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->''"We get off on your tears."''

Atlus is a videogame company that was founded in 1986. While not necessarily having the name-recognition of some larger companies, they have a huge number of quality products, both as a developer and a publisher, and often both at once. The Japanese HQ portion of the company is both a publisher (since 1989) and developer, the North American branch serves as a publisher and localization company that publishes more games than just what its parent company Index Corporation develops and publishes; in the list of games below said games are listed with Atlus being the North American publisher.

Many of their internally developed 21st-century games are [[NintendoHard really freaking]] ''[[NintendoHard HARD]]''.[[note]]Games published by Atlus USA but not developed by its parent company may not have this trait[[/note]] Though good design means they usually avoid FakeDifficulty. Their American branch is also famous for the translation of their games: {{Woolseyism}} and SuperlativeDubbing abound in games they publish. Atlus is also famous for first exposing North America to NipponIchiSoftware, having published ''[[RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure]]'' back in the [[{{Playstation}} Playstation 1 era]], and later ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' game for PS2. This led to NIS eventually branching out on their own, and to this day the companies share many staff amongst their translation and dubbing teams, as well as an amicable business relationship. In fact, NIS are the ones publishing ''[[PersonaTrinitySoul Persona: Trinity Soul]]'', the anime based on the Atlus game.

Currently holds the dubious title of "[[ThatOneBoss/{{Atlus}} That One Company]]", due to their joy at [[ColdBloodedTorture making gamers suffer.]] And we [[TooKinkyToTorture like it]], dammit. Funnily enough, even some games they merely published and not developed can be NintendoHard, like ''[[DemonsSouls Demon's Souls]]'' and the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' games.

Also note the number of WidgetSeries below.

Atlus Japan is co-creator (with Sega) of "Print Club".

In June 2013, Atlus' parent company Index Corporation was convicted of corporate fraud, leading to them declaring bankruptcy. Creator/{{Sega}} eventually stepped in and purchased Atlus for 14 billion yen (approximately $141 million US).
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!! Tropes associated with Atlus
* CashCowFranchise: The Persona Series, specifically ''Persona 3'' and ''4''.
* FanNickname: "Fatlus", both for the company and their fans, due to [[BasementDweller certain]] [[GeekPhysiques stereotypes]] about the fans of their [=RPGs=].
* FriendlyRival: [[NipponIchiSoftware Nippon Ichi]], in North America at least. The fact that [[CrackIsCheaper many die-hard fans buy most of both companies' games]] probably helps them getting along.
* NintendoHard: Atlus-developed games have a tendency to be quite hard. However, with Atlus USA, this doesn't always apply to games from other companies that it picks up for a Western release (not that Atlus USA hasn't localized hard games from other companies, which it definitely has).
* ThatOneBoss: We can't stress enough that they have [[ThatOneBoss/{{Atlus}} their own page]] for it [[invoked]]
* WidgetSeries


!!Some of their titles (including externally developed games localized by Atlus USA) include:
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/ThreeDDotGameHeroes'' (Publisher)[[superscript:1]]
* ''{{VideoGame/Aquapazza}}'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'' (Publisher, first game)
* ''VideoGame/{{Baroque}}'' (Publisher)[[superscript:2]]
* ''VideoGame/HellNight'' or Dark Messiah in Japan. (Publisher in Japan/Developer, {{Creator/Konami}} published it in Europe)
* ''VideoGame/{{Bonk}}'' (Co-developer, with Red Co.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'' (Publisher/Developer)
* ''VideoGame/CitizensOfEarth''(Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/ClassOfHeroes'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/CodeOfPrincess'' (North American Publisher)
* ''''VideoGame/Conception2ChildrenOfTheSevenStars
* ''{{VideoGame/Contact}}'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/{{Cubivore}}'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/TheDarkSpire'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' (North American Publisher)[[superscript:1]]
* ''VideoGame/DeptHeaven'' series (Publisher)[[superscript:2]]
** ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand''
** ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion''
*** ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''
** ''VideoGame/KnightsInTheNightmare''
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' (Published the first game in North America before [[NipponIchi NIS America]] was formed)
* ''VideoGame/DokaponKingdom'' (North American Publisher)[[superscript:2]]
* ''VideoGame/DonPachi'' (Publisher)[[superscript:3]]
** ''[=DoDonPachi=]'' (Publisher)[[superscript:3]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonsCrown'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/DroneTactics'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/EternalPoison'' (Publisher)[[superscript:4]]
* ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey'' (Publisher/Developer)
** ''Etrian Odyssey 2: Heroes of Lagaard''
** ''Etrian Odyssey 3: The Drowned City''
** ''Etrian Odyssey 4: Legends of the Titan''
** ''Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl '' (Remake of the first game)
* ''VideoGame/{{Growlanser}}'' (Publisher; acquired original developer Career Soft)
* ''[[VideoGame/HammerinHarry Hammerin' Hero]]'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/HexyzForce'' (Publisher)[[superscript:2]]
* ''{{Izuna}}'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/TheKarateKid'' (developer; published by LJNToys in the U.S.)
* ''VideoGame/KartiaTheWordOfFate''
* ''VideoGame/{{The King of Fighters}} XIII'' ([[http://www.atlus.com/kofxiii/ North American Publisher]])[[superscript:5]]
* ''Franchise/{{Lufia}} and the Ruins of Lore'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/LuminousArc'' (North American Publisher)
** ''VideoGame/LuminousArc2'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/MagnaCarta'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/MakenX''
* ''VideoGame/MajorLeagueBaseball'' (NES) (Developer; published by LJNToys in the U.S.)
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfTheMonsterLair'' (Publisher)
** ''VideoGame/MyWorldMyWay'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'' (Publisher, {{PlayStation}} version)
* ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/OperationDarkness'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/PowerInstinct'' (Publisher and developer for most games; ''Matrimelee'' was published by [[{{SNK}} SNK Playmore]])
* ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' (Publisher/Developer)
* ''VideoGame/RiverCityRansom EX'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}''
* ''VideoGame/RondoOfSwords'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/{{R-Type}} Command'' (Publisher)[[superscript:6]]
* ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/RunSaber'' (Publisher)
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series (Publisher/Developer)
** ''Megami Tensei I''
** ''VideoGame/MegamiTenseiII''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIf...''
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney''
** ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor''
** ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2''
** ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''
** ''Devil Summoner'' series
*** ''VideoGame/{{Devil Summoner}}''
*** ''VideoGame/SoulHackers''
*** ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy''
*** ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon''
** ''[[LastBible Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible / Revelations: The Demon Slayer]]''
** ''Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Children Book of X / Demikids: X Version''
** ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series
*** ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}''
*** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}''
*** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''
*** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''
**** ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''
**** ''Persona 4 Arena Ultimax''
**** ''VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight''
*** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}''
*** ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth''
* ''VideoGame/SkyGunner'' (North American publisher)
* ''VideoGame/SnowboardKids'' (Publisher)
* ''StellaDeusTheGateOfEternity'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/SteambotChronicles'' (Publisher)[[superscript:6]]
* ''VideoGame/SummonNight'' (Published ''Swordcraft Story'' 1, 2 and ''Twin Age'' in North America)[[superscript:4]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperDodgeBall Advance'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' (Published ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Original Generation]]'' 1, 2, and ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' in North America)
* ''Super VideoGame/{{Valis}} IV'' (North American Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/TailConcerto'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/TheTestamentOfSherlockHolmes'' (North American Publisher)
* ''[[VideoGame/TexMurphy Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure]]'' (Publisher)
* ''VideoGame/ThousandArms'' (Publisher)
* ''TouchDetective'' (Publisher)
* ''Videogame/TraumaCenter'' series (Publisher/Developer)
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Hydlide}} Virtual Hydlide]]'' (North American publisher)
* ''VideoGame/WackyRaces'' (NES version)
* ''VideoGame/{{Xexyz}}'' (developer; published by HudsonSoft in the U.S.)
[[/index]]

[-[[superscript:1]] - developed by FromSoftware-]\\
[-[[superscript:2]] - developed by StingEntertainment-]\\
[-[[superscript:3]] - developed by {{Cave}}-]\\
[-[[superscript:4]] - developed by {{Flight-Plan}}-]\\
[-[[superscript:5]] - developed by SNKPlaymore-]\\
[-[[superscript:6]] - developed by [[Creator/{{Irem}} Irem]]-]\\
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