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Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening

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Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening

Also known as: Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Special Edition
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: PlayStation 2, Windows, Nintendo Switch
Released in JP: February 17, 2005
Released in US: March 1, 2005
Released in EU: March 24, 2005

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.

To do:
There are several test rooms that are unused.
  • Document the trial version of the game that came with pre-order copies of RE Outbreak

Devil May Cry 3 is the third game in the Devil May Cry series. It's a prequel to the first game. The game is often considered one of the greatest games of all time, and the original version one of the hardest games of all time.

Unused Clear Bonus Art

In the Special Edition, there is an unused clear bonus art that is assumed to be used when you clear Easy mode as Vergil, judging by the text "Prequel doesn't mean you can be a newbie." being associated with it in the files.

DMC3 Clear Bonus Art.png

Regional Differences

Notoriously, the difficulty in Devil May Cry 3 was increased in America. This was done by shifting the difficulty up by one. For example, Easy in America was Normal in Japan. The American Hard Mode did not exist in the Japanese version either, and was only added as "Very Hard" in the Special Edition later on. The reason this was done was because in the 2000s, there was a 30 day return policy at video game stores, so Capcom USA was instructed to make the game harder for that reason.

Revisional Differences

Special Edition

In 2006, Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition was released. This added a fair amount of new features such as Vergil as an additional playable character. You unlock Vergil after beating the game once, then you can play as him in a new save file. The game's difficulty was also shifted back to the original Japanese difficulty, with the addition of the American version's Hard Mode being included as "Very Hard." Special Edition also included Devil May Cry 2's Bloody Palace, although instead of restarting over at floor 9999, it finishes. You can also unlock Super Dante by finishing Bloody Palace instead of completing Very Hard mode. A Demo Digest was also added, allowing players to view cutscenes from the game, as well as a hidden cutscene. There were also three fights with Jester added. One being mandatory, and the other two being optional.

Nintendo Switch

In 2020, Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition was ported to the Nintendo Switch with three additional features. The game added Style Switching, which allowed you to freely switch your style with the D-Pad. The game also added an additional mode where you could equip all of Dante's weapons, instead of being limited to just two guns and two Devil Arms. A Co-Op Bloody Palace was also added, where the second player controls Vergil. In March, a patch was issued that fixed a variety of bugs, such as a destructive bug that would corrupt your save data if you tried to select a Dante save data while playing as Vergil.