A fairly popular series in Japan, Shin Megami Tensei has never really known international fervor. But that was before, since the 5th episode has just broken a record, that of having exceeded one million copies sold since its release on November 11, 2021. A great performance that the publisher Atlus did not hesitate to shares on its social networks with an exclusive illustration created by Masayuki Doi, the character designer, who happily thanks the players for the support. Can we see the beginning of a success story in the West, much like Monster Hunter and Persona were after years of indifference in countries outside Japan. We cross our fingers for them.

Shin Megami Tensei V reaches 1 million units sold; atlus party

Shin Megami Tensei V has managed to sell 1 million units since its launch on Nintendo Switch. One of the highest-rated JRPGs in the saga and one of the most notable titles of the past year, Atlus hit that commercial barrier just five months after premiering on Nintendo Switch.

Available since last November, Shin Megami Tensei V exceeded 800,000 units last January, becoming the best-selling game in the saga. Keep adding. Therefore, during this quarter, it sold an additional 200,000 units in the hybrid console.

Shin Megami Tensei V is a success; a title supported by Atlus and Nintendo

Atlus, a subsidiary of SEGA, thus combines several successful products with a particular presence in the Western market, which is decisive in ensuring that works which were once only viable in the Japanese market now have an opportunity with the public of the world. other side of the world. This required an effort in terms of localization (with languages ​​like French in more and more projects) and more than remarkable marketing work.

SEGA itself said last December during its meeting with shareholders that Shin Megami Tensei V had made its global debut with a “very good” performance. Both in Japan, with a first of more than 143,000 units sold, and in the United Kingdom and the United States, whose release month resulted in the best start in the history of the SMT saga at the level of invoicing. The debut of the title hinted that it was not going to be a commercial failure.

If we add to this that 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim —recently released on Nintendo Switch after passing through PS4—, exceeded 500,000 units and Persona 5 reached 5 million units last year (plus 1 .8 million Persona 5 Royal), the main intellectual properties of the brand are having a great time.

Looking ahead to this year 2022, Atlus is facing a year that they describe as “challenging”. They said they were working on an important video game. Basically, Persona’s 25th anniversary will be celebrated with “exciting announcements.”

Shin Megami Tensei V is available exclusively for Nintendo Switch fully translated into French.

Shin Megami Tensei V: The game exceeds one million, the designer makes an exclusive sketch

Between Shin Megami Tensei and Persona, difficult to navigate. To fully understand the link between the two licenses, here is a quick explanation. Originally, Shin Megami Tensei (SMT) is a series of Japanese role-playing games (J-RPG) started in 1992 on Super Nintendo. The game features young students facing demonic entities in turn-based confrontations. Building on its success, the saga was then the subject of multiple spin-offs: Devil Summoner, Digital Devil Saga, Devil Survivor and Persona. The latter will be a resounding success and hold the attention of the publisher Atlus. For a long time, Persona kept its main title Shin Megami Tensei before breaking free from it with the episode that everyone knows: Persona 5. Today, Shin Megami Tensei and Persona are two separate entities.


Released at the end of last year and exclusive to the Switch, Shin Megami Tensei V takes place in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo and takes the form of a classic J-RPG reminiscent of the lore of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. Seductive thanks to its immersive atmosphere, its engaging gameplay and its unique universe, the game has just reached its millionth copy sold and the character designer Masayuji Doi took the opportunity to highlight the performance with a nice illustration. The opportunity to hope, who knows, the arrival of Persona 5 Royal on Nintendo Switch?