Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore Reviews
Four years after the original debut, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE continues to be a valid and captivating product, also thanks to the interesting influences due to the fascinating Japanese culture.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Ultimately, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore still isn’t a game that will stick with you after you’ve beaten it, but it’s a groovy time while it lasts.
Players after an engaging battle system alongside cute and meaningful characters will find a lot to love here, especially if a sucker for exploring contemporary Japanese settings. Just prepare yourself for a healthy dose of eclectic imagery and an endless stream of J-Pop.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is a one-of-a-kind JRPG that has found a new home on the Nintendo Switch.
Gone pretty unnoticed during its first release on the Wii U back in 2015, the title developped jointly by Atlus and Intelligent Systems was and still is a niche game, mainly aimed at both JRPG and J-pop enthusiasts. This second iteration only provides some new minor features such as costumes and an original dungeon, where the characters dreams can be fulfilled... Quite a program, but still technically flawed, specially on TV mode.
Review in French | Read full review
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is one of the most colourful, approachable and downright endearing RPGs you'll find on the Switch. Its new story chapter, music tracks and character assists improve on the original to an extent, but not enough to greatly affect its overall quality. Thankfully, what was there was already fantastic, meaning those who missed out on it the first time around really have no reason not to get stuck in now.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore brings improved load times, new content, and incredible charm to Nintendo Switch, resulting in a must-play JRPG experience for anyone who owns the latest Nintendo console.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions' deep battle system, light-hearted story, bright aesthetics, and catchy J-pop soundtrack are JRPG bliss.
Similar to the original Wii U version, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore remains an experience worth playing. It might not appeal to everyone but if you can get past the idol elements and some of the rough parts, it's a challenging RPG that has plenty of style and charm. Enough to warrant playing and certainly enough to keep most players invested in the long haul.
A wonderful JRPG that gets a second chance on a new platform.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore features some much-needed quality of life improvements, as well as a strong opening and novel combat. But, ultimately, tedious dungeon design and unrefined boss battles that plagued the original remain and prevent Encore from being the improvement it could be.
Aside from the ridiculous lack of an autosave feature, I absolutely adored my time with this bright and colorful game. If I wasn't admiring the gorgeous aesthetics, I was bopping to the catchy soundtrack. And on top of that, the combat system proved to fun enough to keep me engaged from start to finish.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore's incredibly colorful style brightens up your day. The addicting JRPG gameplay keeps you occupied for hours, and the soundtrack will remain stuck in your head for months to come.
Those with no interest in the Japanese idol industry may be alienated by how deeply Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE: Encore digs into it (I'm sure I missed a lot of jokes), but I can't imagine there are Nintendo gamers out there who aren't interested in Japanese entertainment. Don't seek this one out specifically as a Fire Emblem game, but fans of Persona, Shin Megami Tensei, or JRPGs in general should love it.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is the definitive version of a JRPG that was already quite enjoyable.
If you never played the original and this kind of game is up your alley, you won't be disappointed. It's a lengthy JRPG with all the things you would expect, and it runs fantastically on the Switch in docked and undocked modes. But if you've also just finished the excellent Fire Emblem: Three Houses and want something more substantial to sink into that features classic characters from the series, you may find it a little disappointing.
Even if with a porting that adds little in terms of new content, Tokyo Mirage Sessions arrives on Switch as the same, great JRPG it was on Wii U. Just don't expect to be surprised again if you've already played it four years ago.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Tokyo Mirage Sessions never really captures the best of either of its inspirations, always feeling like a crossover that mixes the elements of both Persona and Fire Emblem, but never blends them fully. However, that doesn't take away that this is a fun and fulfilling JRPG, even if it's not what we expected, and most definitely deserved a second lease on life on the Nintendo Switch.
At its heart, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore has delivered what’s expected in an enhanced port. New content, improved UI and small tweaks to make the gameplay faster all make a significant difference to the overall enjoyment. Although flawed in places, it’s a JPRG that dares to be bolder and braver with its stylish sequences and kawaii (though bizarre) story. It may not be to everyone’s tastes, but its whimsical ways will spoil those who can’t help but enjoy adorable things. Thanks for reincarnating this one, Atlus.