My first experience with an Atelier Game was Playstation 2 With Atelier Iris back in 2005. Almost 20 years ago. Today for an Easter present, my fiancé gifted me a Nintendo Eshop Gift card – what a good fiancé, right? lol. So I decided to buy some of the older Atelier games in the digital deluxe trilogy “packs”. These packs are also available on PS4. And many of the games are available as stand-alone entries too. Steam on the PC is another good place to look for Atelier games because they actually have some of the older games that have been re-released for PC. Plus there’s always steam sales – although these titles almost never ever go on sale. Boo.
One of my favorite games was actually back on Nintendo DS, Atelier Annie – but no one seems to like that one 🙁 I really liked it though. I also really liked Mana Khemia on PSP which was a port of the original Mana Khemia on PS2.
All in all, there’s over 20 games in the Atelier series. And not all of them have been released in English. So this post is meant as a “guide” on which games are available in English, starting with the “oldest” to most “recent” English games in the Atelier series. To keep it simple, I’m listing each game as a stand-alone, even if its available in a trilogy pack. That way I won’t accidentally double list anything. Keeping it simple, I will just list the game’s title, which systems it’s available in English for, and it’s original English release date (if I happen to know it).
Let’s start our list of Atelier games in order of Oldest to Newest – listing only those games available in English.
1.) Atelier Iris – PS2- 2005
2.) Atelier Iris 2 – PS2 – 2006
3.) Atelier Iris 3 – PS2 – 2007
4.) Mana Khemia – PS2, PSP – 2008
5.) Mana Khemia 2 – PS2 – 2009
6.) Atelier Annie – Nintendo DS – 2009
7.) Atelier Rorona – PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, PC Steam – 2010
8.) Atelier Totori – PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, PC Steam – 2011
9.) Atelier Meruru – PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, PC Steam – 2012
10.) Atelier Ayesha – PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, PC Steam – 2013
11.) Atelier Escha & Logy – PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo Switch, PC Steam – PS3 – 2014
12.) Atelier Shallie – PS3, PS4, PS Vita,, Nintendo Switch, PC Steam – 2015
13.) Atelier Sophie – PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Steam PC – 2016
14.) Atelier Firis – PS4, PS Vita, Steam PC – 2017
15.) Atelier Lydie & Suelle – Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS Vita, Steam PC – 2018
16.) Atelier Lulua – Nintendo Switch, PS4, Steam PC – 2019
17.) Nelke & The Legendary Alchemists – Nintendo Switch, PS4, Steam PC – 2019
18.) Atelier Ryza – Nintendo Switch, PS4, Steam PC – 2019
19.) Atelier Ryza 2 – Nintendo Switch, PS4, Steam PC – 2021
Atelier Online for IOS and Android has been released in Japan in 2018 and is TBA for North America – so maybe there is hope we will see this game in English some day.
The following games have not been released in English and probably, due to age, will not be released commercially – perhaps the fan translation community will help pick these up:
1.) Atelier Marie – PS1 – 1997 – the very first ever Atelier game has never been released in English
2.) Atelier Elle – PS1 – 1998 – Sequel to the very first ever Atelier game – also not available in English
3.) Atelier Marie GB – Gameboy Color – 2000
4.) Atelier Elle GB – Gameboy Color – 2000
5.) Marie & Elle Atelier Pair – Wonderswan Color – 2001
6.) Hermina & Culus – PS2 – 2001
7.) Atelier Lilie – PS2 – 2001 – Completing the first ever Atelier trilogy – Also not available in English
8.) Atelier Judie – PS2 – 2002 – Part of a series known as Alchemists of Grammand – It is unusual in that it is only a 2 part series and not a trilogy like most of the other games – Also no English translation
9.) Atelier Viorate – PS2 – 2003 – Closing the Grammand series – And not available in English
10.) Atelier Marie, Elle, & Anis – GBA – 2003
11.) Marie’s Charajan – 2003 (Platform unknown – some type of mobile game I think)
12.) Atelier Marie Puzzle Workshop – 2006 – (Platform unknown – some type of mobile game I think)
13.) Atelier Marie Puzzle Workshop 2 – 2006 – (Platform unknown – some type of mobile game I think)
14.) Iris Eternal Mana Episode 2 After Story – 2006 – (Platform unknown – some type of mobile game I think)
15.) Atelier Lise – Nintendo DS – 2007
16.) Atelier Lina – Nintendo DS – 2009 (I think I’m most sad we didn’t get these 2 DS games as I really liked Atelier Annie although I know most people hated it. If these 2 were similar to Annie – I would have loved them.)
17.) Atelier Marie Elle – Gree (mobile / social app) – 2012
18.) Atelier Elkrone – PSP – 2012
19.) Atelier Quest Board – IOS Android – 2014
20.) Atelier Online – IOS, Android – 2018 (This one might still be coming out in English. It lists a North American release date as TBA – and it’s quite possible with Coronavirus and everything it just got extensively delayed.)
So you can see that for every game released in English, there’s an equally large number of games that have not been released in English. I am grateful for the games which we have received in English. I’m not sure which one is my favorite. Maybe Escha & Logy? I liked the story in that one. When it comes to gameplay, I actually like Annie and Nelke but I know many people don’t like them because they are quite different from the others. There is no right or wrong way or order in which to play the Atelier games. Our guide only seeks to help make sense of the timeline for those who wish to play the games in order.