Overview3DS title screen.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - : Soul Hackers is a 3DS remake of Atlus's RPG of the same name that was originally released on the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation. Released in Japan on August 30, 2012, the game contains a number of new features and upgrades over the original version. The game will be officially released in North America for the first time on April 16, 2013.
- A number of "hacks" can be used on the GUMP, such as a party hack that allows better relations with demons of different alignments, a difficulty toggle hack adding both easy and hard difficulties, a demon analysis hack, and an automap hack which will allow dungeon maps to be automatically fully displayed on the touch screen of the 3DS.
- The general pace of gameplay has been greatly increased.
- The game's dialogue will be fully voiced.
- The addition of both a Demonic Compendium and a Sword Compendium.
- A revamped version of the original game's dimension-shifting bonus dungeon, with cameos from across the Devil Summoner sub-series. Kyouji Kuzunoha, the protagonist of the first Devil Summoner, will reprise his appearance and the two Raidou Kuzunohas--both the protagonist of the PS2 Devil Summoner action RPGs and his scar-faced, parallel world doppelganger--will make new appearances along with each's feline sidekick Gouto. Yaso-Magatsu, the final boss of Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army, will also appear as a new special battle.
One of the game's main new features is Nemecchi, an application for the protagonist's GUMP that can be accessed at any time from the main status menu. Nemecchi appears as a spritely demon who will offer other, special demons for purchase by utilizing the 3DS's StreetPassing feature. As the player uses their 3DS to tag other Soul Hackers players, Nemecchi will evolve and offer a continually expanding list of demons that the player can purchase with D-Soul, a currency gained by tagging or via the exchange of Play Coins. There are two evolutionary paths Nemecchi can take, each with a different roster of demons for purchase.
A total of 30 new demons are available using Nemecchi, some of which are brand new to Soul Hackers while others are palette swaps using their Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner colors or designs. Most of these special demons offer skills and abilities far ahead of when they would normally available in the game. Once purchased from Nemecchi, a demon will also then be available to be fused as any other normal demon in the regular compendium.
Atlus USA has noted that the tag requirements for the different demon tiers will be eased for North American players.
|# of tags||Nemecchi's level||Demons available|
|0||1 (Initial form)||(Fairy) Pixie(Jirae) Knocker(UMA) Oliver|
|4||2 (Snake form)||(Fairy) Goblin(Raptor) Moh Shuvuu|
|24||2 (tier II)||(Prime) Sylph(Foul) Douman|
|(Split)||Nemecchi's level (girl)||Demons available||Nemecchi's level (boy)||Demons available|
|40||3 (Cat form)||(Fallen) Forneus(Beast) Dormarth||3 (Octopus form)||(Beast) Nekomata(Night) Black Frost|
|48||3 (tier II)||(Tyrant) Moloch||3 (tier II)||(Lady) Kushinada-Hime|
|60||4 (Gams form)||(Fairy) Setanta(Fury) Chernobog||4 (Kebob form)||(Reaper) Devil Buster Busters|
|72||4 (tier II)||(Night) Kaiwan||4 (tier II)||(Fairy) Titania(Brute) Yaksa|
|80||4 (tier III)||(Brute) Shiki-Ouji(Tyrant) Loki||4 (tier III)||(Beast) Cerberus|
|100||5 (Angel form)||(Fury) Yama||5 (Angel form)||(Divine) Cherub|
|108||5 (tier II)||(Kishin) Thor(Geist) Albion||5 (tier II)||(Deity) Odin(Vile) Mada|
|116||5 (tier III)||(Herald) Lucifrost||5 (tier III)||(Megami) Izanami|
The Japanese version of Soul Hackers included the debut trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV.
The first printing of the game also included a special bonus CD with remixes of select tracks as voted on by Japanese fans. This same CD will also be bundled with the American release of the game.