Time to get tapping with Hatsune Miku on 3Ds.
SEGA’s iconic blue-haired Virtual diva Vocaloid Hatsune Miku takes to the stage in Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX on Nintendo 3DS. Project Mirai DX enables you to interact with Hatsune and her various Vocaloid friends from the start of the game. You can play as Miku, Rin, Len, Luka, Kaito and Meiko and select what kind of accommodation you wish for them to inhabit. Various cute apartments are available at Mirai Estates for you to reside in and decorate at your leisure, from basic abodes to lavish penthouses.
The main game features 48 songs to play around with in the various modes available. Tap mode concentrates on using the stylus to tap the screen to the various beats. A small video is shown with your Vocaloid character dancing across the screen, and thick lines appear with circles, where you’ll need to tap to the rhythm of the beat at the designated time.
Occasionally you’ll have to swipe your stylus left or right, and holding down on the trail is frequently used in certain areas of the song when it is rainbow-colored and you’ll have to tap, hold and spin the stylus around in circles. This enables you to gain extra bonus points. Using the button mode, you’ll need to use the directional pad to match the required rhythm on screen.
If your tap is successful, you’ll be rewarded with a cool, fine or safe greeting and if you’re not quite up to scratch, you’ll be rated with a poor or worst marking. Each song has a beats-per-minute, so you can see beforehand if the song you will interacting with will be a slow and engaging tune, while you find yourself being beautifully immersed in the video, to fast and frenzied, where you’ll be tapping frantically to various fast moving J-pop tracks. The pace of the game sets itself well, allowing you to pick up and play anytime, without feeling overly committed.
Outside of the main game, you can explore Mirai Town and its various outlets, and you can please your inner shopper by buying items from Mirai Mall. These items are anything from cute and funny outfits you can unlock by successfully completing a song, to buying various furniture pieces for your new abode or even grabbing a snack. Items are purchased through Mirai Points, which you obtain from the rhythm songs within the game, but bear in mind that some items are quite expensive so you might have to save for a little while. I love the fact that you can also buy mini Miku figures, which you can then collect and arrange in the different Vocaloid apartments.
Decorating your 3D apartment is a little bit limited, because you can only place items in the allocated slots that are indicated, therefore not allowing you the freedom to experiment with room ideas. Around Mirai Town you can also enter the Project Mirai’s Dance Studio, which allows you to choreograph your own routine to any song in the game, which gives you a fun edit mode to experience and play around with and there is an opportunity to view videos too. I like the fact that this game offers so many different features, therefore giving you a nice balanced game play experience from the start. Even if you’re new to the series, the game offers a slow introductory start for a beginner to a more engaging experience for advanced players.
Project Mirai DX also uses a cool StreetPass feature that allow you to swap profile cards with other players and these can be customized with a selection of poses, stickers, backdrops, taglines, messages and designs. There is also an opportunity to earn and collect stamps, thus enabling you to change various elements in your profile card.
Project Mirai DX also has a mini game called ‘Puyo Puyo 39′, which is very similar to Tetris and offers you a chance to rack up some high scores, while giving you a small distraction from the main game. This can be played against an AI or friends, if they have the same game.
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is an absolutely brilliant and addictive game, if you’re a fan of the Hatsune rhythm series. If you can imagine your favourite cute Vocaloid characters with over-sized chibi heads and place them in some incredibly eye-candy videos, you’ve got yourself a winning formula. I love the various videos and the huge selection of tracks you can play within the game. Added to this the extra features that are available, and you have a lengthy and fulfilling experience. I would highly recommend this title for rhythm fanatics and Hatsune fans.