 2 designs, but I really enjoyed the Digital Devil Saga characters. I guess I enjoy his work when realized in 3D…? But agreed. His monster designs are always fun to look at. Makes filling the demon compendium that much more exciting, hah.

          • Zeik56

            Really? His Persona 2 designs were some of his best IMO. (Certainly better than his Persona 1 characters.)

            Btw, Kaneko has actually been around for both Devil Survivor and the recent Persona games, just not as the lead artist. (Though he did do some new demon designs for Devil Survivor.)

  • I’m really excited about this game, as I am all SMT titles. Even more excited to see it’s following the Rated-M trend.

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