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Nintendo Switch Console

Nintendo Switch in docked mode

The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid video game console developed by Nintendo and released worldwide on March 3, 2017. It is designed primarily as a home console, with the main unit inserted onto a docking station to connect to a television. Alternatively, it can be removed from the dock and played as a handheld device, or placed in a standalone tabletop mode playable by several people. Additionally, it has an LCD touchscreen, which allows it to be used similarly to a tablet computer.

It is possible to switch between each mode through the use of wireless Joy-Con controllers, which can be connected to the sides of the main unit to support handheld mode, or on a grip accessory which allows the joycons to be used in the form of a traditional gamepad. Additionally, the joycons can also be used individually, supporting local multiplayer.

On September 20, 2019, a handheld-only variation of the console, Nintendo Switch Lite, has been released. A revised high-end OLED model of the original Nintendo Switch, was stocked on October 8, 2021.


On January 13*, 2017, during Nintendo's Switch Presentation 2017 event, Atlus announced a new, then-untitled Shin Megami Tensei game had entered development for the console. The game would later be confirmed to be the next main numbered entry in the series, Shin Megami Tensei V, in October 2017.[1][2][3][4]

In December 2018, Nintendo announced that the Persona 5 protagonist, under his "Joker" codename, would join the roster of the Switch-exclusive fighting game Super Smash Bros, Ultimate, as a playable fighter via downloadable content (DLC). He would be added in April 2019 alongside a stage based on Mementos, various in-game Spirits based on the members of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, 11 music tracks derived from Persona 5, Persona 4, Persona 3 and Megami Ibunroku Persona, and Mii Fighter outfits based on the characters Morgana and Teddie, as well as the Persona 3 protagonist and the Persona 4 protagonist.[5][6]

On April 26, 2019, a trailer for a new Persona game, Persona 5 Strikers, was shown during the "Persona Super Live: P-Sound Street 2019: Welcome to No. Q Theater" event. It was announced that the game would also be coming out for the Nintendo Switch, making it the first Persona game on not only a Nintendo console as apposed to a handheld, but also the first Persona game to release on the Nintendo Switch.

On March 26, 2020, during an installment of Nintendo Direct, Nintendo and Atlus jointly announced that they would be additionally porting Catherine: Full Body to the Nintendo Switch. This version of the game was launched in Japan on July 2, 2020, with a release in the West later on July 7, 2020.[7]

Throughout 2021, various Shin Megami Tensei titles were released for the Switch, including Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster in May, and Shin Megami Tensei V in November. Additionally, Japan's version of the Nintendo Switch Online service received ports of Shin Megami Tensei, Shin Megami Tensei II and Shin Megami Tensei: if... as part of the region's Super Famicom catalogue of games.

On June 28, 2022, during a Nintendo Direct Mini, Nintendo announced that Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 5 Royal would all be additionally ported to Nintendo Switch, starting with Persona 5 Royal in October 2022, and followed by the former two games some time in 2023,[8] later confirmed to be in January.[9][10] These releases mark the first time mainline Persona titles have released on any Nintendo console. A few days later, Atlus revealed that the Japan-exclusive G-Mode Archives release of Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible - New Testament would launch for the console's Nintendo eShop service in July 2022.[11]


Related titles[]

The Megami Tensei franchise and its various sub-series have been represented in collaborations with other games and series available on Nintendo Switch:

  • Sonic Forces (2017) - Action-platformer game developed by SEGA subsidiary Sonic Team; installment of the Sonic the Hedgehog game series. The Phantom Thief attire worn by the Persona 5 protagonist featured as a DLC costume set for the game's playable custom avatar character;
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 (2018, East) - MMORPG developed by SEGA subsidiary, SEGA Online R&D; installment of the Phantasy Star franchise. Various collaboration events with the Persona series, including a Persona 5-themed event in 2016, an event themed around Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight & Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight in June 2018, and a crossover with Persona 3 and Persona 4 in December 2018;
  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (2018) - Fighting game developed by Arc System Works. Crossover game between various Arc System Works and anime IPs, including Persona 4 Arena;
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018) - Fighting game developed by Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco and Nintendo; installment of the Super Smash Bros. game series. Persona added as new represented third-party franchise, including the addition of Joker from Persona 5 as a playable DLC fighter;
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania (2021) - Party-platformer game developed by SEGA subsidiary Ryu ga Gotoku Studio; installment of the Super Monkey Ball game series. Morgana from Persona 5 featured as a playable DLC guest character.


Nintendo Switch


  • With the release of several games in 2024, the Nintendo Switch is lined to be the console with the largest library of Megami Tensei games at 21. This includes instances where games are supported by backwards-compatibility.
  • Nintendo Switch is the first home console since the Super Famicom to have more than one entry in the mainline Shin Megami Tensei series developed for it.

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