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Shin Megami Tensei is the first game in the Shin Megami Tensei series of games developed by Atlus Co., Ltd.. The game has been remade for multiple platforms and several of its features have heavily influenced other Megami Tensei spin-offs. All the versions of the game have been distributed by Atlus, with the exception of the Mega-CD/Sega CD versions which were distributed by Sims.

The Super Famicom version was fan-translated by the rom-hacking group Aeon Genesis on June 30, 2002. Previously unavailable officially in English, Atlus Co, Ltd. localized the GameBoy Advance version and released it in North America on March 18, 2014 exclusive to iOS devices. However, potential players of this version should note that the virtual controls are often unresponsive. The game is also incompatible with iOS 11 and higher. The officially translated script from the iOS version was ported to the Game Boy Advance Version by a romhacker named Gymzatan. The PlayStation version received a fan-translation by a group lead by RetroTranslator in July 2022.



The story begins with a dream sequence as the nameless Protagonist is led through a formless hallway to meet a crucified man, a man tortured by demons, and a beautiful woman bathing who pledges to be with him eternally.

Upon waking, the story begins in Tokyo as the Protagonist checks his email to learn that a mysterious man calling himself Stephen has sent out a suspicious 'Demon Summoning Program' to all those willing to use it. Intrigued, the Protagonist downloads it onto his laptop before going out on an errand for his mother. Outside, it becomes apparent that all is not right with Tokyo - police have barricaded many streets and people have started to go missing, along with a recent murder in the park. It's soon realized that recent experiments with Terminal-based teleportation have accidentally opened up a portal to The Abyss, and demons have begun roaming the streets.

The Protagonist has another dream in which he meets the same dream-companions again, only this time they interrupt a ritual sacrifice in the dream. The woman who was to be sacrificed expresses her gratitude before the dream ends. Guided by the mysterious Stephen, the Protagonist uses the Demon-summoning program to convince some of the demons to join him and fight back against the more hostile demons. He soon meets up with the real-world versions of the men he met in his dream as they begin a search for some of the missing persons in the demon-infested Tokyo. Along the way, he meets a woman named Yuriko, who claims to be the woman he met in his dream and that she intends to fulfill her promise to always be with him as soon as she can sever his connection to 'the other one'.

Warring Factions[]

The news of demonic invasion soon gets out, however, and the American military, led by Ambassador Thorman, declares martial law in Tokyo as they try to get rid of the demons. A reactionary Japanese militia force, led by Gotou, rallies against the cordoning imposed by the Americans and they begin working with the demons, whom they see as the ancient spirits of the land sent to create a utopia, to prevent the Americans from destroying Tokyo. A third resistance faction, led by the Heroine, seeks to keep the Americans and the reactionary Japanese forces from clashing and getting Tokyo caught in the middle. The party meets the Heroine, who turns out to be the sacrificial woman from their collective dream. Despite their efforts, she is captured by Gotou's forces and Yuriko appears to personally oversee her public execution, claiming that once she is gone, Yuriko can be with the Protagonist eternally.

The Protagonist can choose to align himself with any of the three factions, but no matter what, the Heroine will be rescued and join his side, the two forces will clash, and Ambassador Thorman - the demon Thor in disguise - will launch Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles on Tokyo, destroying nearly everything. The Protagonist, the Law Hero, and the Chaos Hero only survive thanks to the sacrifice of the Heroine, who sends them to the Diamond Realm, another plane of reality, with her magic.

After the Great Cataclysm[]

Upon their return from the Diamond Realm, they discover that 30 years have passed and that worldwide nuclear holocaust has occurred. Humans have survived, but the world has drastically changed, and demons roam freely. In Tokyo, particularly, two groups have risen from the remnants of the Martial Law forces and the Japanese Rebellion forces - the Messian Order and the Ring of Gaea.

The two factions are at odds with opposing ideologies. The Messians have aligned themselves with Law, choosing to devoutly follow the plans of their leaders to find salvation in 'God's Thousand-Year Kingdom'; finding the Gaeans as anarchists. The Gaeans aligned themselves with Chaos, shunning the Messian view as dictatorial, and choosing a path of anarchy where the strong make their own futures. The Messians have begun construction of a great Cathedral to be the throne of God from which he will purge the world of sinners, and the Gaeans seek to summon Lucifer from The Abyss to release strong demons across the world. Both sides have their followers and detractors, including the Law Hero and Chaos Hero, respectively.

In the future Tokyo, the Protagonist begins to feel the pains and hear the screams of a woman who apparently isn't there. After freeing a man known as the Psychodiver from a Gaean tyrant's prisons, the Protagonist is informed that his soul is inexorably intertwined with another's and it is her pain he feels. The Psychodiver tells him that the woman's mind has been infected by a demon, and if her condition worsens further, his own life will be in danger. The Protagonist finds the woman locked in a Messian stronghold. She bears an exact resemblance to the Heroine and she has been made to be the so-called Messiah of the Messian Church. With the Psychodiver's help, the Protagonist enters her mind and defeats the demon possessing her.

As the girl wakes up, she tells the Protagonist about vague memories of her former life. She was the Heroine who died saving him, but her soul was so strongly connected to him that she was reborn into the world without her memories of anything but the Protagonist. She leaves her life as the Messiah to travel with him and they are separated from the Chaos Hero and Law Hero. The Chaos Hero fuses himself with a demon out of his frustration to become stronger and leaves the Protagonist, deeming him 'weak'. The Law Hero sacrifices himself while protecting the Protagonist from a powerful demon who steals his soul.

Saving the World[]

The Chaos Hero finds his way into the Ring of Gaea while the Law Hero's soul is appropriated by the Messians and he is reborn as their Messiah. Both sides race towards the completion of their plans to summon Lucifer or God to bring salvation to humanity. Both sides try to convince the Protagonist to join their cause, and he can choose to join Echidna and serve Chaos, join Aniel and serve Law, or slay both to assert his allegiance to neither, depending on the player's choice.

Regardless of the player's choice, the Messian Cathedral is completed which summons a flood upon Tokyo, washing away everyone who wasn't in the Cathedral at the time. Only a few Messians and Gaeans remain alive in the Cathedral and they continue to try to eradicate the other. Again, the player has the choice of joining with the Law-aligned Messians, fighting against the demonic leaders of the Ring of Gaea; or to join the Chaos-aligned Gaeans and fight the tyrannical angelic Messian leaders.

After their initial clash, the Messians and the Gaeans find themselves locked in a stalemate, each side controlling half the Cathedral. The Asura Lord, leader of the Gaeans, has entrenched his forces in the basement of the Cathedral with his henchmen Arioch, Astaroth, Surtr, and finally the Chaos Hero. The upper floors are guarded by the angels Uriel, Gabriel, and Raphael, as well as the Law Hero standing before the angel Michael, the leader of the Messians. No matter his path, the Protagonist must fight his way across both lines to confront both Michael and Asura Lord.

While descending the lower floors to find the Chaos Hero, the Protagonist meets Yuriko again, who reveals herself to be Lilith in disguise. She was the first wife of the biblical Adam and she longs to be the Protagonist's partner. It is implied that the Protagonist and the Heroine are the reincarnations of Adam and Eve, explaining Lilith's motivations in attempting to kill the Heroine and live eternally with the Protagonist. Near the bottom of the Cathedral, the Protagonist meets an enigmatic man, Louis Cyphre, who warns the Protagonist that the 'true enemy' still waits.

After defeating Asura Lord at the behest of Law, Michael at the request of Chaos, or both to restore the balance, the Protagonist is teleported to the roof of the Cathedral above the clouds. A Chaos-aligned Protagonist is congratulated by Louis Cyphre, who reveals his true form as Lucifer and vows to lead the world into a golden age of freedom. On the Law path a messenger of God welcomes the Protagonist, and tasks him with preaching God's word so that all mankind may be welcomed into the Thousand-Year Kingdom. A Neutral Protagonist is greeted by the figure of Taishang Laojun, a being of balance, who thanks him for his efforts on behalf of the universe, and urges that the hero build a new future for mankind, "built by neither reliance on God nor demons, but by the hands of people themselves."

The Neutral path is considered canonical by later games. With the defeat of both Asura Lord and Michael, balance has been restored to the world and the Protagonist can work to create a world where the survivors can worship freely, which leads into the prologue of Shin Megami Tensei II.


All of the playable characters from Shin Megami Tensei are nameless, requiring players to insert names themselves.

  • Protagonist: The nameless protagonist (In the guide to the game, he is called "Kazuya")
  • Heroine: The heroine (In the guide, she is called "Yuka")
  • Chaos Hero: The chaotically aligned hero. (In the guide, he is called "Takeshi")
  • Law Hero: The lawfully aligned hero. (In the guide, he is called "Yuji")
  • Pascal: The protagonist's loyal dog, who is fused with a demon.

See also: List of Shin Megami Tensei Characters


The game is a turn-based JRPG with top down exploration in the city of Tokyo and first-person exploration in the different dungeons of the game. It follows many of the same principles of Megami Tensei II. Early on, Stephen will give an auto-map that fills itself in when exploring a dungeon.

When entering one of the many random encounters, one will be faced with a demon in a first-person battle. From there, there is the option to fight, talk to the demon, check the status of the enemy, or attempt to run away. Fighting allows units to attack with a physical attack, conjure a spell, use items, or guard to reduce damage. The protagonist does not have access to magic spells and can instead summon or return demons and rearrange the party with the COMP. Demons cannot use items, and some of them have access to a special ability unique to them. The battle ends if either all party members or the enemies run out of HP (Hit Points). If the protagonist dies even if the party is still active, a Game Over will be triggered, booting back to the last save. Using a spell decreases MP (Magic Points); the more powerful a spell, the more MP it requires. There's a variety of elemental attacks, ailments, as well as buffs and debuffs. Demons and party members can learn up to 8 spells at once.

Negotiating with demons allows the request of money*, magnetite or items or to recruit them directly, letting them stay in the stock or use up to 3 demons at once in the party, alongside the different human partners throughout the story.

Demons can also be fused at the Cathedral of Shadows in order to gain stronger demons. Each demon is either Neutral, Law or Chaos aligned, and using a demon of certain alignment will veer slightly towards it. Certain demons will also refuse to be recruited if one's a different alignment than them.

Demons require money to be summoned and magnetite to keep them in the party. A party can be arranged from 1 to 6, depending on how many people there are in the active party, with the first member being at the front and the sixth at the back. The position of a party member affects how much damage they take from enemy attacks: the further at the back a combatant is, the less damage they take. The PlayStation and Game Boy Advance versions instead use three collumns of two.

Winning a battle rewards every human party member with EXP, allowing them to eventually level up. When that happens, 5 points can be distributed between any of the character's different stats, those being Strength (STR), Intelligence (INT), Magic (MAG), Vitality (VIT), Speed (SPD) and Luck (LUK). Strength primarily increases physical damage and slightly affects accuracy and HP. Intelligence increases MP, negotiation success, and Magic Effect; Magic Effect affects ailment spells, very lightly decreases the rate at which spells need to be learned, and increases Evade. Magic primarily increases Magic Power, decreases the rate at which Spells need to be learned, slightly increases MP and boosts Defense against spells. Vitality increases Physical Defense and HP. Speed primarily increases Evasion and Accuracy, slightly increases Physical Defense; can make one go first before other fighters. Luck affects a variety of miscellaneous things, such as increasing chances of Surprise Attacks in the party's benefit, increases the chance of receiving items after battle, and slightly increases Evasion and Accuracy.

Port Differences[]

PlayStation version[]

  • The user interface has been changed to match the style of Shin Megami Tensei II.
  • The auto-map can be opened by pressing R1 instead of having to navigate through a menu every time.
  • The row system has also been changed to that of SMT2: instead of being ranged from 1 through 6, with the first at the front and 6 all the way at the back, the player's party is ranged in two rows of 3, either at the front or back.
  • The music and graphics have been redone.

Game Boy Advance version[]

  • The user interface and gameplay has been changed to match the style after Shin Megami Tensei II like the SMT1 PSX version.
  • The music and graphics have been redone an additional time. For example, graphics have a higher contrast due to a lack of backlight in the original model of the console.
  • The 2D map has been redrawn.
  • Introduction of "visionary items." By obtaining these, one can view sub-stories that were not told in the original game.


  • A popular rumor among Japanese fans is that there is a possibility of the game's intro freezing and displaying the message "すぐにけせ" ("Turn it off") repeatedly on the screen. A video was uploaded on NicoNico Douga showing the message, even though it is considered false.
    • As a reference to this rumor, the same message appeared in Persona 4 Arena if the game was played before the official release date.
  • Shin Megami Tensei has the most official ports in the franchise, as it can be played 13 different platforms.
  • The game was the first mainline Shin Megami Tensei game to be on Nintendo Switch via the Nintendo Switch Online service and its Super Famicom digital library.


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Shin Megami Tensei
Playable Characters Protagonist - Heroine - Law Hero - Chaos Hero - Pascal
Non-Playable Characters Stephen - Ozawa - Yuriko - Old Man - Gotou - Ambassador Thorman - En no Ozuno - Louis Cyphre - Soul Diver
Locations Tokyo - Kichijoji - Shinjuku - Ichigaya - Diamond Realm - Shibuya - Roppongi - Ginza Underpass - Ginza - Tokyo Tower - Shinagawa - Ikebukuro - Ueno - Tokyo Destinyland - Basilica - River Styx
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