Soul Hackers On 3DS Adds 30 Demons Like Forneus, Thor, And A Dog Girl

By Spencer . July 6, 2012 . 3:03pm

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Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers for Nintendo 3DS has 30 new demons, the back cover says. On top of Pixie and Devil Buster Hunters, players will be able to summon Thor, Kaiwan, Domarth, Forneus, and Doman. If you played Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne you probably remember Forneus being one of the first bosses in the game. Thor shows up later on as a boss too.


Doman is a boss from the original Shin Megami Tensei. Domarth is a dog-girl who is actually tied to the Devil Summoner games. She’s a central character in the Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army light novel. In the story, she can stun enemies by howling.


imageDoman from Shin Megami Tensei.


Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers comes out on August 30 in Japan.

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  • Dantis

    This is one MegaTen game I’m not interested in playing. There’s only so far back I can go, and this is too far.

    • Testsubject909

      Fair enough, everyone’s got their limits.

      Me, I tend to go back all the way to NES and DOS, but I can’t bring myself to games like Atari 5200 games.

    • LightZero

      You are acting as if the gameplay as bad as SMT1 and SMT2. I guess you are spoiled by the PS2-esques titles. Which is a shame since many classic megaten fans claim that Soul Hackers (and P2) are the best. Seeing how P2 is my favorite. I want to see how good this game is. Plus I like its cyber-punk like setting that seems to be lacking in the modern titles. To each his own.

      • Dantis

         I love P2 and I mildly enjoyed P1, but this (Correct me if I’m wrong) even predates those. Like I say, there are limits to how old school I can go.

        • Zeik56

           No, this is newer than P1, and also a much better game.

          • I don’t think it’s so much as the age as it’s the gameplay, particularly the first person perspective.  I have a friend like that, he loves Final Fantasy, but would never touch Dragon Quest up until DQ8 where you could see your characters during battle.

        • LightZero

          It predates both P2s, but it came out after P1. As mention by Zeik. 

  • Strain42

    Dormarth is in this game? SOLD! I’ve been wanting to see her in a game since I first saw her design from the novel.

  • AnimusVox

    And I've liked Thor since before 'Avengers'

    • Testsubject909

      No worries. I like Thor the god from long before I knew about Thor from the comic books.

      • AnimusVox

        Lol exactly. I dont even like Marvel Thor to begin with…

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Sadly here, i don’t even know that Marvel had Thor before the movie lol.T_T

        I know all about Thor from Valkyria Profile which lead me into Norse myth lol.^^

  • Strain42

    Not a fan of the cover art here though…I mean just…BAM! Boobs! They even cut off the face…I thought this was the sort of thing we were trying to move away from in video games?

    • Dantis

       MegaTen is going the opposite direction.

      Have you seen Mitsuru’s one-hit KO portrait in P4U? Balloon boobs and nipple outlines abound!

      And what about the new bath scene in P4G, complete with side-boob and ass?

      Atlus seem to be realising that sex sells, unfortunately.

      • Strain42

         …I’m sad now.

        • Dantis

           I mean, Soejima seems to be mostly sticking to his guns, at least. The first Mitsuru picture we saw for P4A was proportioned much more in line with what you’d expect from a MegaTen game.

          I think, basically, the smaller/spinoff titles will probably be more exploitative. I’d be surprised to see this kind of thing in P5 though.

      • Testsubject909

        Eh… I’m okay with it.

        So long as it’s just fluff added to and not the central piece. I’m all good.

        • Dantis

          It goes against Soejima’s ideas for designing good female characters though, which is a shame. I can only assume that he’s either not involved or being asked specifically to sex things up a little. In his illustrations book he talks about how the best characters are ones which appeal to both men and women, and it really shows in a lot of his designs. FeMC looks great, without being at all sexualised. She’s just stylish and cool.

      • LightZero

        Wow I never notice the erected nipples. The funny thing is I always prefer my P3MC to be with her too. But yeah sex does sell and Mitsuru is definitely sexy. 

      • Zeik56

         “Realizing”? They’ve known that for years. Do you not remember/know about the bath scene in SMT1? And lets not forget the shower scene in P3.

        Maybe it’s a bit more blatant now, but don’t pretend this is some huge change in direction.

        • Dantis

           The shower scene was completely different…

          For a start, it actually fit the context and made sense. I have no problem with depictions of sex in games (I actually think people are too uptight about it), but this is just exploitative. It’s not the same.

          • Zeik56

            There was really no reason they needed to make a whole animated scene showing Yukari showering, there are plenty of other ways they could have handled it that would have made more sense. It was fanservice, just like this.

            Oh, and don’t forget the kinky dominatrix costumes in FES.

          • Dantis

             Sure, both of those things are fan service, but they’re also exceedingly minor (Especially the shower scene). I don’t think this is a change of direction for the series on the whole, because it’s not how Soejima and Hashino do things, but I think things like this and the Golden are definitely more willing to sexualise the characters, and I think we’ll only see more of it going forwards as they expand the brand more and more.

          • Zeik56

            I really don’t see how that shower scene is more minor than a brief cut-in in a fighting game.

          • Dantis

             I was referring to all the fan service in the recent MegaTen media, rather than this specific example.

            Though I would argue that this is more out of place. I would assume that Yukari takes showers. Here, Mitsuru has been re-proportioned and put into a skin tight costume. It makes no sense for the character or the context or anything.

        • Strain42

           I agree, but those are little things in the game itself, they’re not the prominently displayed thing that anyone picking up the title on a shelf is going to see.

          The closest they’ve done to something like this was Catherine, which was different because sex was already a big part of that games theme and even then, they at least showed the face…

          I’m not against sex appeal or fanservice in games, but I’m not a fan of it being a gratuitous part of actually showing off the game.

          This isn’t a deal breaker for me, I’m not gonna make empty threats of boycotting because I don’t like the cover art…I just don’t think this was a smart choice for them is all.

        • ThatBlackGuy

          Maria that is all.

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        …..almost all the DeSu female char had gravity defying boobs there lol.^^

        • Dantis

           They certainly did, buddy.

          They certainly did.

      • amagidyne

        Sure, but Arc System Works has always had a *tiny bit* more fanservice than Atlus. Even if Atlus is calling the shots, I doubt they could suppress that part of their culture.

        I can’t explain P4G. Hope it isn’t a sign of things to come.

        • Dantis

           I agree. That art clearly isn’t Soejima, so I guess the Arc artist just took some liberties with the design.

    • Eh…  It’s not even like they’re very big though.  At least you can see half her face?

    • Strain-san, its not even as blatant as DeSu……. I mean, she doesn’t have anti gravity melons…… Just a bra….

    • Hinataharem

      You should make a comic on this issue.

  • Vampiric

    this better be localized

    we have 3 and 4 but not 1 and 2

    at least this is 2

    • Zeik56

      I can’t see any reason we wouldn’t get it. Atlus USA hasn’t missed a MegaTen game in years, even ones that most companies would have never localized.

      • Vampiric

         except the recent psp persona

        • LightZero

          That will likely be localize once all the P4 buzz is over with. 

        • Zeik56

          I wouldn’t say enough time has passed to completely rule that out. Even if we don’t get it though that’s far more understandable given that it’s on an effectively dead console in the US, compared to Soul Hackers that’s on a modern and popular handheld.

  • ryne11


    OT question: Are the sprites animated like in SJ or are they still like in the original, with movement added?

    Edit: Domarth in, $30 and a bottle of Gentleman Jack that Raidou will be added as a bonus boss like how the PSX version added ******

    • Zeik56

       Given that it’s an updated port rather than a remake I would expect them to be static like the original game, but who knows for sure.

  • LightZero

    This is why I like Atlus. I’m actually glad they are putting more effort into this enhanced port. I hope Kresnik is in the game. He has become my favorite demon in most recent megaten titles. 

  • If (in my mind I’m saying “when”) this gets localized, I want that cover unless the NA or EU looks better than that one. 

    Also, July is heading to halfway stage of the month. Edging ever closer to 30th August, to which, SMT IV will begin to shine new info upon us. 

    • Doubt they will keep it. Seems too erotic. Not to me but plenty of prudes who would find this offensive I bet, what with the female body cleavage but no face.

      • Didn’t stop Catherine coming over! :D Which I found to be more seductive.

        • Localization is a whole other thing. I’m just talking about keeping the boxart.

          • I was only referring to the boxart not about the issues with localization. I should’ve been more clear. Sorry.   

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Well….. considering there they put a girl showing her skin a bit……. i am more than sure that they are going to change the cover into the MC while holding gun???^^

      • “…
        are going to change the cover into the MC while holding gun???^^”

        Sex or Violence: The Biggest Sellers in the West. 

        Either way, as long as the game is coming over I won’t mind either way. ^^

  • revenent hell

    Well I for one am laying in wait for this game,well I kinda have been ever since I played Nocturne it made me look in to the SMT games and I kinda liked this and devil summoner best after DDS but to my sadness when info gathering about them learned they had never been localised I twaz quite sad….So now I realy am quite happy to hear of the 3DS port and chances of it being localised are I feel a given

  • Domarth… If I remember correctly, she was also in the Kuzunoha Raidou novel.

  • Yu_TheKing

    The middle girl on the cover reminds me a genderbent Eikichi fused with Maya >,<

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    This seems better and better lol.^^ With Rambo frost, special spot pass monster, art change and more monster add on. This game looks that it is bringing a number of improvement from the Saturn ones.^^

  • I need this along with my DeSu when I got a 3DS. ATLUS do you want my donation? 

    I really want Rambo Frosts in my team, ho!

  • Ahah, Forneus was an epic first boss in Nocturne indeed! I remember being in awe when after defeating him, I was able to actually fuse him and add him to my team of demons. No wai, I can actually use the boss I just fought to battle for me?

    I love SMT so damn much ;_;

  • Hinataharem

    I would love for this game to be localized. I’m currently trying to play every MegaTen game I have missed (my first was P4).

  • amagidyne

    I hope this gets localized with a different cover. That’s just bad cropping.

  • Alexandra Cordes

    American release, yes yes? ;-;

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