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How Persona 4: Dancing All Night expands on the original's story

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Upon the announcement of Persona 4: Dancing All Night, the game was met with a healthy amount of skepticism. Between Persona 4 Golden, Persona 4 Arena, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, it began to feel like we've seen a whole lot of Inaba's investigation team over the past three years. From a distance, it appeared Dancing All Night might be a lazy cash-in – an unrelated rhythm game with a popular franchise slapped onto it.

Luckily, that turned out to not be the case: Dancing All Night is actually less a rhythm game and more a visual novel in sheep's clothing, with an enormous (and extremely well-localized) story component, telling a full-fledged, canonical tale taking place after the events of Persona 4.

Above, watch as we check out a few of the game's sillier costumes, look at a sliver of the game's robust story mode, and discuss whether this is a worthy successor to the original.

Persona 4: Dancing All Night comes out Sept. 29 for the PlayStation Vita. For more on P4D, check out Polygon's full review.