Generally favorable reviews - based on 62 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 62
  2. Negative: 0 out of 62
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  1. 100
    Effortlessly, it’s the best game that has been released on the Wii U, and, given the games to come, discounting Zelda as an NX launch title, it will be the best game that will ever be released on the Wii U.
  2. Jul 17, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a must-buy for anyone with a Wii U, and I’d say is even worth buying a Wii U for. It’s not just a killer app for the console (well, the latest in a long line of killer apps), but a smart, beautiful, funny, thought-provoking, brilliant game – the sort of game we’ll be talking about for years to come.
  3. Jul 21, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE isn’t just a side note in the Persona series; it is an evolution of it by taking many of the systems that people are familiar with, but enhancing them and making them more fun to use and develop. It is a master class in JRPG making, and one of the best games in the genre that I have play in a long time.
  4. Jun 22, 2016
    Though I went into it skeptical about how well a popstar-themed blend of both the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei series might work, Tokyo Mirage Sessions never misses a beat.
  5. Jun 22, 2016
    A resplendent addition to the Atlus catalogue, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE draws from two acclaimed series and outshines them both with an innovative combat system, radiant in-game world and charming cast of characters.
  6. NF Magazine
    Jul 11, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is far and away the best RPG the Wii U has to offer. [Issue #22 – July/August 2016, p.73]
  7. 90
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE's first few hours can be frustrating as you wait for the game to open up. Once it does, though, it's a delight — this is an excellent new take on Shin Megami Tensei's combat, combined with a fresh narrative and lovable characters that infectiously idealize Japan's music industry.
  8. Jul 8, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions is not only the best JRPG to come out for the Wii U, it’s likely the best JRPG we have seen in this generation, period. Atlus is going to have their work cut out for them if they are going to one-up themselves with Persona 5.
  9. Jul 8, 2016
    While the story is okay and the graphics are pretty nice, it’s the battle system that keeps me coming back. While the game is only six chapters, there is a lot of story and Idolosphere exploring to add a lot of hours to the game that make it feel worthwhile.
  10. Jul 8, 2016
    A melodic and stylish JRPG catering to those who love anime, Japanese culture and J-Pop, but might not entirely appeal to Shin Megami Tensei or Fire Emblem fans.
  11. Jun 30, 2016
    Ultimately, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE delivers an encore worthy performance.
  12. Jun 26, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a mash-up made in JRPG heaven. While combat and gameplay will feel by-the-numbers for Persona fans, the style, soundtrack, characters and overall levity of this game is endearing, and makes for one of the most engaging, fun RPGs in recent memory.
  13. Jun 22, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is one of the best turn-based RPGs to be released in recent years and the best of its genre in the Wii U catalogue. While it does not reach a perfect balance between the Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei series and it certainly could have a more inspiring plot, its length, the fun and deep moments of combat and dungeon exploration are more than enough to genuinely attract any RPG fan to this title.
  14. 90
    However, those that decide to pick up the latest Shin Megami Tensei title will be pleasantly delighted by its gameplay and dungeon deisgn. With a near barren summer release schedule this year, Tokyo Mirage Session is the perfect game to sink hours and hours into.
  15. 90
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE takes a lot from the Shin Megami Tensei series and mixes in some Fire Emblem-flavored icing, and the results were fantastic. It's a superb RPG with a lot to offer, and is a must-have game for Wii U owners.
  16. Jun 22, 2016
    While long load times and jarring localization decisions hold it back slightly, #FE is still a unique cross-over that Fire Emblem, Shin Megami Tensei fans and newcomers alike won't want to miss.
  17. 90
    The colorful world, the characters, the battle system and so much more brings this game together in a major way. I could nag about the loading times and small hub worlds more, but Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE does too many things well for it to really matter. There are very few RPGs that I wanted to see 100% completed, but darn, I am glad that it is this one.
  18. Jun 22, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE has proved to be a surprising game. The gameplay is definitely the most interesting part of it, because it's frantic and really fun. We particularly recommend it to all of JRPG players in general, especially to fans of Persona and the Shin Megami Tensei series.
  19. Jun 24, 2016
    Idol enthusiasts will ascend to J-pop nirvana, while the rest of us will find TMS to be a perfect appetizer to tide us over until Persona 5.
  20. Jun 28, 2016
    While Square is fighting with its tradition Atlus cements its status as a first class JRPG maestro. Yes: At its core Tokyo Mirage is as conventional as the art design is colorful. And the story is less captivating than the Persona mysteries. But when it comes to the multi-tiered battle system, #FE shines.
  21. Power Unlimited
    Jun 22, 2016
    We expected this one to be a shallow and extremely niche JRPG but it turned out to be an addicting and extremely deep variation on the Persona formula. Too bad the Fire Emblem side of things doesn’t really shine through. [July 2016 / page 069]
  22. Jun 22, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a solid RPG with its own unique style and appeal. I could do without the tedious dungeons, but I still found plenty to love about the zany ride.
  23. Jul 27, 2016
    Sacrificed (somewhere) were elements of surprise and spontaneity, locking Tokyo Mirage Sessions to a rigid course, but its overall performance leaves little doubt of its capability; Nintendo and Atlus saved one of the best for last.
  24. Jul 5, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is one of the most original and unique crossovers that we have saw in recent years. The game that derived from the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem mix ended in one title with a lot of personality, with a charming charisma and a great and impressive gameplay. However that doesn’t save it from having some parts that feel wasted, especially on its level design and background music that doesn’t stand to the great and original songs. If you love any of the franchises but, most of all the one from Atlus, then you will enjoy the concert that this Wii U exclusive is.
  25. Jun 22, 2016
    A Solid and deep JRPG, with an exceptional attention to detail. Unfortunately, it suffers from repetition and a certain redundancy narrative.
  26. Games Master UK
    Aug 21, 2016
    A bit like X-Factor: The Game, but it's as close to Persona as Wii U fans are likely to get. [Aug 2016, p.76]
  27. Jul 16, 2016
    The plot alone is worth the price of admission, but with some fantastic audio/visual design and a fundamentally brilliant battle system, this rather unexpected Wii U exclusive ranks amongst the finest JRPGs of the generation and a genuinely unique curio that all Wii U owners should try.
  28. It’s unlikely Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE will attract much more than a niche audience outside its native Japan. Not only is it exclusive to Wii U – sadly, a poor selling system that now feels like it has one foot out the door – but it also seems as though little was done to prep it for Western audiences beyond translating dialogue.
  29. Jul 7, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Session #FE is an amazing love letter to the Japanese pop-culture. Idols, otakus, vocaloids and j-pop songs will be thrown at the player's face for him to enjoy. The game is clearly made for players who love the Japanese entertainment scene and who are not afraid to play a J-RPG only dubbed in Japanese. Those one will have a blast with it.
  30. Jun 30, 2016
    Tokyo Mirrage Sessions #FE is one of the biggest surprises for me this year. If you want a fun game that doesn't take itself too seriously and have a Wii U, do not miss this.
  31. Jun 24, 2016
    If you are willing to put down any expectation about a crossover between two of your favourite franchises, then Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE will most probably win you over, with its refreshing setting, solid combat system and great character customization.
  32. Jun 23, 2016
    This game is a song for J-RPG fans and Japanese culture enthusiasts in general. It's long, it has a strong battle system and an interesting and brave narrative. Pure Shin Megami Tensei with a taste of Fire Emblem.
  33. Jun 23, 2016
    Quotation forthcoming.
  34. Jun 22, 2016
    This is one of the best surprises Wii U has gotten in the last few years. It's designed with a particular audience in mind, but if its Japanese-centered concept is not a problem with you, it's a really good option.
  35. Jun 22, 2016
    Recommending Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is not easy since it will appeal a niche inside a niche: it's a very Japanese RPG for fans who absolutely love Japan, Japanese culture and Japanese stereotypes. It looks and plays much more like Persona than Fire Emblem, and that's for the best: battles are fun and help alleviate the sloppy characters and predictable twists.
  36. Jun 22, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is the long0awaited result of a Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem cross-over. The game provides quite the challenge, but a challenge that's worth experiencing because of it's light-hearted story and traditional JRPG gameplay.
  37. Jun 22, 2016
    Despite the weak graphics and the lack of Fire Emblem content outside of a few references in the plot and sound effects, Tokyo Mirage Sessions is a solid RPG that shows the expertise of Atlus. Sadly they have focused too much on doing well what they already know how to do and so most of the potential of such a combo as SMT x FE hasn't been fulfilled. But it's very enjoyable and attractive experience regardless. The music deserves an special mention as it includes memorable J-Pop tunes.
  38. Jun 22, 2016
    After a few dozen hours the semi-ludicrous story and systems set in front of you feel so comfortable together that this mashup of developer Atlus' most popular franchise and Intelligent Systems' beloved strategy RPG seems like it was destined to be.
  39. Jun 22, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE has a little bit of Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei for flavor, but honestly the title stands out as its own thing. Fans of Shin Megami Tensei spinoff Persona will find a lot to love: great characters, a heavy dose of Japanese entertainment, and a solid battle system. And if you're a Wii U owner, this is a great RPG to close out the system's lifespan.
  40. Jun 22, 2016
    While this game has already released in Japan, it fizzled out for reasons I don’t understand. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE seems to be mostly faithful to both wildly popular games from which it draws inspiration. Hopefully it will find a second wind and catch on in NA and EU, as I’ve stumbled upon quite the treat with Tokyo Mirage Sessions.
  41. Jun 22, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is basically the JRPG equivalent of a nightclub foam party - an absurd fun premise, great tunes, and surprisingly deep combat.
  42. Jun 22, 2016
    While folks probably won't be rushing out to buy a Wii U for it anytime soon, the famed publisher has once again proved that it is at the top of the food chain when it comes to JRPGs.
  43. Jun 22, 2016
    A truly solid JRPG that combines deep combat, intricate strategy and customization with cute and funny story-telling and characters. It doesn't offering anything particularly new to the genre, but it's still a perfectly enjoyable experience.
  44. Jun 22, 2016
    Even if the idea of pop-star superheroes is an immediate turn off, a slew of rewarding mechanics might just be enough to pull you back in. Whether you ignore the silliness or embrace it, we'd dare say that any title featuring a rocket-powered cyborg pegasus is worth investigating.
  45. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Aug 23, 2016
    Story and setting were made with absolutely no pandering for western tastes. Not everyone will find such a dose of pure, undiluted anime to their liking, but RPG and fighting system make it worth a try. And for hardcore fans of Japanese culture Tokyo Mirage Sessions may very well become one of the best games this year. [Issue#211, p.66]
  46. Jul 8, 2016
    A great RPG. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is able to bring us back the best of this genre, even when it includes awesome combat innovations. One of the last / best Wii U games.
  47. Jun 30, 2016
    An exhilarating musical experience, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE successfully combines self-expression, J-Pop styled drama and great JRPG battles, but is hindered by tedious dungeons and outclassed world design.
  48. Jun 29, 2016
    It lacks the depth of the two series it combines, but Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE has strong combat and great style.
  49. CD-Action
    Oct 14, 2016
    Atlus does not step outside safe territory charted by Persona. #FE will mostly be appreciated by people interested in the Japanese idol scene and those of you who need some more Persona right away. [10/2016, p.55]
  50. Sep 19, 2016
    Pop and RPG mixture. Certainly we cannot say that this game has no style ... and an incredible amount of fights.
  51. Jul 29, 2016
    A fine curtain raiser as we await Persona 5. [Issue#176, p.82]
  52. Edge Magazine
    Jul 24, 2016
    The whole thing is just so gleefully off its head that you can forgive its little missteps. [Aug 2016, p.114]
  53. Jul 6, 2016
    A painfully bland story and dull characters don’t stop Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE from being a novel and fun role-playing experience for fans of the genre.
  54. Jun 28, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE promises spectacle, and boy does it deliver—but all the flashy scenes, Fire Emblem cameos, and J-Pop in the world can’t cover up cramped world design and loads and loads of loading.
  55. Jun 22, 2016
    A crossover between Persona and Fire Emblem proves to be just as peculiar as it sounds, but this is a surprisingly fun mash-up for Japanese role-playing fans.
  56. Jun 22, 2016
    Despite being designed as a cross-over, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is an enjoyable J-RPG with a steady identity, that could have benefited from a more passionate writing and a less stereotyped cast of characters.
  57. Jun 22, 2016
    The game is thoroughly pleasant in the moment, at least for dedicated fans, but one gets the sense that, by the time Persona 5 comes around, no one will remember the plight of its particular band of bland archetypes.
  58. Jun 22, 2016
    Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a good JRPG that sadly falls short of greatness due to missteps that you wouldn’t expect to see in a modern game.
  59. Jun 25, 2016
    The studio put a lot of love and care into this game, but there is more to a good JRPG than just an extended fighting system and passion. The storyline is not interesting and for characters like this, we would not bother saving the world.
  60. Aug 18, 2016
    It has its flaws and its entire premise will have more mileage with some than others, but fans of the genre will find something to like here.
  61. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 12, 2016
    A unique mixture of a pop-music with RPG. We certainly can’t say this game has no style ... or an incredible amount of fights. [Issue#265]
  62. Jul 7, 2016
    If anything, this game is a promising gateway to many future projects, but to consider this a successful blend between the franchises wouldn’t be true.
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  1. Jun 26, 2016
    Try it if you want to see Atlus' latest experiments in dungeon crawling and combat, but not if you're solely in it for Fire Emblem.
  2. Jun 22, 2016
    That spirit of collaboration, of helping one another so we can all achieve our goals together, is where the game ekes out its edge against similar RPGs. It’s not simply enough that we all combine forces to beat the bad guys; we also help each other realize our dreams and become the very best we can be. And also beat the bad guys.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 402 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 402
  1. Jun 24, 2016
    This games battle system alone is enough for me to give it a 10. It is the usual Megaten battle system only heavily revamped to make it theThis games battle system alone is enough for me to give it a 10. It is the usual Megaten battle system only heavily revamped to make it the best in the series (for now, persona 5 is creeping up). I have never had so much fun battling enemies in a jrpg since xenoblade and tales of vesperia. The dungeons are also very cool and overall do their jobs as representing some form of an art such as photography and fashion. Not to big on the Jpop idol theme and the story is not amazing, but the gameplay is just so amazing.

    Note: there is also some censorship in areas like cgi cutscenes and dungeons, but it does not affect gameplay at all. Censorship makes the story bit wonky in photography dungeon but that is it.
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  2. Jun 24, 2016
    Combat is easily the best part of the game, the session system is great.
    Also helps that the characters are great, soundtrack is great,
    Combat is easily the best part of the game, the session system is great.
    Also helps that the characters are great, soundtrack is great, weapon system is great and actually makes you want to upgrade weapons unlike in majority of SMT games.
    Score would be higher if the loading times would be a bit faster and some of the censorship ia dumb
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  3. Jun 24, 2016
    This is indeed a unique game, bear in mind I came into this game as a Shin megami tensei/persona fan, and was not disappointed. The fireThis is indeed a unique game, bear in mind I came into this game as a Shin megami tensei/persona fan, and was not disappointed. The fire emblem references seem to jsut be there, and weaseled in, but if you are a hardcore SMT/Persona fan and cant wait for Persona 5, this is a great stand alone game. The main problem for most is the censorship, which to me was not bad. The soundtrack is amazing, and the story so far is compelling. This game is not for everyone, but for those who are missing out on a good JRPG this one is worth it Full Review »