Tokyo Mirage Sessions Was Originally Going To Be A Pokémon Crossover
Tokyo Mirage Sessons #FE is an inventive cross over between the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem series. But it didn't start out that way.
According to a recent interview with #FE producer Hitoshi Yamagami, the game was originally envisioned as a crossover between the Fire Emblem and Pokémon series, with no plans to add the Shin Megami Tensei characters into the mix. The game's director, Kaori Ando, felt the two series' RPG mechanics were pretty well in line, and that a crossover could work. However, the plan was not meant to be. "Though I agreed with her," said Yamagami, "by chance the Pokémon group had already proposed what eventually became Pokémon Conquest at the same time."
Eventually, after a lot of corporate red tape, Atlus got on board, the project became Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. In her review, Kimberly Wallace had high praise for the game, call it "a solid RPG with its own unique style and appeal." You can read the entire interview snippet here.
A Fire Emblem/Pokémon could have been massive (but hey, maybe Pokémon Conquest will be too). That said, I dig the crossover between the self-serious Fire Emblem characters and goofier Shin Megami Tensei ones, so I'm glad we at least got Tokyo Mirage Sessions out of the deal.