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Title Screen

Revelations: Persona

Also known as: Megami Ibunroku Persona: Be your true mind (JP)
Developer: Atlus
Publisher: Atlus
Platform: PlayStation
Released in JP: September 20, 1996
Released in US: December 14, 1996
Released in EU: December 3, 2018 (PlayStation Classic)


MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


The very first game in the Persona series, which would later go on to produce more sequels and become a hit in the west.

Debug Menu

Use the following code in city map to display debug menu. Press L1 and R1 to close debug menu.

JP US
D00B15C4 000C
800A5438 0000
D00B15C4 1004
800A5438 0001
D00B15C4 2004
800A5438 0002
D00B15C4 4004
800A5438 0003
D00B15C4 8004
800A5438 0004
D00B2C8C 000C
800A61C4 0000
D00B2C8C 1004
800A61C4 0001
D00B2C8C 2004
800A61C4 0002
D00B2C8C 4004
800A61C4 0003
D00B2C8C 8004
800A61C4 0004
(Source: Original TCRF research)

MENU INFO

Megami Ibunroku Persona Debug Main Info.png

Press L1 + Up to display menu info.

PARA SET

Megami Ibunroku Persona Debug Para Set.png

Press L1 + Right to display scene change menu.

SOUND CHECK

Megami Ibunroku Persona Debug Sound Check.png

Press L1 + Down to display sound check.

Toggle BGM On/Off. and Sound effect test.

MAP EDIT

Megami Ibunroku Persona Debug Map Edit.png

Press L1 + Left to display map editor.

Unused Music

This urgent-sounding track is absent in Revelations: Persona. Judging from the name "Time Count Event," it was probably meant for a countdown. The closest thing to a countdown is the Snow Queen Quest's time limits. It doesn't seem related to the Time Count from Persona 2...

Regional Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
a lot more, including graphical differences

Revelations: Persona underwent a big number of changes while it was being localized in the United States. A lot of those changes were disliked by fans, though they were later reverted and kept closer to the source material in the PlayStation Portable remake.

Title

JP US
Megami Ibunroku Persona Title.png Revelations Persona Title.png

Name Entry

JP US
Megami Ibunroku Persona Name Entry.png Revelations Persona Name Entry.png

In the Japanese version, the first name, last name, and nickname can be entered when the protagonist is named. The American version simply allows the player to add their first name when naming the protagonist.

Gameplay

  • The overall difficulty of the game was reduced by lowering the enemy encounter rate and increasing the EXP gained from battles. However, while experience gain was increased to an amount proportional to the decreased random battle rate, money drops were left the same, resulting in a potential shortage of cash.
  • The Snow Queen Quest was removed by only allowing the player to commit to the SEBEC chapter. The data is still present in the game disk and it's possible to forcibly activate the quest by making use of cheating codes, but the vast majority of the Quest is untranslated and the game's engine cannot render Japanese characters which show as strange symbols.

Loading Screen

Persona1USLoadingScreen.png

The US version added a unique graphic when loading whereas the JP version just stays black.

Characters

Nearly every character has been renamed, with the slight exception of Mark who only goes by his nickname, and several of them had their appearance altered as well.

Name JP US
Player Persona1JPPlayerPortrait.png
Persona1JPPlayerSpriteSheet.pngPersona1JPPlayerEndingPortrait.png
Persona1USPlayerPortrait.png
|Persona1USPlayerSpriteSheet.png |Persona1USPlayerEndingPortrait.png
Masao/Mark Persona1JPMarkPortrait.png
Persona1JPMarkSpriteSheet.pngPersona1JPMarkEndingPortrait.png
Persona1USMarkPortrait.png
Persona1USMarkSpriteSheet.pngPersona1USMarkEndingPortrait.png
Nanjo/Nate Persona1JPNanjoPortrait.png
Persona1JPNanjoSpriteSheet.pngPersona1JPNanjoEndingPortrait.png
Persona1USNatePortrait.png
Persona1USNateSpriteSheet.pngPersona1USNateEndingPortrait.png
Maki/Mary Persona1JPMakiPortrait.pngPersona1JPSickMakiPortrait.pngPersona1JPMaskedMakiPortrait.pngPersona1JPEndingMakiPortrait.png
Persona1JPMakiSpriteSheet.pngPersona1JPMakiEndingPortrait.png
Persona1USMaryPortrait.pngPersona1USSickMaryPortrait.pngPersona1USMaskedMaryPortrait.pngPersona1USEndingMaryPortrait.png
Persona1USMarySpriteSheet.pngPersona1USMaryEndingPortrait.png
Elly/Ellen Persona1JPEllyPortrait.png
Persona1JPEllySpriteSheet.pngPersona1JPEllyEndingPortrait.png
Persona1USEllenPortrait.png
Persona1USEllenSpriteSheet.pngPersona1USEllenEndingPortrait.png
Ayase/Alana Persona1JPAyasePortrait.pngPersona1JPAyaseEndingPortrait.png Persona1USAlanaPortrait.pngPersona1USAlanaEndingPortrait.png
Mai/Mae Persona1JPMaiPortrait.png Persona1USMaePortrait.png
Aki/Maggie Persona1JPAkiPortrait.png Persona1USMaggiePortrait.png
Setsuko/Nancy Persona1JPSetsukoPortrait.png Persona1USNancyPortrait.png

Strangely, Brown/Brad and Reiji/Chris only had their full-body ending portraits changed, despite their graphics being otherwise identical between the two versions,

Name JP US
Brown/Brad Persona1JPBrownEndingPortrait.png Persona1USBradEndingPortrait.png
Reiji/Chris Persona1JPReijiEndingPortrait.png Persona1USChrisEndingPortrait.png

Other Changes

  • Nearly all references to Japan or Japanese culture were cut, with the unusual exception being the shoe lockers and Shinto Shrines in the game.
  • The game's currency Yen was changed to dollars.
  • Nearly every character, demon, and persona has had their name changed or altered in some way.
(Source: [1])

Snow Queen Quest Localization

As mentioned above, this alternate route through the game was made inaccessible in international versions and as a result, the vast majority of it remains untranslated. Despite this, there are a few parts of it that have been localized.


Starting the Quest


Starting the SQQ in the Japanese version requires you to do a small sidequest of speaking to a chain of certain NPCs around the school.

With the exception of the first NPC, all NPCs within this chain have had their dialog completely translated despite being made inaccessible normally.

Using GameShark code 301F29CB 00FF will make NPCs use their dialog meant to be used during the small side quest to actually start the SQQ.

Hypnos' Tower Philemon FMV

Despite the cutscene of Philemon giving the Demon Mirror remaining in Japanese, Philemon's other SQQ cutscene at the entrance of the dream world in Hypnos' Tower has been completely translated and dubbed.

Enemies

With the exception of Thanatos' tentacles which remain in Japanese, all of the exclusive encounters within the SQQ have all had their names localized, and of which, only Hypnos and Nemesis kept their exact name. Something to note, Yokouchi/Chunky is only fought in a scripted battle and has their name unable to be seen in either version,

JP US
Yokouchi-kun Chunky
Thanatos Nucleus
Lady Masquerade Lax
Lady Snow Snow Lady
Queen Asura Ashura
(Source: [2])