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Nintendo Switch Is Finally Getting Persona 5 Royal, Along With Persona 4 Golden And Persona 3 Portable

Persona 5 characters have been hanging around in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for years now, but if you wanted to actually play Persona 5 on your Nintendo Switch, you’ve been out of luck. That changes this fall, when Atlus is releasing a port of Persona 5 Royal on Nintendo’s console hybrid, two years after its initial release–and it’s just one of three Persona games coming to Switch.

The announcement came in Nintendo’s latest Direct Mini showcase, which included some other surprises for turn-based JRPG fans. In addition to Persona 5 Royal, the Direct revealed that two more Persona games are destined for the Switch: Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable. Though both Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable were available on the PlayStation Vita (the latter by way of the backward-compatible PSP version), they never made it to any of Nintendo’s consoles, handheld or otherwise.

The Direct dropped the additional detail of Persona 5 Royal’s release date, which is October 21. That’s also the date Persona 5 is set to launch on Xbox Game Pass. Nintendo didn’t offer a release date for Persona 4 Golden or Persona 3 Portable for Switch, however–it only said they were “coming soon” during the Direct Mini.

Persona 5 Royal, released worldwide in 2020, marks the definitive version of the game, with additional content that wasn’t included in the 2017 release of Persona 5. In GameSpot’s Persona 5 Royal review, Michael Higham called the game “the definitive version of a modern classic” and awarded the game a rare 10 out of 10.

“But beyond a plethora of superb gameplay refinements and features that improve an already-rich RPG comes a momentous new story arc seeded within the original narrative and paid off in full by the end,” Higham wrote. “It delivers something genuinely surprising, leading to awe-inspiring moments and emotional conclusions that recontextualize what I thought the game was.”

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