Today, Atlus Celebrates Its Birthday

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Famed role-playing game maker Atlus is celebrating a milestone. Today in 1986, the company was founded. Happy birthday Atlus!

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In its early years, Atlus sold karaoke equipment, before releasing its first game Puzzle Boy for the Game Boy in 1989. The company’s first arcade game, BlaZeon, followed three years later. During the 1990s, Atlus caused a national sensation after creating the first sticker picture machine.

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In 1999, Atlus even developed the world’s first automatic finger-nail printer, which was called the “Nail More” machine.

Atlus has left the sticker picture and nail-painting businesses far behind, and has gone on to make beloved role-playing games with its Megami Tensei, Persona, and Etrian Odyssey franchises, among many, many others.

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Atlus has had a long relationship with Sega, releasing the iconic Print Club sticker picture machine with the company, and in 2013 was acquired by it.

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Can you believe it’s been over three decades? Atlus has had an interesting history so far, showing a company that isn’t afraid to evolve and grow. Here’s to the next 35 years!

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

DISCUSSION

Dear Atlus:

No better way to celebrate your birthday than with 1) a current gen port of Persona (never finished my old copy) and more importantly 2) more Ogre Battle/Tactics Ogre!