Groove to the Beat with Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 3DS
Hatsune Miku is nearly a household name in America, and she's only growing in popularity. The digital diva is known everywhere in Japan and a glut of other countries, but we only really started seeing Western audiences eating up each of her properties in the last few years, with a worldwide tour and localizations of the many rhythm games Miku herself and the rest of the Vocaloid crew stars in. Hatsune Miku: Project Miku DX is a brand new 3D rhythm game created specifically for the Nintendo 3DS in which Miku will twirl around, dance, and groove along to special Vocaloid songs, just as she does in the console versions of her games.
In this collaboration with Good Smile Company, Miku herself is transformed into a special Nendoroid figure as well as the rest of her crew, and they'll dance along to 48 full-length renditions of your favorite tracks. While the Project Diva titles were excellent rhythm games on their own merit on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, Project Mirai DX should transcend the boundaries of button-based gameplay (without the Vita's touch screen) with the option to play either "Touch Mode" or "Button Mode" and a wealth of different difficulties.
Players can also create their own dance routines in the Dance Studio as well as their own customized song phrases in the My Tune area. In short, for the uninspired, it's a Project Diva title for the 3DS, only everything is miniaturized and made about 20% cuter.
Project Mirai DX will be released on May 26 in North America and in Japan and Korea on May 28. European fans will be able to pick it up on May 29. The fact that American fans will be able to dance along with Miku speaks volumes about the current state of affairs in the world of Hatsune Miku. First we see a special tour, and now a retail and digital release of an especially adorable 3DS game. If you like Hatsune Miku and want to continue to see more, consider purchasing the retail version so Sega won't make the decision to pull them in the future -- that way we can still hope to have physical copies of these types of niche games going forward.