There’s nothing quite like owning physical goods, but they can be expensive and shelf space can come at a premium. Every month, Hardcore Gamer picks a premium collectible from our cavernous swag vaults and tells you whether it’s worth a spot in your Collector’s Cabinet.
When the announcement of Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem made its way out, people got rightly excited. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE turned out to be quite an oddball release, with some immense praise and mixed reviews scattered throughout. Of course, many gamers out there simply had to nab the Special Edition version before launch because of their allegiance to either Fire Emblem or the Shin Megami Tensei franchises. This Wii U limited edition offered up the game for $79.99 and came with a smattering of goodies within a rather slim collector’s box.
Unlike many releases in North America and Europe, the Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Special Edition is actually the same between both regions — barring two tiny differences. The first is that the boxes are different. In Europe, the artwork covers less of the box and it features a hang tab for hanging on retail shelves. This version also goes by the name of the Fortissimo Edition. On the other hand, the North American edition is packed in a slim box with larger artwork and bears no fancy titling. Other than that, all the internal contents are effectively the same, which is good for folks obsessed with collecting every limited goodie for their favorite game.
In any case, here’s all the stuff included within the Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Special Edition: a copy of the game, an artbook, CD soundtrack plus song cards, DLC codes, and a sticker sheet. All in all, the edition seems about average from what we’ve come to expect from RPGs, albeit with a few curiosities thrown in. So let’s delve in with what exactly is included, and how it all shapes up for the original price (since selling out, third party vendors have been trying to sell copies for closer to $100). It really seems that, for ten extra bucks, this edition was worth it.
First there’s the artbook. This 5×8 inch book isn’t hardback, but the included artwork is in color. There are over sixty pages packed with concept art, character sketches, and the last few pages even include lyrics for some of the in-game songs. This is a bit of a weird choice to spend some pages on given that all of the lyrics are included again within the soundtrack CD case as well. As for the stickers, the single sheet includes five stickers: Four are of the game’s cast members and one of the Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE logo. The character stickers are a little over two inches tall, which means they might be at home plastered on the back of a laptop.
Then there is the CD soundtrack which actually isn’t quite what it is advertised as. This is not a complete soundtrack CD, of course, as these pack-ins rarely are. But it is specifically focused on songs with lyrics. The official title is the Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Special Vocal Selection and it includes the following six songs: Reincarnation, Feel, Black Rain, Dream Catcher, Beastie Game, and Dia Sweet Witch (Kiraia Version). A square card is included for each song which provides the Japanese lyrics written with English characters. It’s a shame that this game, which is so focused on idol culture, didn’t get a meatier CD.
Finally there are the DLC codes. There are three on a single slip which correlate to the following: Tokyo Millennium Collection DLC, Costume Set DLC, and Hunter Support Quest Pack DLC. Purchased separately, these would cost $1.99 each, or about $6 together. It’s nice to receive DLC with purchase, even if none of the DLC is particularly stunning in and of itself. All in all, the value of extra goods received for just $10 in additional fees make it a great deal. Hopefully all the fans of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE were able to pick up the Special or Fortissimo Edition!
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