Perhaps 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.