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Digimon World Re:Digitize is a 2012 re-envisioning of Digimon on the PlayStation Portable that was released on July 2012, and is a sequel to the original Digimon World. In the game, “Digimon” is a popular online game where you raise monsters and battle them. The main character is a fan of the game. One day, he logs into the game as usual when he gets an unusual email with some code in it. After decrypting it, he’s sucked into the Digital World, where Digimon are real. He, with his partner, explores the Digital World, trying to find out why he was sucked in in the first place. Digimon can die, they poop, and evolve.

It received an Updated Re-release for the 3DS in June 2013 under the title Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode. This version added new story content and more than doubled the raiseable Digimon. While the both of them were only released in Japan, the rerelease received a Fan Translation in late 2020.

In 2016 and early 2017, another game in the Digimon World subseries was released on the Play Station Vita and the PlayStation 4, called Digimon World -next 0rder-, and features returning characters from Re:Digitize.


  • Action Girl: Akiho, Rina, and Mirei both fit this category, but Akiho especially, considering she's the true identity of "Nyanko Tamer", the top ranked tamer in the Colosseum. Her partner, Digitorin, gains an extra evolution in the 3DS version in Examon, a Royal Knight.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: A number of rewards for Colosseum battles, as well as helping out various Digimon, are accessories to customize your Digimon's appearance with.
  • Anti-Villain: Vitium is a Type II as it is a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds that wishes to be freed from GIGO's control for use in its own selfish goals.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Taiga, Niko, and Akiho.
  • Canon Immigrant: Mirei and Rina both appear in Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, with Mirei's Angewomon and LadyDevimon, gaining a new Jogress Evolution into Mastemon.
  • Continuing is Painful: After your Digimon dies, you've got to raise a new one from the ground up - so there will be lots of forced training and time spent just to regain your former power, although this burden is lessened the more you improve the city by recruiting wild Digimon.
  • Disappeared Dad: Yakov Petrov, Niko's father, who disappeared several years before the start of the game, as part of the incident with Vitium.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Shinomiya Rina also counts as Sixth Ranger
  • Expy: The artist for the game is the same one from Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor, so the main character and the supporting female character look identical to Devil Survivor's protagonist and Yuzu, respectively.
    • Vitium has many similarities with the D-Reaper in that they are non-Digimon Digital lifeforms created by organizations (in Vitium's case by GIGO) that act against their creator's intentions and threaten to destroy the Digital World.
    • The leaders of GIGO as a whole are in many ways based on Analogman. Like him, GIGO is cruel in relation to Digimon ( and Vitium) simply seeing them only as slaves to use for their own benefit with no regard to their own well being. Though GIGO, unlike Analogman and his Machinedramon, end up facing karmic retribution in the form of Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal from Vitium bringing about the Blackening Phenomenon.
  • Green Eyed Red Head: Rina inverts the trope completely, having red eyes and green hair, in addition to being a Sixth Ranger.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Though The Protagonist's default name is "Taiga", there is an option to change it.
  • Hot Librarian: Mirei.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Compared to other entries in the Digimon franchise. One of the female characters, Rina Shinomiya, wears tight-fitting short shorts and an unzipped hoodie which exposes her bra and sizeable chest. Akiho and Mirei, meanwhile, are not much different; Akiho has a questionable hole in her shirt as well as apparently lacking a bra underneath, and Mirei, while fully clothed and professionally covered, has her clothing hug her breasts so tightly that they're significantly more prominent in her appearance than they otherwise might've been, even despite how buxom she is.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Most of the inhabitants of the Digital World by the time Taiga and Agumon first enter File City have come to accept this (as shown when a Dodomon and Jyarimon runaway in fear the moment they see Taiga) as a result of GIGO's actions. It takes a while for Taiga and his friends to convince other Digimon that not all people are like them.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Mirei's official profile for Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth outright states the fact that she has no physical body.
  • Mega-Corp: GIGO
  • Mêlée à Trois: The last act of the games plays out as a conflict between the heroes, GIGO, and Vitium. While Taiga and company have altruistic motives, the other factions are of a less beneficial nature. GIGO is seeking to manipulate and control the Digital World as a way to use the Digimon and its creation Vitium to commit sabotage against other corporations via the Digital World's connections to the internet, while Vitium wants no part in being forced to brutalize and destroy other beings against its will and in retaliation for this causes the Blackening Phenomenon. Though the protagonists sympathize with Vitium's plight (and hence help it in so far as resisting GIGO), but it can't be allowed to escape into the real world either as its Blackening effect combined with its immense power makes it far too dangerous to be unleashed into the Human World.
  • New Game Plus: Allows the player to restart the story with most of their items, upgrades, and records from the completed save intact. Decode adds on to this with the option to replay the game with Rina as the protagonist, swapping roles with Taiga.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Taiga's partner is Agumon, which can branch out into many Dragon Digivolutions, and Rina has Veemon
  • Palette Swap: Many Digimon, goes without saying at this rate, but very special mention goes to Yuuya's BlackWarGreymon X. Not only is BlackWarGreymon unobtainable by the player, but it's the only clue the player gets that the regular WarGreymon X is actually obtainable later on in the game.
  • Permadeath: Like in the original Digimon World, Digimon will die after losing to wild Digimon 3 times, but losing as well as making care mistakes shortens their lifespan - and when the Digimon's lifespan inevitably ends, it is gone from the single player game, reduced to either a powerful attack (Digimemory) or some some sort of reincarnation. You can still use him for multiplayer, though.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: As with any other major series in the Digimon franchise, Taiga is red to Niko's blue. This is demonstrated in the prequel Manga note . When confronted by a battle request from the "Nyanko Tamer", the number one ranked tamer at the time, whereas Niko is hesitant to accept the challenge, Taiga chooses to take the challenge head on.
  • Sad Battle Music: "Vitium Ultimate" is a rather somber final boss theme, even by Digimon standards.
  • Special Guest: A selection of former Digimon heroes appear in the game as Legendary tamers", including Taichi, Yamato, Sora, and Takato. Two other non-Digimon guest characters include Lili de Rochefort and Sebastian.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: The wild Digimon are dying to fight against you, so regardless of how overpowered you Digimon is, they will chase you down on sight.
  • Sympathetic Sentient Weapon: Vitium is one and also regarded as being this in-story with Akiho going to far as to compare it as a child crying for help. Read Anti-Villain above for more details.
  • Tsuchinoko: Vitium's baby form was designed to resemble the Tsuchinoko, being a small, pudgy, rather cute snake-like creature.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Caring for your Digimon by taking care of its needs like food, injuries, bathroom breaks, training (especially if you help it out directly), rest and others will extend his life and increase his happiness, and you can even praise him - although if you praise him too much he will don the shades and find itself too cool for someone like you to tell it what to do. You can also apply some tough love and scold him, to the point where he becomes a disciplined nerd - for his own good, of course.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Many players may not like the Digimon they got, or even have a clue of what they are doing, so they end up mistreating their Digimon. And the Digimon won't ever fight back, at most they'll be disobedient - so the player can feed them dangerous steroids or even just outright starve them, make them wallow in their own filth, run them down worse than in Full Metal Jacket while injured, deprive them of sleep, drag them into battles just so they get beaten to death ... and this applies to any Digimon, even to those who are mere in-training babies!
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Only a very light one - the player is fully dependent on their Digimon partner in order to progress through the game. Constant mistreatment of Digimon results in them becoming extremely weak with very short lifespans (one way or another). As the game has multiple BeefGates requiring adequate care to pass, cruel players will advance very slowly or in the most extreme cases, not at all.