Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore review – an enchanting world of wannabe idols

January 24, 2020 at 07:00AM

Switch; Atlus/Nintendo
A group of magical youngsters do battle on the streets of Tokyo in this endearing, addictive anime-like role-playing game

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is an unlikely candidate for mainstream success in the western market. The convoluted name alludes to the fact that it was conceived as a crossover between two obscure Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs) and was originally released for that most unloved of consoles, the Wii U. But it is so endearing and well constructed that, once you start playing, you may well develop a mild obsession.

The narrative plays out just like an anime, via beautifully designed cut-scenes and quirky dialogue sequences that offer countless insights into Tokyo street culture. It follows the development of a band of youngsters bidding to become idols, who have signed up to a showbiz agency called Fortuna.

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