Nintendo Blends Cute with a Challenge

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Cuteness overload. That’s exactly how to describe the game Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX for the Nintendo 3Ds. When playing the game, you join everyone’s favorite vocaloids (aka singing Japanese voice synthesizers), Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, MEIKO, and KAITO (and the Internet Co., Ltd. mascot, GUMI, as a guest star), in over 45 popular vocaloid songs in this intense rhythm game.

Don’t let its adorableness trick you, however. Just play the song Gaikotsu Gakudan to Lilia on Hard Mode, especially if you want to fail and cry in a corner for hours at a time! But, in all seriousness, the game has very challenging songs. However, the important question that you’re probably wondering is: “Is it an actually good game?” Let’s see…

Gameplay:

Newcomers to the Hatsune Miku video game series have no need to fret. Each game starts off with the Easy and Normal difficulties unlocked. After you complete Normal difficulty on a song, you gain access to Hard mode, which as the name suggests, is hard. It’s best to start off on Easy, and raise the difficulty when you feel comfortable.

Completing most songs for the first time also unlocks a new song. Once you’ve unlocked all songs, six of the most difficult songs in the game get a SUPERHard difficulty- you’ve been warned.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s discuss the actual gameplay. It’s a rhythm game, so you must try to press either the A, B, X, or Y button when a circular shape hovers over it at the right time. Sound easy? Trust me, it’s not.

There are also thicker lines, which require you to hold the button, rainbow-colored lines, in which you must also rotate the circle pad along with holding a button, and there are two Line parts that require you to also use the D pad (the arrow buttons).

While it still might not sound very hard, it is. The game can be overwhelmingly difficult on Hard and SUPERHard mode. There’s also Touch Mode, which is the same game, but you use the touchscreen instead of the buttons. It’s also a little easier.

Besides the main game, there are some other features too, most notably the My Room. In the My Room you try to befriend Miku, Rin, Len, Luka, MEIKO, and KAITO by giving them food and clothing purchased in the shop, playing mini-games with them, and simply spending time with them. While it’s not as notable or fun as the rhythm game, it’s still a cute, enjoyable little activity. It’s perfect for when you’re feeling bored.

 

Verdict:

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is an amazing game. I personally believe that it falls slightly short of the Project DIVA games, but it’s still worth your time, especially being the only Hatsune Miku game on a Nintendo platform.

It’s perfect for any vocaloid fan, rhythm game enthusiast, or just a video game addict. Don’t let it’s cutesy boxart deceive you! There’s a lot more hidden behind it, including countless hours of fun. I definitely recommend the game, and it’s a perfect start for anyone who wants to get into the Project DIVA series.

Every song in it is excellent, and clearly a lot of effort and detail were put into each one. If you’re someone like me, who ended up putting 100+ hours into the game, it might get a bit dull every once in awhile, but you’ll always get back into it. There’s no escape from chibi Miku!

I would absolutely give Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX a 9.5/10. The game might seem a tad lackluster and dull compared to the Project DIVA series, but it’s certainly a must-buy for any vocaloid fans who own a 3Ds.

I am confident that I will continue spending a myriad of hours curled up in bed with my 3Ds, playing Project Mirai DX until my fingers hurt, particularly when I probably should be sleeping.

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