The surprise cult hit Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE released 4 years ago and now, Itsuki and gang are back for more action.
For the unfamiliar, Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE takes pieces from the Shin Megami Tensei / Persona and Fire Emblem universes and uses them to create a whole new colourful and energetic JRPG with its own identity. You play as a group of young folks who find themselves thrown into the glitzy world of idol stardom as they improve their performance skills while taking down enemies in dungeons. It's a strange mix but it works extremely well together and allows for light-hearted fun, emotional moments, and highly entertaining battles. If you want to read my thoughts on the original Wii U release then check out my full in-depth review to learn more about the experience.Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE Review
Wii U / Switch differences
The graphics of the original Wii U version blew me away for the system that they were on and everything is just as colourful in this Switch release. However, I was hoping there would be a graphical upgrade given that it's been more than a few years since its initial release. There's no upgrade here unfortunately so it looks a little dated on my OLED TV although overall, it doesn't take away from the enjoyment to be had. One thing that has improved significantly from the original is the load times. The transitions are very fast with barely any loading screens on Switch. The final difference between the hardware is that you now see a mini-map in the bottom-left corner at all times instead of having the map accessible on the Wii U GamePad. I miss the GamePad, especially when I got text messages from characters but the move to Switch had to account for the lack of the GamePad and this is handled the best that it could be.
The Wii U version received some DLC that this Encore version also includes; namely some costumes and new dungeons. These dungeons are actually set in the same one but the content in it changes depending on how you choose to enter. Namely, EXPedition Hunter helps you gain EXP faster, Masterful Hunter provides you with skill books to help you upgrade your skills, and Savage Hunter pits you against difficult enemies that drop items to help you increase your base stats. The dungeon is pretty dull so it's really only useful if you're impatient for making your characters become more powerful or simply need some easy grinding territory. The DLC costumes included are from the Tokyo Millennium Collection and Atlus Collaboration Costume packs. That being said, I had trouble finding them but nevertheless, I could see fans of Atlus franchises like Etrian Odyssey or Persona having some fun with the new attire.
As far as new content that hasn't already been released on the Wii U, you also get a few new unique costumes in this release including the Garreg Mach Academy Uniform, Officer Outfit (from Fire Emblem: Three Houses), and 2 new outfits for Tsubasa and Kiria inspired by their new music video. This music video ties in with a new EX story that features Tsubasa and Kiria's relationship and also provides a new dungeon. Additionally, you'll see 3 existing characters join your battles to occasionally perform follow-up attacks which is definitely a treat. Finally, a new quality of life improvement is that you can now skip sessions. Considering I got up to session chains of 19 in the original version, I can see this saving quite a bit of time later on in the campaign.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE is one of the greatest JRPGs of all time. However, if you already own the Wii U version, there's little reason to buy it again on Switch. That being said, the new follow-up attacks, improved performance, and story content are nice treats.
- + The side-story and additional supporting characters are fun new content
- + Good chunk of DLC is included
- + Welcome quality of life improvements
- - Graphics are slightly dated
- - DLC is mostly fluff