Man, Atlus has been all-in with the Megaten Special Editions in the past few years, haven’t they? Between the Special Editions for Persona Q and Persona 4 Dancing All Night (both the US release and the crazy Japanese release), they’ve been on a roll, and the announced Persona 5 Special Edition looks like it’s trying to top those! So it’s not really that much of a surprise that Tokyo Mirage Sessions has its very own Special Edition it launched with; even with it being released by Nintendo (who aren’t quite as known for these sorts of packages), it almost felt like a given, especially given all the hype the game has received. Well, we’ve managed to get our hands on a copy of said Special Edition, and it’s only fair we take a look at what you get in the package, to show prospective buyers what they can expect in the event they try to seek one out, and to see how it stacks up to other recent Atlus Special Editions we’ve seen.
So, let’s get started.
Here’s our wonderful official box shot for the Tokyo Mirage Sessions Special Edition:
Length and width-wise, it’s the same overall size as a Wii U disc box, but it’s significantly deeper, roughly a little over twice as thick. The package artwork is also unique to the release, which is pretty cool, though outside of that, there’s not much of significance to the package itself.
This is what the contents of the package look like unpacked. There are several items to discuss, which we’ll handle in turn, but at first glance there’s definitely a lot here, and I didn’t even include the code sheet for the DLC in the display pile.
For a sense of scale, here’s a shot of the game package versus the Special Edition package; again, both packages are roughly the same size when viewed from the front, meaning the package is more condensed than prior Atlus Special Editions.
This is the artbook that comes with the Special Edition. The exterior of the artbook is… somewhat subdued, honestly; instead of featuring any sort of special artwork, the book simply utilizes the circular pattern that’s come to be associated with the game as cover art for the front and back, and the title is fairly small on the exterior. This is definitely a clean look, but it’s surprisingly low-key.
Inside, however, the artbook is more or less what you’d expect, meaning it’s full of game and key art that’s quite nice to look over. There’s a lot in this book, actually, from 3D models to color artworks to line art pieces and beyond, and everything from the cast to the backgrounds to the enemies and weapons make an appearance here. There’s also a section at the end that features English translated lyrics for several of the vocal tracks in the game, which is a nice touch for those who are curious as to the meanings of the songs in the game. This alone makes the Special Edition a great package if you’re the sort of person who loves having lots of insider information on the games you buy, and it’s well assembled to boot.
The last two items included in the package are an audio CD featuring several in-game tracks and a sticker sheet featuring the first four significant protagonists from the game. We’ll look at the CD more extensively in a moment, but it’s worth noting here that the case is actually fairly thick, and not for the reasons you’d expect. The sticker sheet, meanwhile, is cute, though it’s sad that you only get one sheet of five stickers; it would’ve been nice to have a couple so that you could save one and use another to place the stickers somewhere. As it is, it’s cute, but you’re almost certainly not going to want to use it for its intended purpose.
Here’s the internal contents of the CD case. The CD itself is interesting, although it’s not that much different from what you’d expect; there are only six actual music tracks on the disc, but there are thirteen tracks total, as the remaining seven are based around spoken word samples taken from the game proper. The six artwork pieces surrounding the disc are, interestingly, lyric sheets; the front of each sheet is essentially promo art for the “single,” and the back contains the (Romanized) Japanese lyrics for each song. This is a fun compliment to the CD itself, and while this might not be the full OST some would’ve hoped for, it’s a nice inclusion all in all.
On the whole, the Tokyo Mirage Sessions Special Edition is a solid package for the price; to be honest, the included DLC alone makes up for much of the price difference, but the physical pack-ins are pretty interesting, and the end result is another Special Edition that’s more than worth the extra expense. The artbook is a fairly quality piece that includes plenty of art and information for fans to peruse, and the remaining pack-ins are interesting enough that they make the package worthwhile, especially the CD single inserts, which aren’t something you see every day. If you’re on the fence about picking this up, it’s definitely worth the extra twenty bucks (if you can find it at a normal price), and I’d say it’s one of the better Special Editions Atlus has produced in a while.
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