Since the reveal at the 2018 Game Awards that Persona 5’s MC Joker was joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC competitor, there has been rumours that an enhanced version of the PS4 exclusive could release on the Nintendo Switch in 2019. According to Siliconera, Persona Central writer MysticDistance uploaded a series of now-deleted tweets which stated that a Golden-like edition will be announced for Switch on the very day Joker becomes a playable member of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s epic roster. If true, this would be a huge deal for both Nintendo and Persona fans.
Persona 5 was released worldwide in April 2017, and it immediately captured the hearts of PS4 owners, while making Xbox One devotees look on from afar with incredible envy. Thanks to its charming cast of characters, compelling story, and innovative but faithful turn-based combat system, it earned a critic metascore of 93, and won best role-playing title at the 2017 Game Awards.
When asked by IGN about the possibility of Persona 5 finding its way on the Nintendo Switch in the near future, the Nintendo of America President, Reggie Fils-Aimé, said that he couldn’t comment on the rumours, but insisted that he wants the best content on the platform. While not confirming nor denying that Atlus’ masterpiece will join the Switch’s party of well-renowned games, Persona and Nintendo fans should both be excited.
Although Persona 5: Dancing In Starlight and Persona 3: Dancing In Moonlight were just released on December 4, what fans of the excellent JRPG title really crave is an enhanced version similar to Persona 3: FES and Persona 4: Golden. Both extensions massively improved the already stellar entries through additional content such as new characters, extra social links, and added bosses/story missions.
In Siliconera’s report, MysticDistance said that the rumoured enhanced version would include adjustments and new scenarios along with many other requested additions. Some of the supplements fans have expressed a want for is more Mementos requests, a female MC, new social links, the ability to join school clubs, extra bosses, and another school trip. If the supposed Persona 5 enhanced edition incorporated all these additions, it would be a massive improvement and well-worth the full retail price.
Joker will come included in Super Smas Bros. Ultimate’s Challenge Pack 1. If the desired enhanced version of Persona 5 isn’t announced for the Nintendo Switch, fans should still be excited to play as the leader of the Phantom Thieves, and long-time Persona devotees should be happy that the franchise is finally gaining the attraction it has long deserved. And if it does get announced, Nintendo and its consumers should be ecstatic about obtaining the most near-perfect JRPG in years.
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