Persona 5 could be making its way onto the Nintendo Switch, of rumors and recent Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character announcements are to be believed.
Multiple new games and trailers were announced during the Game Awards 2018 this past Thursday, but none might have been as exciting as the bombshell that Joker will be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in early 2019! While this is exciting in its own right, it’s even more exciting about what this character’s appearance on Nintendo’s newest console could be hinting towards.
It should come as no surprise by now that Nintendo’s Switch console is an absolute knock out. It’s also nothing new that Persona 5 is probably one of the greatest RPGs of all time. Nintendo has done something special with the Switch that we haven’t really seen it do with past consoles. The drive to bring everything and anything to their new console has left fans constantly asking developers the same burning question, “But, is it coming to Switch??”.
With the Switch moving out of its infancy, developers are well aware by now of the success almost any title can have by making it available on Nintendo’s “play anywhere” console. With the trends we’ve seen in the past, I don’t think it’s a far reach to speculate that Joker coming to Smash Bros. is just coincidence. If anything it is probably a way for them to test the waters and see what kind of interest there is for Atlus’ renowned RPG.
THQ Nordic did something similar before announcing Darksiders 3. By remastering the first two titles and re-releasing them on current hardware, they were able to test the market and see if there was still any interest left in the franchise to justify making another installment. Obviously, we now know there was, but developers have done this kind of marketing ploy for years now. Sometimes it pays off, and other times it would’ve been better if they had let things lie.
When it comes to Persona 5, if the Smash announcement is anything to go off of, bringing the RPG to the Switch would be an instant win. The rumor that Persona 5 could come to the Switch comes from translator and writer MysticDistance. As a member of Persona Central, among other sites, MysticDistance has been known to be linked to some pretty credible sources, especially within the Persona community. If their reporting is legitimate, multiple sources apparently gave them “rather damning evidence” that we will see Persona 5 come to Nintendo’s hybrid console sometime in 2019.
On top of that, the official announcement will seemingly come the day Joker comes to Smash Bros. Ultimate! If these rumors are to be believed, that would seemingly put Persona 5’s alleged release date probably sometime in the summer or fall of 2019. With Joker coming to Smash sometime in early 2019, and Nintendo preferring to announce titles between 6 months to a year before they release, that timeline seems plausible.
Apparently, according to MysticDistance, Atlus has had plans to bring their latest RPG to the Switch since mid-2017. That was around the same time Persona 5 released in the West as well as when Nintendo’s newest console really started to see consistently strong sales. While all of this should continue to be taken with a grain of salt until an official confirmation is released, MysticDistance is the go-to when it comes to Persona news. If anyone is going to be right, it would be him, but obviously, only time will tell.
With all of the rumors circulating around, Nintendo’s President Reggie Fils-Aime had his own input on the matter. While speaking with IGN, Fils-Aime was as cool as a cucumber regarding the title’s chances of coming to the Switch. Even though he didn’t confirm anything, he didn’t deny anything either…
“You know, I can’t comment on that,” he said. “Again, from our perspective, we’ve been clear. We want all the best content on our platform. All the best content, all the best developers. And so our job is to continue growing the install base for Nintendo Switch to drive engagement of our players, to grow the audience. As that happens, then developers see the opportunity.”
Seeing as how Persona 5 sold over 2 million copies during its first year, between the PlayStation 3 and 4, it seems an obvious choice for the Switch. The real issue comes down to size though. Depending on the platform, Persona 5 comes in at around 16-20 gigabytes in size. That being said, we’ve seen titles like Bethesda’s Doom and Wolfenstein 2 make it onto the platform, so really, if those games can do it, Persona 5 should be able to as well.
Again, this is ALL speculation and rumors at this point. As badass as it would be to see one of the greatest RPG’s of all time come to one of the best consoles of all time, nothing is certain. Even if Persona 5 doesn’t come to the Switch, at least we’ll have Joker to kick some butt within Smash Bros.