Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth launches to solid reviews

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth launches to solid reviews, launch trailer here

Half a year after its Japanese release, the latest Persona spinoff finally comes West. Bridging together the worlds of Persona 3 through 5, Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is now available worldwide for the Nintendo 3DS.

The game spotlights Persona 5‘s Phantom Thieves of Hearts during their latest caper in Mementos. What was a routine trip to the cognitive world quickly goes awry within a locked cinema and alternate dimensions based on classic movies. Incidentally, Persona 3‘s S.E.E.S. and Persona 4‘s Interrogation Team also happen to be trapped in these films. Once freed, the combined cast must work together in solving the mysteries of the cinema so they can return to their worlds.

One last bow for the 3DS?

Sadly, Persona Q2 doesn’t just mark the release of a fun crossover for fans of the last 13 years of Persona. This spinoff also stands as the projected swan song for over eight years of shelf life for the Nintendo 3DS. With Switch being the focus for the E3 Direct next week, no major titles are currently coming down the pipeline for the dual-screen handheld. As far as we know, barring any major surprises from Nintendo, Persona Q2 might very well be the final retail release for the Nintendo 3DS.

Thankfully, the 3DS is going out on a high note with New Cinema Labyrinth pulling in high scores from critics. With a Metacritic average of 83 (at the time of writing), reviewers are praising the game for its fan service, Etrian Odyssey-based dungeons, and excellent soundtrack. Others, however, weren’t fans of the lower difficulty and don’t see Persona Q2 as a suitable gateway for newcomers into the Shin Megami Tensei subseries.

Nonetheless, Nintendo fans haven’t seen the last of the Phantom Thieves. With Joker’s Smash Bros. debut behind us, we have the Warriors-style Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers for Nintendo Switch to look forward to next. Here’s to hoping we possibly get Persona 5: The Royal in the future!

Will you be picking up Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth today? Let us know in the comments.

Jeffrey McDonell
I'm just a hobbyist freelancer who writes for fun, previously under Gamnesia and The Sonic Stadium. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube—with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood—and am especially fond of video game music and remixes.