|Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE|
|Gen'ei Ibunroku Shāpu Efu Ī|
|Developer||Intelligent Systems |
|December 26, 2015|
|June 24, 2016|
|June 24, 2016|
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE is a collaboration between Intelligent Systems and Atlus. The game was published by Nintendo for the Wii U console. It features characters from the Shin Megami Tensei series as well as the series.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE opens five years prior to the game's main events: at an opera attended by a young Tsubasa and Yashiro, everyone apart from Tsubasa vanishes without a trace. In the present, Itsuki encounters Tsubasa at the One of Millennium talent audition event, where she is hoping to begin her career as an idol. The compare is possessed by a hostile Mirage, and everyone in the building apart from Itsuki and Tsubasa are stripped of their Performa, while Tsubasa is taken into the Idolasphere dimension. Itsuki follows, and both are attacked by hostile Mirages. Awakening to their Performa, they use it to cleanse the Mirages: their attackers are revealed to be Chrom and Caeda, who ally respectively with Itsuki and Tsubasa. With help from Touma, who is the Mirage Master to Cain, the party free the compare from the hostile Mirage's control, restoring order. Leaving the Idolasphere, they encounter Maiko, who offers them positions alongside Touma in Fortuna Entertainment so they can both forward their entertainment careers and help fight Mirage attacks alongside Kiria and her Mirage Tharja. They are aided by Tiki, who is suffering from amnesia similar to the other allied Mirages.
Further attacks follow at multiple locations throughout Tokyo, each focusing on leading entertainment and media figureheads being possessed by hostile Mirages: these Mirages are revealed to be merely servants of a greater power. During one mission, the group rescue producer Yatsufusa Hatanaka, who later keeps a close watch on them. They also gather new allies in the form of Elenora and her partner Virion, and Mamori and her partner Draug, who was the former partner of and initially possessed Barry. On many missions, Yashiro and his partner Navarre watches and sometimes acts as an antagonistic force, before Itsuki's leadership and strength persuade him that he can help him avenge his father, the lead singer who vanished five years before. The group find an item called a Dragonstone, which restores some of Tiki's memories. She reveals that she and the other friendly Mirages unsuccessfully attempted to stop the dark mage Gharnef summoning the Shadow Dragon Medeus into their native realm with a ceremony called the Opera of Shadows. Tiki was banished into the Idolasphere, which acted as an intermediate dimension between the real world and her world, and she was instrumental in preventing Gharnef from performing the Opera of Shadows a second time to enter the real world as his native realm had become drained of artistic energy. His attempt sparked the mass disappearance of five years before, and Tiki shielded both Tsubasa and Yashiro at the cost of her memories.
After this, the Cosmic Egg Stadium is consumed by an Idolasphere portal. Heading to the Cosmic Egg, the party are stopped by Hatanaka, who reveals himself to be the willing Mirage Master of Gharnef: the two are planning to perform the Opera of Shadows, summoning Medeus to consume the real world's Performa. The group recover Dragonstones from the conquered Idolosphere realms and restore Tiki's memory: she reveals that they must find the pieces of the Fire Emblem and perform the Opera of Light to summon the power of the Divine Dragon Naga, the only force capable of stopping Medeus. Collecting the Fire Emblem pieces, they learn the story of the Hero-King Marth, a warrior from ancient times who bested and sealed away Gharnef and Medeus. The group encounter and defeat Hatanaka and Gharnef, but their sacrifice coupled with the offering of the Hero-King Marth's soul completes the Opera of Shadows and summons Medeus. Traveling to the final Idolasphere realm, Itsuki is fatally injured by Medeus, but the Fire Emblem gems free Marth's soul, which saves Itsuki and allows the group to perform the Opera of Light and defeat Medeus. The Mirages, with their memories restored and Medeus gone forever, return with Tiki to their native realm.
Alongside the main narrative are side stories connection to various members of Fortuna Entertainment, which Itsuki can help as he learns experience from working in various sectors of the agency's business. These quests' storylines include Tsubasa working to create her idol persona; Touma's wish to become an inspirational actor; Kiria's discomfort with her softer side, which clashes with her professional identity; Eleanora's attempts to polish her abilities as an actor in preparation for a hoped-for Hollywood career; Mamori pushing to expand her professional range beyond her cooking host role; the often-tipsy Maiko's efforts to maintain Fortuna's public and private functions; Barry's antics and his growing insecurity after losing his Mirage Master abilities; Yashiro breaking out of his self-imposed personal and professional isolation; and Tiki wanting the chance to experience the real world. If all the side stories are completed, a post-credits scene is unlocked where Maiko returns to modelling and makes Itsuki the new manager of Fortuna Entertainment.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE is an RPG focused around the exploration of dungeons and turn-based party combat. When not in dungeons, the player explores familiar locations in the city of Tokyo and can interact with NPCs and visit shops. Dungeons take the form of multi-level labyrinths with light puzzle-solving and generally share a theme with the location they're found. Within these dungeons are hostile Mirages that when touched trigger combat. The player character Itsuki is armed with a rapier while exploring the dungeon and the player can gain the initiative by stunning Mirages with a well-timed strike before starting battle.
Combat is turn-based and predicated on discovering and exploiting enemy weaknesses. As in both Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, enemies are weak to specific element (Fire, Ice, Electric, Force, Expel, and Death) or weapon types (Sword, Lance, Axe and Bow). The player can also trigger Session Attack combos where the other party members follow up the attacking character's blow with strikes of their own. As party members gain affinity, they can also learn team attacks where pairs of characters can combine their strength for powerful attacks.
The Duo art system that apparently works with social links and support. As characters relationships improve they gain the ability to pair up for special moves during their session attacks. These special attacks are extra powerful and the second character is seems to not be needed in the party meaning any character that can develop a link with characters likely can perform duo arts with said character even if never as a party member. These supports are built through doing side stories so it makes side questing even if it doesn't involve battle still matter from a gameplay perspective.
During battles, if you trigger a Session Attack (a chain attack) with an artist (a playable character), eventually the artist’s “Stage Rank” will increase.
As the character’s Stage Rank increases, they will be faced with a wall that needs surmounting–and thus a side story is born. Each side story is a quest that players can attempt at any time.
In addition, playable characters can be equipped with a various of different costumes in combat.
Mirages can class change and choose between different classes, with Caeda being able to choose between Falcoknight and Dracoknight. Weapons can also be made to replace the current weapon by collecting materials from enemy Mirages.
- Itsuki Aoi: A high school student who assumes the Lord class, presumably meaning he is the main protagonist of the game.
- Tsubasa Oribe: A high school student and a member of the party. She takes the guise of the Pegasus Knight class. Her debut song is "Feel", which is played in the game's third trailer.
- Toma Akagi: A young man that works at a sentai hero stage show, able to assume the Cavalier class.
- Kiria Kurono: A singer and playable character. She is shown to use a microphone stand in battle and is the singer of the song "Reincarnation", which is played in the first trailer for the game. In the game, Kiria assumes the Mage class.
- Eleonora Yumizuru: She is a Mirage Master and a successful actress who assumes the Archer class.
- Mamori Minamoto: An elementary school student and entertainer who also works at Fortuna Entertainment. She prefers old-fashioned clothing from the Showa Period. She assumes the Armor Knight class.
- Yashiro Tsurugi: He doubles as an idol as well as a Mirage Master. He assumes the Myrmidon class.
Mirage World Characters
- Chrom (Fire Emblem Awakening): He is a prince from a land in another dimension, and he’s a “Lord” Mirage. Since transferring to this world, he has lost his memories. He has a courageous personality, and a strong sense of justice. While in combat, he changes into a sword as a trusted partner for Itsuki, who isn't very experienced in combat.
- Caeda (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light): A “Pegasus Knight” Mirage, and Tsubasa’s partner. Similar to Chrom, she’s a visitor from another dimension and has no recollection of her memories. She has a tender-hearted personality, and is like an elder sister figure to the tomboyish Tsubasa. She lends her powers to Tsubasa by transforming into a spear in battle.
- Cain (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light): He is Toma’s “Cavalier” Mirage partner. Like Chrom, he’s from another world and has lost his memories. Due to his similarities with Toma, they’re like brothers who work well together. He transforms into a spear while in combat.
- Tharja (Fire Emblem Awakening): She is Kiria's "Dark Mage" Mirage partner. Similar to Chrom, she’s from a different world and has lost her memories. She specializes in Dark Magic, and does everything she can to support Kiria, be it during in battle or for everyday life. She lends her strength to Kiria by transforming into a staff.
- Virion (Fire Emblem Awakening): He is Eleonora's "Archer" Mirage partner. Like Chrom, he’s also from a different world and lost his memories. He’s an aristocratic-type character with respect and dignity, but this often leads to some arguments with Eleonora, who can be a bit of a shrew.
- Draug (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light): He is Mamori's "Knight" Mirage partner. Similar to Chrom, he comes from a different world and has lost his memories. He’s a heavy-armored soldier that prides himself in his absolute defense and being able to support allies. He transforms into an axe in battle and lends his strength to Mamori.
- Navarre (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light): He is Yashiro's "Myrmidon" Mirage partner. He’s lost his memories and doesn’t speak a whole lot. A swordsman, he looks for a stoic strength in his partner, which ties him to Yashiro.
- Tiki: She is the key visual character of a vocal software called “Singaloid TiKi” that is currently a huge hit among Internet users. Her song is "Beastie Game" that is played in the second trailer.
- Maiko Shimazaki: She is is the president of the production company “Fortuna Entertainment” that recruits Mirage Masters.
- Barry Goodman: A foreigner and former pop music star that moved to Japan and currently works at Fortuna Entertainment as a trainer. He's attracted to Japan's otaku culture.
On September 10, 2015, Nintendo announced that in Japan, the game will launch with codes for downloadable costumes based on characters from other Atlus titles. These DLC costumes will include:
- Protagonist (Devil Survivor 2): Itsuki
- Walter (Shin Megami Tensei IV): Toma
- Rei (Persona Q): Tsubasa
- Princess (Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City): Kiria
The game will also launch with a special "Fortissimo Edition" that will offer download codes for original alternate costumes including a "Fashion show" set and swimsuit sets for both the male and female characters. Famitsu's article also has some details about downloadable content.
Tokyo Millennium Collection
- Also known as Fashion Show Set
- Special cosplay costumes for the female characters
Go to the Secret Hot Spring!
- Also known as the swimsuit sets
- Separate boy/girl sets
- A special program where the characters (talents and idols) bathe in the hot spring while wearing swimsuits
- Extra support quests
- Made by Tiki to help grind things up
- 3 quests available here
- Experience part: increases character experience and level
- Proficiency part: Get items to increase weapon proficiency
- Wild Festival: Lots of strong enemies appear which will drop stat-raising items
Shin Megami Tensei characters
The following Shin Megami Tensei characters appeared in the 2013 teaser trailer only.
- Protagonist: Shin Megami Tensei
- Heroine: Shin Megami Tensei
- Aleph: Shin Megami Tensei II
- Hiroko: Shin Megami Tensei II
- Protagonist (Male and Female): Shin Megami Tensei: if...
- Demi-fiend: Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
- Chiaki Hayasaka: Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
- Flynn: Shin Megami Tensei IV
- Isabeau: Shin Megami Tensei IV
During a brief interview with Famitsu in August 2012, Katsura Hashino teased an announcement saying he had a collaboration that would surprise everyone. Months later, on January 23, 2013, the game was officially announced via a teaser trailer that premiered during a Nintendo Direct presentation. On July 9, 2013, Atlus and Nintendo announced a special deal on the Nintendo eShop, in which, if players register both Shin Megami Tensei IV and Fire Emblem: Awakening to Club Nintendo, they will get $30 credit on the eShop for 3DS.
Official word on the development of Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE was mostly silent following the initial reveal. The following year, on June 11, 2014, Nintendo producer Hitoshi Yamagami stated during a press appearance at E3 2014 that the game was "on schedule" but didn't elaborate any further.
A full debut trailer was revealed the following year in a Nintendo Direct on April 1, 2015, alongside its official Japanese title. The first public footage of the game in action, it depicted various Fire Emblem characters alongside a modern day Japanese style, as commonly seen in the Megami Tensei series. The trailer did not depict any Megami Tensei characters from previous titles, though certain Fire Emblem characters, specifically the villains Gangrel and Aversa from Awakening, were depicted as enemies with Megami Tensei-style demonic redesigns. The basic premise of the game as suggested by the trailer is that the modern world exists alongside a world of Fire Emblem fantasy similar in nature to how a demon world traditionally exists alongside or intersects with the human world in Megami Tensei titles. The trailer was set to the song "Reincarnation," which despite its upbeat tone features dark lyrics.
On July 7, 2015, an interview with the developers published in the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu revealed that Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE's main story will take about thirty hours to complete, with enough side content to double the full play length.
On September 25, 2015, an interview with the game's composer Yoshiaki Fujisawa was posted to the official website. In it, Fujisawa talked about the process he went through in creating music for the game, and how as primarily a composer for television he had to adapt in order to create music for a game. At the end of the interview, he revealed that a character based on his own appearance will appear in the game.
On March 3, 2016, the English title along with the release date for Europe and North America was announced. It was also announced that the game will be localized with English subtitles over the Japanese dub instead of an English dub. On April 21, 2016, it was announced that Atlus is localizing the game with oversight from Nintendo Treehouse. Some of the Japanese dialogue was rerecorded during the localization process in order to match the localized English script, such as references to character ages that had been increased from seventeen to eighteen. A subplot involving gravure idols was rewritten and re-voiced to reference fashion models instead, with all relevant in-game art and images changed to reflect the adjustment, including a new, western-release exclusive costume for Tsubasa.
The possibility of a sequel was raised at the Genei Ibunroku♯FE Premium Live concert in May 2015: in addition to a rousing call from the audience, producer Hitoshi Yamagami said that he was working on the possibly of a new game.
Genei Ibunroku ♯FE Wii U cover
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Wii U cover
Fortissimo Edition Box
Wii U Bundle Edition Box
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Wii U Special Edition
Genei Ibunroku ♯FE Special Vocal Selection CD
Genei Ibunroku ♯FE Sticker Sheets
Japanese SMTxFE Logo
Original SMTxFE logo
The party revealed during the Nintendo Direct April 1, 2015
Genei Ibunroku ♯FE menu background
DLC costumes of Shin Megami Tensei series, and Etrian Odyssey III
Boys Swimsuit DLC Costumes
Girls Swimsuit DLC Costumes
Fashion Show DLC Costumes
DLC of various costumes
Mamori Minamoto who made a brief appearance in the E3 trailer.
Screenshot of Shibuya
Inside of HeeHaw Mart including Shio
A character based on Yoshiaki Fujisawa appears in the game
Screenshot of Yashiro Tsurugi as a battle icon and his Carnage form
Screenshots one of the in-game menus, including Maiko and Barry as confirmed playable characters
Screenshot of Crespes Dia
Gojuin after being drain by enemy Mirage.
Class Change System
Caeda as a Dragon Knight
E3 2015 Treehouse Live gameplay
- Demons appear in the game in different places.
- Jack Frost is the logo of the HeeHo Mart.
- Shio can be found wearing a Black Frost outfit in the store.
- Promotional posters can be found at HeeHo Mart for the selling of five different flavor shaved ice, referencing the Frost Five.
- Decarabia is the mascot of Decarabia Jewelry
- Anzu is the mascot of Anzu Tokyo Store
- Cait Sith appears as manikin model inside of the Anzu Tokyo Store.
- Ame no Uzume is possible logo of Uzume Lesson Studio.
- Mirages sharing their names with demons appear as enemies alongside the Fire Emblem classes. This includes Zhu Yin, Balrog, Yomotsu-Shikome, Troll, and Worm.
- Mermaid appears as a logo for Cafe Seiren.
- Excluding Virtual Console releases, this is the first Megami Tensei title for a Nintendo home console since Kyūyaku Megami Tensei on the Super Famicom.
- In the game's universe, there is a soft drink branded as Amrita. The drink takes its name from a status recovery spell that appears in some Megami Tensei games.
- The name Tokyo Mirage Sessions (TMS) Is an acronym for Shin Megami Tensei (SMT) by when the initials are put backwards.
- ↑ http://www.famitsu.com/news/201605/24106511.html
- ↑ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/wiiu/asej/blog/vol041.html