Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne Is Now A PS2 Classic For PlayStation 3

By Ishaan . May 6, 2014 . 9:00am

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne will be available as a PS2 Classic on the PlayStation Network later today in North America. (And yes, this is the Atlus game we hinted at last week.)


Nocturne is the third game in the main numbered series and was the first fully 3D Shin Megami Tensei game, not counting spin-offs such as Soul Hackers. The game will cost $9.99.


Meanwhile, Shin Megami Tensei IV is available at a discounted rate of $29.99 until May 12th.

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  • Spirit Macardi

    It’s about time! :D

  • EQeE

    The miracle happened. YES!!!
    I hope that we get DDS soon.

    • Daru Titor

      This deserves a yahoo.

  • Rocsas

    Never got the chance to played it and I have heard nothing but great things about this game.
    So I am super excited but also sad that my huge backlog its going to get yet another long JRPG

  • OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH yeah. Glad to have a PS3 for this!

  • Alex

    So what does Nocturne have to do with Origami Rhino’s then?

  • TheGioG

    Damn right I’m buying this. How crazy it would’ve been had this been released back when Sega still owned Atlus. A dang perfect excuse for a Sonic replacement mod.

    • Techinically Sega still owns Atlus.

      Though actually people still have it wrong. When Index Corporation was bought by Sega Sammy Holdings Atlus was brought along with them. Last Feb. 18 2014 Index Corporation was divided into “Index Corporation” the business subsidiary and “Atlus” the digital game business division.

      Sega, the game developers, never owned Atlus. They’re just under the same holdings company.

      • Cazar

        Actually Index Corp was transferred to Sega Dream Corp which is under Sega Corp so yeah Sega the publisher actually owned Atlus, not just Sega Sammy.

        • Hexodious

          Actual source please? I can’t believe that Sega the publisher hasn’t stick their noses into Atlus’ franchises yet.

          • Cazar
          • Hexodious

            Thanks for the source.

            I’m just hoping here that Sega leaves Atlus alone.

          • Cazar

            I don’t think there is anything to worry about because what TheGioG was talking about was that Sega allowed Atlus to become it’s own subsidiary again, instead of just a brand under Sega. This is something that they didn’t even have for their last few years under Index Corp.

            I know a lot of people have a bad image of Sega but they’ve really been handling this pretty well so far.


    Very excited about this. I still own my physical copy of Nocturne, but never actually beat it so this is great. I’ll definitely be picking this up later. Since it’s still a PS2 game technically I’m hoping that I can use my old PS2 saved data, as I remember the story up to where I am anyway.

    • Shane Guidaboni

      How can you use save data from a PS2 memory card on your PS3?

      • FlyingHoshi

        There’s an adapter for PS2 memory cards that can be used to transfer saves to the PS3. I bought one back in 2007 when I had the original, backwards compatible PS3…haven’t seen many around for sale since…

        • qchto

          sorry to burst your bubble, but this game is a regular ps2 classic, so it will not work (i have one of those adapters).
          the good news is that using that same adapter you can copy your ps2 saves to an usb, where maybe you can find a way to transform them to a single .vme (the memory card format used by ps2 classics) and copy them back.
          anyway, let me know if you find a way to do it, cause i had a similar problem in the past not being able to use my previous saves (a dick move by sony if you ask me).

      • sakiu

        I believe these new PS2 classics have different format for saves and those old saves from PS2 do not work anymore :(

      • As Hoshi said, there adapter lol

    • EdgeKun

      Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but PS2Classics are not compatible with normal PS2 memory cards. You’re going to have to start over fresh. =(

      Speaking from experience, as I was rather upset when I picked P3Fes up and couldn’t load my save. On the plus side I enjoy Nocturne enough that I *might* not mind 100%ing it again from scratch. =P

  • RawrWata

    How about a Euro- Oh who am I kidding.

    • Timovisch

      I found this in my bookshelf. :3

      • zzzSleeping

        The 12+ rating does it justice

        • Timovisch

          -Looking at the rest of my physical copies-

          Digital Devil Saga 1 and 2, Devil Summoner: Raidou vs. The Soulless Army, Persona 3: FES and Persona 4 are all rated 16+.

          Nocturne (Lucifer’s Call) is the only one that gets a 12+ rating by pegi. o…0

          • zzzSleeping

            Well i consider the whole thing about violence in video games etc being bad as total BS.

            Little kids are perfectly capable of telling apart reality from video games. Violence in video games does not affect them.

            It’s bad parenting that does but the incompetant parents need smth to blame other than themselves so they blame games and movies etc.

          • Haganeren

            You’re right about the fact they tell apart reality from video games but…

            I don’t know, if kids are accustomed to hardcore stuff so young, what will excite them as they grow ? They would be bored really fast of everything….

          • Timovisch

            While I mostly agree with this. I do think that the media (not only video games) does bring violence more into the picture.

            Yes I think MOST children are capable of telling apart reality from what they see in games or movies. And I think they need a bit of guidance from their parents in this.

            But yea some people really exaggerate on the blaming video games. I know hundred if not thousand of books, music, movies or series that are way more violent than video games.

    • Shane Guidaboni

      Every single SMT thread.

      • Every single everything for releases on this site, really.

      • Jisgsaw

        Well, there’s a good reason for that.

    • landlock

      I wouldn’t worry Ghostlight wanted to release this as a PS2 classic before but there was technical problems getting it working on the PS3. Hopefully now that it’s out in the US and Euro release should be coming.

      • Yeah, the fact that there was technical problems with it (and DDS, specifically due to the engine the three games used) is why Atlus probably decided to have this be a surprise for people. It’s their way of saying “we fixed the emulation problem!”

        • Sav

          get out.

          it always worked, i remember trying dds on my cfw ps3.

          looks like crap anyway on hdtv’s since it’s last gen.

          play it on pc.

    • Tom_Phoenix

      Thankfully, even if the game doesn’t get released on PSN (although I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t), physical copies of the European PS2 release are still relatively easy and cheap to come by.

  • Ninten

    Called the PSN version. B) I’m happy they are re-releasing Nocturne, so hopefully more people will play it.

  • It seemed like people figured out the first clue for the teaser which was “Tachibana” or Chikaki’s original last name.

    “Origami Rhino Oh Yo” was an anagram for “Yahirono Himorogi” a key item in the game.

  • Zacek

    Great! At least, I can play this game without open my PS2 sealed copy!

  • Timovisch

    Great! Now root for us Europeans for a digital Lucifer’s Call release. ^_^

  • Don’t know if this game is for me… I would probably consider it if it featured Dante from the Devil May Cry series, though.

    • MoriyaMug

      AFAIK, it is. Really difficult, as I recall, so caveat emptor.

  • Have they said whether or not this version is featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry(tm) series? I’m guessing not because it’d be way easier to not involve Capcom, but it’d be neat.

    • Brandonmkii

      It’s the only version that was localized, so I’d be surprised if it wasn’t.

      • Oh really? I always thought that we got both versions for some reason. Thanks for the clarification.

  • DividedSeraph

    Best $10 you’ll ever spend.

    Hell, it could sell for $50 and be worth it.

  • KH1989b

    never played this one, I always heard it was really hard game.

    • MrTyrant

      Yeah if you consider P4 o P3 hard. Then Nocturne will be a nightmare it was harder than SMT IV.

    • Timovisch

      It really depends on what you find difficult. If you take your time and don’t rush through it then it’s not as hard as people say. If you know how to fuse good abilities and use buffs and debuffs in this game then it’s actually really easy (on normal).

      I found hard-mode more frustrating then actually challenging. A lot of back attacks (a lot of critical hits) and running ‘almost’ never worked.

      I still see this game as my #1 game ever. :)

      • MrTyrant

        The traps were annoying and the constant random battles that some of them had annoying abilieties like megido or cast hama. If the enemy catch you by surprise you are dead.

        • Timovisch

          Yes traps could be very annoying in this game. This game was the one that thought me to save ASAP. Hama and Mudo wheren’t so much of a thread to me, but likely because I played a SMT game (Persona 3 FES) before this one. I still believe that gave me a bit of an advantange. The Answer of Persona 3 was probably the most brutal SMT game to me.

          And yea 2x Megido (or even boosted) can be killing. xD

          • MrTyrant

            The answer was a walk in the park to me compared with Nocturne and even less than Strange Journey.

    • Spirit Macardi

      It’s really not too hard as long as you remember to keep fusing more powerful demons whenever you can. Also, loading your team up with moves that increase evasion and lower enemy accuracy will make you pretty unstoppable thanks to the press turn system.

    • OlimacFTW

      If you are planning to buy the game (and you should) you just need to protect your MC from two simple words “Hama” and “Mudo”, after that, and knowing how to correctly fuse your demons, the game will become a breeze.

    • It depends on which SMT game you started out with, if any. If you got into the series with Persona, you probably won’t appreciate Nocturne as much. It’s got an incredibly frustrating random encounter rate, and yes, it can get very hard later on in the game.

      If you started out with Strange Journey, you’ll probably like the game a little more. At the very least, Nocturne is in third-person, so that alone helps make exploration feel more fluid.

      And if you started with SMTIV, it could go either way. SMTIV can be a tough game, but it’s very streamlined and does away with random battles entirely. If you don’t like random encounters, you won’t like Nocturne.

      • MaximDualBlade

        I can vouch for the difficulty. I began the series with Persona 3 and 4, then I tried this one and Persona felt like child’s play(exaggeration I know). The game doesn’t hold your hand in any way and it’s easy to get lost in the World Map.

        Nevertheless it is a very fun game, the story has that something since the very beginning that I liked. Also we have Kazuma Kaneko’s art in 3D. I just love the game XD

        Also you forgot to add that there aren’t any real safe zones, so random encounters are everywhere(except for shops-like stores). It is a real hell :P

        • Arizato

          Exploration wise Nocturne is a cakewalk if you compare it to Shin Megami Tensei I and II. It was a real pain to get the neutral ending in both. As long as you listen to what the characters has to say you will easily find your way through this one! :)

    • Ethan_Twain

      It is a really hard game. There are a LOT of random encounters (which are especially brutal at the beginning and end of the game). That’s rough, but what makes it rougher is that the game isn’t big on player guidance (the overworld is about as bland and directionless as SMT IV’s). And also the game is real unkind about healing and demon fusion and upgrading. It can’t be done on the fly, you’ve gotta go back to a safe zone.

      There is some interesting story content, but not until well into the game. So it’s a super hard game to get into. It’s just not very player friendly.

    • Raze

      Not really

      It’s still a game where if you’re not prepared for any battle = death
      Or not lucky too

      The encounter is kinda high
      Sometimes even suprise encounter can kill you in one turn

      Buff and debuff are the heaven’s gift of this game

      • 하세요

        “It’s not really hard, you can just die at like, any time.” That’s the definition of difficult.

    • Daniel blue

      Nocturne has the coolest game over screen in history.

      Which is a good thing, since you’ll see it all the time.

      Sometimes the game’s downright unfair – any changes to your character’s skill setup are permanent (replaced skills are lost forever), getting the demon you want from fusion is a matter of trial and error, many battles begin with the enemies attacking you from behind (basically smacking your bottom with criticals until you’re dead) and the encounter rate is infuriating.

      It’s also amazing, in the same way a good survival horror game is. When you reach a safe spot, you feel like you went through hell – surviving a dungeon and killing a boos feels very satisfying.

      Frankly, you’d take Nocturne’s idiosyncrasies over SMT IV’s streamlined design any day. Also, Nocturne is a gorgeous-looking game, while IV is a convoluted mess of conflicting art styles.

  • Zero_Destiny

    Best SMT Spirit Week ever!!!

  • BlinkingRune

    Now if only I could play it on the go. Grinding would be so much easier if I could relax and play it more casually!

  • Nitraion

    Hah i remember i finished this game with dark ending it was best ending to me :)
    of course with dante in the party :)

  • Perro

    It’s the best way to buy the game, I’d say. At my local retro game shop, it still commands a $20 price and even online it’s hard to get the game dirt cheap. $10 is a fair price, if you’re not emulating it on PCSX2 or something.

    Now I just have to finish SMTIV, Strange Journey, and Persona 3……

  • MaximDualBlade

    I hope Europe gets it too. It will be my first Ps2 classic.

    • Arizato

      I bought Persona 3 FES on the US PSN store despite me being in EU, you can easily do the same.

      • MaximDualBlade

        I don’t have a Us credit card. How did you buy it?

        • Hexodious

          I believe most people buy US PSN cards from Amazon, not entirely sure too.

          • MaximDualBlade

            ooooh ok thanks

        • Arizato

          What Kiryu said. You can buy a PSN card from various sites and use it on the US PSN store. I bought mine from

          Just make sure that you are buying a US code.

          • MaximDualBlade

            ooooh. thanks for the info then

          • Arizato

            You’re welcome! I hope you’re buying this game. It’s so awesome!

          • MaximDualBlade

            I will. I have already played it btw.

          • Arizato

            Oh, I see!

  • zzzSleeping

    True demon ending baby!

    • Demeanor

      The ONLY one!!! :D God, was this game a beast!

  • otakumike

    I feel like I’m in the minority when I say I tried the game way back when it first came out and didn’t like it. Dante was cool though.

    • zzzSleeping

      Main smt games aren’t for anyone.

      • Daniel blue

        Don’t you mean “everyone”? ;-)

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          meaning the difficultie gap from Persona to SMT is large

          • Daniel blue

            I know. He just phrased his comment awkwardly.

        • zzzSleeping

          No idea. I know enough english to get by.

  • buying this as soon as possible. never played it but i tried it on an emulator, didn’t feel right and wanted to play it legitly so i just wanted it to be on psn :D

  • Kango234

    You guys don’t know how much this just made my day!

  • MrTyrant

    I was expecting an HD update, oh well.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    So that means that the emulation problems that the PS2 emulator on the PS3 had with Nocturne engine games has been resolved. It looks like Ghostlight will finally be able to re-release the Digital Devil Saga games on PSN like they originally intended to.

  • Death Saved

    haha the first SMT game i played i remember going WTF when Dante from DMC showed up and tried to off me, that was sooo awesome.

  • DragKudo

    Best late birthday present ever.

  • Dianatos

    To celebrate, NOCTURNE PARTY! MY HOUSE! Featuring the esteemed guest, the Joker from the Dark Knight Trilogy! …Oh, and Dante too, I guess.

  • Will stick to my physical copy but congrats to those that were waiting.

  • One of my favorite video games ever !
    But I’d rather play with a physical copy.

  • LM009

    bout effing time, wasn’t this on EU psn store for a while now?

  • MentalAlliance

    Oooooooh yes! :D

  • Nightmare637

    I still have my physical copy, but this is nice. ^_^

  • César H. Sandoval


  • Evil-Antho

    I remember dying in the tutorial fight ._. it was owsum

  • malek86

    Oh yeah, my favorite RPG on PS2. The battle system is up there with Grandia among the best.

  • Nu Blitz

    I’ve always wanted to play this game. Doesn’t Dante make an appearance in this

  • Abysswalker90



  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    YES!!!!! i seen a hard copy of the game in my loco game store lol it cost $60

  • ThatGuy3190_7

    Raidou and Nocturne as PS2 Classics? Be still my heart.

    • Sav

      u can already play them for free on a cfw ps3.

      but i know most idiots like paying sony twice.

      get lost.

      • ThatGuy3190_7

        I would rather support a company in order for them to continue bringing over great games instead of pirating and have them suffer for it financially because only one party is being selfish. Not only do I fully support Atlus, but I’ve never played these games before.

  • Amagidyne

    I assume this means they were able to fix the original emulation issues that Nocturne had on the PS3? Whenever I tryed to play it on my 60GB, it’d freeze more fequently, the deeper into the Amala Labyrinth I got. And it’d freeze without fail when I beat the final boss, had to drag out my old PS2 to finish the game.

  • MakoSoldier7

    one part of me is so over-the-moon-happy about this…but another part that knows what ps2 classics look like on a big hdtv cant help but feel as though a gem like this deserves more.

  • Brandonmkii

    First Printing With Soundtrack Master Race reporting in. Glad it’s going to be more available, it’s a game I think everybody needs to try.

  • Dragard Kaos

    One more god forsaken.

  • Niyari

    YES YES YEESSSSSSss sdhjkahaskhjda. now all we need is the DDS series

  • lordsofskulls

    ;p aww my copy is not worth as much. But I am happy rest of gamers get to experience awesome Shin Megami series game without having to open their wallet too much defiantly one of my favorite from the series

    • Dragard Kaos

      it’s only $15-20 on Amazon these days. I remember when it was a lot before it got a reprint.

      • lordsofskulls

        still >.> not many people have PS2 as they used to

  • SlickRoach

    Sweet! I always wanted to play this since I like SMT’s dark atmosphere. Now if I could get Viewtiful Joe as a PSN title I’d be in Heaven.

  • darkfox1

    Ayee I’m hype! I missed out on this and a lot if other SMT games in the ps2 era.

  • Rake


  • Paul Rodriguez

    Still have my copy of the game on PS2. I wonder how many people remember him being in the game.

    • Hexodious

      Oh believe me, everyone does. You see “Featuring Dante from Devil May Cry” sign almost everywhere.

  • Ecchitori-san

    This is cool! I never got to finish this but I think I want to now!

  • chroma816

    I kinda wanna own the game physically, but for only 10 bucks…I think I can buy it once digitally, once physically.

    • Kamakuma

      Same… Although mine is still unopened in it’s wrap. x’D

      • chroma816

        Really? Might as well keep it that way, hahaha.

        • Kamakuma

          Yea I’ll probably drop the 10 so it can become a trophy for me. :’3

  • CrazedSlayer

    I really badly want this to come out on the vita!

  • ThatGuy3190_7

    What’s preventing me from purchasing it at the moment is what if Atlus will have a sale soon and all Atlus games on PSN will be cheap?

    • Go2hell66

      $10 is already pretty damn cheap

      • ThatGuy3190_7

        I know, but there have been times where I have bought an Atlus game, only for it to be on sale within a month of purchase.

  • Go2hell66

    Guess they finally worked out all the emulation kinks

  • It’s times like these I think I should just buy a PS2. I feel stupid for selling that system.

  • pimpalicious

    Awesome, I will pick this up sometime in the next month. Now hopefully it won’t be a huge wait for Digital Devil Saga.

  • Hexodious

    Meh, i’m tired of whining about SMT IV on every SMT related post, it doesn’t change anything anyways.

    I’ll be getting this game as soon a European release is announced. Sadly my old PS3 broke who could play off PS2 games, so gotta hope on this one on my new PS3.

  • Shin Megami Tensei =instant buy

  • Ric Vazquez


  • Istillduno

    I was going to get exited.

    Then I remembered that I’m British, see you guys some time in 2016.


  • Adrian Duran

    Can you play this on the VITA?

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      The Vita doesn’t support PS2 Classics so no, you cannot play it on the Vita. Sony is trying to get around with Playstation Now, so if it is successful maybe sometime in the future it may be

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