This article is about the first Atlus-developed RPG game in the Megami Tensei franchise. For other things with the name "Megami Tensei", see Megami Tensei (disambiguation).

Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei is the first of two games in the Megami Tensei series released for the Family Computer. It started the Megami Tensei franchise as we know it, though a related title of the same name was released for various computers some months earlier. The game's title refers to Yumiko Shirasagi's true identity as the reincarnation of the great goddess Izanami.

An enhanced remake of this and Megami Tensei II was later released for the Super Famicom, titled Kyūyaku Megami Tensei. The original game was also later ported to mobile devices.

On June 18, 2020, Bandai Namco announced that Megami Tensei would be a part of the third DLC wave for the Namcot Collection on Nintendo Switch.

Plot[edit | edit source]

"Akemi Nakajima, a programming genius, invented a Devil Summoning Program. But after gaining physical bodies, the demons Loki and Set attacked the summoner. He was saved by a mysterious transfer student, Yumiko Shirasagi. Nakajima and the magic-wielding Yumiko joined forces and repelled the demons... However... The demons have not surrendered. Lucifer, a once beautiful angel who was cast into Hell, is planning to conquer the human world! A demonic palace has appeared in Asuka... where the tomb of the goddess Izanami rests under Shirasagi Mound. The powerful Izanami has been captured by Lucifer, and her chamber sealed within the palace. To save Izanami... defeat the resurrected Loki and Set, and Lucifer himself, Nakajima and Yumiko walk through the palace's entrance... But will they ever be able to return to the surface...?"
Megami Tensei (KMT) Intro

Set after the events of the original novel and its sequel, the game's plot begins with the demon lord Lucifer having taken Izanami hostage and raising a massive labyrinth at the Shirasagi Mound, as well as reviving the previously slain demon lords Set and Loki to serve as his minions. Akemi Nakajima, armed with his Demon Summoning Program, and Yumiko Shirasagi enter the labyrinth to rescue Izanami and defeat Lucifer.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

A large part of the game is devoted to navigating a scrolling, three-dimensional dungeon, something which was quite revolutionary for its time. The game pioneered many of the features which are now trademarks of the Megami Tensei franchise. It, along with Square's Final Fantasy and Enix's Dragon Quest, set the standard for console RPGs, and each game managed to spawn a series which would take these different formulas to new heights.

The game also focuses very heavily on demons, which have gone on to become a trademark of the series. It was later followed by a sequel, and then by the follow-up Shin Megami Tensei, a name that would be used by most future games in the franchise. There have also been many spin-off series, including the Last Bible series, Majin Tensei series, the Devil Summoner series, the Persona series, the Digital Devil Saga games, and the Devil Survivor series.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Boxart
 
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Full boxart
User Manual
 
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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Atlus and Bbmf ported the NES version of Megami Tensei to cell phones in 2004. Bbmf later localized the cell phone port in J2ME phones in China in 2006, but simplified the game mechanics and reduced the number of demons and dungeons.

    Chinese mobile port

External Links[edit | edit source]


Characters
Playable Akemi Nakajima - Yumiko Shirasagi - Cerberus
Non-playable Minotaur - Medusa - Rick - Loki - Gaia - Hecate - Izanami - Seth - Lucifer
Locations
Daimakyuu Micon - Tower of Daedalus - Bien - Valhalla Corridor - Mazurka Corridor - Rotting Sea of Flames - Infini Palace - Hades
Music
Album Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei Original Soundtrack
Songs "LADY YOUR EYES"
Archives
Terminology Demon - Hinokagutsuchi - Magnetite - Moon Phase System - Cathedral of Shadows (Fusion) - Rag's Jewelry - Izanami Clothes
Lists Demons - Items - Spells (Kyūyaku)
Other Media
Games Megami Tensei (Telenet) - Kyūyaku Megami Tensei
Publications Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei
Productions Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei (OVA)
Megami Tensei Megami Tensei (Telenet) - Megami Tensei (Atlus) - II - Kyūyaku
Shin Megami Tensei Shin Megami Tensei - II / Gaiden: Ma To Houkai - if... / Hazama's Chapter - J - NINE -
III: Nocturne / Pachislot - 20XX / Devil's Colosseum - IMAGINE - Tokyo Requiem - Strange Journey (Redux) - Devil Hunter Zero - IV / Apocalypse - Devil Collection - Synchronicity Prologue - Liberation Dx2 - V
Last Bible Last Bible - II - Another Bible - III - Special -
New Testament / II: Hajimari no Fukuin / III: Mugen no Eiyuu
Majin Tensei Majin Tensei - II: Spiral Nemesis - Ronde - Blind Thinker / II
Devil Summoner Devil Summoner / Pinball: Judgment - Soul Hackers / Intruder / Soul Hackers New Generation -
Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon
Persona Megami Ibunroku Persona (PSP Remake) / Ikū no Tō Hen -
2: Innocent Sin / Eternal Punishment / Lost Memories / Infinity Mask -
3 (FES* / Portable*) / Dancing in Moonlight
4 (Golden*) / Arena / Ultimax / Dancing All Night
5 (Royal*) / Dancing in Starlight / Scramble: The Phantom Strikers
Q: Shadow of the Labryinth - Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
Devil Children Black Book / Red Book - White Book - DemiKids Light / Dark - Fire Book / Ice Book -
Messiah Riser - Puzzle de Call! - Appli de Call! - Devil Children Mobile
Digital Devil Saga Avatar Tuner - 2 - A's TEST Server
Devil Survivor Devil Survivor (Overclocked) - 2 (Record Breaker) / The Extra World
Jack Series Jack Bros. - Demonic Help Party
Other games Giten Megami Tensei: Tokyo Mokushiroku - Card Summoner - Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE - Maken X - Catherine / Full Body
Digital Devil Story (Novels) Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei - 2: Warrior of the Demon City - 3: Demise of the Reincarnation
New Digital Devil Story New Digital Devil Story: Goddess of Enchainment - 2: Queen of the Ice Fields - 3: Planet of the Devil - 4: Wrath of the Young Emperor - 5: Eternal Goddess - 6: Bonds of Reincarnation
Other Novels Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou tai Shibito Ekishi - Giten Megami Tensei: Distant Flow ~EXILE~ - Megami Ibunroku Persona: Shadow Maze - Persona 3: Shadow Cry / Owari no Kakera / Alternative Heart / Velvet Blue - Persona x Detective Naoto - Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner - Devil Survivor 2 The Animation: Cetus's Prequel
Anime Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei - Tokyo Revelation - Persona -trinity soul- - Persona 3 The Movie - Persona 4 The Animation / -The Factor of Hope- / The Golden Animation - Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation - DeviChil - Devil Children: Light & Dark - Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
Manga Shin Megami Tensei: Tokyo Revelation - if... / Kahn - IV: DEMONIC GENE / -Prayers- - Gaiten: Hato no Senki - EDEN - CG Senki: Dante no Mon - Majin Tensei - Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Lone Marebito - Megami Ibunroku Persona - Persona: Tsumi to Batsu - Persona 3 - Persona 4 / Arena - Persona Q: -Roundabout- - Persona 5 - Persona Q2: Roundabout Special - Devil Children / Light & Dark - Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner: Shinen no Matou - Devil Survivor - 2: -Show Your Free Will- / The Animation Manga
Mobile Apps The Night Before - QIX - Chaining Soul - Aegis: The First Mission - Em - Illust Puzzle - Escape - Social - Ain Soph - Mobile Online - The Card Battle - Colors - Persona O.A. - Mobile Phone Demon Collection - Atlus Casino - Devil Summoning Program - Digital Novel
Other The Amala Multiverse - Earth - Expanse - Great Will - Protagonists - In popular culture
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