The main consoles are not the only ones receiving new hype for the holidays. The PlayStation Portable, or PSP, brings in a long awaited prequel to the Persona series over from Japan. While Nintendo’s new star, the 3DS, takes a favorite character on a brand new adventure.
Persona has made a unique niche for itself. The series has crossed several platforms over the years, each new game adding to its appeal. Beginning on the first PlayStation console, Persona opened a world of meta-psychology, mythological beings, and a new way to play an RPG. In this latest addition, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, the main character hears a rumor that the emblem of the school he attends maybe cursed. Yet, that’s not all it. Any rumor whispered within the city limits began to manifest into reality. When it turns out to be true, he and several other schoolmates are given the ability to summon ‘Personas’ in order to get to the bottom of what’s happening. Personas are shadow beings, astral forms portrayed through the character’s use of power. They can range from creatures to heroes of legend or monsters from foreign pantheons. These kids must band together and use their newly found power to put a stop to this maniacal force.
Super Mario 3D Land is taking the spotlight for the Nintendo handheld. The title is a work all it’s own, not stemming from one of its preceding N64 releases. Mario finds himself in familiar territory though. The Mushroom Kingdom is made up of eight linear worlds, in which the plumber must beat in order to progress. Each time he succeeds, there’s the classical flagpole just waiting to be jumped on. However, introducing the third dimension adds to the game’s charm. Sometimes, jumping to the next block will get the player where Mario needs to be. Other times, he needs to slip around a block or jump a greater distance and knowing where he’s landing is a great boon. There are coins to pick up, power-ups are both classic and new. The Tanooki suit makes a surprise appearance and Mario can spin his little tail to whack enemies out of his way. This dimension defying landscape will bring fans of the great plumber back for more fun and action then ever before.