With the release of Persona 5: Royal on all platforms last November, Nintendo Switch owners were finally graced with the opportunity to dive into one of the more engaging and immersive series around, and with arguably its best and most expansive entry in Royal.
Persona series developer, Atlus, also decided to port other previous titles to all platforms at the beginning of 2023 as well. This meant that Switch owners also were granted access to Persona 4: Golden and Persona 3: Portable, giving many Nintendo fans their first glimpse at some very high-quality JRPGs.
The cyclical nature of these games makes it perfect for all play styles- you can pick it up and play an in-game day or two, then go do something else- the type of activity and perk that the Switch was hailed for upon its release. Heck, Atlus decided to port the “portable” version of Persona 3 which perfectly aligns with the portable nature of the Switch. For someone who primarily plays undocked on Switch, these ports were a dream come true, and a long time coming, quite frankly.
The Switch’s highly intuitive sleep mode system also plays to the benefit of these games. Feeling exhausted from a really long dungeon or boss fight? Stuck in the middle of a particularly long text conversation that Persona games are well known for? Simply put your Switch into sleep mode and return to that exact same point in the game when you are feeling up to it again.
Persona 3 and 4 are not short games, and they are not exactly new games either. So, another benefit from these ports releasing on Switch is that their slightly outdated graphics are more hidden behind the Switch’s graphical limitations. This is also something I noticed while playing through the original Final Fantasy VII last year in preparation for the next remake. After playing these Persona ports, the Switch continues to prove to me that it is still king when it comes to playing long-form games on the go.
Persona 4: Golden and Persona 3: Portable are available on Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Steam.
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