Demikids Remake Summoned For PlayStation Network In Japan

By Spencer . October 15, 2010 . 6:51pm

imagePerhaps inspired by the breakout success of Pokémon, Atlus retooled the demon catching concept from Shin Megami Tensei for a kids game. Just like the Shin Megami Tensei games you use demons to fight, but half-demon kids replace the cyberpunk heroes from the main series.

 

Three Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children games were created for Game Boy Color: Red Book, Black Book, and White Book. Two of them were bundled together and remade for PsOne into a package titled Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children Red Book and Black Book. Today, Atlus made this game available on PlayStation Network. Unlike their other Game Archives releases, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children doesn’t carry a premium price 1,000 yen ($12) tag, it’s only 600 yen ($7.50).

 

Interesting factois about Devil Children – this is one of the few Shin Megami Tensei spinoffs that actually uses the Shin Megami Tensei branding in Japan. The Persona titles, aside from the first Persona, are simply called Persona (insert number). Also, DemiKids: Book of Light and Book of Darkness, two Game Boy Advance games, were the first games in North America to carry the Shin Megami Tensei brand. Sure, it’s written in Japanese, but it’s on the cover of both games.

 

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  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    lol, first time i heard of this… but, is almost the same as a normal SMT but with kids… after all, we DO “catch” in some way the demons

    • http://twitter.com/Wakuseino Dustin Perrault

      The primary difference is actually in the main character’s effectiveness. In the SMT series, they actually do something. In the Demikids series, they’re pretty much entirely dependent on their demons. Even negotiations are handled by the demons rather than the main character.

      Also they made one story and split it across two games. The two games follow different characters as they go about their own missions, so to actually get the full story, you had to buy two separate games.

      • Jaxx-Leviathan

        Both examples you present are strikingly analogous to Pokémon. Trainer is barely involved in combat and the series uses dual-games per generation, with a third as a sort of ‘connecter’. Biggest difference here is as you mentioned, that the heroes in DemiKids are different and have their own paths.

  • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

    Oh my gosh, I want this game now!!!!!!!! It looks so cute and cool!!!! And it looks fun!

  • Code

    Awesome that demon is also a chef! I approve!

    • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

      lol,Did someone hijack your account?! i dont see “rar” anywhere in it!

      • Code

        Nahh, you’ll know if something is up, if there is too much rar though >w<' As we've learned from that time I had an doppelganger!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee
      • Code

        Haha I see! I generally have stuck close to the later Persona series which is likely why I haven’t seen him before.

  • endaround

    So does that mean a re-release of the anime just around the corner?

  • Pichi

    Love the GBA game. Wish we got more.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/SplashdownTiger STiger

    So uh… U.S. release next year?

    • Joanna

      Sadly not very likely as this is the GBC remake and we never got those localized. :(

      • https://twitter.com/#!/SplashdownTiger STiger

        But… this is Atlus in 2010. Not Atlus back then.

        • Joanna

          Haven’t others stated that Atlus has said multiple times that it will not localize PS1 classics/Virtual Console re-releases because it’s not profitable?

          If they won’t do it for a mainline SMT game, why would they bring this over all of a sudden? :/

  • Jaxx-Leviathan

    I actually had a brief encounter with DemiKids before I tried any other SMT title. Back then I loved it, but now I can’t help but compare it to the main series and I would rather play the main or Persona than DemiKids, because of the low-quality demon artwork in DemiKids and I have become accustomed to the more mature settings and demons of the main. Then again this spin-off is targeted at a younger audience and as somewhat of a SMT-collector I would like to have this game in my collection.

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