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Publisher(s)Atlus, Atlus USA
Year introduced1996
Parent seriesShin Megami Tensei, Megami Tensei

The Persona series is generally centered around a group of high school students fighting demons in modern-day Japan. The actual game-play has changed quite a bit over time, with Persona 3 having dating sim elements and dungeon-crawling elements (like Baroque or Diablo). While the main characters are high school students, the series gets its name from the Persona (a type of spirit) that allows each character to fight the demons (the exact mechanics vary a little between games).

The Persona series is a spin-off of the Shin Megami Tensei series, with the initial Persona game bearing a stronger resemblance to the games of the SMT series than the more recent games (though to be fair the SMT games changed nearly as much as the Persona games have). The common threads are basically the setting of modern-day Japan and the variety of demons in the games.

A port of the first game has been announced for September 2009 release in North America on the PSP (as Shin Megami Tensei: Persona). The title is supposed to include a new interface, anime-style cut-scenes, difficulty selection, and a completely redone soundtrack.

For a full list of Persona games, see the Category:Shin Megami Tensei.